Friday, February 7, 2014

Piedmont loses thriller to Stanley

Stanley 44, Piedmont 41

The first period was a defensive battle, which ended with Stanley ahead 7-6. Ethan Croley and Joe Sassi played strong defense and controlled the boards, while Owen Levinson demonstrated some nifty ballhandling skills.

Piedmont went into the half with an 18-16 lead, with more good defense leading to layups and other easy baskets. Julian Cortez-Lopez scored two baskets, and Ian Joseph and Justin Casey pushed the ball up court after turnovers.

Stanley started hot in the third quarter, hardly missing any shots in amassing a 29-20 lead. But Piedmont stormed back, led by Isaiah Campbell’s ballhandling and penetration, and trailed by just 32-27 at the end of the period.

The fourth quarter seesawed back and forth, with Piedmont pulling as close as 1 point. Campbell continued to drive, with assists to Darryl Tjogas and Dylan Han for key baskets. In the end, Stanley hit a few clutch foul shots to put the game away.

Campbell and Tjogas led the scoring with 8 points apiece; Campbell had 3 assists; and Croley and Sassi each had 6 rebounds.

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