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I-3 All Stars, Bucks County to Meet in Final
Tuesday, 14 April 2009

By Brian Crownover
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The semifinals of the Donofrio Classic took place on Tuesday night.  In the first game, the I-3 All Stars knocked out the Sonny Hill Seniors, 87-74.  Bucks County had a lot more trouble in defeating the Sonny Hill Juniors.  Bucks County eventually prevailed, but it took two overtimes to pull out the 101-96.  Both teams will meet in the final at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken on Wednesday night at 7:30.  Here is a look at some of the top performances from Tuesday night's action.

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I-3 All Stars

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to Temple
Khalif had another strong outing in the semifinals.  He ran the floor and scored in transition on a few plays.  As usual, he was at his best attacking off the dribble and finishing in traffic.  Khalif doesn't always get by his man on the first move, but does a terrific job of doing so on the second or third move. 

He uses his body so well to convert through or around defenders.  He used a beautiful spin move on one play and finished with contact for an old fashioned three point play.  His ability to attack got him to the line multiple times.  Khalif made an outstanding pass too after a crossover play in the lane. 

From the outside, he buried a pull up three pointer.  He didn't take many shots from deep though, since he didn't have to.  His most impressive play of the day was without a doubt the rare dunk he had.  Khalif threw it down with the athletic Ligah Thompson trailing the play and fouling him.  He hit the free throw to cap the three point play.  He later came up short on an open dunk attempt on the break.  Khalif finished with a very efficient 18 points in the win.  He had 9 rebounds and 5 steals as well.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
Rakeem had a solid game.  After a slow start, he buried three straight shots from beyond the arc.  He hit a few other jumpers too, including some of the pull up variety.  He had a nice drive and finish, but didn't attack much.  Rakeem had a fine drive and dish play too.  He had a couple rebounds as well.  He was a bit streaky from the outside.  Rakeem finished with 18 points.

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
Dom put together another solid game.  He scored in several different ways on the interior.  He had a putback, hit a short face up jumper over the defender and banked home a couple other shots.  He was a bit inconsistent finishing in the paint though.  Dom also was blocked twice.  His moves aren't the quickest and it gives the defender time to react and block his shot.  He still had a decent outing though.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Travis opened up with a pair of pull up jumpers.  He hit several other jumpers too, including another pull up shot and a three pointer.  He had a steal and athletic dunk.  Travis ran the floor well throughout the game.  He drew a foul on a drive too.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
Devin made several impressive plays.  The lefty had an outstanding drive and finish in traffic.  He scored on a transition runner too.  He drove left on another play and finished with his right hand.  Devin didn't do much other than attack the rim, but he was very effective doing that.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
This lanky freshman showed some impressive skills.  Amile can attack off the dribble.  On one play, he drove left and finished with his left hand.  He has good quickness for his size.  He had a steal and nice pass on the break.  He also finished with an athletic dunk on another play.  Amile put together a strong game on the boards.  He played some with his back to the basket, but didn't score when doing so.  He missed the lone jumper that we saw him take.  He's already big, but does need to get stronger.  Amile is quite the prospect and has a very bright future with a ton of upside.

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jaylen was solid too.  He banked a shot after a feed and was fouled for an old fashioned three point play.  The long and athletic forward had an impressive dunk.  He had a strong game on the boards too.  Jaylen didn't shoot much and that's an area of his game that could improve.

Bucks County

Dalton Pepper (2009 6-6 SG/SF) committed to West Virginia
Dalton really carried Bucks County in this one.  He had a terrific all around game.  He scored going at the rim, pulling up and knocking down shots from the mid range area and beyond the arc, and even converted in the post.  Dalton hit some huge shots late in the contest, including a game tying three pointer.  His shot from the perimeter has really improved and he's become that much more dangerous.  In the past, he was streaky from the outside, but looks to be more consistent now.  Dalton had two athletic dunks in the contest too.  He made a couple nice passes as well and pulled down some rebounds.  He led the way with 39 points in the victory.

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF) committed to Princeton
Will put together another nice outing.  Again, he flashed his array of skills.  He made a few plays facing up around the rim, including a dunk with a foul.  He scored on a reverse and banked home another shot after a feed.  He also showed off his shot with deep jumper and three pointer.  Will's shot wasn't falling consistently in this one though.  He had a good game on the boards as well.  After one missed three pointer, he grabbed his own miss and drove to the hoop and drew a foul.  The mobile big man was able to get to the line often and converted consistently from there.  Will has very good athletic ability too and he showed that off with a couple dunks.  Princeton has a fine one in this skilled forward.  Will finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the victory.

Jeff Holton (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to American
Jeff had a strong game on the boards at both ends of the floor.  He banked home a shot after an offensive rebound.  He loves using the glass to finish and did so several times in this game.  Jeff has the body to finish with contact.  He got to the line often in this game, but missed quite a few shots from there.  His jumper was off on this day as well.  Jeff was solid in the win though with 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Ryan Arcidiacono (2012, 6-2 SG)
Ryan has good size for a guard.  He can handle the ball pretty well.  He didn't do a lot, but the young freshman showed some ability.  He scored in transition, grabbed a rebound and blocked a shot too.

Sonny Hill Seniors


Shannon Givens (2009, 5-10 PG) committed to Drexel
Shannon played fairly well in the loss.  He makes some very impressive plays from his lead guard spot.  He can hit some difficult shots that a lot of other players can't.  He attacked often in this one.  Shannon drove and finished with contact for an old fashioned three point play on one occasion.  He went left on another play and finished with his left hand.  He made a couple nice passes too.  From the perimeter, Shannon nailed several pull up jumpers as well.  He struggled with some turnovers too though.  He is very aggressive and sometimes plays out of control.  It seemed like every time he'd make an impressive play, Shannon would follow it up with a bad play.  He couldn't seem to string several good plays in a row together.  He can definitely do a bit of everything you'd want out of the lead guard spot though.  On the defensive side, Shannon played the passing lanes and picked up several steals.  He finished the evening with 16 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SG)
Cameron had a nice game too.  The big guard hit several jumpers from deep early on, including from beyond the arc.  He is a good spot up shooter.  Cameron scored on a reverse too.  He didn't attack much and that's something he should do more of.  He also could take more shots overall as well.  Cameron is efficient though and he scored 16 points in this one.

Lijah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to Robert Morris
Lijah loves to play above the rim and he did just that several times in this one.  He finished an alley oop and had a follow up dunk too.  The face up forward had a few nice short drives and finishes.  He grabbed a few boards as well.  Lijah showed more of his athletic ability on a pair of blocks too.  This active forward should be able to help out the Colonials.

George Harper (2010, 6-7 PF)
George played pretty well too.  He had a nice drive and reverse from the perimeter.  He gets to the rim pretty quickly.  George doesn't always protect the ball when attacking.  He banked a fall away jumper on the inside and hit a deep jumper too.  He missed badly on another jumper and that's an area he could improve.  The athletic forward used his good hands to pull down quite a few boards in the game.  

Sonny Hill Juniors

Savon Goodman (2012, 6-4 SF)
This youngster showed why he is regarded as the best freshman in the area.  Savon has a strong build and does an excellent job of using it to finish in the lane.  He converted several old fashioned three point opportunities.  He gets to the rim quickly and can attack with either hand.  Savon scored on a floater and a couple reverses too.  He also showed the ability to post up and score in the paint.  He's fairly athletic and displayed his leaping ability on a dunk.  When Savon entered the game, he opened with rebounds on three straight possessions.  He was a little slow to get going offensively, but he eventually became the go to guy down the stretch.  He does need to improve his jump shot as he moves forward.  Savon didn't look like a freshman in this contest though as he finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds.

Devonte "DJ" Newbill (2010, 6-3 PG/SG)
DJ had a stronger semifinal game than his quarterfinal outing.  In this one, his shot was falling from the outside.  He has good size and can play either guard spot.  He can shoot out to three point range and did so several times in this contest.  He loves the pull up jumper and was hitting it in this game.  DJ can get to the rim and score in that way as well.  He doesn't have the quickest first step though, so it often takes him a couple moves to get there.  He didn't setup his teammates with a lot of great passes, but did a steady job of running the offense.  DJ ended the game with 27 points in the loss.

Xavier Harris (2011, 6-5 PF)
Xavier opened with a nice deep post turnaround jumper.  He made several other impressive plays around the rim, including a bank finish.  He did have trouble finishing on some other plays though.  He couldn't convert on multiple follow ups on two separate occasions.  Xavier also airballed a couple shots.  He did have a solid game on the boards.  He can attack off the dribble, but would really benefit by adding a jumper to his arsenal. 

Marcus Brown (2009, 6-4 SF)
This undersized face up forward played well.  Marcus has good touch and does a terrific job of finishing around the rim.  He has a good feel around the basket.  He scored on a few putbacks and rebounded at both ends of the court.  Marcus handles the ball fairly well too.  He also hit a jumper in this game.

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