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Prime Time Shootout: Sunday - Part 1
Monday, 22 March 2010

By Bill Martin
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The action continued on Sunday of the Prime Time Shootout and there definitely was not a lack of talent.

In the first game we saw Christ the King against Half Hollow Hills West.  This was a tight game but Half Hollow Hills West pulled out the victory, led by a 19 point MVP performance from Tobias Harris.

The second contest featured national powerhouse Findlay Prep and one of the better teams in New Jersey in Trenton Catholic.  Trenton Catholic fought hard fueled by an outstanding performance from Drexel commit Frantz Massenat, but Findlay pulled out the 64-57 win.  Corey Joseph was named game MVP with 19 points.

Here are the player evaluations from these two games

Findlay Prep vs Trenton Catholic

Trenton Catholic

Frantz Massenat (2010, 6-4 PG) committed to Drexel
Despite the defense keying in on him, Frantz was virtually unstoppable driving to the hoop.    Time after time he beat his man off the bounce, utilizing a variety of dribble hesitation moves as well as an outstanding crossover.  Twice his crossover was so effective that it left his defender behind him, freeing him up for an open dunk and a more difficult finger roll in traffic.  He had multiple other drives where he got all the way to the hoop and scored.  His most impressive finish was a double clutch layup that he banked in off the glass between two defenders, after driving along the baseline.  On another possession he drove across the lane and banked in a shot with one hand.  Frantz did have one great move that didn't count because he was called for a questionable travel.  On this play he drove to the right and then spun back to the left, he then used his body to keep his defender behind him and hit a layup off the glass. 

The few times where Frantz failed to convert he was usually fouled, but he did grab his own miss on one occasion and laid it back in.  Besides his driving Frantz was also able to score from the post and by moving without the ball.  In the post he backed down a smaller defender and hit a one handed shot over him while being fouled.  After slicing down the lane on another possession, Frantz caught a pass and softly laid it in hitting nothing but the bottom of the net.  Not only was he able to score around the hoop but he also created scoring opportunities for his teammates.  There were multiple times where he drove into the the lane drawing the defense before kicking out to open teammates.  While he did get his teammates open jumpers he could not convert on his own jump shots.  Frantz took very few jumpers but he missed a three pointer and a pull up jumper to beat the halftime buzzer.  On his only other three point attempt he was fouled but only went one of three from the line.  He was solid from the free throw line other than this one trip.

Frantz took over this game and was constantly putting pressure on the defense.  Even though he was always driving into the heart of the defense he always appeared under control.  As was the case in the first game he barely had any turnovers.  This was an outstanding performance from Frantz but over the course of the weekend he barely showed any signs of a jump shot.  He will need to develop this aspect of his game to be more of a complete player.  Frantz finished with a game high 29 points and was named MVP for his team.

Khalid Lewis-El (2011, 6-3 SG)
Khalid has good straight line speed and did most of his damage attacking the hoop in this game.  In transition he took it all the way to the hoop and hit a layup over a defender.  After getting the ball close to the hoop he hit a short one handed shot with a defender right in his face.  On one of his better takes he drove into the lane and covered the ball up like a running back, before hitting a layup high off the glass while being knocked to the ground.  He was fouled on the play but missed the free throw.  Khalid had another great drive along the baseline, where hit a double clutch layup between two defenders while being fouled.  This time he hit the free throw converting the old fashioned three point play.  He did not show much of his jump shot in this game and missed his only three point attempt.

Dondre Whitmore (2010, 5-9 PG)
While Dondre played very well on Saturday he did not follow that up with a stellar performance on Sunday.  He struggled to score early and was not as aggressive offensively as he deferred to Frantz Massenat.  Dondre did have a nice transition bucket where he gave a head fake that sent a trailing defender flying by him before he hit a layup.  He also hit a three pointer later in the game.

Brandon Taylor (2012, 6-8 PF)
Much like on Saturday Brandon was again strong on the boards on Sunday.  On one of his offensive rebounds he got off balance and put up a shot while falling backwards but missed badly.  Brandon was however able to score on a mid range jumper immediately after catching an inbounds pass.  On another play he caught a pass just inside the paint.  He then took one dribble along the baseline and hit a layup off the glass.  Brandon did miss a pair of other mid range jumpers.

Markese Tucker (2010, 6-5 PF)
There were not a whole of offensive touches for Markese but he did hit a tough layup while being fouled.  He did however miss the free throw.  Markese did hit an impressive runner in the lane.

Findlay Prep

Godwin Okonji (2010, 6-8 PF)
On this loaded squad Godwin does not get a lot of touches.  He was able to hit a layup and got another bucket on a tip in.

Nigel Goss (2013, 6-3 SG)
This young guard has a smooth high arcing jump shot, which he displayed by burying a pair of three pointers.

Winston Shepard (2012, 6-7 SF/PF)
In this contest Winston rebounded well and was able to finish around the hoop.  Twice he grabbed offensive boards and was fouled on the put back attempt.  The first time he made the layup, but the second he missed and only hit one of his two free throw attempts.  Winston's most impressive bucket  of the day was a turnaround fadeaway jumper from the post.

Nick Johnson (2011, 6-3 SG)
Nick can shoot the J or take his defenders off the dribble.  He buried a three pointer and also hit a tough fade away jumper over a 6-8 defender.  On one drive he managed to get by three different defenders, getting himself an easy layup.  In order to squeeze between two defenders, on a different drive, Nick dribbled the ball from behind him between his legs.

Christ the King vs Half Hollow Hills West

Christ the King

Dominykas Milka (2010, 6-7 PF/C)
Milka is not an overly athletic forward but he does have a solid build and used his bulk to overpower smaller defenders.  After catching the ball in the post he would back his defender down to gain positioning.  On one of these occasions he pushed his man back right under the hoop and hit a point blank hook shot, but on another possession he lowered his shoulder a bit too much and was called for an offensive foul.  Most of his other points were scored on layups, including a couple put backs after pulling down offensive boards.  He was strong on the glass throughout the game.  Milka also proved to have good hands catching the ball in the post.  One pass in particular was fired very quickly over his head but he still managed to catch it cleanly.  While not very quick he did show a willingness to run the floor.  Milka definitely provided a solid inside presence for Christ the King.

Omar Calhoun (2012, 6-4 SG)
This was a great game for Omar as he scored 24 points and was named MVP for his team.  Where he excelled the most was converting around the hoop or drawing fouls.  He was able to finish in traffic and with contact.  One example of this is when he cut along the baseline, caught a pass and proceeded to hit a difficult layup in traffic.  In transition he hit a layup right over top of a defender.  Omar also rebounded well from the wing and grabbed a number of offensive rebounds.  Following one of these offensive boards he took one dribble and then went up for a layup.  He absorbed contact from a defender and hit a one handed shot off the glass.  Other than his scoring around the hoop Omar was also solid from the free throw line and he did bury one three pointer.

Roland Brown (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Roland did not get a whole lot of playing time and really didn't do much when he was in the game.  He pulled down a couple strong boards but was rejected on a hook shot attempt from the post.

Half Hollow Hills West

Tavon Sledge (2011, 5-9 PG)
Tavon is a good leaper as well as very quick off the dribble and was looking to push the ball up the court every opportunity he got.  His speed caused problems for the transition defense and resulted in easy buckets for either him or his teammates.  There was a two on one break where he made a convincing fake pass before hitting a layup with his right hand on the left side of the hoop.  He made a similar fake pass later in the game that was just as effective but on this occasion he missed the layup.  Tavon also utilized his quickness in the half court as well.  No one on the defense was able to stay in front of him due to his speed and variety of moves off the bounce, including a crossover and a behind the back dribble.  After getting into the lane Tavon made a number of quality passes, a few of which were of the no look variety.  He also had a beautiful kick out to a man for an open three pointer.  Not only did he pass once getting into the lane, but he also hit a floater and once he just blew right by his man for an easy layup.  Tavon did not however show much from the perimeter.

Tyler Harris (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Tyler showed some versatility in this contest.  He was able to score in a variety of ways including a tip in, a three pointer and a shorter jump shot over a defender.  On the defensive end of the court he was able to block a couple shots.  One of these blocks he recovered himself and then dribbled up the court himself, and found an open man under the hoop for an easy layup.  In transition Tyler attempted a double clutch layup over a defender but he could not get it to fall.

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