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Journal News Article.....Stepinac's Bolding, Taylor to much for Cardinals

Posted Sunday, December 24, 2006 by Coach T

Stepinac's Bolding, Taylor too much for Cardinals
By Justin Jones
The Journal News
(Original Publication: December 23, 2006)

WHITE PLAINS - Stepinac's tandem of Melquan Bolding and Tony Taylor proved to be too much for feisty Blessed Sacrament.

Although Bolding had a typical night with a double-double and numerous high-flying dunks, it was Taylor's court vision and point-guard abilities that jump-started everything for the Crusaders.

Taylor (20 points and nine assists), a junior for the Crusaders, made everything easier for his senior standout teammate in their 82-68 win over Blessed Sacrament in yesterday's CHSAA Class A matchup.

"All I do out there is just try and get Mel the ball," Taylor said. "Getting him and the rest of my teammates involved allows things to open up for me, like getting to the basket or getting off good shots."

Taylor did just that, getting Bolding the ball in the right place at the right time following a slightly slow start with alley-oop after alley-oop.

Bolding's first six points came off dunks as the 6-foot-4 guard soared through the air with the crowd and Cardinals players watching him in amazement.

"I'm just out here trying to win ball games," Bolding said. "I love playing with Tony. He's a very good point guard and he does a great job of distributing the ball and not turning it over."

Bolding took over the game in dominating fashion. He controlled the boards, got out on breaks and got to the rim anytime he felt necessary.

Bolding finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds and led the Crusaders to a 32-19 halftime lead.

The Crusaders never let the Cardinals within 10 points in the second half, although Blessed Sacrament continued to put up a fight with their speed in transition.

Hector Hernanadez (19 points and seven rebounds) and Keith Moss (11 points) both played solid games as they kept the Cardinals within shouting distance.

Hernandez kept balls alive and provided some inside presence, and Moss provided a lift in the second half with a few nice slashes to the basket.

"We're a young team and we made a lot of mental mistakes," Blessed Sacrament head coach Herman Gooden said.

"We have to concentrate more and play hard from an entire game. Tony and Melquan are good players, and Stepinac is a good team."

Reach Justin Jones at jusjones@lohud.com or 914-696-8245.


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