Middletown Loses First Game of Season to Greeley in Slam Dunk Tournament Challenge Game

By Sean Lynch

S9Hoops.com Creator

WHITE PLAINS — The game went exactly the way Horace Greeley hoped it would.

Lots of crisp passes, a press-defense that prevented Middletown to run freely, and a post game.

Behind a 29 point, 14 rebound performance from freshman center Nicholas Townsend, Greeley powered past Middletown 72-53 in the Slam Dunk Tournament Challenge Game.

Middletown (4-1) fell behind in the first quarter 18-10, and had trouble making shots with Greeley’s tight man-to-man defense.

It was the same song & dance throughout the game for the Middies, who failed to make many layups, and allowed a lot of them on the other end of the floor.

Greeley scored 46 points in the paint, 30 of them were off second-chances.

Middletown doesn’t play again until Wednesday, January 2nd at Poughkeepsie.


Stats

Middletown (4-1):

Marquis Gill 14 points (6/17 FG), 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Keon Gill 12 points (5/14 FG), 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals

Noriel Brown 9 points (4/8 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists

Jalen Hammonds 6 points (3/5 FG), 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 5 turnovers

Ryan Rosa 4 points (1/4 FG), 5 rebounds

Team: 53 points: 21-of-63 FG; (3/17 from 3); 8/16 FT; 31 rebounds; 12 assists; 12 turnovers

 

Horace Greeley (4-2):

Nicholas Townsend (MVP) 29 points (10/14 FG), 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals

Chris Melis 22 points (8/19 FG), 13 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals

Christoph Sauerborn 6 points (3/6 FG), 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals

Noah Shar 6 points (2/5 FG), 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 7 turnovers

Michael Salore 5 points (2/4 FG), 3 rebounds, 1 assist

Team: 72 points; 27-of-54 FG; (2/8 from 3); 16/30 FT; 52 rebounds; 19 assists; 22 turnovers


Highlights

Middletown senior guard Marquis Gill with six of his 14 points.