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Schenley Won’t Be Denied This Time
Sunday, 25 March 2007

Spartans hold off pesky Chester team to claim 4A crown

By Brian Crownover
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Nasir Robinson
After a heartbreaking loss in last year’s 4A final, the Schenley Spartans jumped out to an early 18-11 first quarter lead and never looked back.  Dejuan Blair dominated on the glass and provided plenty of difficulty for the undersized Chester squad.  Schenley built up an 11 point lead at the half.  The Clippers wouldn’t go away easy though as they seemed to make a small run every time that it looked like Schenley would pull away.  The Spartans eventually finished off the contest with a 79-71 victory.

Dejuan Blair (2007, 6-8 PF) Committed to Pittsburgh
Blair showed why he not only one of the best players in the state, but also highly regarded on the national scene.  At 6-7, he is an undersized post player.  He makes up for his height though with strength and skill.  He is very powerful and has tremendous hands.  He has good touch around the basket and is excellent at getting position deep in the paint.  He also has quick feet and great timing to block shots.  Dejuan was simply too much for the Chester defense and did a lot of his damage with offensive rebounds and put backs.  He doesn’t play much with his back to the basket, but still dominates on the inside.  Dejuan finished with 18 points, a remarkable 23 rebounds, 6 blocks and even 2 steals.  The only real hole in his game on this evening was his 4-10 shooting from the foul line.   

D. J. Kennedy (2007, 6-6 SG/SF)
D.J. is a long, athletic wing player.  The lefty is a good slasher who loves to attack the basket.  He’s able to finish due to good body control.  D.J. was able to get himself to the line 10 times and converted on every attempt.  He is also a good rebounder.  He didn’t show much of an outside game in this contest.  D.J. finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. 

Jaamal “Onion” Bryant (2007, 6-0 PG)
Jaamal is a quick point guard who likes to attack.  He’s a pretty good passer, but also struggled at times with his decision making.  He finished with 11 points and 5 assists in the victory.

Deandre Kane (2008, 6-2 SG)
Deandre is a smooth shooting guard.  He displayed a good mid range pull up game.  He was also aggressive and attacked the basket.  Deandre was able to slice through traffic and convert in the paint.  He finished with a game high 21 points and added in 6 rebounds.


Karon Burton (2008, 5-8 PG)
Coming of a career game, the lightning quick point guard had a quiet first half.  He scored just 2 points and attempted very few shots.  When Karon finally got it going in the second half, his Chester team started playing better basketball.  He was able to blow by his man time and time again.  He was able to finish around the hoop most of the time, but was blocked by Blair on several occasions.  He’s normally very crafty around the basket, but will have to improve some in that area against bigger players if he wants to play at a high level in college.  Karon dished out 6 assists, but also turned the ball over 7 times.  He finished with 19 points as well, but Chester really could’ve used more out of him. 

Nasir Robinson (2008, 6-4 SG) Committed to Pittsburgh
Nasir is so productive when he stays out of foul trouble.  He gives Chester a lot of toughness on the inside and the ability to handle the ball on the wing.  He was a monster on the glass with 13 rebounds (7 offensive).  Nasir attacked from the perimeter of the dribble, including using a beautiful spin move on several occasions.  He still needs to develop a jump shot.  Regardless, the future Pitt Panther finished with 15 points.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
As usual, Russell was a force on the boards.  The lanky forward was efficient from the field on his way to 9 points and 9 rebounds.  He scored inside, but also showed his versatility by going 1 for 1 from three.  Russell did struggle from the foul line though going 0-4.

Micah Covert (2007, 6-0 SG)
Micah has a very smooth stroke and it was on displayed in this contest.  Time and time again when Chester needed a big basket to keep the game close Micah was there.  He hit 4 of 6 three point attempts and finished with 20 points.  Often overshadowed by his younger teammates, Micah closed out a solid career in a big way.

Mark Burrell (2008,6-4 SF)
Mark is another long, athletic forward for the Clippers.  He showed a smooth jump shot from the mid range area.  He was also strong on the boards as well.  Mark scored 8 points and added 6 rebounds

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