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January 31, 2010

Rice Wins SNY Chip Over Cardozo

Cardozo was looking to piggyback on their impressive victory against Lutheran. Rice was looking to build off of difficult win over Boys & Girls HS. After winning for the entire game, the Judges would relinquish both the lead and the game to the Raiders, 63-58, in overtime.

The Judges struck first as Reynaldo Walters (8 points & 3 assists) scored transition. Kadeem Jack (19 points & 10 rebounds) put up points for Rice but Malcolm Brooks (15 points) drained threes followed by an inside bucket from Ryan Rhoomes (14 points & 11 rebounds) giving the Judges a 10-4 lead. Dozo matched Rice height-wise which made for an interesting game. Early on Rhoomes got 2 blocks on Jack and kept the Judges up by 10 with 3:47 left and maintained an 18-8 lead as the quarter closed.

Dozo did a good job keeping Rice's bigs extended and Brooks splashed his third three-pointer to give the Judges a 23-10 lead. Richard Council (6 points & 7 rebounds) and Shane Southwell (6 points & 8 rebounds) contained the damage with Raiders garbage points but continued to chase the Judges throughout the quarter.

Dozo maintained a 23-14 cushion with 3:32 on the clock but a 3 pointer by Jermaine Sanders (12 points) closed the gap. Jack would fly through with a dunk off a miss and Rice was within 4 points with 1:09 left in the half. Things got heated with 6.8 on the clock as Dwayne Brunson (18 points & 12 rebounds) received an intentional foul and extended the Judges lead to 7 points. And give them possession. Brunson would score a floater on the inbound to push Cardozo's lead to 9 points at the half.

The Raiders were on the low end of a 33-24 game and live and die on the belief that they will prevail in the later rounds. At the half, the Judges were even with Rice with 18 rebounds but shot a better FG percentage at 50% compared to the Raiders 31.3%.

Dozo's length ironically bothered Rice and with 3:15 left in the third had extended their lead to 43-26 as Rhoomes scored a putback on Jack. Dozo's lead approached 19 points before Jahmeek Jones (4 points) nailed a 3-ball that started a 8-0 Rice run. Brunson ended the quarter with an emphatic dunk, keeping Dozo ahead 47-36.

The Judges kept the pressure on and with 5:33 in the game were still ahead 49-40. Crashing the boards, Jack cut the lead to 6 points at the 4:45 mark as Rice upped the ante. Full court pressure caused turnover and a three pointer by Scottie Arias (12 points) pulled the Raiders to within a point at 51-50 with 3:16 left in regulation.

Rhoomes would give Dozo a 3 point lead from the charity stripped and a foul by Sanders on Chris Gayot (1 point & 3 assists) added another point. 1:55 and Dozo held on to a slim 54-50 lead. Jack scored on a hook. A traveling violation and a foul on Arias taking a 3 put the guard on the line. Arias would go 2-3 to tie the game at 54 with 43.6 on the clock. With either team able to score the game went into overtime.

Sanders would score the first basket in OT. A three pointer giving Rice their first lead followed by another with 1:20 to put Rice up 5 points with 58.6 left in the game. Down 59-55, Brunson pulled Dozo to with 3 from the free-throw line and Walters would go 1-2 to cut Rice's to a point. Jack would in turn drop 2 from the line and Rice would pull out the win.

Jack would capture the MVP with Brunson getting the Sportsmanship award.





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