Marcus Hammond and Jaylen Davis were the catalysts for Cardozo down the stretch, as the Judges were able to pull away from Construction late, taking the PSAL Queens Borough Crown with a 64-55 win at Queens College on Saturday.
In a game defined by a series of runs, Cardozo had the last spurt, outscoring the Red Hawks 12-4 during a crucial stretch in the final minutes, with Hammond and Davis both hitting key 3-pointers during the rally.
The Judges raced out of the gate to a 15-5 lead, but a timeout by Construction Head Coach Cory Semper triggered a 5-0 run by the Red Hawks, with Cardozo holding a 17-12 advantage at the end of the opening quarter.
Behind Ezra Burnett, Construction opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run to take their first lead at 19-17. The Red Hawks were able to stretch it to 27-22, but Hammond scored the last six of the half to give Cardozo a 28-27 edge at the break.
Construction opened the 2nd on a 7-0 run to take a 19-17 lead and pulled ahead 27-22 before Marcus Hammond scored 6 straight (including the bucket below) to give Cardozo a 28-27 edge at the half. #PSAL #HSBB #nycbasketball pic.twitter.com/7LvTLDYsYO— HS Box Scores NYC (@hsboxscoresnyc) February 17, 2018
Construction jumped in front again 34-30, and the Red Hawks took their largest lead of the game at 41-35 on a bucket by Legacy Wallace with 2:20 left in third. Cardozo closed the frame on a 6-0 run, sparked by a 3-pointer from Donte Ager, with the Judges once again holding a quarter-ending one-point lead, this time 42-41 heading into the fourth.
Construction would take the lead back once again, jumping in front 44-42 on a 3-point play by Jasiah Wright. Even after Cardozo regained the lead and pulled ahead 48-44, the Red Hawks kept it a two point game at 48-46.
The next Cardozo run was the difference in the game. Davis scored five straight on a savvy spin move and a contested 3-pointer to put the Judges ahead 53-46; Hammond nailed a deep 3-pointer to make it 58-50; and Hammonds found Javen Soto underneath to give Cardozo a double-digit lead at 60-50, all but sealing it.
Hammond finished with 25 points and 8 assists and Davis finished with 13 points for Cardozo. The Judges have now defeated Construction three times this season.