Samardo Samuels 

Game 3 – St. Benedict’s (NJ) vs. Kinston (NC) 72 to 44

St. Benedict’s comes into this game after an easy victory on opening night of the tournament looking to continue their dominance. They are ranked #1 in the USA Today’s newest poll.

The Gray Bee’s came out early and set the tone for the game going inside right from the start to dominate. They used a healthy dose of double trouble in Samardo Samuels and Greg Echenique on the inside.

The 1st half was a balanced attack from St. Benedict’s with six players scoring in the half. The leading scorer in the half was Samardo Samuels who had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Reggie Bullock had 9 points and 4 rebounds for Kinston.

St. Benedict’s was able to hold Kinston to a minimal 22 points in the first half with their tough nosed defense. The score at the half was 36 to 22.

The 2nd half started the same as the beginning of the game with the Gray Bee’s holding Kinston to just 7 points in the 3rd quarter as they went on to score 15 points. The game plan continued to be the same get the ball inside.

The game was over by the middle of the 4th quarter with St. Benedict’s cruising to a victory and moving onto the semi-finals round.

The leading scorers for St. Benedict’s were Samardo Samuels with 26 points on 8-16 shooting and 10 rebounds, Tamir Jackson with 15 points on 4-10 shooting, Greg Echenique with 12 points on 5-7 shooting and 8 rebounds and Tristin Thompson a 6’8 combo forward from the class of 2010 who has an amazing upside finished with 8 points and 9 rebounds.

The leaders for Kinston were 2010 standout Reggie Bullock who is a long athletic 2 guard with a lot of upside and a nice feel for the game. He finished with 16 points on 6-11 shooting and 6 rebounds. Another player who showed some promise was 2010 wing Dallas Best who totaled 10 points on 3-5 shooting and 4 rebounds.

In the end St. Benedict’s had just too much fire power on the inside to contain earning an easy victory 72 to 44. They continue to dominate the competition at the event with their combination of guards and power on the inside.