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Sonny Hill Seniors and Bucks County Moving On
Thursday, 09 April 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The quarterfinals of the Donofrio Classic continued on Thursday night.  Behind strong defense and a balanced attack, the Sonny Hill Seniors defeated the Keystone Blazers 92-70.  In the second contest, Bucks County knocked off the Old School Cavs 84-69.  Here is a look at some of the top performances on the evening.

Bucks County

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF) committed to Princeton
Will had a fantastic game in the victory.  The big man really has improved his face up skills and has become a matchup nightmare.  Marquette bound Brett Roseboro had trouble containing his perimeter abilities.  Will was able to get into the lane off the dribble fairly often.  He had an excellent coast to coast finish after a steal.  His form isn't the greatest, but he has improved as a shooter. 

In this contest, he hit a pair of three pointers and another deep jumper from inside the arc.  Will has a good feel for the game and dished off a nice pass.  On one play, he passed off of a shot fake and set his teammate up near the hoop.  Will pulled down some rebounds too.  Defensively, he flashed some decent athletic ability on a pair of blocked shots, including one on Roseboro.  He got physical with Brett and clearly frustrated him with solid defense.  That's not typically part of Will's game, but it's nice to see him not backing down. 

He still frustrated us because we'd like to see him post up more.  We can't argue with how much he's improved from the perimeter though and his skills will clearly fit in well with Princeton's motion offense.  Will scored 16 points and was a key part of victory for Bucks County.

Jeff Holton (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to American
Jeff has good size and skills which should translate well at American.  He has the body to be a force on the boards.  Around the rim, he banked home a shot after a feed, converted on a reverse and also finished on a give and go play.  He was somewhat inconsistent inside in the contest though.  The mobile big man stepped outside and hit a three pointer and attacked off the dribble couple times.  He had a strong game on the boards too.  Jeff finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Dalton Pepper (2009 6-6 SG/SF) committed to West Virginia
Dalton was the leading scorer as usual for Bucks County.  He attacked off the dribble and scored in the lane.  His most impressive play was a drive and very athletic dunk.  He does this from time to time, but not often enough.  Dalton hit from the outside too with his good pull up game.  He was a bit streaky from the outside, but still hit plenty of shots.  Dalton led the way with 24 points in the win.  

Sonny Hill Seniors

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SG)
We only managed to catch the second half of this contest, but Cameron was solid.  Most impressive were a pair of really good passes that setup teammates for easy shots.  From the outside, he drove left on one play and finished with a runner.  He also hit a three pointer from the outside.  Cameron did miss a lay-up and putback around the rim though.  He ended with 11 points in the victory.

Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG) committed to Drexel
The Seniors had a balanced attack and Shannon was another part of it.  In the second half, he had an excellent long assist on the break.  He scored himself in transition.  Shannon hit a very impressive stepback three pointer.  That's a shot that'll be very difficult to stop at the next level too.  He didn't score a lot in the final half, but he didn't have to either as the Seniors pulled away.  Shannon scored a solid 13 points in the contest.

Lijah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to Robert Morris
As is often the case, Lijah made several impressive athletic plays in the second half.  He had one high flying dunk late that brought the crowd to their feet.  He had another dunk and scored on a couple putbacks.  Lijah was active around the rim.  He did miss a couple reverses.  He also attack from the perimeter off the dribble a few times.  Defensively, he blocked a shot too.  Lijah finished the contest with 14 points.

George Harper (2010, 6-7 PF)
George scored off a lay-up off a nice feed.  He pulled down several boards on both ends of the court too in this win.  He scored 10 points in the contest.

Keystone Blazers

Tre Bowman (2009, 6-3 SG)
We missed his 37 point explosion in the previous round and also the first half of this contest.  Even in the limited viewing (2nd half only), Tre really impressed us.  He has good size for a guard and combines that with some nice skills.  He's quick off the dribble, but also plays under control.  He showed that he likes to attack to the left and can finish.  Tre adjusts pretty well in traffic.  From the outside, he didn't shoot much, but did knock down a three pointer.  He also dished off a nice pass early in the 2nd half and had a fairly athletic dunk late in the contest.  Tre had another nice game in this tournament as he finished with 20 points in the loss.  He's a big reason the Blazers made it this far in the tournament.

Old School Cavs

Brett Roseboro (2009, 6-9 C) committed to Marquette
This Big East bound big man showed an array of moves, but didn't finish particularly well in the contest.  He missed several shots from close range.  He did hit a nice mid range jumper.  Brett moves well and can make multiple moves in the post.  He can shoot with either hand on the inside.  Brett can handle a little and step outside too if needed.  He had strong game on the boards, although quite a few of his offensive rebounds were his own misses.  Brett had trouble defensively against Will Barrett out on the perimeter.  He got frustrated with Will and wound up in a pushing match.  Brett finished with 19 points and 23 rebounds (11 offensive) in the loss.

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