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May 3, 2008

New Heights ReBeat Panthers

NYCHoops #4 ranked New Heights A (1-0) would look to stop the #1 ranked NY Panthers Jrs. (3-0) from clinching the Southwest division at the iS8/Nike Spring H.S. Classic before they got a chance to play their three remaining games. Strong play from Ashton Gibbs would make that dream come true as New Heights would take it to the NY Panthers beating them by almost 20 points

Rashawn Stores would strike first for the Panthers as Gibbs would counter with three balls for New heights.

Gibbs younger brother Sterling would enter the game for opposing Panthers but the elder Gibbs would, on cue, nail another three pointer for New Heights as if to show who the big brother is.

Iona-bound Trinity Fields would have difficulty getting his shot off but Ashton Gibbs would have his back as the lead would jockey back and forth with New Heights up by 1 point at the end of one quarter.

Ashton Gibbs would go to work for New Heights in the second quarter, scoring from outside and from the charity stripe.

Big man Armand Thomas would pound in buckets down low while Seton Hall freshman Sterling Gibbs and Winston Graham would fire from the arc and by slashing to score in the paint for the Panthers giving them a 6 point lead late in the first half.

Fields would get it done late for New Heights as the half end with them only down by a point.

The second half would start with New heights taking a quick lead but a Thomas soft touch midrange would give the Panthers the lead once again.

Stores unfortunately would go down with bloody nose.

Sterling Melville began to impose his will down low for New Heights and an acrobatic underhanded scoop shot by Sterling Gibbs would extend their lead.

St. Anthony's Mike Poole would however score a put back at the buzzer fro the Panthers, ending the third quarter with New Heights still up by one in this see saw game.

A Fields steal would result in an Ashton Gibbs lay-up followed by a jumper from the right corner by Jonathan Williams, a junior from Rice H.S., and suddenly New Heights had a lead of 5 points.

Brian Wilson, of L.I. Lutheran H.S. would then compound the issue by committing a tech by hanging on the rim off a missed dunk.

Soon, the lead had swollen to 13 points as Fields would net a three pointer from the left side with 4:10 left in regulation.

Ian Goldberg would then hit a short jumper with 40 seconds left to extend the New Height lead to 19 points as they would go on to win 66-48.

Ashton Gibbs led all scores with an impressive 27 points.

This would be the second time the NY Panthers lost to a New Heights team as they recently bested them during the Hoop Group Jam Fest in Providence R.I.

If New Heights remains undefeated they will clinch the Southwest Division of the iS8/Nike

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