Weekend wrap – Gibbs wills team to title
Sterling Gibbs warmed up for the New Jersey state playoffs this weekend with a dominant performance in the 65th Essex County Tournament championship.
The Maryland-bound point guard scored a game-high 24 points to lead Seton Hall Prep to a 70-52 win over Irvington in the title game.
"Sterling was a senior that was determined to get one today," Irvington coach Eugene Robinson said. "He was the best player on the floor and he willed his team to a victory."
Gibbs did it with a flourish, too, opening his team’s scoring each quarter with a 3-pointer and sank another at a critical point in the second quarter.
It is quite a turn of events for Whittington, who spent his first two years of high school thinking that he might be a standout wide receiver in football.
"I was surprised because I really don't think of myself being that good," said Whittington, adding that he thinks he might still be growing because his knees occasionally bother him. "I just come out to play every night. I was very excited when I heard that all these colleges were calling. It's a dream come true to go play Division I basketball."
Desmond Hubert had a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds, and also blocked five shots.
Brown put together a stellar night with 21 points, 12 assists, eight rebounds and five steals.