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East battles back

After a disappointing first half at Riverside, East coach Starling Bryant had nothing to say to his team. Literally.

"I was livid. I didn't have anything to say to them," said Bryant. "They knew I was kind of furious. Some of the team captains got themselves together -- it was something they had to work out for themselves. I don't think they needed to hear my mouth. And they did well, they did extremely well."

Indeed. Seniors Chris Boyd and Dominique House led a big second half as East erased an eight-point halftime deficit on its way to a 67-52 win at Riverside.

Boyd scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half while House had 14 of his 18 after halftime, at which point Riverside had taken a 28-20 lead.

East made it a 40-40 game after three quarters then started the fourth with a 14-4 run and cruised to the 15-point victory.

"At halftime, we had to pick our spirits up," said Boyd. "We knew we could get this win. We stuck it out and played some good defense. I just knew I had to get the ball and score. I just wanted to make some plays for my team."

The Panthers improved to 8-3 and 6-1 in Yale Cup Division I play while Riverside fell to 7-4 and 4-3. East is ranked ninth in the large schools poll announced today while Riverside is ranked 10th.

Deon Artis (14 points) and Justice Feggans (12) led Riverside.

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Avery paces McKinley

A "John Starks-like" dunk sealed the deal for McKinley in a 63-57 win over Hutch-Tech.

With one minute left, and his team up three points, senior Antonio Avery drove baseline and slammed it home to give McKinley (10-1, 6-1) the Yale Cup win.

Coach Zaire Dorsey likened the play to Starks' immortalized jam over Michael Jordan in the 1993 NBA playoffs.

"That got the crowd going," Dorsey said. "Everyone jumped out of their seats. That really sealed the deal."

Avery finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, including two other momentum-shifting dunks in the third quarter. Damone Canty scored 12 points as Dajuan Rutledge added 11. Also, in the decisive third quarter, McKinley scored 14 of its 20 points off turnovers.

Hutch-Tech was led by Tim Whitehead and Maurice Miles, who each scored 14.

In other Yale Cup Division I boys action, Bennett cruised past South Park, 70-37, as Forest Richardson had 16 points, William Vanoy 15 and McKenzie Brown 14. And Burgard edged Lafayette, 52-49, behind Jamal Frizzell's 20 points and eight rebounds.

In IAC play, Jack Ranallo surpassed 1,750 career points in Christian Central's 68-38 win over Park. Ranallo scored 25 points and had 12 boards. The junior has been averaging 26 points and four three-pointers per game.

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Hutch-Tech girls win big

On the surface, the Hutch-Tech girls basketball team appears to have just won a statement game. In a showdown between undefeated large-school Canisius Cup teams, Hutch-Tech coasted to a 52-24 win over McKinley.

But still, coach Dave Sardo knows it's not time to relax.

"We know we just swatted the hornet's nest and that we'll see them again," Sardo said.

Monday, Sardo's team was efficient on both ends.Chakia Crawford scored 10 points and dished out 10 assists. Patricia Luko had 10 points and 11 rebounds. And Ngina Drayton added 10 as well. From the get-go, Hutch-Tech (8-4, 6-0) looked to fast break.

"Our job was to run," Sardo said. "We knew they were a good shooting team and we wanted to take their legs away."

The plan worked to perfection.

McKinley (7-2, 5-1) didn't have any players score in double figures, falling into a 17-point deficit by halftime. With a road rematch against McKinley and another difficult road test against East, Sardo told his team one thing: "The season's a marathon; not a sprint."

Elsewhere in large school Canisius Cup play, East beat Riverside, 53-20, behind Destiny Seneca's 16 points. Seventh-grader Dakaylah Winfield added 10 points and seven assists for East (6-5, 5-2).

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