M. Wingate (NYCHoops.net)
NEW YORK, NY – The second annual Big Strick Classic at City College started out as just another all-star game but quickly turned into a rivalry as top New York City players were pitted against some of the top players in the nation.
Team USA Co-MVP Robert Hubbs
Team NYC, who led for the majority of Saturday’s game, would squander their advantage down the stretch giving Team USA a slim 87-86 win.
“They played harder than us,” said Chris McCullough (13 points). “They out-rebounded us and outscored us.”
Team NYC started quickly as Kuran Iverson (21 points, 5 rebounds) and Isaiah Whitehead (10 points) scored early. Troy Williams (10 points) and Khadeem Lattin (13 points, 8 rebounds) and Robert Hubbs (14 points) countered for Team USA who finished strong wit an 8 point advantage to end the quarter
At the top of the second quarter, Team NYC finally got some continuity going on an 8-2 pull to within two points.
Dayshon Smith (6 points) began to set up his teammates Jermaine Lawrence (10 points, 11 rebounds) and Iverson and midway through the quarter a strong move the paint by Jordan Washington (10 points) gave 43-36 lead.
Team NYC Co-MVP Chris McCullough
With all the hoopla surrounding the Harrison Twins, they started off slowly but as the half came to a close the duo begin to live up to expectations. After baskets by Lahin closed the gap, a basket late in the half by Andrew Harrison (15 points) would tie the game at 48.