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I-3 All Stars Win Donofrio Title
Wednesday, 15 April 2009

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I-3 All Stars
By Brian Crownover
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The finals of the 49th Donofrio Classic took place on Wednesday night.  The I-3 All Stars defeated Bucks County 105-90.  A balanced attack was the difference in the contest. 

The I-3 All Stars dominated the offensive glass in the first half and built up a double digit lead.  Bucks County battled back.  I-3's depth evenutally wore down the Bucks County team though. 

Here is a look at some of the top performances from Tuesday night's action.

I-3 All Stars

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
The I-3 All Stars built up a first half lead thanks to strong play on the offensive glass.  This powerful forward was a big part of that.  Dom had several putbacks on the inside.  He banked home a few shots as well.  He had a pair of nice left handed finishes inside.  Dom scored well with contact and he finished three times on old fashioned three point plays.  He was able to overpower another big body forward, Jeff Holton.  Dom seals well in the post, has good hands and an array of back to the basket moves.  He hit a step back jumper too.  He won the Sportsmanship award and made the all tournament team after ending the contest with 25 points.

Khalif Wyatt (2009, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to Temple
This silky smooth scorer put together another fine outing for this balanced squad.  Khalif attacked off the dribble and made his usual outstanding plays adjusting in traffic and around defenders.  His body control and feel around the rim is amazing.  Khalif had a nice drive and left hand finish.  On another play he attacked to the left and converted when going back to the right.  He also used a spin move and banked home a shot with contact for an old fashioned three point play.  He had a beautiful duck under move too.  From the outside, Khalif did hit a pull up jumper, but didn't shoot much.  He made an outstanding pass after breaking down the defense.  He does need to improve defensively.  Khalif has come a long way though in the last few years.  He finished with 19 points and was named MVP for his squad.

Devin Coleman (2011, 6-4 SG/SF)
The bench play for the I-3 All Stars was really the difference in the game.  After making a few plays in the first few rounds, Devin saved his best for last.  He was very active on the boards and scored on several putbacks.  Despite being thin, he has a knack for grabbing rebounds.  The smooth lefty flashed his guard skills too,  he hit a pull up three pointer and another one from beyond the arc.  Devin had a beautiful spin move and runner on one play while attacking.  He got into the lane a couple times and threw several nice passes. 

Jaylen Bond (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Jaylen is another youngster who really stepped it up in the finals and was a difference maker in the game.  He was another big part of the offensive rebounding advantage that helped the I-3 All Stars build up a double digit first half lead.  The big wing scored on several follow ups.  He rebounded at both ends of the floor.  Jaylen showed a smooth stroke as he buried a free throw line jumper.  He also displayed his athletic ability with a block as well as a dunk.  He ran the floor and finished in transition too.  Jaylen mixed in a nice pass from the perimeter.  He made the all tournament team after scoring 14 points and 8 rebounds in the championship game.  

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Travis struggled to finish plays early on and his shot was off all game long.  He did score on a reverse and a three point play.  He had an athletic dunk and threw a nice pass too.  Travis was solid throughout the tournament, but was rather quiet in this one.

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
This was one of the worst games we've seen this talented scorer play.  Rakeem couldn't buy a bucket.  His shot was off and he struggled to finish too.  He did pass the ball pretty well though and limited his turnovers.  He also played the passing lanes and had a number of steals.  Despite a rough final, Rakeem still made the all tournament team for his fine play throughout the tournament.

Amile Jefferson (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
This freshman continued to impress with his all around skills.  He didn't score much, but had a fine game on the glass on both ends of the floor.  He showed his athletic ability on a pair of blocks.  He had been quiet in the post, but on this day Amile did have a nice spin move and bank shot from the left side of the paint.

Bucks County

Dalton Pepper (2009 6-6 SG/SF) committed to West Virginia
Dalton was easily the best player throughout this tournament.  The future Mountaineer poured in 45 points in a variety of ways in the final.  He was burying more three pointers and attacking off the dribble.  He droved and finished with either hand.  Dalton even scored on a couple turnaround jumpers in the post too.  He got to the line often and converted there.  He also finished well with contact.  Dalton made it look easy on his way to winning one of the MVP trophies.  He finished the tournament by averaging 34 points per game.

Will Barrett (2009, 6-8 SF/PF) committed to Princeton
Will was solid, but didn't have as strong a game as in earlier rounds.  He scored on a couple putbacks of his own misses, including one finish with his left hand.  He converted after a nice duck under move too.  Will struggled to finish on quite a few plays and couldn't hit from the perimeter either.  He did grab quite a few rebounds and blocked a shot too.  His output wasn't enough against this balanced I-3 team.

Jeff Holton (2009, 6-7 PF) committed to American
Jeff had a solid game.  He banked home several shots, including one after a spin move.  On the outside, he hit a deep two pointer, but also missed on a trio of three point attempts.  He grabbed some rebounds on both ends of the court, but didn't rebound as well as he had earlier in the tournament.  Jeff struggled defensively to contain Dom Morris.  He had a decent game, but Bucks County really needed more out of him in this contest.

Ryan Arcidiacono (2012, 6-2 SG)
Ryan made a couple nice plays.  In the first half, he hit a three pointer.  He hit another face up jumper later on.  He had a couple steals and threw a nice pass on the break after one of them.  Bucks County really needed him to be more of an offensive threat than the youngster was in this game.  Ryan does have a nice future though.

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