Eddie Castro Sports: Winners Circle

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After their impressive victory last week against Brooklyn powerhouse Lincoln High in the City Championship, the boys of Jefferson High School won another big game this time in Albany to capture their first New York State AA Federation title with a 72-65 victory over Aquinas Institute. The Orange Wave added the cherry on top to their season.
Thomas Jefferson Defeats Aquinas for NYS Federation title.
Thomas Jefferson Defeats Aquinas for NYS Federation title. (Photo courtesy of: MSG)

 

In last week’s game, it was the Rasheem Dunn and Shamorie Ponds show, however, Ponds picked up his fourth foul midway in the third quarter which forced the hands of Jefferson’s head coach Bud Pollard to bench him. Have no fear, the cavalry was near as Ponds’ teammates picked up the load as Aquinas was chopping away at the lead Jefferson had built. Contributions by C.J. “big shot” Smith who dropped 15 points, Jordan Morgan, Malachi Faison, Eric Massingale, Marques Watson and Kerome Grant. Coach Pollard was in a pleasant mood and was quite satisfied about the supporting cast his team gave saying, “Sometimes it’s usually Shamorie and the miracles of Rasheem and one of them might take the lead one night, but those backup dancers really performed”. Ponds said winning this state title is “a dream come true”. Ponds also said the City Championship loss to Cardozo in 2014 really motivated him.

 

Coach Pollard had all of his coaching staff and the players autographed the game ball for what will be the last time he will be with this group. The basketball will be on display at Charles Barron’s office thanking the East New York and Brownsville community for their ongoing support as the boys of Jefferson High became 2015-16 City and State Champs!

 

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