The Pistons led 43 to 27 at the half against EBC/ENY, before Coach Stasiuk let them have it at halftime. "It wasn't that I felt we were in great danger up by 16, but I felt we played lazy defensively in the 2nd quarter and that to me is unacceptable. The Pistons got the message loud and clear as they outscored EBC/ENY 30 to 9 in the 3rd quarter, blowing the game wide-open. George Jefferson scored 12 of his 16 points in the quarter to lead the way. He also finsihed with 20 rebounds, 12 assists and a season-high 5 blocked shots, giving him hos second triple-double in a week. 4 players hit for double figures including 3 year veteran Glen Chapman who finally amde his season debut, scoring 12 points in 7 minutes. The win coupled with Grand St. Campus' loss to Banneker moved the Pistons back into a 2nd place tie in the Brooklyn B with 5 games to go.
Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/1/1), Gary Brown (4/3/3), Glen Chapman (12/4/0), Raul Chavarria (6/1/1), Stanley Currie (3/3/0), Cory Echols (19/6/0), Gabriel Eldridge (0/0/2), Darnell Guest (6/3/0), George Jefferson (16/20/12), Shamark Limehouse (22/2/0), Tyrone Palmer (5/2/0), Anthony Samuels (3/2/1), Justin Spencer (2/2/3), Chris Weathers (2/2/0)
The Pistons faced an unusual, but important challenge early in this league contest. Just 2 minutes into the game, top scorer George Jefferson had three fouls, 2 minutes later Auto's Shamark Limehouse, the other high scorer had two. But as Coach Stasiuk has said many times about this team, "There are many different guys who could score here if we needed them too. Our opponents can't take anyone for granted!" Junior forward Cory Echols gladly filled in pouring in a career high 33 in helping to lead Auto to an easy win. Captain Tyrone Palmer also contributed 11 first half points, before dishing off for several assists in the second half. The win improves the Pistons to 10-2 in league play.
Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/2/1), Gary Brown (7/1/3), Raul Chavarria (0/0/0), Stanley Currie (2/2/0), Cory Echols (33/10/0), Darnell Guest (0/1/1), George Jefferson (7/8/6), Shamark Limehouse (14/1/2), Tyrone Palmer (11/10/7), Justin Spencer (2/3/1), Anthony Samuels (4/3/1), Chris Weathers (0/2/2)
It was a satisfactory day for the Automotive Pistons, as they poured it on in a home win against a much meeker Clara Barton than they had met on the road early in the year barely winning by 2. Shamark Limehouse who had missed the 1st game between the two, had 19 points, Cory Echols 13 and Tyrone Palmer who had been injured in the first contest finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Gary Brown finsihed with a (+ 14) plus/ minus rating for the game including 7 steals and 7 assists and 0 turnovers. Finally, George Jefferson had the first triple double of his career with 19 points, 19 rebounds and 13 assists. He spent the first half passing the ball at will, taking only 4 shots. Then in the thrid quarter he hit 5 consecutive three point field goals on 5 consecutive shots. The win improved the Pistons to 9-2 in league play.
Stats: (pts/reb/asst.) Gary Brown (7/2/7), Raul Chavarria (0/1/1), Stanley Currie (2/2/0), Cory Echols (13/9/3), Darnell Guest (5/10/1), George Jefferson (19/19/13), Shamark Limehouse (19/3/0), Tyrone Palmer (11/7/1), Anthony Samuels (4/6/0), Justin Spencer (4/8/0)
It was a day for milestones at Auto as George Jefferson scored the 1,000th point of his career in the thrid quarter of the contest. The game was well in hand behind 60 combined points from Shamark Limehouse and Jefferson when both players were subbed out. A minute later Assistant Coach James Davis informed Will Stasiuk that Jefferson needed 3 points to reach the milestone. "I decided it would be nice to get it over with today, so we could focus on the next game without it being around," said Stasiuk. In a hilarious 3 minute sequence the Pistons tried to get Jefferson the milestone basket off their half-court sets, but Jefferson missed 4 consecutive shots, including three that spun in and out. While his teammates got a laugh, the basket finally came on a three pointer on the 5th shot. The win broke Auto's three game losing streak fromn before X-mas.
Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/2/3), Gary Brown (6/2/6), Raul Chavarria (0/2/1), Stanley Currie (2/3/0), Cory Echols (2/1/2), Darnell Guest (4/1/0), George Jefferson (31/18/7), Shamark Limehouse (31/2/6), Tyrone Palmer (12/6/1), Justin Spencer (2/6/0), Chris Weathers (8/8/0)
The Pistons faced a Global Studies team that enterd the contest one game behind first place Auto and Banneker. Needless to say the Pistons were excited and anxious to face a challenging game at home early in the year. The Pistons played suffocating defense causing a high number of turnovers on route to the solid victory. Early on Gary Brown and Cory Echols hit several key shots. By the time Shamark Limehous hit a running jumper at the buzzer to end the half, the Pistons had built their biggest lead of the game at 44 to 24. Global and Auto traded baskets for a while in the second half, until Global made a run to cut the Pistons lead to 53-39 with 1:16 left in the third, however George Jefferson (33 pts./17 rebs) hit consecutive shots to slow the run. In the 4th quarter, the Pistons calmly added to the lead as Global desperatly attempted to trap their way back in the game. Up next in the league for Auto 2 crucial road showdowns next week.
Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/0/0), Gary Brown (10/1/5), Raul Chavarria (0/0/0), Jovon Cowell (0/1/0), Cory Echols (11/10/4), Darnell Guest (1/2/4), George Jefferson (33/17/5), Shamark Limehouse (13/1/4), Justin Spencer (2/6/3), Chris Weathers (2/0/0)
What was built up as an early season matchup of two playoff contenders, only was a matchup for one half, as the Pistons offense disappeared throughout much of the second half, while going down to Brandeis 71 to 48. Brandeis led 31 to 25 after a tightly contested defensive first half. Each team punched and counterpunched like a pair of heavyweight boxers, before Brandeis seized the day in the second half. They outscored the Pistons 21 to 7 in the third quarter to open up a huge lead. The Pistons scored only six points during an 11 minute stretch of the second half, while they missed shot after shot. Meanwhile everything that Brandeis threw up in the second half seemed to go in. Ennler Garcia (20 pts.) scored 12 second half points to lead the way, assisted by DeCarlo Hoffler (23 pts.) The Pistons field goal percentage for the game was an ungodly 22 percent.Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/0/2), Gary Brown (6/2/1), Raul Chavarria (9/0/0), Stanley Currie (2/3/1), Cory Echols (4/3/1), Gabriel Eldridge (0/1/0), Darnell Guest (1/6/1), George Jefferson (16/14/0), Shamark Limehouse (9/1/1), Chris Weathers (1/1/0)
The Pistons advanced to the Rainbow division finals of the Gobbler Snowflake Classic by beating Jane Addams convincingly in this openeing round game. The team played good, solid defense against Addams and were led by the heroics of George Jefferson on offense. Jefferson was simply fantastic finishing the game with career highs in points (36), rebounds (23) and assists (7). He had plenty of help too, as Shamark Limehouse (16 pts.) and Cory Echols (10 pts.) chipped in too. The Pistons led by as many as 30 points, before cruising to the victory. Next week they play Brandeis, a fellow top 'B' league contender in next week's final.Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Gary Brown (7/3/5), Raul Chavarria (0/0/0), Jovon Cowell (0/0/0), Stanley Currie (2/4/0), Cory Echols (10/10/0), Gabriel Eldridge (0/1/0), Darnell Guest (2/5/0), George Jefferson (36/23/7), Shamark Limehouse (16/1/3), Justin Spencer (2/2/2), Chris Weathers (0/0/0)
"Ever since I became the coach at Automotive, Clara Barton's gym has been our personal house of horrors," commented Coach Will Stasiuk to new Barton coach Bob Sprance before this Brooklyn B matchup. This year was no exception, but unfortuantely for the Pistons, although they escaped with a close win, the consequences from it could be far reaching. Starting Center and tri-captain Tyrone Palmer suffered a sprained shoulder as well as a 7 stitch gash in his head as the result of an intentional foul midway through the 4th quarter of the contest. The injury will have him out at least two weeks according to his doctor.
The game itself was no work of art. In what was definitely their poorest effort of the season, the Pistons fell into all sorts of man-power problems, which grew feverishly dangerous as the game wore on. The Pistons began the game without 2nd leading scorer and starting point guard Shamark Limehouse who was being benched for violating a team rule. Before the midway point of the 2nd quarter, the Pistons entire starting lineup had at least 2 fouls a piece. Younger players were forced to play a much bigger role as the game went on. By the 2 minute mark of the 3rd quarter, with Auto up by 10 in a sloppy game full of fouls and errors, George Jefferson (14 pts at halftime) picked up his 4th foul and Captain Gary Brown picked up his 4th later in the quarter. Somehow though the Pistons, though playing atrociously led 37-26, when Plamer was injured on the breakaway foul. From here on the Pistons spirits seemed dampened, until Barton woke them up that is. With 2:20 to go, Barton was down 45-32. They proceeded to pressure Auto's younger guards (Brown had fouled out by now and Limehouse was unavailable) into a series of turnovers, culminated by two Jamaal Carty free throws which tied the game with 21 seconds to go. However, Cory Echols was fouled with 13 seconds to go and with the crowd roaring against him, calmly sunk two foul shots. It was Echols who had provided a calm in the storm for Auto throughout drawing 3 important charges in the last 12 minutes. On Barton's final possession, Carty (21 pts.) dribbled out at the top of the key, when varsity rookie Kareem Baptiste, who had just entered the game, stole the ball to preserve the win with about 5 seconds to go.
As far as the impact of Palmer's injury goes, as Stasiuk says, "You never know when your chance may come. Its time to see which of the younger guys can step up."Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/0/0), Gary Brown (5/2/1), Raul Chavarria (0/0/1), Jovon Cowell (4/1/1), Stanley Currie (0/1/0), Cory Echols (11/9/1), Gabriel Eldridge (0/0/0), Darnell Guest (0/5/0), George Jefferson (19/13/1), Tyrone Palmer (6/8/2), Justin Spencer (0/2/2), Chris Weathers (2/2/0)
The tough non-league schedule Auto played last week prepared them well for their league opener today. The Pistons cruised to a season-opening win before a home crowd. They were lead by a fierce offensive board assault (32 for the game) and unselfish play (24 assists for the game.) The Pistons led 22-12 with 2:25 left in the 1st quarter when they closed out the quarter and Goldstein for good with a 14-0 run, to lead 36-12 after the 1st. The team piled up 13 offensive boards and 12 assists in this fateful quarter. For the rest of the game they cruised as everyone saw action. George Jefferson was his usual magnificent self with 23 pts, 19 rebounds and 6 assists. Cory Echols scored a career high 22 points (11-15 FGM) and grabbed 15 boards. Justin Spencer hustled all over the court while grabbing 6 boards and dishing out 3 assists. Several Piston rookies scored their first career points as well. Drew Appell led Goldstein with 17.Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/0/1), Gary Brown (1/0/3), Raul Chavarria (3/0/1), Jovon Cowell (2/0/0), Stanley Currie (1/6/1), Cory Echols (22/15/1), Gabriel Eldridge (0/1/1), Darnell Guest (4/8/2), George Jefferson (23/19/6), Shamark Limehouse (15/2/2), Tyrone Palmer (9/9/2), Justin Spencer (0/6/3), Chris Weathers (6/1/2)
For the 1st time this year Auto fell behind in a game early and decisively. By half-time old-rival Telecom had a 29-16 lead over the Pistons behind great ball movement, timely shooting and 14 points from Corey Mitchell (18 for the game.) In the second half the Pistons came out and played much more aggressively on the defensive end and slowly chipped their way back into the game. The defense was spurred on back 4 exciting dunks by Auto's 5'9" point guard Shamark Limehouse (16 pts./ 4 assists), who brought his teammates and the crowd alive. Meanwhile George Jefferson (23 pts/ 17 rebs./ 6 assists) worked hard inside to score and rebound despite constant double teaming and a physical pounding in a game where the officials let the kids play. With 2:03 to go Auto trimmed the Telecom lead to 57-53 behind a steal and then a big three point shot by sneior captain Gary Brown (8 pts.) However, Tele's (?) Andrews hit a huge hook shot to put them back up 6 and the team converted 7 of 9 free throws down the stretch to hold on. Dorian Wood (9 pts./ 5 of 6 FT's in 4th quarter) Tele's steady point guard won game MVP. Cory Echols of Auto won the Sportsmanshipo award.Auto has opened the year at (0-3) against tough 'A' league competition, but hopefully it has more than prepared them for the 'B' league season that begins on Wed. versus Leon Goldstein (formerly Kingsborough) at home Wednesday. Stats: (pts/reb/asst.)Kareem Baptiste (0/0/0), Gary Brown (8/5/3), Raul Chavarria (0/0/0), Cory Echols (3/11/0), Darnell Guest (0/0/0), George Jefferson (23/17/6), Shamark Limehouse (16/4/4), Tyrone Palmer (6/10/0), Justin Spencer (0/1/0), Chris Weathers (0/0/0)
Auto and Bergtraum were involved in a tight game with Bergtraum up 38-36 with just under 2 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter when Bergtraum went on n1 9-0 run that would end in the 2nd minute of the 4th quarter. The decisive 47-36 lead would prove a tough hill for the Pistons to climb as every time they cut the lead to 7 or 8, Jerry Howard (25 pts.) would bury two more free throws. He would hit 10 of 12 taken during the 4th quarter to help Bergtraum hold on. George Jefferson, depsite facing double and even triple teaming managed to get 21 points and 21 rebounds and was named to the tournament all-star team, along with Howard.
Although the Pistons stuck close with a PSAL 'A' playoff team, the desire and fire of the previous night wasn't there at all in the decisive third quarter. They face Telecm next at the Game Over / PAL Thanksgiving Classic on Saturday morning.Stats: (pts/reb/asst.) Gary Brown (11/0/3), Raul Chavarria (0/0/0), Jovon Cowell (2/1/0), Cory Echols (6/11/0), Gabriel Eldridge (0/0/0), Darnell Guest (0/3/0), George Jefferson (21/21/4), Shamark Limehouse (12/2/4), Tyrone Palmer (9/6/0), Justin Spencer (0/1/0), Chris Weathers (0/7/1)
The Pistons opened a promising season with a stirring defeat full of peaks and valleys at the New Utrecht Thanksgiving Classic. From the outset Midwood used its huge size advantage to pound the ball inside against the Pistons, who fell behind 10-4. However behind the shooting of George Jefferson and Shamark Limehouse the Pistons and Hornets were tied at 12.
Midwood continued to shoot over the smaller Pistons and Emmanuel Lalande's 14 points at the half led them to a 31-26 helf time lead. In the third quarter George Jefferson continued to dominate with a variety of jump shots and post moves to help Auto cut the deficit, but Midwood's outside shooting finally took hold as good ball rotation lead to open looks & hot shooting by Ernst Ducena who hit three 3-point field goals, to help Midwood maintain a 44-41 lead entering the 4th quarter.
Midwood reached its biggest lead of the game at 50 to 42 with 4:26 left to go, when Auto picked up its defensive intensity in a desperate attempt to get back into the game. The Hornets began to turn the ball over and led 55-50 with just over a minute to go when Shamark Limehouse stole a pass at midcourt and rose up with a thunderous dunk to pull Auto to within three with 54 seconds to go. After a turnover by the Hornets, the Limehouse hit a three point basket to tie the score at 55 with 37 seconds to go. The Hornets pounded the ball inside and got off 3 shots before George Jefferson finally secured the rebound and the Pistons had the ball with 21 seconds to go with a chance to win. With about 4 seconds to go Limehouse penetrated and pulled up for a 12 footer, but missed. Auto got to inbound the ball with 1.4 seconds left and George Jefferson missed a 19 footer on the baseline at the buzzer.
Limehouse scored his 21st and final points to give Auto a 57-55 lead in overtime, but Midwood reeled off 5 straight points to go up 60-57 and Jefferson fouled out, finishing with 30 points and 20 rebounds. Midwood got several shot opportunities on each possession as the rebounding advantage grew worse for Auto without Jefferson. The Pistons were still not dead as Tyrone Palmer hit a three point field goal to tie the game with 1:46 remaining. After a furious sequence of Midwood misses, Auto got the ball with 1:23 left and elected to hold the ball for the last shot of the game. After running 35 seconds off the clock, Gary Brown turned the ball over at half court and Midwood hit a layup to go up 62-60. Behind 63-60, Auto had one last chance to tie, but Gary Brown missed a three point attempt with under 20 seconds to go. Midwood finished off the scoring with a press breaking dunk with 9 seconds to go.
It was an exciting and agonizing start to the season, but the Pistons played with pride and intensity against a physically stronger opponent in perhaps a sign of good things to come. Tomorrow, they play Murray Bergtraum in the third place game at 5:30 p.m.Stats: (pts/reb/asst.) Gary Brown (3/1/2), Cory Echols (0/7/1), Darnell Guest (2/7/0), George Jefferson (30/20/4), Shamark Limehouse (21/4/3), Tyrone Palmer (4/7/1), Justin Spencer (0/0/0), Chris Weathers (2/3/1)