Saturday, March 03, 2012

LIU Blackbirds ~ NEC Tourney; Wipe Out Sacred Heart. Quinnipiac Next

From the desk of:   THE HOOPS OF FLATBUSH

LIU-BROOKLYN BLACKBIRDS:  Jason Brickman and Jamal Olasewere Turn Back the Pioneers.  Quinnipiac Up-Ends St. Francis (NY) to Set-Up Semifinal Match Up.


LIU-Brooklyn   80
Sacred Heart    68

The Blackbirds went downtown for Wednesday night's NEC quarterfinal game against Sacred Heart; as in scoring thirty-three points from three-point land.  Nine LIU steals and seventeen Pioneer turnovers overall, resulted in another eighteen points for Brooklyn.

The Pioneers actually held an 8-7 lead at 14:07 of the first half.  But over the remaining portion of the game, Jamal Olasewere and the Blackbirds ensured they'd never lead again.  The Pioneers managed to get within a point of Brooklyn with 7:18 left.  However by 2:32, Brooklyn was up again by fifteen.  The Blackbirds wound up taking an eight point lead into halftime.

Once again, Sacred Heart managed to pull within a point of LIU with the score 41-40 at the 13:37 mark.  But Flatbush proceeded to pull away and were up by seventeen with just 1:43 to go.  Sacred Heart's Shane Gibson scored a game high twenty-two points, while Louis Montes pulled down a game high ten rebounds.  Sacred Heart also out-rebounded Flatbush by a plus ten margin in the losing effort.

Instead, the second half was all Brandon Thompson.  Coming off the bench, he buried a trio of three-pointers and dropped two more from the line for eleven second half points.  Overall, the Blackbirds connected on six shots from downtown in the second half on their way to an 80-68 quarterfinal victory.

Olasewere led Brooklyn scorers with twenty points; dropping eleven in the first half, and another nine in the second.  He also pulled down eight rebounds, blocked two shots, had three steals, and took a game high eight attempts from the foul line in thirty-four minutes played.  The facilitator, LIU's guard Jason Brickman, scored twelve points and distributed a game high thirteen assists.  Julian Boyd (16), Michael Culpo (11), and Michael Thompson (11), made five Brooklyn players in double-digit scoring.

NEC Tournament Quarterfinal Results:

LIU-Brooklyn defeats Sacred Heart  80-68

Robert Morris defeats Monmouth  87-68
I predicted this game would be closer.

Quinnipiac defeats St. Francis (NY)  80-72
*UPSET*   I predicted St. Francis (NY) would win convincingly.

Wagner defeats Central Connecticut State  87-77

Sunday, March 4, 2012


Quinnipiac Bobcats

Ashland Place, Brooklyn


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