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2012 Toyoto Classic 3rd Place Game - New Rochelle(NY) vs Dixie Heights Recap

January 24, 2012
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The New Rochelle Huguenots exploded from the gate in the first period, hitting eight of 11 field goals, and held on the rest of the way to seize a third place finish in the 17th Toyota Classic on Saturday night at Scott County High School in Georgetown, KY, defeating the Colonels of Dixie Heights, 70-50.

The New Yorkers finished the tourney with a 2-1 record, defeating Christian County on Thursday night and falling to host Scott County on Friday night, before leading wire-to-wire against the Colonels, rated 12th in Kentucky in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

All five starters scored in the opening period, pacing the Hueguenots to an 18-4 lead after eight minutes.   New Rochelle was led by led by six points on three for three shooting by Joseph Clarke and five points from Terrence Holden, who hit both his field goal attempts and added a free throw.

The first part of the second period was a direct opposite of the first quarter as Dixie Heights cut the Huguenot lead to 20-18 halfway through the period.  But a 10-0 New Rochelle run put the Huguenots back ahead by a dozen and the Empire Staters added to that margin to lead at the half, 35-21.  Kirkland Ottey scored eight of his 10 first half points in the period and was the only player in twin figure points at the break.  Despite cooling off somewhat in the quarter, making seven of 15, New Rochelle still finished the half at 58% from the field to just 35% for the Colonels.

The third quarter began much like the second with the Colonels cutting the Huguenot lead to five points, 53-48, with 2:40 to play in the period.  But a New Rochelle run returned the lead to ten late in the period until a three-point play by sophomore Brandon Hatton reduced the margin to single digits at 51-42 after three.  Dixie Heights was able to cut into the Huguenot lead in the quarter with 53% shooting as the New York team hit just six of 17 in the period to drop their field goal rate below 50% - to 49% - for the first time in the game.

The Colonels were unable to get closer than 10 points, 58-48, in the final period as New Rochelle held on for the final margin.  Four Huguenots scored in double figures, led by Kirkland Ottey with 17.  Malik Burts added 15 while Clarke and Don Powell had 10 each. 

Jordan Hassel led the Colonels in scoring with 12 points.  Parker Stansbury of Dixie Heights led all rebounders with 10.

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