Calixte, Mount Vernon handle New Ro
Date: Sat, 21/01/2017

Calixte, Mount Vernon handle New Ro

by Kevin Devaney Jr. on Sat, Jan 21, 2017 11:01 PM — @KDJ_N12Varsity

Updated Sat, Jan 21, 2017 11:07 PM


On the first three possessions of the second half on Saturday, Greg Calixte muscled up in the post, took a feed on the low block and powered to the basket. Layup, dunk, and a gentle hook. Three straight baskets and instantly, Mount Vernon had broken the game open.

The plan, or so it seemed, out of the half for the Knights was to get the ball inside to Calixte.

“Well,” Calixte said with a pause, “That’s pretty much the emphasis for the whole game.”

When Mount Vernon does it, there isn’t a player more unstoppable in Section 1 than Calixte. The 6-foot-9 senior overwhelmed New Rochelle for the second time this season, scoring 18 points in a convincing 71-46 win on the road.

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In limited minutes because of a lopsided score, Calixte had eight rebounds and three gym-ratting dunks as Mount Vernon improved to 8-0 in Section 1 with its sixth straight win.

“He’s had a tremendous amount of growth,” Knight senior Noah Morgan said. “He’s been working so hard over the summer and in practice. You could see it today. He played great.”

Calixte did it in front of college coaches from Fairfield and East Carolina, who were in the audience. Calixte was offered by Fairfield in mid-December and also has scholarship offers from DePaul, Quinnipiac, Hofstra, Iona, St. Bonaventure, LaSalle, St. Peter’s, Toledo and others.

Morgan, another Division I recruit for the Knights, chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds. Jason Douglas-Stanley, a junior guard, had 16 points while junior point guard Demetre Roberts recorded 10 assists, seven rebounds and six points for Mount Vernon.

Mount Vernon was in control from the start, thanks in part to New Rochelle missing its first nine shots and shooting just 2 of 18 from the floor in the opening quarter.

The Huguenots, who only lost to Mount Vernon 79-64 on Jan. 4, went down 12 after one and closed to 34-25 at the half. But a 25-7 third quarter, powered by Calixte inside, blew the game open.

“I think we came out with a lot of intensity early. We started off really well,” Morgan said. “In the second quarter, we fell back a little. But we started the second half strong and that was it.

“We played really well as a team,” Calixte said. “My team was doing a good job of getting me the ball and I was able to finish. This was a really good team game against our rival.”

Mount Vernon (11-2) will look to build momentum on Thursday at White Plains before competing in the SNY Invitational on Friday. The Knights face Christ the King in the opening round and either St. Anthony (NJ) or St. Raymond) on Saturday.

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