Ocean City wins the jump ball against Mainland and goes on for the victory. By Lesley GrahamThe rivalry between Ocean City and Mainland did not disappoint on Tuesday night in front of a packed crowd for the boys’ basketball game.The Red Raiders came out on top, routing the Mustangs 58-48. Joey Sacco led all scorers with 21 points on the evening.The starting five for Ocean City included Sacco, Mike Rhodes, Gannon Brady, Luke Varallo and Donovan Graham, who combined for 47 points.Ian Aungst came off the bench for the Red Raiders to contribute 11 points, hitting three three’s in the victory.Joey Sacco, who led all scorers with 21 points, dribbles the ball up the court.In a game that saw constant back and forth action, Ocean City was able to pull away in the fourth quarter.The Red Raiders took an early 5-0 lead before Mainland got on the board. The first quarter was a back and forth affair, with both teams trading buckets and fouls before Mainland hit a half-court shot as time expired to take a 14-11 lead going into the second quarter.As the second quarter got underway, Ocean City was struggling to get shots to drop. There were opportunities and open looks, but the Red Raiders weren’t getting help from the rim.Halfway through the second half, though, momentum shifted in favor of the Red Raiders and they took a six-point lead at the half, 30-24. The action brings fans to their feet.As the teams took to the court to start the second half, both the Red Raiders and the Mustangs made some defensive improvements that kept both teams scoreless for the first two minutes.Mainland was able to climb back into the game, taking a two-point lead with under 4 minutes to go in the third quarter.But momentum again swung in Ocean City’s favor with two big steals and a beautiful no-look pass from Brady to Sacco for an easy layup. Ocean City had a 43-37 lead with one quarter to play and never looked back.Ocean City built an 11-point lead, forcing Mainland to call a timeout with under five minutes to play.Donovan Graham drives to the basket.But Ocean City continued its quick ball movement and suffocating defense late in the game, forcing Mainland to start fouling to force free throws from the Red Raiders in hopes they would miss.The team remained calm, stuck to the game plan and made clutch free throws down the stretch, keeping their lead comfortable until the very end for the win.
The Nets are scrambling to find replacements for players who will not participate in the NBA’s season restart because of COVID-19.Two moves were reported Wednesday: 40-year-old guard Jamal Crawford and 31-year-old forward Michael Beasley. Crawford confirmed his signing on his Twitter feed, while The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported the Nets were nearing an agreement with Beasley. You wanna make God laugh, tell him your plan. He’ll tell you, sit back and watch this.. So thankful for alllllllllll the positive energy. Beyond humbled and blessed 🙏🏾🙌🏽— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 9, 2020Crawford hasn’t played in the NBA since April 9, 2019, when he scored 51 points for the Suns against the Mavericks. The Nets could use any type of scoring as they prep for the eight games that will determine their seeding in the Eastern Conference playoffs. They learned this week they’ll be without their second-leading scorer, Spencer Dinwiddie, who opted out after testing positive again for the coronavirus.MORE: List of players who have opted out | Injury updatesBeasley’s last NBA game was Feb. 5, 2019, for the Lakers. LA traded him at the deadline on Feb. 7 to the Clippers, who released him two days later. He will need to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy last August, NBA.com reported.The Nets have lost four players to the coronavirus or COVID-19 concerns in the leadup to the resumption of play: Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler. Brooklyn can replace all four on its roster. It will have two more spots to fill after officially adding Crawford and Beasley. One of the spots is expected to go to forward Justin Anderson; it’s not clear who will get the other spot. In addition to the COVID cases, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Nicolas Claxton will be sitting out because of injuries.The minutes leaders among the remaining healthy players are Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, Garrett Temple, Jarrett Allen and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Brooklyn will begin its restart July 31 vs. the Magic.