The championship game of the Slam Dunk Tournament is about to get underway between Irvington and Mount Vernon.
Irvington’s starting lineup:
Mount Vernon’s starting lineup:
Update 1: Right off the opening tip-off, Lai wastes no time and with a burst of speed scores the game’s first basket.
Update 2: King enters game with a sore ankle, but shows no sign of pain early-on by performing a spin move to the basket.
Update 3: Irvington pulls ahead 10-6 after a pair of 3-pointers from Lai.
Update 4: The game has a nice quickened pace with both teams matching speed for speed. Irvington has a 19-13 lead with under two minutes to go in the first quarter.
Update 5: Gordon called for her second foul of the game, sending Giddins to the line, who gives the Bulldogs a 21-13 lead.
Update 6: Irvington calls a 30-second timeout with 20.7 seconds left in the first quarter.
Update 7: Mount Vernon extends the stoppage in play calling a full timeout, trailing 21-13.
Update 8: Lai sinks a wide-open 3-pointer at the buzzer for her 15th point of the game to give the Bulldogs a 24-13 lead going into the second quarter.
Update 9: Martins the beneficiary of a nice give-and-go…gets an easy bucket. With Gordon sitting out for Mount Vernon, the Bulldogs were dominating on the glass and getting those all-important second chance opportunities.
Update 10: Bulldogs slowly pulling away with this one, lead the Knights 29-16 early in the second quarter.
Update 11: I know it’s been said before, but Irvington is just like a well-oiled machine. The Bulldogs are working the transition offense very effectively and Mount Vernon, which started out matching Irvington, can’t seem to keep up now.
Update 12: After a King 3-pointer, Lai goes coast-to-coast and answers back with an easy layup…gives Irvington a 35-17 lead.
Update 13: Mount Vernon goes on a 7-0 run to pull within 11…with 2:43 remaining in the first half, as Irvington calls a 30-second timeout.
Update 14: Under a minute to go in the first half, Bulldogs lead 40-28
Update 15: Some quick, crips passes for Irvington leads to Martins on the line, sinks 1 of 2…Mount Vernon slows down play with time running down.
Update 16: Martins picks up her third foul and sends Richards to the line for two shots with 13.6 remaining in the first half.
Update: Giddins on a second chance opportunity, ends the first half with a buzzer beater to give Irvington a 43-28 lead going into the third quarter.
Stats at the half: Brittni Lai leads the Bulldogs with 21 points in 14 minutes of action and Alexis Martins has 11 points with five rebounds. Marley Giddins has seven points with five rebounds.
For Mount Vernon, Sade King is the leading scorer playing on a hurt ankle with 13 points, but she is just 2-of-7 from downtown. Lubirdia Gordon has nine points with seven rebounds.
Update 17: The second half begins the way the first quarter started with a Lai fast break score.
Update 18: Martins easy transition bucket from a pass by Lai…Mount Vernon failed to get back.
Update 19: King gets her 15th point on a nice move to the basket, but Martins answers back with a 3-pointer to put Irvington up 50-33.
Update 20: Mount Vernon calls a full timeout with 3:50 left in the third quarter, trailing 52-33.
Update 21: Gordon displays her force in the paint snatching a rebound and going right back up for the basket and on the following series, grabs another board.
Update 22: Just under two minutes left in the third quarter…54-35
Update 23: Lai makes it look all too easy with another fast break layup.
Update 24: After a Giddins basket off a Lai assist, Mount Vernon calls a timeout trailing 58-35 with 1:03 remaining in the third quarter.
Update 25: The third quarter comes to a close with Irvington holding strong with a 58-37 lead.
Update 26: Nice passing by Irvington, hits open DiCampli for basket who then converts for the 3-point play.
Update 27: Lai nice dish to Martins for her 21st point…after a Gordon basket, Martins goes right back on the fast break. Again, Mount Vernon is not hustling back and the Bulldogs have killed the Knights off the break. Mount Vernon calls a timeout with 5:17 left in the game and trailing 69-41.
Update 28: Irvington continues to out-hustle Mount Vernon, increases lead to 71-48 with 3:50 left.
Update 29: Giddins gets pushed on her way to the basket, but still makes the shot to increase the Bulldogs lead 75-48 with 3:06 left in the game.
Update 30: Down to the last minute of play…77-50.
Update 31: Irvington wins its second-straight title at the Slam Dunk Tournament and finishes off Mount Vernon 77-52.
Brittni Lai announced as the MVP of the tournament. She finished with 25 points and eight assists in the title game.