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Linden 60, Newark Tech 26

Posted Thursday, December 24, 2009 by By Josh Rosenfeld
Newark Tech
(1 - 2 - 0)

December 23rd, 2009
7 p.m.

Linden
North Jersey, Section 2, NJ

Linden
(1 - 0 - 0)
26 60
 
 

Linden 60, Newark Tech 26
 

, December 23, 2009 10:08 p.m.

By Josh Rosenfeld

Linden finally got around to playing a basketball game last night, and as one might expect it looked a little nervous at the outset and appeared rusty and out of focus at other times.

But Linden's trademark man-to-man defense appeared to be in mid-season form, and that proved to be more than enough to carry it to a 60-26 victory over Newark Tech last night in Linden.

Elijah Hodge paced Linden, No. 20 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, with 16 points, Jaurice Jones had 14 and Quadeer Lewis added 11 points and nine rebounds.

But it was what Linden did at the defensive end that enabled it to turn what was a single-digit game with 2:30 remaining in the third quarter into a 34-point victory.

"We like to think we're the No. 1 defensive team in the state of New Jersey, and tonight we held a pretty good basketball team to 26 points," Linden coach Phil Colicchio said. "We didn't look really good offensively tonight but I think if we can hold somebody to 26 we can beat anybody."

Linden limited Newark Tech to just five field goals in 38 attempts (13 percent) and forced 23 turnovers. While Linden struggled in the first quarter, hitting just three of 13 shots, Newark Tech missed all eight of its field-goal attempts in the period while turning the ball over eight times as Linden forged an 11-5 lead.

Newark Tech reduced its deficit to 28-19 midway through the third quarter following a 3-pointer by freshman Jared Hall, its leading scorer with 12 points. But Newark Tech would not score again in the quarter, which ended with an 8-0 run by Jones on back-to-back 3s and a jumper that gave Linden a 36-19 cushion entering the final quarter.

"This was the first varsity game for a lot of these kids, and one of the things we wanted was for Quadeer and Elijah, who had varsity experience, to carry us," Colicchio said. "And a kid like Jaurice Jones came off the bench and gave us a great spark."

Linden also enjoyed a healthy 38-24 edge on the boards with Trell Myers matching Lewis with nine caroms, while Hodge also dished out six assists.

Newark Tech did not have much time to prepare for the contest, having suffered a 72-41 loss to No. 1 St. Patrick 24 hours earlier. And its schedule won't get much easier with No. 16 Teaneck looming as its next opponent Saturday at the Jingle Bells Tournament at Paterson Catholic.

Linden's scheduled season opener against St. Patrick was postponed due to a death in the family of both head coaches, and its second outing against Ridge was postponed by last weekend's snowstorm.

Newark Tech 26
Name                          2-pt.   3-pt.   FT   Total
Eric Anderson                   0       0      0       0
Desmond Cotton                  0       0      2       2
Al Quan  Dobbs                  1       0      1       3
Billy Dobbs                     0       0      0       0
Maurice  Dowdell                1       0      0       2
Jared Hall                      1       2      4      12
Daniel  Hyde                    0       0      0       0
Kasim Jones                     0       0      4       4
Kasim Kaba                      0       0      3       3
Duanne Merril                   0       0      0       0
Marcus  Walker                  0       0      0       0
Denzel Wilcher                  0       0      0       0
Abel Yannick                    0       0      0       0

        Totals:                         3       2     14   
Linden 60
Name                          2-pt.   3-pt.   FT   Total
Jarrett Calhoun                 1       0      0       2
Bryan Glinsky                   0       0      0       0
Elijah Hodge                    3       2      4      16
Jaurice Jones                   4       2      0      14
Quadeer Lewis                   4       0      3      11
Curtis Lowery                   0       1      0       3
Shaquille Mitchell              0       0      0       0
Trell Myers                     1       0      0       2
Justin Philippe                 3       0      1       7
Rodney Sanders                  1       0      0       2
Jahaad Smith                    1       0      1       3

        Totals:                        18       5      9   
Linden (1-0)                  11   11   14   24   60
Newark Tech (1-2)              5    8    6    7   26

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