Game of the Day: The D.C. Hawks and SRAP (Syracuse-Rochester Area Players) needed all of the time allotted to decide a winner in the first round of the playoffs. SRAP sophomore Greg Paulus' short runner with 6 seconds remaining gave his team the 103-101 lead. On the last play of the game, Johvon Whitby scored his first bucket of the day for the D.C. Hawks and his running 25-footer at the buzzer gave his team the 1-point win in a shootout.
Paulus led all scorers with 33 points. Teammates Marty O'Sullivan and Ryan Pettinella shared 50 in the loss. The Hawks were paced by Folarin Campbell who shot his way to 32 points. Campbell has a serious stroke from downtown. His teammate, Antoine Hardy, tossed in 26 as well and he was equally as adept as Campbell from behind the arc.
2004 Checklist James Mays, F, NC Gaters: If there was a guy who played with more energy or got more done on Saturday we certainly didn't see him. Mays is tough when he's being athletic and rebounding and that's exactly the way he played as his team staved off the Squires. Mays was boarding and blocking shots as he impacted the contest. His ability to get off the ground quickly causes problems for teams athletically.
Alex Galindo, SF, Playaz Basketball: The native of Puerto Rico has a great feel for the game. He began Saturday morning's blowout smoking Js from downtown. His game has pace and he's a good passer. This guy is only going to get better and he's pretty good right now.
Manny Quezada, SG, CAS Warriors: The St. Alban's product had 22 in the first half of an afternoon game. He actually took a while to get heated up but when he did his jumper was on from all ranges. He's a big time student who is receiving recruiting attention from two different levels. Finished with 26 points (9-19 FG, 3-7 3s, 5-5 FT) in the game we caught.
Cedric Simmons, C, NC Gaters: This was our first look at the big 6-10 fella in game action. He had 11 points and 5 rebounds against the Squires. He's a physical presence whose best days are ahead of him because he's just tapping the potential. Once he gets his footwork down, he'll be a force. Simmons stroked the game-winning free throw against the Squires with no time on the clock.
Brandon Costner, PF, Playaz 16s: The lefty's father played at St. Joe's and had a cup of coffee in the NBA, so we've been told. Brandon can play as well. He's tough, has offense inside and out and will play hard. He's a good passer. You'll hear a ton about him in the coming season.
Andrew Pusar, SG, Playaz 16s: Tough kid. The guard figures out a way to score and has a nose for the basketball. He made jumpers, sacrificed his body in the paint and affected the game against the DC Blue Devils.
Greg Paulus, PG, SRAP: If you really watch him more than once you notice the kind of leader and student of the game he is. Paulus is in tune with his teammates and surroundings during a game. He's a great set-up man and his jumper was on point against the DC Hawks.