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Senior point guard Austen Vernon was an offensive machine, scoring from both the perimeter and in the lane. His intense defense stopped shots, forced turnovers and collected rebounds. But his efforts and hustle were not matched by his teammates and Brewster won 71-56. Fears, Brophy and Townsend made contributions; Honig and Karr showed tough defense and Galergun, Klein and Okun provided energy from the bench. Brewster had three serious shooters, accuracy at the foul line and their big man was allowed to camp out in the lane, with no fear of a three second violation, earning himself a distinct advantage.
Lesson learned.
Next Varsity game is Thursday at home vs. JFK.

In an incredible final quarter display of athleticism, Junior Matt Brophy sparked the Quakers in a dramatic come-from behind victory over the Kennedy Gaels, 67 - 63. Trailing by 18 at the start of the 4th, Coach Fernandes called for the press. Matt Townsend and Adam Honig repeatedly trapped the inbound ball, forcing passes that were intercepted by Brophy and Austen Vernon and then converted into points. Brophy scored 16 points in less than five minutes as the offense went on a 35 point tear. He hit two three pointers, and went 10 for 12 from the free throw line as the Gaels panicked and fouled under the pressure. Matt Townsend blocked ten shots and C.J.Fears kept O'Connell, JFK's leading scorer, quiet in the final quarter as the Greeley defense kicked into gear and shut down the Gaels previously effective offense. Once again, Adam Honig hit the clutch free throws to ice the game. The resolve and spirit of the Quakers won both the game and the hearts of their fans who, again, poured on to the court in a rousing display of appreciation.
Congratulations Quakers!

Yorktown Tournament 2007
The much anticipated rematch with Yorktown provided some excitement as the Quakers kept it close with dynamic play from Austen Vernon and strong defense from Matt Townsend; but the Greeley squad couldn't pull off another dramatic finish and the Huskers won 59 ? 54. Yorktown then went on to defeat Walter Panas HS for the Championship if the 10th Annual George Budries Basketball Tournament at Yorktown High School.


Saturday's game against Sleepy Hollow High School to determine the third place finisher was a close game with The Horsemen maintaining a lead the entire game. Greeley got support inside from Drew Karr and outside from Drew Klein. Matt Townsend was Mr. Hustle as he dove for loose balls and chased down a full-court break away and then denied the shot. Matt Brophy's offensive rebounding and put-backs helped Greeley maintain possession and Vernon dished well to Adam Honig and CJ Fears for their three-pointers. But it wasn't until the final minute- after Sleepy Hollow failed to capitalize on a Greeley foul, that the game got truly intense. As reported by Tony Pinciaro of the Journal News, "In the consolation game, Greeley's C.J. Fears drilled consecutive 3-pointers in the final minute, including one with 16.9 seconds on the clock, to even the score at 60-60. After Sleepy Hollow failed to convert two free throws, Brophy ripped down the rebound and was fouled. He calmly stepped to the line and made both free throws, giving him a game-high 22 points. Matt Brophy sank two free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining in the game as Horace Greeley defeated Sleepy Hollow 62-60 for third place. "
Austen Vernon was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Austen Vernon never let up, Ben Okun put in a clutch basket, Matt Townsend showed amazing speed on the press, Adam Honig intercepted a key inbound pass, CJ Fears continued to make effortless threes, Drew Klein and Jesse Abrams provided mid-game support and Matt Brophy tied the game at half time with a put-back- but everyone’s amazing efforts were not enough to stage another breathless, final second victory and the Foxes of Fox Lane won 62-60.
Okun gave Greeley the spark they needed when he beat his defender and made the lay up on a critical inbound play late in the fourth quarter (see video highlight).
Vernon showed remarkable poise as the vocal Fox Lane crowd focused on him. He led the Quakers drive in the final quarter with speed, agility and an adept inside move; even against the Fox lane big man, Hughes, who could not stop Vernon’s quick drives. Klein stepped in for Brophy, who fouled out, and it looked as if the Quakers would repeat the finish they patented in the Yorktown game, but Honig’s shot was not as perfect and the buzzer put an end to it.
The sixth man for each team was most definitely the fans as the students from both schools showed tremendous school pride and spirit. We are proud of the Greeley fans who chanted and cheered together for their classmates, their efforts almost closed the trap on the Foxes.


In yet ANOTHER nail-biter, this time with the added drama of overtime, the Greeley squad beat Lakeland high school, 42 to 39, but it was not easy.

It was a low-scoring game, where defensive play was the determining factor. Greeley was able to handle the aggressive drives of the Lakeland team, but unable to open up a lead against their strong defense. Led by Matt Townsend, who had 5 blocked shots, Matt Brophy whose man-to-man coverage of #24 nullified a potential offensive threat and Adam Honig who had a key block in the final minute of the game, the Greeley defense held Lakeland to only 33 points with just 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Townsend grabbed a rebound, dribbled out and fired a pass to Brophy who drove to the hoop and scored, giving Greeley a 2 point lead. After a foul was called, #24 went to the line, hit the first shot, bricked the second, but got his own rebound and banked a shot in to take the lead with 2 seconds remaining. This is when it got weird-Brophy “funballs” the inbound pass, hitting a Lakeland player in the leg, which causes the ball to go out of bounds at half court- still Greeley ball. Jesse Abrams inbounds to Brophy who immediately takes a shot and is fouled! He hits one of two to tie and the game goes into overtime. Honig controlled the ball with confidence, Abrams hit both of his clutch free throws with 6 seconds left in OT and Matt Townsend sealed the deal with the final shot and Greeley won 42-39. You cannot make this stuff up.

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