And Anglin Star As Seton Hall Prep Defeats Columbia, 61-44
By Greg Machos
December 17, 2011
WEST ORANGE, NJ--The first night of the 2011 Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic wrapped up with a contest between long time Essex County rivals, Columbia and Seton Hall Prep. This contest has been dominated historically by the Pirates going back to the days when both teams played in the Iron Hills Confe
rence. Columbia was hoping to turn the tide early on by scoring four of the first five points.
However, Seton Hall Prep finished the quarter with an 8-3 run, and got the first three points of the second for a 12-7 lead that it would never relinquish. Stephon Mosely led the charge in the 61-44 victory for The Prep with a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds along with two blocks. Dallas Anglin showed a explosive combination of shooting and athletic ability with 7 of 10 shooting including 2 of 5 from three as well as two electrifying dunks to come up with 16 points and 3 steals. Justin Martin led the way for Columbia in defeat with 14 points while teammates Maxim Michel (team high 6 rebounds) and Abdull Hill each had 10 points.
For the game, the Pirates shot 21 of 44 from the floor for 48 percent while Columbia was limited to 14 of 47 shooting for 30 percent. Seton Hall Prep went 4 of 12 from beyond the arc while the Cougars were just 3 of 13. Columbia was just 13 of 25 from the charity stripe for 52 percent while the The Prep was 15 of 20 for 75 percent. Seton Hall Prep also outrebounded its Essex County foe by a 40-24 margin including a 12-11 advantage on the offensive glass. The Pirates also had more blocked shots (6-1), second chance points (11-10), and points off the bench (13-10). Seton Hall also was more efficient on offense than Columbia was with 1.13 points per shot versus only 0.75 for the Cougars.
Both teams seemed to be feeling each other out as neither team got on the board until a couple minutes in when Seton Hall Prep made one of two from the line for a 1-0 lead. Columbia fought back with the next four for a three point lead, but the advantage didn't last long. Both Spencer Weisz (8 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, and a blocked shot) and Mosley came up with big plays as Wiesz got a layup late in the first quarter for a 9-7 lead. Then, Mosley opened up the second with a conventional three point play at the 7:31 mark for a 12-7 advantage.
The Cougars tried to fight back with four of the next six points to pull within three at 14-11, but the Pirates continued to take control of the game with a 9-3 spurt for a 23-14 lead late in the first half. After Columbia made two free throws with under 30 seconds to play in the second quarter, Weisz wowed the crowd with a nifty drive through the Columbia defense for a floater that went in just as time was running out in the first half for a 25-15 lead at the intermission.
After Columbia got the first score of the second half to pull within single digits again, the Pirates took command with a 18-7 tear the rest of the way for a 43-24 advantage heading into the fourth. Mosley sparked the run with a layup and then Anglin, who scored 10 of his 16 points in the third, picked up from there with a two handed jam, a drive through the middle for a throw down of a dunk, and back to back threes from the right wing to put The Prep up 37-24. Seton Hall Prep also got contributions from Mosley who scored thre e baskets to round out the run. The fourth period saw Seton Hall Prep extend its lead to 47-27 before Columbia tried to show some fight.
The Cougars rallied with eight points through the middle portion of the period. Sparked by a three pointer, Columbia got a layup from the left low block, drew a charge on Anglin and capped the run with a three point play to pull within a dozen at 47-35 with four minutes remaining. Unfortunately, despite the support of the partisan crowd, Columbia wasn't able to get any closer than that as Mosley connected for a three from the right wing, and a trey from the left side to wrap up the 61-44 victory. Martin earned game MVP honors for the Cougars while Mosley earned them for Seton Hall Prep.
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