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PIAA Class AA and AAAA second round
Friday, 20 March 2009

ImageBy Bill Martin
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On Wednesday of last week I went over to Springford High School to watch the second round of the PIAA tournament for Classes AA and AAAA, but due to me leaving my game notes behind I was unable to write this up earlier.

The first game of the night was the AA contest between Notre Dame Green Pond and Imhotep.  I only caught the second half of this game but it was a good one.  Imhotep kept trying to pull away but Notre Dame Green Pond refused to go away, hitting clutch 3 pointers.  Imhotep did not help themselves any by missing some key free throws down the stretch.  In the end Notre Dame Green Pond could not hit enough and Imhotep won the game 58-53.

In the second contest of the evening Norristown took on Plymouth Whitemarsh in the AAAA game.  Plymouth Whitemarsh jumped out to an early double digit lead and never looked back. Nothing seemed to be going right for Norristown and Plymouth Whitemarsh was playing at a very high level.  The final score was 72-50.

The following are player evaluations from these two contests.

Imhotep

Will Adams (2009) committed to Towson
Will played great in the second half but must not have done much in the first half because according to the box score he only scored 11 points, all of which I saw.  He hit 3 shots from behind the arc, one of which was from a good foot beyond the 3 point line.  His other 2 points were scored out of the post.  After catching the ball in the paint he made a spin move but missed a one handed shot, but did tip his own miss in.

Sam Prescott (2009) committed to Marist
Sam was solid in the second half, as he was able to score in transition and off an offensive rebound put back.  From the free throw line he missed the front end of a 1 and 1 but late in the game he hit 2 of 2 to extend the lead to 5.  Sam finished with 12 points.

Erik Copes (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
This was not a huge offensive game for Erik but his presence was definitely felt.  Defensively he altered a number of shots and he rebounded the ball well over the smaller opposition.  He was able to score a couple buckets around the hoop.  On one possession he hit a lay up while being fouled and hit the ensuing free throw.  Erik also scored on a put back after grabbing an offensive rebound.  He finished with 7 points.

Norristown

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-2 PG/SG) committed to Temple
This was a tough game for Norristown and even Khalif struggled at times, but he did still score 26 points.  He did not get off to a good start missing his first two free throws and a tough finger roll off the glass.  Khalif struggled with his outside shot for most of the game but did hit one step back 3.  Where he did find success was attacking the hoop.  Khalif is definitely not the fastest or quickest player around but he is incredibly crafty with the ball.  He always seems to find a way to get by his man and get his shot off in traffic.  Khalif had quite a few spectacular finishes after driving to the hoop.  He also did a nice job of drawing fouls but was uncharacteristically inconsistent from the charity stripe.  Khalif usually steps up his game to another level late in games to lead his team to victory, but the deficit was just too great in this one.

Plymouth Whitemarsh

CJ Aiken (2010, 6-9 PF/C)
This was the best I have ever seen CJ play as he dominated on both ends of the court and primarily played inside.  He was a rebounding machine and seemed to constantly be dunking.  On one play his teammate’s shot was partially blocked, but CJ plucked the ball right out of mid air and threw down a dunk in one fluid motion.  CJ even had a couple quality buckets off the dribble.  He drove into the lane and hit a finger roll. On another drive he drove along the baseline under the hoop and hit a reverse layup as he was fouled.  He proceeded to hit the free throw as well.  Overall this was an outstanding game for CJ, finishing with 19 points and really fueling his team’s victory.  He should continue to play his game more inside.  In other games I’ve seen from him he hung out on the perimeter way too often.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-5 SF/PF)
Jaylen did a nice job of scoring on the inside in this game, but did not show anything from the perimeter.  His only two jump shots were from about 15 feet out but he missed both.  He did however grab his own rebound on one of them and got a layup out of it.  Most of his other scoring came from posting up.  Jaylen positioned himself well and got a pair of open layups by keeping his man behind him.  He scored 12 points in this contest.

Whis Grant (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
Whis was an integral part of Plymouth Whitemarsh’s win.  He played tough defensively and came up with a number of steals, to go along with his 16 points.  Whis showed he could knock down shots from behind the arc or take the ball to the hoop.  Later in the game, Whis drove all the way to the hoop, was fouled and hit a tough layup.  He converted on the old-fashioned 3 point play by hitting his free throw.

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