Tyler Ennis Dominates as St. Benedict’s Beats Germantown Academy at Lehigh Valley Showcase

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ALLENTOWN, PA – Tyler Ennis scored 24 points as the St. Benedict’s Gray Bees stung the Germantown Academy Patriots 85-58 in the third game of the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase at Parkland High School.

Mike Young added 17 points for St. Benedict’s (17-0) while Greg Dotson, Nick Linder and James Drury each scored 10 points for the Patriots (18-4).

The physically stronger Bees put the game away with a 23-4 run to open a 31-9 lead midway through the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 50-24 lead.

“They’re a good team, a really good team,” St. Benedict’s coach Mark Taylor said. “I think the difference was that our pressure really got to them early and we didn’t let them get into their offense.”

Ennis, a six-foot-two guard who will be attending Syracuse next year, echoed his coach’s comments after the game.

“We pressured them at the start and made them turn it over a lot,” he said, “I feel that was the difference.”

The pressure and the turnovers clearly played a key role, but so did the play of Ennis, who along with his game-high point total added 13 assists. And if the modest guard wasn’t going to sing his own praises, Young, who committed to Pittsburgh in August, made sure to give his teammate his due.

“We had a height advantage tonight,” Young said, “but our guards were a lot better than their guards. When you have good guards it’s easy to lead a team to a victory.”

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