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December 10, 2007

Canarsie Overtakes Bishop Ford

It took the Canarsie High School Chiefs about two-and-a-half quarters to get their collectives heads on straight Sunday. Once they did, however, they completely shut down opponent Bishop Ford, dominating the final 12 minutes of play en route to a 74-62 win at Baruch College in the 4th annual Big Apple Basketball Challenge.


What's more, Canarsie did most of its damage with star guard Yves Jules sitting on the bench in foul trouble.

Bishop Ford, behind an inspired performance from its backcourt - junior guard Chaz Williams and junior guard Samuel Haigler - looked the stronger team in a back-and-forth first half and appeared to be pulling away midway through the third quarter. However, after a Williams lay-up put the Falcons up eight, 49-41, Canarsie simply turned into a different squad.

Over the next ten minutes, the Chiefs peeled off a remarkable 20-0 run to go up 61-49, the run made even more remarkable by the fact that Jules, the team's leading scorer, notched just one point during the stretch. It was the Canarsie supporting cast - forward Elon Howard and guards Vincent Mattos, Ignatius Poleon and Ojed McInnis - that made the difference, scoring, creating turnovers and locking down on defense.

The Falcons, heads clearly spinning, would get within single digits only once thereafter, at 68-60 late in the fourth quarter, but McInnis pushed the lead back to 10 on a breakaway lay-up after a missed three by Ford forward Tyrik Tucker.

Howard picked up the game's MVP award, registering a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double, with Mattos adding 17 and Jules 16 for the Chiefs.

Haigler, who scored 10 straight Ford points in the first half, finished with 23 to lead the Falcons. Williams, who dazzled the crowd with his ball handling ability and slick passes, scored 19 before fouling out late. Tucker also impressed, putting up 17 points and 13 boards.

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