Leads Rutgers Prep's Second Half Comeback, 44-43
By Greg Machos
December 18, 2011
WEST ORANGE, NJ--Opening weekend was a busy one for Rutgers Prep. The Argonauts began the weekend with a game against Cardinal McCarrick on Saturday at the Planet Athlete Tip-Off Classic in South Amboy. The Somerset County school used a 10-0 run to end the first half to take a 22-11 halftime lead en route to a 53-34 victory.
On Sunday, Rutgers Prep faced off against Hudson Catholic in the second game of the final day of action at the 2011 Hoop Group Tip-Off Classic at West Orange High School. Playing the game on Saturday afternoon may have caused the Argos to be a bit sluggish at first. Hudson Catholic, which rolled past a talented Bayonne team on opening night by a whopping 91-46 margin, jumped out to a 26-9 lead at halftime thanks to a 10-4 first quarter, and a 16-5 second quarter.
However, the Argonauts, which reached the finals of the 2010 Somerset County Tournament before falling to Gill St. Bernards, battled back with a 35-17 surge over the final two periods to pull out a thrilling come from behind victory, 44-43. Mike Klinger earned team MVP honors for the game with 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds. Greg Grippo chipped in with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting, 6 rebounds, an assist and a steal. Joe Kaczmarsky, who had a couple threes during the fourth quarter, ended up with 8 points along with 3 assists and 2 steals.
Matt Rennie only scored 7 points, but was more prominent on the boards with 11 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Michael Young turned in MVP honors for Hudson Catholic with 9 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 6 rebounds to lead a more balanced attack. Reggie Cameron chipped in with a solid effort of 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. Grant Ellis also scored 9 points along with 3 rebounds while Kavon Stewart collected 8 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. Rakwan Kelly also chipped in wtih 7 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.
It was a tale of two entirely different halves for the Argonauts. After shooting just 4 of 23 from the floor in the first half including 0 of 9 from beyond the arc, Rutgers Prep rallied behind a strong 13 of 17 shooting effort overall including a 4 of 5 effort from beyond the arc. The Argos ended up shooting better overall at 17 of 40 for 43 percent then Hudson Catholic, which was 15 of 41 for 37 percent. Hudson Catholic outscored Rutgers Prep by a 15-12 margin in points from beyond the arc, and 8-6 in points from the line, but the Argos had more points off turnovers (13-11) and second chance points (5-1).
Hudson Catholic led by the score of 33-26 heading into the fourth quarter when Rutgers Prep continued on its push back into the contest. Klinger got the Argonauts going with two free throws and then another score to close the gap to 35-30 when HCHS called for time with 6:18 remaining. Following the stoppage, RU Prep had a chance to get even closer when Klinger was fouled again at the 6:03 mark, but he misfired on both free throws. The Argos kept after it though with 7 of the next 9 points over a span of just 1:21 to tie the game at 37-37 with 4:42 left. Grippo scored four points on layups at the 5:32 mark and the 4:42 mark while Kacmarsky banked in a triple from the right wing at the 4:54 mark.
The tie was the first of two along with three lead changes over the final 4:42. After Hudson Catholic made one of two from the line, Kacmarsky netted a three from the right of the top of the key for a 40-38 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Young tied the game with a layup at the 3:37 mark, and had a chance to go in front, but Rennie came up with a huge block at the 2:50 mark. Rewarded for his defensive play, Rennie got a basket as he was fouled, and despite missing the bonus free throw, he gave the Argos a 42-40 lead with 2:16 left. Rutgers Prep continued to play well on defense forcing a steal before calling timeout at the 1:42 mark.
Following the stoppage, and Stewart fouling out of the game at the 1:09 mark, Cameron connected for a three from the right wing with 50.4 seconds remaining for a 43-42 lead. Following two timeouts by the Argonauts in less than 30 seconds, Klinger drew a foul on the floor, and made both ends of the bonus with 25.1 seconds to play for a 44-43 lead. Hudson Catholic had the ball with a chance to win, but traveled with 2.5 seconds left, and after Rennie missed the front end of a one and one, the North Jersey school couldn't get off a last second shot as Rutgers Prep came away with the 44-43 victory.
Rutgers Prep (2-0)
Hudson Catholic (1-1)
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