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Playoffs - Strawberry Mansion vs. Imhotep Charter
Monday, 18 February 2008

Photo by Steve Rahn
Lamar Trice
by Bill Martin
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We traveled to St. Joseph’s University to watch Strawberry Mansion take on Imhotep Charter in the playoffs.  This was a hard fought game throughout, with Strawberry Mansion leading for most of the game but by a very small margin.  Imhotep put the press on late and generated some turnovers.  They capitalized on these opportunities tying the game up and they even had a chance to take the lead with only seconds remaining.  They squandered this chance by missing the front end of a 1 and 1, and air balling a three point shot after grabbing the rebound off the missed free throw.  The game went into overtime and was neck and neck, but Strawberry Mansion pulled it out in the end by the score of 82-78.  Below are player evaluations of the game's stand out performers.

Imhotep Charter

Lamar Trice (2008, 6-0 PG) Committed to Mount St. Mary’s
The first thing that stands about Lamar’s game is his quickness.  He sliced through the defense on route to the hoop numerous times throughout the game.  Once he got into the lane Lamar looked to pass, if he did not create himself an uncontested lay up.  On one play he made a beautiful crossover, blowing right by his defender for an easy underhand scoop lay up. 

Lamar had a few brilliant passes in this game.  The first one that comes to mind happened right before the end of the half.  Lamar drove into the lane and pulled up for a jumper.  When he did so Devon White came out to contest the shot and most likely would have blocked it, if Lamar did not pass it instead of shooting it, hitting Miguel Bocachica for an easy lay up.  The other pass that stands out was a no look pass from his right hand to the left side across his body.  It was just too bad that his teammate was not ready for the pass and it deflected off his hands out of bounds.  Down the stretch Lamar was a bit careless with the ball and had a couple turnovers, but he also had some big time takes.  He out ran everyone on the break to hit an easy lay up and he also cut through multiple defenders to get to the hoop for another score. 

Miguel Bocachica (2008, 6-5 SF) Committed to Long Island
Miguel hit a couple threes in this game, but did air ball one contested three point attempt.  He also hit an easy lay up to end the half and was 2-2 from the free throw line.  Miguel made a beautiful pass to his teammate who cut in along the baseline as well.

Rashad Savage (2008, 6-5 PF)
One of the more impressive performances in this game came from undersized power forward Rashad Savage.  He went right up against the taller Devon White and not only showed the ability to score in a variety of ways, but he even managed to get Devon in some early foul trouble.  Rashad scored from the post with his left hand and he hit a falling away jumper from 10 feet out to beat the first quarter buzzer.  At least twice he hit jump shots with White closely defending him.  Rashad also had an amazing reverse lay up where he went up and under the hoop using back spin on the ball.  A few other times Rashad scored on rebound put backs.  He also showed the ability to put the ball on the floor a bit.  He attacked the basket and did a nice job of drawing contact.  By our count Rashad shot 8 free throws and made 5 of them.  While Rashad is currently playing in the post it appears as if he could develop into more of a wing player at the next level, due to his size and developing skill set.

Kenny Battle (2009 6-1 SG)
Kenny got off to a quick start in this game.  Early on he had 2 strong takes to the hoop getting fouled and making the lay up on both.  He hit 1 of the 2 ensuing free throw attempts.  When running on the fast break Kenny had some trouble finishing around defenders although he was fouled on one of his takes.  From our count he went 4-4 from the line, before missing the front end of a 1 and 1 with 9 seconds left in the game and the score tied.  He did hit a huge three pointer with just under two minutes remaining in the game to even the score up.

Will Adams (2009 6-3 SG)
Will contributed earlier in the game by knocking down a pair of three pointers, but he had mixed results when the game was on the line.  On one great play he came from behind and stole it from the opposing player.  He was all alone on the break away and threw down a dunk.  After this he missed two three-point attempts on back-to-back possessions.  He also had a chance to win the game when the ball was kicked out to him with a few seconds before the end of regulation.  Will got a shot off quickly but threw up an air ball.  Down 2 points in overtime, Will went to the line to shoot 2 free throws.  He could have tied the game, but proceeded to miss both.  Down 4 points Will hit a huge three pointer to pull Imhotep within 1 point for his final points of the game.

Strawberry Mansion

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)

The start of this game was not kind to Devon as he picked up two fouls very early sending him to the bench.  Once he came back in the game he managed to be effective on both sides of the ball and only picked up one more foul the rest of the game.   Devon is a beast on the boards using his size and athletic ability.  He could have done an even better job on the boards if he boxed out more.  When Devon grabs a rebound he seems to always look up court for an outlet pass.  He started several fast breaks in this fashion.  If he could not grab a rebound he would try to tip it out to his teammates.  Devon also scored a few of his points off put backs after grabbing offensive rebounds. 

While Devon can score in the post he does not get a ton of touches.  There are only two times we can recall him actually catching a pass in the post.  On the first he made a beautiful spin move and put the ball in right over a smaller defender.  The second time he was fouled after making a move to the hoop.  Devon did a nice job of getting to the line and converting in this game.  By our count he hit 7 out of 8 free throw attempts.  Devon attempted one jump shot in this game from about 15 feet out, but the shot was too long and hit nothing but air.  During the final 2 minutes of overtime is when Devon really came up big.  He tipped in a teammates miss to put his team up 77-73.  After Imhotep closed the gap to 79-78 and with possession of the ball, they had numerous attempts to score on the inside but Devon contested every one of those.  He then grabbed a rebound and was fouled sending him to the line.  He converted both free throws to put Mansion up 3, and Imhotep did not score again.

Dwayne Davis (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
This was another big scoring outing for Dwayne Davis, but he also took an incredible amount of shots.  Every time he touched the ball across half court, he looked to score and only passed the ball few times as an absolute last resort.  Dwayne in not an extremely quick guard but he does a great job of muscling his way to the hoop and can finish with contact.  He draws a ton of contact when driving into the lane and got to the foul line a lot in this game, and proved to be a solid free throw shooter.  When Dwayne did not get the call in the lane he threw up some ridiculous shots that had zero chance of going in but he also made some circus shots.  Dwayne can hit pull up jumpers and his range extends beyond the three-point line.  Another thing Dwayne needs to work on is his movement without the ball.  When he is not handling the ball, he rarely moves around to try and get an open look. 

One of Dwayne’s few passes was also one of his more impressive highlights.  On a 2 on 1 break he went behind his back on the dribble, which made the defender think he was going behind his back with the pass.  The defender went off of Dwayne for a second until he realized Dwayne still had the ball.  As soon as he tried to get back to prevent the easy lay up Dwayne went behind his back again, this time with the pass resulting in an easy lay up for his teammate.  Dwayne is very talented but he needs to learn to get his teammates more involved.  With his ability to get into the lane he could really create for his team, rather than firing up a ton of tough contested shots and lay ups.

Eddie Frazier (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Eddie is a guard with good size and length.  He seemed to play wherever he was needed in this game.  At times he ran point and others he played on the inside and did a fine job on the boards.  Eddie also knocked down a three and blocked a three-point attempt on defense.  His other scores came on a pair of break away lay ups, a put back after grabbing a rebound and he went 3-6 from the foul line.

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