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Omega Psi Phi Tip-Off (@ Chester High)
Friday, 08 December 2006
By Brian Crownover
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Austin Johnson
Host school Chester held off Simon Gratz 75-61 in the Championship Game of the Omega Psi Phi Tip-Off this past weekend.  In the consolation game, Imhotep Charter defeated Cheltenham 59-42.  Here is a look at how some of the players faired.
 
Cheltenham

Austin Johnson (2008, 6-7 SF/PF)
This was not one of the better games for the highly regarded Johnson.  Austin and teammate Andrew Young struggled as they combined for just 4 points in the first half.  This allowed Imhotep to build a comfortable lead on the way to victory.  Austin did pick up his game in the 2nd half.  He displayed a couple of nice spin moves in the lane and around the hoop.  Austin did manage to finish with 10 points, but that wasn’t enough hold off Imhotep.

Andrew Young (2007, 6-7 SF)
As mentioned above, Andrew struggled early on in this game.  He did show that he has range out to 15 feet.  Young will need to have more of an impact night in and night out for Cheltenham to be competitive.

Pat Mansell (2010, 6-0 SG)
The young freshman looks like he could be on his way towards following in his older brothers’ footsteps and play at the D1 level (both play at Rider).  Pat has a beautiful stroke from the perimeter and can hit out to three.  He didn’t have a huge game, but played within the system and didn’t make any “freshman” mistakes.  He had 5 points and 3 assists.

Imhotep Charter

Jermaine Washington (2007, 5-11 PG)
Jermaine played a very nice game in a winning effort.  He hit some of his deadly pull up jumpers which are nearly impossible to guard.  He also drove to the hoop a few times and made some really nice passes.  He had 12 points on the evening and made the All Tournament team.

Kashief Edwards (2007, 6-6 PF)
This athletic forward was also solid for the balanced Imhotep squad.  He threw down a few of his typical spectactular dunks.  Kashief showed a little more range than I’d seen before as he knocked down a nice 8 foot jumper.  His 12 points and 3 rebounds led to All Tournament honors.

Tamir Johnson (2007, 6-5 PF)
The tough, hard-nosed forward was his usual solid self.  Tamir is a very physical forward who caused some trouble for Cheltenham on both ends of the court.  He finished with a solid 10 points and 5 rebounds.  He also makes a lot of the little effort plays that don’t show up in the boxscore.


Simon Gratz

Josh Martin (2007, 6-0 PG)
Josh had a solid, but not spectacular game.  He was nearly as dominant as I had seen him in recent months.  He hit an early three pointer and had a few nice drives and finishes.  He wasn’t as aggressive as I would’ve liked to have seen, but he played pretty well within the team concept.  Josh finished the game with 14 points.

Ali Odd (2008, 6-2 SG)
Another one of Gratz three transfers, Ali displayed some decent skills.  He is pretty quick off the dribble and often attacks the basket.  He didn’t have a great night from the perimeter though.

Charles White (2008, 6-1 PG)
In his return to Simon Gratz, White had a very up and down game.  He showed some fantastic ball handling skills and a lot of quickness.  He hit a nice floater in the lane and scored a bit on the break.  Charles did struggle with his jump shot and turned the ball over too frequently as well.

Chester

Nasir Robinson (2008, 6-4 SG)
There are very few if any guards/wing players in the Philly area that are better Nasir around the basket.  Robinson was tough on the break and dominated on the boards.  He struggled on the few outside jumpers that he took.  If he ever developed that part of his game, he’ll really become an elite prospect.  Nasir finished the game with 19 points and 10 boards and took home tournament MVP honors.

Russell Johnson (2008, 6-6 SF)
This young wing player continues to be impressive each time I see him.  He showed his versatility by stepping outside and knocking down a three, passing well, rebounding and also driving and then hitting tough shots in the lane.  He ended the game with 14 points and 8 boards.

Micah Covert
(2007, 6-0 SG)
Chester was playing without two starters, the most notable being playmaking point guard Karon Burton.  Their backcourt didn’t miss a beat though as Micah Covert elevated his game.  The heady guard made good decisions with the ball.  He finished with four assists and also added 17 points.  Micah was rewarded for his play by being named to the All Tournament team.

Raheem Bowman (2008, 6-8  PF/C)
This big man showed some solid skills for a player of his size.  Raheem moves well and played physical around the hoop.  He was able to score, rebound and block shots.  At 275, he will need to lose some weight to be more effective.  Raheem finished with 7 points, 5 boards and 3 blocks.

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