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Playoff Set 3
Monday, 03 March 2008

by Brian Crownover
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Devon White
State Playoff action continued over the past week in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  CAA Insider was on hand for a number of games.  Here is a look at some of the top performers.

Scores:

Burlington City 83 Woodbury 75
Freire Charter 77 Pius X 57
Communications Tech 69 Lancaster Catholic 45

Ridley 76 Frankford 37  
Strawberry Mansion 79 Columbia 71

Strawberry Mansion

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
Early on, Devon and the Knights got off to a sluggish start. He did have a follow up on the offensive glass, but missed a couple other shots. He then was frustrated after a turnover and didn’t hustle back up the court. While he didn’t play too hard early on, Devon really picked up his effort as the game wore on. He had at least 5 inches on the entire Columbia frontline and took full advantage. He was a monster cleaning up on the offensive glass, including a couple powerful jams (we could go without some of his taunting after those plays though). One of those dunks came after Devon had a steal. He showed his ability handle in the open court during that play. On the inside, he scored mostly from rebounds, but had a couple other baskets too. He nailed a ten foot jumper with a foul. He also hit a turnaround bank shot on the inside. Devon hit the glass and did a better job of rebounding out of his area in this one than in the past couple we’ve seen. He also had added a beautiful cross court assist out of the post. Devon commanded the paint on the defensive end too. The athletic post swatted away several shot attempts and the smaller Columbia squad rarely went inside after the first couple. Devon had a wonderful all around game in the hard fought victory. He ended with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Eddie Frazier (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Eddie really stepped up in this one. The smooth lefty did it all. He was aggressive attacking the hoop, off the dribble and scoring in the paint. He hit from the perimeter with his sweet stroke. Eddie was also huge on the offensive boards, where he had several put backs. He got up and down the floor and finished with a team high 24 points.

Dwayne Davis  (2008, 6-4 SG/SF) Committed to Morehead State
It was a real struggle for Dwayne in this one. The scorer couldn’t find his shot and get into rhythm. The Columbia defense wouldn’t allow him into the paint and he struggled by missing jumper after jumper from the outside. This is a game where if Dwayne had more ability to create for his teammates, the Knights would greatly benefit. He is basically just a scorer though and he was off in this one. Dwayne did manage 16 points, but a lot of that was in transition and he took a lot of shots. 

Communications Tech

Andrew "Scootie" Randall (2008, 6-5 SF/PF) Committed to Temple
Scootie just had another typical solid all around game. The recent Temple commit was on fire early as he used his silky smooth stroke to bury several three pointers. He had a monster game on the boards as he pulled down rebound after rebound. He scored on one put back where he used his very good hands to snatch the ball out of the air. Scootie made some plays on the inside too. He has very good body control and used spin moves to free himself up around the basket. He banked one in off the glass too as he so often does. Scootie got up and down the court in this one too and often started fastbreaks by pushing the ball. He finished with a typical 24 points and 14 rebounds. Temple is getting themselves a productive wing player.

Shaquille Shannon (2010, 6-0 PG/SG)
Shaquille didn’t match the numbers that he had in the Public League Semifinal, but he was still solid off the bench. He had a steal and transition lay-up and also hit a three pointer. He is unselfish and does a very good job of distributing the basketball. He throws crisp passes that are usually on target.

Freire Charter

Jarrod Denard (2008, 6-3 SG)
This lefty can flat out score. He’s very smooth with the ball in his hands and can get into the lane off the dribble. Jarrod loves to drive right and is great at pulling up and shooting off the dribble. That’s a shot that will always be there at the next level and he has already developed a nice mid range game. He even hit one that was of the step back variety. Jarrod did settle for the perimeter shots more than we’d like to see and did seem to force the jumper at times, but he can hit from outside. He also did a good job of driving and dishing. He had several solid passes over the top of the defense. Jarrod flashed his athletic ability with a dunk too. He can get into the lane and finish, but will need to get stronger as he moves on to the next level. Jarrod is a guard who can score and he reeled off 21 in this contest.

Octavious Booker (2010, 6-6 PF)
Octavious is a big, strong interior player who controlled the paint in this one. He’s merely a sophomore, but built better than most seniors. Octavious scored inside all game long. He used a spin move and dunk early on, had several short drives and also scored off of rebounds. He hustled up and down the court and came away with several easy buckets because of that. Octavious uses his body well on both ends of the court. He grabbed a number of rebounds and also stayed in front of his man defensively. In the future, he could benefit by developing more skills away from the rim, but for now he’s perfect working underneath. Octavious ended with 18 points and 11 assists in the victory.

Rysheen Dorn (2010, 6-0 PG/SG)
Rysheen is a good sized young guard. He’s a pretty good ball handler who drove into the lane quite often and picked up several fouls on the defense. He ran the floor and scored in transition. Rysheen can play either guard spot. He ended with 9 points in this win.

Ridley

Steve Egee (2008, 6-3 185 PG/SG)
After struggling last time we saw him, Steve was back to his old self in this one. The skilled guard is always in constant motion and he took advantage of the slow rotating Frankford defense throughout the game. Steve scored several times after cuts towards the hoop. He also crashed the offensive glass and converted in that fashion. He had several impressive finishes where he adjusted his shot in mid air. Steve did hit a mid range jumper, but most of his points came around the rim in this easy victory. He led the way with 25 for the Raiders.

Dan Robinson (2008, 6-7 PF) 
Dan and Steve are a potent one/two scoring punch for Ridley and they actually outscored the entire Frankford team in this one. Dan had a nice all around game. He worked hard on the boards and had several put backs. He ran the floor and scored in transition. He even surprised and frustrated the Frankford defense with a couple three pointers. Dan converted from the line too. He moves well without the ball and is always very active. He finished with a solid 22 points.

North Catholic

Woody Redding (2010, 5-9 PG)
Woody has played steady at point when we’ve seen him this year. He hasn’t looked to score much, but he showed he was capable of doing just that in this one. He started with a rebound and pull up mid range jumper on the break. Woody continued to show a smooth stroke as he buried a pair of three pointers. He scored the Falcons first 8 points. He hit several more three pointers as the game wore on. In true point guard fashion, Woody dished out several nice passes as well. He finished with 21 points in the big victory.

Lenny Young (2008, 6-1 SG) Committed to Coppin State
Lenny played the worst game we’ve seen from him this year. His jumper was off as he missed a number of three pointers. He did have a nice drive and dish play as well as a few rebounds. Lenny struggled to finish inside though and had several turnovers too. Thankfully for him it ended in a victory.

Burlington City

Markese Morris (2009, 6-3 SG)
Markese is a lanky wing who can really score. He poured in 34 points in the victory. He has a well developed pull up game and is able to get into the lane off the dribble. He can use the glass as he showed after a spin move one time. Markese can hit out to three point land. He runs the floor well. The downside is while he can score, he never looks to pass. He had several times where he had good looks for teammates and opted instead to fire up a shot. Markese also forced quite a few difficult shots or pulled the trigger too early in possessions. With a double digit lead in the 4th quarter, he was putting up quick shots instead of being patient in the offense. Markese can sure score though as he displayed throughout this contest.

Woodbury

Jared Roberts (2010, 6-2 PG)
This young sophomore guard has some good size. He can get into the lane off the dribble and is willing to distribute the ball. Jared has a very good smooth stroke from the perimeter and hit on a couple three pointers. While he can attack off the dribble, his ball handling isn’t good enough yet to consistently get to all the way to the hoop. That is an area he needs to improve upon. Jared finished with 9 points and a couple assists.

Marcus Davis (2009, 6-6 PF)
Marcus was solid on the inside for the Thundering Herd. He scored several times around the basket and pulled down a few rebounds. He did have some trouble finishing at times. He also blocked a couple shots on the inside. Marcus didn’t get many touches on the inside, but finished in double figures anyways.

Lancaster Catholic

Simon O' Leary (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
This big man has an interesting skill set. He caught our attention early with a beautiful reverse lay-up and then followed that up with a three pointer. Simon has very good footwork and uses quick moves in the post. He can put the ball on the floor too. He had a nice old fashioned three point play inside. He was inconsistent finishing in the paint though. Simon had an awkward shooting motion on a couple short post misses. He does have some decent touch, but just needs to finish better. He needs to get stronger and he was pushed away from the basket too easily. Simon also must get quicker defensively. He does have a solid skill set as he showed in this 13 point effort.

Pius X

Anthony Hargrove (2008, 6-7 PF)
Anthony is a forward who has the ability to play on the inside and outside. He gets good positioning in the post and has quick moves. He just struggled most of the game to finish around the goal. Anthony hit a deep pull up jumper and showed he can put the ball on the floor. On the break, he showed more wing skills with a nice long bounce pass. We would like to see him play more inside. He did pull down some boards too. Anthony is quite skilled. We would’ve liked to have seen more production out of him than was on display. He did finish with 11 points on the day.

Frankford

Malik Tinsley (2008, 6-5 SF)
One of the Public League’s top scorers, Tinsley could never get on track. He got in early foul trouble and sat for long portions of this game. Even when he was in, he was quiet and didn’t attempt many shots. The lanky wing did knock down a deep jumper and was fouled on a couple more outside shots. Malik didn’t look to attack off the dribble very often. He also didn’t move much on the offensive end to get the ball. Malik scored a mere five points in this one.  

Last Updated ( Monday, 03 March 2008 )
 
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