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Sonny Hill Seniors with Hard Fought Victory
Friday, 03 April 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The second round continued at Donofrio on Thursday with the Sonny Hill Seniors taking on Hunting Park II.

This was a hard fought game with multiple lead changes.  The Sonny Hill Seniors took the first substantial lead and carried that into halftime. 

That lead was however quickly erased in the second half, due to an offensive explosion by John Johnson

John started raining down 3 pointers to put Hunting Park II back in the lead.

John cooled off though and the Sonny Hill Seniors fought their way back and took the lead for good.  They ended up winning this game by the score of 100-89.

Here are the player evaluations from this game.

Sonny Hill Seniors

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG) committed to Drexel
Shannon had a bit of an up and down game, but fished on a strong note.  The lead guard made some fantastic passes and got his teammates involved.  He did turn the ball over at a high rate though.  Shannon was effective attacking off the dribble down the stretch.  He buried a few jumpers from the outside, but was inconsistent from the perimeter.  Shannon finished with 16 points in the victory.

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SF)
Cameron had a rough start to the game.  His jumper was off and he was quiet throughout the first half.  He opened the second half by burying a three pointer and that really got him going.  Cameron hit several more three pointers in the final stanza.  He got to the foul line often and helped close out the contest with good free throw shooting.  Cameron led the way in the victory with 22 points.

George Harper (2010, 6-7 PF)
George made some athletic plays around the rim.  He scored on a transition dunk, a hook shot and short jumper.  He also scored off of a few nice feeds from his teammates.  George converted on a putback and had a solid game on the boards.  He finished with 12 points in the contest.  George would benefit his future by extending his game further from the basket.  He is a force on the inside though.

Lijah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to Robert Morris
Lijah also had a nice game on the inside.  The undersized forward scored on a couple putbacks, including an athletic follow up dunk.  He also converted after some nice feeds.  Lijah hit a hook shot and was fouled and converted a three point play.  He hit a free throw line jumper.  Lijah pulled down quite a few rebounds and showed off his athletic ability with a blocked shot too.

Hunting Park II

John Johnson (2011, 6-1 PG/SG)
After a decent first half, John exploded in the second half.  He opened that period with a three pointer and hit a total of five from beyond the arc in that portion of the game.  John was terrific in bringing his team back into the game.  He gets to the rim in a hurry too and scored with several tough finishes around the hoop.  John seemed to tire down the stretch and missed his final six three pointers.  It was another outstanding performance and his second 40 point game of this tournament.  After scoring 41 points in the opener, John finished with 44 points in this loss.  After an excellent sophomore season in high school, he looks poised to have an outstanding AAU season.

Markus Kennedy (2010, 6-9 PF)
This big and nimble forward had a nice game.  He scored on the inside several times with contact early on.  Markus had several other baskets inside too.  His most impressive move started left and then when back to the right and finished with a hook shot.  He was a monster on the boards on both ends and scored on several putbacks.  He has terrific hands and good footwork.  Markus stepped outside and hit a mid range jumper in this contest too.  He can handle the ball a little too, although he's better off not doing that too often.  Markus did have some tough misses in the contest as well.  He finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. 

Erik Copes (2011, 6-8 PF/C)
This young big man made a couple impressive plays.  He showed his athletic ability as he blocked several shots.  He had a solid game on the boards too.  Erik was quiet offensively and that part of his game needs to develop more.

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