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Harvard beats Brown, Arizona keeps Texas at bay and more during 3 on 3 basketball action Thursday

  • Obi Eaton releases a shot during 3-on-3 basketball action on Thursday in Orange. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mike Phillips

  • Obi Eaton drives to the hoop while Will Barnes defends during Thursday’s 3-on-3 basketball action in Orange. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mike Phillips

  • Gavin Sullivan gets high above the competition to complete a 2-foot jumper. contributed photo/Mike Phillips

  • Cole Johnson (left) is guarded by Gavin Sullivan (right) as Johnson goes up for the layup during 3-on-3 basketball action on Thursday in Orange. contributed photo/Mike Phillips

  • Dylan Young releases a pass over the defender during 3 -on-3 basketball action on Thursday in Orange. contributed photo/mike Phillips



Sports Writer
Thursday, August 09, 2018

ORANGE — Harvard used free throws to maintain its lead and defeat Brown 46-45, while Arizona kept Texas an arm’s length away throughout most of the contest in Orange Recreation Association 3-on-3 basketball action on Thursday.

The following is a recap of all of Thursday’s action:

Amherst 40, Trinity 36

A final 10-point run proved the difference for Amherst on Thursday, defeating Trinity 40-36.

Issa Nahayo led Amherst with 12 points. Nathan Griffith added 10 points, while brothers Gaving and Dylan Young added eight points each.

Amherst outscored Trinity 10-0 in the final five minutes of play, coming back from a 36-30 deficit. Griffith put Amherst up 38-36 with one minute and 10 seconds left in the game. Trinity had an opportunity to tie the game but missed its final shot, which Griffith then turned into a layup to put his team up by four with 10 seconds left.

Cassidy Boutell and Luan Lopez-Baez scored 14 points each for Trinity. The duo created a 10-point run with less than 20 minutes left in the game, putting Trinity up 30-23.

Amherst led 23-20 prior to that run. Trinity pulled within one at 19-18 on a jumper by Daniel Finch (eight points). It capped off a six-point run for Trinity. Amherst led 19-12 beforehand.

Amherst took its 19-12 lead on an 11-2 run in the opening 10 minutes of the game. Down 10-8, Amherst crowded the basket, which allowed Nahayo, Matthew Vitello, Gavin Young and Dylan Young to net layups.

Amherst tied the game at six after starting down, 6-0.

Harvard 46, Brown 45

Neither Cole Johnson or Isiah Baker wanted to end their summer early.

With playoff implications on the line, Johnson and Baker netted their free-throw attempts at the end of overtime to send Harvard home with a 46-45 win over Brown.

Harvard took four attempts at the line. Kaden Vescovi and Nathan Griffiths missed the first two attempts, but Johnson and Baker netted back-to-back free throws to clinch Harvard’s win.

Harvard eliminated Brown from the playoffs with the win, while advancing themselves to the finals on Friday.

Brown took a 45-44 lead with its free throws. On five attempts, the team netted two to take a one-point lead.

Harvard led 44-43 at the end of overtime. Johnson netted a basket that bounced twice on the rim and then decided to fall in with four seconds left on the clock. Brown couldn’t get a final shot off before the buzzer.

The two teams traded the lead three times during the one-minute overtime. The game was tied at 41 at the end of regulation.

Gavin Sullivan tied the game for Brown with a layup as the clock showed 11 seconds. It was the second time the team tied the game within the final minute of regulation, previously tying the game at 39.

Harvard took a 39-38 lead with one minute and 35 seconds left thanks to a 6-0 run. Derek Collins netted all six points. He netted 12 points throughout the contest.

Thanks to a 12-point run, Brown went up 32-27 with a little less than nine minutes to play. Prior to the run, Harvard had a 10-point run of its own to go up 27-20.

Brown led 18-13 midway through the game.

Lian Lopez-Baez and Luan Lopez-Baez shared a team-high 10 points for Brown. Johnson and Griffith each scored 10 points for Harvard.

Yale 54, Penn 46

Alivia Patch has been quiet on the floor at times during the 3-on-3 basketball season. On Thursday, she made her presence known, scoring 14 points for Yale in its 54-46 win over Penn.

Patch pitched in wherever the team needed it. She backed down the defender and put up an easy basket to give her team its largest lead of the day at 38-22. After Penn made a push for the lead, closing the gap to only 10 points, she then connected on a long jumper to prevent any kind of comeback.

Yale combined Patch’s efforts with its usual dynamic duo: Kyle Notre and Will Barnes. Notre netted 15 points while Barnes scored 16.

Siblings Cam Gadarowski and Paige Gadarowski tried their best to match Notre and Barnes, scoring 14 points each. It wasn’t enough, however, as their team trailed by eight points going into the game’s final five minutes.

Yale held a 16-point lead twice throughout the game. They went on a 10-2 run midway through to go up 34-18. Then came Patch’s layup that put Yale up 38-22.

Penn pulled within one early, down 15-14. Yale then went on a seven-point run to go up 22-14.

Arizona 54, Texas 47

Arizona struck early, forcing Texas to play catchup the entirety of Thursday’s game. Unfortunately for Texas, that never came as Arizona won 54-47.

Arizona outscored Texas 18-12 through the first 10 minutes of Thursday’s game. It was the exact difference between the two teams, that went even through the final 25 minutes of the contest.

Matt Lyesiuk reached the 16-point cap for Arizona, while Luke Melanson scored 14 points. David Johnson added 12.

Texas threatened late in the game, pulling within one at 44-43 with less than five minutes left. Lyesiuk and Johnson netted back-to-back layups to put Arizona back up by six, 48-43.

Texas threatened with eight minutes left in the game as well, pulling within three at 36-33. Lyesiuk netted back-to-back layups while Kyle Notre connected on a jumper to put Arizona up by nine.

Texas trailed by one at 22-21 midway, but a 10-point run by moved Texas back up by nine. It was the start of a continuous pattern between the two teams.

Charlie Barnes hit the 16-point cap for Texas. Elias Spencer and Hunter Martin scored 14 points each.

Duke 60, BC 54

The pressure was on both teams to make it to Friday’s finale during the final minutes of Thursday’s matchup. When the lights came on and with everyone watching, Duke converted on its opportunities while BC didn’t.

Down by two, BC turned into the offensive zone only to turn over the ball with 18 seconds left. Duke then converted on back-to-back shots to win 60-54.

Jayden Softic put Duke ahead, 56-54 with less than 30 seconds left. The two teams where tied at 54 for more than a minute and were also tied at 50 with five minutes left to play.

Softic and Eli Gonzalez provided all of Duke’s offense in the final minutes. It reflected Thursday in its entirety, as Softic contributed a team-high 16 points, while Gonzalez contributed 14.

BC was all but finished with 13 minutes left to play, down 42-27. They then pulled off a 12-point run to pull within three, 42-39.

Sebastian Shaw led BC’s efforts, scoring 19 points. Gavin Sullivan followed suit, scoring 18 points.

Duke led 38-25 with 15 minutes left. They also led 32-14 with 18 minutes left and 20-8 with 25 minutes left.

BC’s second-half comeback went for nothing, however, as Duke knocked them out of Friday’s finale with the win.

Kentucky 49, Wisconsin 45

Daesean Watson led Kentucky with 15 points in its 49-45 win over Wisconsin. Charlie Anderson pitched in with 14 points, while Cathal Davis scored eight.

Cecilio Sanchez did everything he could for Wisconsin, hitting the 16-point maximum. Joshua Jenks contributed 14 points. Aden Santana contributed nine points.

UCLA 54, Kansas 48

It was a pair of Mahar boys basketball players that led UCLA on Thursday, winning 54-48 against Kansas.

Noaha Chabot led UCLA with 16 points, while Deven Patch scored 14. Both players play within the Mahar boys basketball program.

Cole Johnson scored 14 points as well for UCLA.

Jake Tenney led Kansas with 20 points. Jakob Carron scored 14 points. Lucas Isrow scored eight points.

Hamilton 40, Colby 36

Trinity Doane, Julia Hatch and Derek Collins scored 12 points each for Hamilton, defeating Colby 40-36. Bradley Coleman contributed the other four points in the win.

Lian Lopez-Baez led Colby with 14 points. Hunter Brooks and David Vitello each scored 10 points. Evan Quigley provided the other two points for Colby.


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