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Flintridge Prep boys' basketball wins easy, 67-47, against Marshall

Basketball: Despite loss of Cartwright, experienced Rebels look good in win.

June 19, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

PASADENA — There's plenty of playing time up for grabs in any summer league basketball game, but even more so for the Flintridge Prep boys' team, which was without its starting point guard Tuesday.

While fresh faces like Kyle Hamane and Harrison Jung filled in nicely for Robert Cartwright, who is out with concussion-like symptoms suffered in a tournament game Sunday, the Rebels also got what they expected from returning big men Kareem Ismail and Chad Cosse in a 67-47 win over Marshall Fundamental at Maranatha High.

“We have nine returners this year so I think we're more ahead of the game than most summers,” Prep Coach Garrett Ohara said. “Summers are usually time for us to bring up new guys and get them in the system, but there's only three of them that are new this year. It's a big benefit for them to play alongside returners.”

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Ismail logged a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) and Cosse added 14 points and eight boards, while neither played a minute in the final quarter.

“I am just looking to drive to the basket more this year, try to score more and get more rebounds,” Ismail said.

Ismail's biggest bucket of the night came on a jump shot out of the post that just beat the halftime buzzer to put Prep up, 36-24, and a smile on the face of the 6-foot-5 center. It helped halt an Eagles run, as Marshall cut a 12-point deficit down to six, 28-22, with 1:55 left in the half on a pair of Evan Bynum free throws.

Marshall was also short-handed Tuesday without returning starters Davin Hampton, John Sagherian and Gary Labachyan, but Bynum picked up the slack with a game-high 19 points and four rebounds.

“[Bynum] was all-league last year and he is doing really good,” said Marshall Coach John Burch, whose team has placed third in the San Fernando Cesar Chavez and Watts Summer Games tournaments already this summer. “Some colleges are looking at him and he's got a high 3.33 grade-point average so hopefully he can do something with it.”

The Eagles couldn't take hold of momentum in the third quarter either, as Hamane (13 points) drilled one of his three three-pointers two minutes into the quarter to extend the Rebels' lead to 43-27.

Bynum cut into Prep's lead again when he forced a steal and cashed in the layup to bring Marshall within 14, 57-43, but it would get no closer than that as the Rebels closed out the game on a 10-4 run with a mostly reserve lineup.

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