(Photo by Gary Quintal)
By Howard Goldin
BRONX, NEW YORK, January 14- The Rider Broncs (8-9, 3-2) rode into the Bronx and over the Manhattan Jaspers (4-11, 2-3) at the Draddy Gymnasium, in Riverdale on Wednesday night. The win was the second consecutive for Riders. The Broncs had lost five straight contests before their most recent victories. The defeat was the eighth in Manhattan’s last ten games.
The first half was very tightly contested and low scoring. Neither teams reached double figures until the mid-point of the half. The score was tied for the third and final time at 13. The visitors completed the period by out-scoring the Jaspers, 15-7, to lead 28-20 at the half.
A basket by Nurideem Lindsey, a transfer from St. John’s, at 19:16 of the second half gave the Broncs the largest advantage of the game, 10 points. Although the lead was equaled several times later in the contest, it never grew larger. A free throw by C. J. Jones of the Jaspers cut the lead to a single point, 54-53 with 4:31 remaining, but Manhattan trailed the visitors throughout the second half.
Manhattan, averaging +4.5 rebounds over its opponents, was ineffective under the boards. The Jaspers were out-rebounded, 48-32. Another previous strength, free throw shooting, fell in the contest with Rider. The Jaspers, averaging 71.2 percent from the charity stripe this season, netted only 9 of 19 attempts from the foul line.
Two players on the Broncs were instrumental in the victory by producing double-doubles, Daniel Stewart scored 22 and grabbed 16 boards. Anthony Miles netted 13 and hauled down 14 rebounds.
The Jaspers output was lessened by the absence of two its three leading scorers, George Beamon and Michael Alvarado, by injuries. Rhmel Brown continued to lead the Manhattan attack by scoring 15. He was also highly potent on defense with 11 boards, two blocks and one steal. He has averaged over 15 points per game in his last six contests. Freshman Shane Richards continued his accuracy from the perimeter, He tied his season high of 18 points on 6 of 13 from beyond the arc. C.J. Jones scored a season-high of 11 points.
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