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Jamel Allen, Ali Mableton lead Brentwood over Brooklyn's South Shore

Brentwood's Jamel Allen, right, gives teammate Vincent Smythe

Brentwood's Jamel Allen, right, gives teammate Vincent Smythe a pat on the back as their team closes in on a win over South Shore during a non-league boys basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, at Long Island Lutheran High School. Photo Credit: James Escher

Jamel Allen couldn't suppress his smile as he clutched his MVP trophy.

Brentwood defeated South Shore (Brooklyn), 75-68, in the Shooting Stars Showcase at Long Island Lutheran on Sunday, and Allen's 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots led the way.

Allen thrived in Brentwood's fast-paced system, slamming home four dunks and draining three three-pointers, almost all of which came in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock.

"It's really fun," Allen said. "The type of guys that I have on the team, they always look. They're not stingy. They always look for me. I'm really thankful for that."

Ali Mableton had 24 points, five assists and five rebounds for Brentwood (6-0). Tavon Ginyard added 15 points and 10 assists and Michael Almonacy had 12 assists to go with his six points.

That backcourt trio looked to run with every fast-break opportunity against the bigger Vikings, who had three players 6-7 or taller. The 6-6 Allen is the tallest player on the Indians' roster.

"They were bigger than us," Mableton said, "so we knew they wouldn't be able to keep up in fast-break situations."

The Indians' selflessness in transition created a few backbreaking spurts. They scored nine points -- three-pointers by Allen and Ginyard after Mableton's three-point play -- in 56 seconds to start a 15-5 run that produced a 21-10 lead late in the first quarter.

"First we've got to crash the boards," Mableton said. "Then we find the first guard, and everybody else runs the floor."

In the third quarter, Allen scored seven points in a quick 10-2 run that put Brentwood ahead 52-33. He hit two free throws, slammed home Mableton's miss and nailed a three-pointer from the right corner.

With so many reliable scoring options, coach Anthony Jimenez has a simple demand of his players.

"We always say, 'If there's a Brentwood shirt up the floor, you've got to give it up. The more you give it up, the more you get it back,' " Jimenez said, "and it's really showing every day."

Cori Johnson, South Shore's 6-8 forward, didn't let Brentwood have an easy day on the glass. He had 29 points and 11 rebounds.

"Oh, he's a problem," Allen said.

But even when South Shore scored, Brentwood pushed the ball.

There was no better example than when Ginyard read the Vikings' half-court trap midway through the second quarter and detected a Brentwood jersey leaking behind the last line of defense.

It was Allen, of course. He caught a perfect feed from Ginyard and slammed it home.

That is fun.

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