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Donofrio Classic: Conclusion of the 2nd round
Thursday, 20 May 2010

By Bill Martin
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To close out the second round at the Donofrio Classic, four teams battled for the final two spots in the quarterfinals.

Two teams loaded with D-I talent clashed in the first game, with Team Philly taking on the Keystone Blazers. This game was fairly close throughout but Team Philly came away with the victory by the score of 82-70.

The second game proved to be an even harder fought battle than game one.  The Sonny Hill Seniors and Just Clean It played a very close game, but the Sonny Hill Seniors pulled out the W 81-77.

Here are the player evaluations from these two contests.


Team Philly

Erik Copes (2011, 6-8 PF/C) committed to George Washington
Erik was again a force in the paint with his scoring, rebounding and shot blocking.  From in the post he backed his man down on on a number of occasions in order to get within point blank range of the hoop.    After forcing his man back directly under the hoop he hit a layup even though he was fouled.  He also hit a hook shot on another possession where he backed his man down.  A majority of his other points were scored on put backs after grabbing offensive rebounds.  He did throw down a pair of dunks with two hands, one of which he was fouled on.  Defensively Erik has impressive shot blocking timing and swatted at least five shots.  He has good leaping ability but really just has a great feel for when to jump in order to block shots.

John Johnson (2011-1 PG/SG) committed to Pittsburgh
John has had huge games at Donofrio in the past and he did not disappoint this time around with a strong 25 point performance.  He was reigning down threes and couldn't be stopped driving to the hoop.  Once John got to the hoop he finished extremely well, including a spectacular reverse.  John also made a couple nice passes after getting into the lane.

Juan'ya Green (2011, 6-3 PG/SG)
This was not huge game for Juan'ya but he did make some impressive plays.  He had a couple strong takes and was able to finish with contact.  On two separate occasions he broke out a spin move that generated points.  Out of one spin he hit a mid range jumper over a defender, and on the other he threw a great no look pass over his shoulder that resulted in an open layup.  Juan'ya also hit a floater in the lane and a reverse.

Ameen Tanksley (2011, 6-4 SF)
Ameen displayed some versatility in this contest.  He had a few short drives where he beat his man to the hoop for layups.  From in the post he put the ball on the floor going to the right, but hen spun back to the left for a layup.  Ameen also buried a 15 foot jumper.


Keystone Blazers

DJ Irving (2010, 5-10 PG) committed to Boston University
Much like his first game, this was another strong performance from DJ.  His hesitation moves off the dribble allowed him to beat his defender time and time again.  Once he got to the hoop he finished well even when fouled and converted his free throws.  DJ also demonstrated his shooting ability in this one.  From beyond the arc he buried a trio of shots, one of which was of the step back variety.  He hit another step back jumper as well, but this time it was from mid range.  However, DJ does not elevate much on his jumper, which may make it difficult for him to get his shot off against bigger players and better defense.  DJ also made a number of nice passes to set up his teammates.  The one pass that stands out the most was a beautifully placed bounce pass on a pick and roll.

Ben Mingledough (2010, 6-4 SF) committed to Delaware
Ben does not look comfortable handling the ball and in order to advance to the hoop he often resorted to posting up and backing his man down, even when he was out on the perimeter.  When he did try to attack off the bounce, he lost his handle on one occasion which resulted in a steal.  On another attempt the ball was stripped off of him and it ricocheted off his leg out of bounds.  Ben also struggled with his jump shot in this game.  He missed a number of three pointers as well as a fade away mid range jumper.  Even when he went to the free throw line he went 0-2.   Where he was able to put points on the board was from inside as he did hit a tough layup with contact.  This game was definitely a struggle for the future Blue Hen.

Derrick Stewart (2012, 6-5 SF)
This was a terrible game from Derrick as he fired up a ton of jump shots and missed almost all of them.  A couple of the three pointers he shot either airballed or were just way off target.  He even went 0-2 from the free throw line.  When he did move in closer to the hoop he did find some success.  Derrick hit a layup off of a screen and roll and hit a short shot after pulling down an offensive rebound.  The lone jump shot he hit was from mid range after he bumped his man back to gain space.  Derrick needs to work on hitting his jump shot more consistently or focus more on the other aspects of his game.

Jamal Melvin (2010, 5-5 PG)
This small but quick guard really showed off his jump shot in this game.  Jamal buried a couple pull up mid range jumpers and also hit a pair of threes.  One of his three pointers was a pull up jumper as well.  His other points in the game were scored off a fast break layup, and a pretty finger roll that opened up for him because he made a very quick spin move around his defender.

Danny Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF/PF) committed to Rider 
While Danny dominated with his athleticism in the first round of Donofrio, he was not as aggressive or effective with Erik Copes roaming the paint.  He only had one dunk in this game and it was put back, thrown down off of a teammates miss.  Danny did score on a short drive where he beat his defender to the hoop for a layup with his quickness, but missed on a similar drive later in the game.  Besides his put back dunk he did make a couple other impressive plays.  From inside he banked in a shot with one hand and he was fouled on the play.  On another play he gave a pump fake but his man didn’t bit on it.  Danny then proceeded to take a very award looking, leaning shot but it somehow went in off the glass.


Sonny Hill Seniors

Savon Goodman (2012, 6-5 SF)
Savon put together another strong outing with 31 points and 12 rebounds.  From in the post he backed down smaller defenders to gain positioning to score.  After backing his man down on one occasion he hit a jumper right over his defender.  Another possession he missed a hook shot from the post but got his own rebound and laid it back in.  Also from in the post he made a very quick spin move along the baseline and around his defender for an easy lay in.  

When Savon wasn’t posting up he was either attacking the hoop or taking jump shots.  Savon is very fast with the ball in his hands and doesn’t waste a lot of dribbles.  He went straight to the hoop without a lot of lateral movement, but did weave in between defenders.  Once he got to the hoop he finished well even when fouled.  From the charity strip he only missed two out of 9 attempts.  Savon also hit a couple mid range jumpers and another shot with his toe on the three point line.  This was not quite the exhibition of Savon’s athletic ability as his first round game but still a very nice performance.

Isaiah Baker (2011, 6-7 PF)
Isaiah scored a couple buckets inside.  After pulling down an offensive rebound he hit a layup.  He also scored on a short shot with one hand after making a spin move around his defender in the post.  Isaiah’s foot speed did however appear to be somewhat slow on the spin.

Cameron Ayers (2010, 6-4 SF) committed to Bucknell
Cameron again demonstrated that he can score in a variety of ways.  He knocked down a couple three pointers and also a mid range jumper or two.  Moving without the ball he cut to the hoop and received a pass for a layup.  Off the dribble he hit a floater in the lane and in transition he got a couple easy layups.  He made a nice pass on the break as well and also was strong from the free throw line.


Just Clean It

Lamon Church (2011, 6-3 SG)
Lamon did a little bit of everything for his team and really kept them in the game.  Defensively he blocked a couple shots, picked off passes and was hustling after loose balls.  Off one of his blocked shots he recovered the ball, took it the length of the court himself, and then made a beautiful no look pass to an open teammate.  This was not his only no look pass, as he fired another one with high velocity, from out on the perimeter to a man open under the hoop.  Lamon finished well around the hoop in this game as well.  A number of these buckets he scored on put backs off of his teammates misses but he also scored off the dribble.  On one of his takes he made a fantastic step around move to get by the defender. 

Lamon also showed that he could shoot the ball.  He hit a three and another shot with his foot on the line.  From mid range he buried a pull up jumper off the dribble.  Where Lamon did struggle was with his free throw shooting, which was a shame since he did a nice job of getting to the line.  He missed a number of big free throws at the end of the game, that if he converted, his team might have pulled off the win.  Despite the missed free throws he still finished with 25 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.

DeQuann Walker (2011, 6-3 SG)
Dequann had a few nice takes in this game to go along with his transition scoring.  On one break he hit a layup and was fouled as well.

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