ELMIRA - Jamestown boys basketball coach Ben Drake has been patrolling the sidelines at his alma mater for 16 seasons and he can't recall many teams better than Don Bosco (N.J.) Prep.
''It's been years since we've played anyone with so much talent,'' he said.
And who might the Ironmen be compared to?
''To be honest with you, if we went all the way to Glens Falls (site of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Final Four), I don't know if we'd face anybody that good,'' Drake said. ''I don't think we've played anyone that good or that talented since the Niagara Falls teams with Jonny Flynn and Paul Harris.''
In other words, Don Bosco Prep was scary good.
Paul Jorgenson, a George Washington University signee, scored 15 points - one of four Ironmen in double figures Monday night - and Don Bosco (6-0) rolled to a 57-32 victory over Jamestown in the championship game of the National Division of the Josh Palmer Fund Elmira Holiday Inn Classic.
''Defensively, we played great,'' Drake said. ''We did a good job of limiting their easy buckets. They've been shooting lights-out the first two games of the tournament and we held them to three 3-point field goals, and we even did a nice job around the basket.''
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But the Red Raiders (3-3) had no answers for what Drake described as ''suffocating'' half-court man-to-man defense that resulted in 27 turnovers.
''I was happy with our effort,'' he said. ''Unfortunately, we didn't play well offensively to give ourselves a chance. Even when we did make aggressive moves to the basket, we didn't finish, and they had their hands on everything.''
In addition to Jorgenson, Don Bosco, the third-ranked team in New Jersey, was led by Jack Ely with 13 points, and Chris Downing and Lonnie Rivera with 10 apiece. The Ironmen led 30-15 at halftime and Jamestown never scored more than nine points in any quarter.
Stephen Carlson led Jamestown with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Zack Panebianco added nine points.
''To hold them to 30 points in the first half, we played our tails off,'' Drake said, ''but we kept shooting ourselves in the foot offensively. It was a credit to their defense.''
The Red Raiders return to their Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 schedule on Friday when they travel to Frontier.
Kinsey 2 0 5, Colwell 1 0 2, Park 1 0 2, Panebianco 4 1 9, Larson 1 0 2, Hoaglund 0 0 0, Carlson 4 2 10, Lee Yaw 2 0 4, Totals 15 3 34.
DON BOSCO PREP (57)
Rivera 5 0 10, Jorgenson 5 1 15, Ely 5 2 13 Jack, Craddock 3 0 7, McGrail 1 0 2, Downing 5 0 10, Totals 24 6 57.
3-point goals-Kinsey, Jorgenson, Ely, Craddock.
Jamestown8 7 8 9 - 32
Dom Bosco Prep17 13 15 12 - 57