Wins Battle Of Momentum With 20-2 Run In Fourth
By Greg Machos
December 17, 2011
WEST ORANGE, NJ--Time after time, you will see that basketball is a game of runs and which team not only seizes the momentum, but is able to hang on to it better. Following a loss to Union County Conference foe, Plainfield on Friday night, the Linden Tigers had some struggles with Shore Conferen
ce and Non-Public A powerhouse Christian Brothers Academy. The Tigers needed to find a way to turn things around.
Linden was able to seize momentum on two occasions including a 10-0 spurt to end the first half for a 24-22 lead at the intermission, and an 20-2 tear to end the game for a hard fought, 51-41 victory over a very determined CBA squad. Things didn't start off well for the Tigers. Despite a late first quarter score big 6'8 forward Quadri Moore for an 11-10 lead, Linden trailed at the end of the first period, 12-11, and gave way to a 7-3 run including a quarter opening layup, and two free throws at the 3:59 mark for a 19-14 lead. Lightning came in a bottle for the Tigers though in the form of an 10-0 run to end the first half.
Linden connected on a three pointer from the right wing, a three point play, and then after a CBA timeout, the Tigers picked up a steal for a layup to take a 24-19 lead before the Colts netted a three pointer from the left side as time ran out in the first half for a 24-22 LHS lead. Linden tried to pick up right where it left off at the end of the first half with a layup to open the second half scoring for a 26-22 lead.
Over the rest of the third though, the pendulum swung back in CBA's favor as a couple threes by Eric Shaw highlighted a 13-5 run for a 35-31 lead at the end of the period. The only real bright spot for Linden during the CBA rally was a three pointer by Moore that tied the game at 31-31. The Colts added a couple layups to end the frame with the four point edge heading into the final quarter of action. CBA continued to build off their momentum with four of the first six points including an offensive rebound and follow for a 39-33 lead.
However, Linden battled back with a three pointer from the top of the key, and then a layup to pull within one at the 5:14 mark. Following a CBA timeout, both teams went into a scoring lull for a bit before the Colts turned the ball over in their own backcourt with 3:52 to play. Moments later, Linden went in front at 40-39 with a layup. The Tigers had a chance to go up even further when they got a steal on the defensive end, but failed to capitalize. CBA then wrestled the lead back at 41-40 with a layup at the 3:07 mark. It would be the last points of the game for the Colts.
Linden took the lead for good with two free throws at the 2:52 mark. Then, the Tigers swiped a steal, and converted that into points with a layup at the 2:29 mark. The Union County school added one more layup at the two minute mark following another stop on defensive end for a 46-41 lead. CBA tried to stem the tide with a timeout at the 1:43 mark, but after a lull in the scoring that lasted after a minute, Linden capped the 11-0 run and sealed the 51-41 victory with two free throws at the 50.5 second mark, and then a three point play by Moore with 27.0 seconds left.
Shaw earned Player of the Game honors for CBA with a game high 15 points while Moore earned those honors for Linden with 13 points. Shakir Phelps chipped in for the winners with 12 points while freshman Juwan Dolbrice added 10 points including two threes. Jonathan Bloodgood helped out in a losing cause
for CBA with 10 points including two treys.
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