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Game 3: Orlando Dr. Phillips vs. Plantation American Heritage
These teams got some tough draws in the first round. DP lost 58-54 to a very tall and athletic Morgan County GA team while American Heritage drew the pre-tourney favorite in Louisville KY Ballard and fell 87-79.
Dr. Phillips got out to an early lead at 8-7 with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter. At that point, American Heritage would get on a roll and use its size advantage inside. They outscored DP 9-3 the remainder of the period and led after one by a score of 16-11.
American Heritage extended their lead to ten at 23-13 early in the second quarter. However, DP was able to make a run and at the four minute mark the margin was only four at 27-23. Late in the period, DP tied it up at 31. After a turnover by American Heritage, DP’s Rashawn Powell knocked down a three off the dribble and Dr. Phillips had a 34-31 lead at the half.
American Heritage fought back in the third quarter and the game was tied at 39 apiece with five minutes to play in the period. One minute later, American Heritage found themselves back on top by a score of 44-42. They were effective with a box-and-one defense on Powell and the rest of the DP team was unable to adjust. At the end of the third quarter, American Heritage was back up on top by a score of 56-51.
DP made adjustments to the box-and-one and by the four minute mark of the final quarter had re-taken the lead by a score of 61-60. That’s when things got interesting. American Heritage regained the lead but had two turnovers in the last minute of the contest. With 20 seconds left in the contest, DP was down two but 6’0 senior Pedro Lalor put up a three that found nothing but net for a 70-69 DP lead. American Heritage came down and put up a shot that was off and rebounded by DP with three seconds left. However, American Heritage forced a jump ball and they had possession. Given one last chance, they got a good look but the rimmed out and Dr. Phillips moved on with a thrilling 70-69 victory.
DP was led by 6’1 senior Rashawn Powell with 27 points. 6’3 senior Tyriefe Beard added 19 points while Lalor connected on five threes for 15 points.
American Heritage was led by 6’5 junior Kobe Eubanks with 19 points while 5’10 sophomore Josh Borders added 11 points.
Game 4: Ocala Forest vs. Bonifay Springs Holmes County
Forest lost a double-OT game West Gadsden the night before while Holmes County was blitzed by host school Vanguard. We were hoping for a dominant performance by 6’10 McDonald’s All American candidate Chris Walker.
That didn’t materialize. His teammates and coach appear to have no clue that they have a once in a lifetime player on their hands. His teammates almost refuse to give him the ball while the coach runs no plays for Walker and sits him for long stretches of time for no apparent reason. Walker’s stat line for barely half a game of playing time was 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 blocks.
The game itself was, to be kind, grotesque. Forest won by a score of 56-42.
Game 5: Deerfield Beach vs. Orlando Boone
Now we’re talking. Both teams are considered serious contenders for berths in Lakeland in Class 8A and it wouldn’t surprise if this matchup materialized in the Class 8A title game.
The teams played evenly for the first four minutes of the opening period and at the four minute mark the score was tied at nine. It appeared that whichever team had the ball last in the quarter would get the lead and that is just what happened. Deerfield got a bucket just before the end of the period and led 12-10 after one.
The teams continued to play each other close in the second quarter. Deerfield clung to a basket or two lead for most of the quarter. Boone was finally able to break thru and take a lead late in the quarter. When the buzzer sounded to end the half, it was Boone that had the lead by a score of 21-20.
Deerfield got out of the gate quickly to start the second half. They put up a 7-0 run at the beginning of the period and at the four minute mark led by a score of 27-23. Boone had a tough time getting shots to fall thanks to Deerfield’s superior size, length, and athleticism. At the end of the third quarter, Deerfield had their largest lead at 34-28.
Midway thru the fourth period, Deerfield’s lead was now seven at 38-31. At this point, Deerfield decided to spread the floor and run clock. Boone was forced to foul and send Deerfield to the line. The Bucks were kind of shaky at the charity stripe but Boone was unable to connect on the threes they forced up. In the end, Deerfield had just a little too much for Boone and won by nine 46-37.
Javaris Jenkins, a 6’6 senior led the way for Deerfield with 13 points. 6’0 junior Vanderbilt Carpenter contributed ten points.
For Boone, 6’1 junior B.J. Taylor led the way with 16 points while Stanford signee 6’10 senior Schuyler Rimmer had 13 points.
When we got to Ocala Vanguard HS to check out the second day of the Kingdom of the Sun tournament, we were quite surprised and pleased with the previous days’ results. All but one game from Day One was decided by more than ten points. We hoped for similar results from Day Two.
Game 1: Panama City Rutherford vs. Miami Senior
Rutherford made the long trek to Ocala and fell by four in the first round to Deerfield Beach. Senior lost a five point heart-breaker in their opening contest.
Miami got to start the game shooting technical foul shots as Rutherford’s starters didn’t match the scorebook. Senior got out to an early 8-2 lead but by the four minute mark, Rutherford marched back to take a 10-8 lead at the four minute mark. Miami Sr. turnovers and too many possessions that were one and out gave Rutherford easy opportunities at their end of the court. Rutherford closed out the quarter on an 11-3 run to lead 21-11 after one quarter of play.
The second quarter was evenly played. Miami would try to make a run but each time Rutherford had an answer. A couple of times during the period, Senior had the margin below double digits but each time Rutherford would move that margin right back up. When half-time came, Rutherford’s lead was now eleven at 30-19.
Miami Senior got off to a quick start in the second half. They were finally able to connect on some shots behind the arc and at the defensive end limit Rutherford to one and out. At the four minute mark, Miami had the lead down to six at 35-29. It looked like Miami had the momentum but Rutherford made a couple of baskets to regain control. On two more occasions in the period Miami would get to within six points but at the end of the third quarter, Rutherford led by nine, 42-33.
Despite an 8-0 foul disparity in favor of Rutherford well into the fourth quarter, the Rams still could not put Miami away. Rutherford’s lead was only four points at the midway point in the period and with two minutes to go, Miami was only down one at 50-49. However, Senior was unable to grab the lead from Rutherford. The Rams were able to make their free throws when Miami was forced to foul and moved on in the consolation bracket by a score of 55-51.
While no official stats were provided, Rutherford was led by 6’2 junior Khaliel Spearman with 15 points and 5’8 senior Kiki Williamson with 11 points.
Miami Senior was paced by 6’2 senior Allen Baez’s 20 points while 6’0 junior Austin James contributed 13 points.
Game 2: Coral Springs Christian vs. Orlando Lake Highland Prep
Coral Springs Christian fell to Gainesville on opening night 60-57 while Lake Highland Prep lost to Cincinnati LaSalle 57-49. Joel Berry is still out with a knee injury but supposedly should be back in another week or two.
Lake Highland Prep led 5-4 midway thru the first quarter. At that point, 6’3 junior Jay Henderson came off the bench. The pace picked up for both sides from there. Lake Highland was helped by the power of the three while Coral Springs Christian found their success inside. After one quarter of play, Lake Highland led by a score of 15-12.
LHP got out of the gate quickly in the second quarter thanks to some hot shooting from Henderson. At the four minute mark, LHP led by seven at 26-19. However, CSC would score the next six points of the contest to get within one with 1:30 left in the half. LHP was able to fight off the Crusaders and at halftime led by a score of 30-26.
Coral Springs Christian Scored the first seven points of the third quarter to take a three point lead after about two minutes. Lake Highland was able to survive that run and re-took the lead at the four minute mark by a score of 36-34. However, Coral Springs Christian got in the bonus fairly quickly and took advantage of it. They turned that two point deficit into a seven point lead at the end of the quarter by a score of 46-39.
In the final period, Lake Highland Prep threatened but was never able to regain the lead. They got to within six, 52-46, at the four minute mark. However, CSC was able to put the game away at the free throw line. Ultimately, Coral Springs Christian would prevail by a score of 64-55.
After a slow start, 6’6 senior Nura Zana was able to get going and lead Coral Springs Christian with 18 points. 6’3 senior Robby Bell added 14 points while 6’6 sophomore Alaowei Talent had 10 points.
Lake Highlands’ 6’3 junior Jay Henderson went for a game-high 28 points while 6’1 junior Malcolm Laws added 12 points.
Great report Donnell .............Thanks!
i was there watching the first game of "Skywalker"...i left VERY unimpressed...i was telling my brother and dad that the coach was in over his head and his team is just AWFUL...they don't have a single offense or press break...they ran something for Walker where he caught the ball at the 3 line and tried to take 2-3 players at one time to the rack....they insist on shooting three balls and have no true PG on the team....i was hoping Walker was either 'Sick' or just frustrated over his coaches lack of ability to run plays and use him effectively...i'm hoping Donovan turns him around
on a side note...warmups were awesome...the boy can hammer some dunks...he had a couple where he was eye level with the rim...filthy good hops!
I would not worry about Walker....he is fine...
You should have seen Walker on the AAU circuit...with a certain PG named Kasey. Kid is top 10 for a reason.
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Chris tweeted after the game "Lord knows I need the bro @KaHill11."
yea i was telling myself he tore it up on the AAU circuit...it was just a bad showing...their coach was clueless and there team as a whole was terrible...i'm excited to see him surrounded by a real team...but that man put on a show in warmups....he has a killer spin move by the way!
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