Raising Champions Clinch IS8 Playoff Spot

Raising Campions Wedge Out Bunky Reid Allstars, 73-69

Although Bunky Reid kept the contest close in the first quarter, Raising Champions seemed to have an early decision in the contest when the squad led Bunky Reid by as much as 13 points, 35-22, in the second quarter. Raising Champions thrived well in transition as quick guard Marquise Moore (Holy Cross High School (N.Y.) ’12) was too hot to contain.

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Damien Davis

Raising Champions led 35-24 at halftime.

In the opening minutes of the third quarter, Bunky Reid attempted to match Raising Champions bucket-for-bucket in an attempt to establish a momentum and prevent the deficit from growing. By the four-minute mark of the period, Raising Champions was still up by double-digits, 47-37.

However, Bunky Reid – with some help from Sheldon Hagigal (West Oaks Academy (Fla.) ’12; formerly of Westbury High School ’11) in the backcourt and Thomas Holley (Christ the King Regional High School (N.Y.) ’14) in the middle – began to steer the ship around. Bunky Reid was able to sharply narrow the margin to three points, 50-47, in the final seconds of the tertiary period.

In the fourth quarter, Bunky Reid tied the contest at 53. Raising Champions had the opportunity to regain its advantage, leading by as much as four points, 65-61, on a bucket by forward Damien Davis (Wings Academy (N.Y.) ’12) in a contest that quickly turned into a battle of the bigs: senior Davis versus sophomore Holley.

Hagigal would tie the game again, this time at 65 on a drive to the basket with 1:53 left in the game. Bunky Reid, then, took a one-point advantage, 66-65. The lead, however, would be short-lived, as Raising Champions paced by Moore on the offensive end, but powered by Davis on both ends of the floor, closed out the game on a mini 8-3 run.

Raising Champions’ Moore scored a game-high 26 points in the win, while teammate Davis recorded 16 points in the win. Bunky Reid’s Hagigal recorded a team-high 19 points, while teammates Andre Walker and Holley had 16 and 12 points, respectively.

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