Road Trip: Kossepka Sparks Win

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The unseasonably warm temperatures up and down the East Coast did nothing to fire up St. John's and Archbishop Spalding Friday night. At the half, the two combined for 38 points before St. John's went on a run to put it away behind the solid play of senior swingman Ulrich Kossepka.

Kossepka Answers The Call

St. John's College High School sat in a 1-2-2 sagging zone defense that completely frustrated Archbishop Spalding for an entire game. St. John's won the slow motion affair 64-37 behind 16 points from unsigned senior swingman Ulrich Kossepka. The 6-4 Kossepka went 7-10 from the field and sparked his team late in the second half to help SJC put it away.

The first half was a slowed down affair, again, thanks mainly to SJC's zone. At the half, SJC led by the surmountable total of 22-16. However, a huge third quarter put it out of reach and Spalding dropped its first game of the season.

Unsigned Thompson Has Grades

Landy Thompson, a 6-1 senior shooting guard, scored 13 points for Spalding. Thompson is the brother of George Washington guard TJ Thompson, and a Division I player in his own right. He made four of his seven attempts from 3-point range. Thompson is all set academically and is just waiting for schools to begin showing interest. He looks like a solid low-major recruit and this game is the only evaluation we have on him.

Bowers Has Rough Evening

Spalding's Will Bowers appears to be like a lot of young big guys. He's 6-10 or 6-11 and tips the scales at 225. Right now, he probably just doesn't realize how much larger he is than the other kids on the floor. The junior was frustrated by the sagging defense that often times surrounded him with two and three defenders. To his credit, he looked to pass and appears to be very skilled in that department.

However, in looking to pass first, Bowers neglected his scoring duties. With his size, he needs to be more aggressive in seeking his opportunities. A lot of his catches came at the high post and in his defense, his teammates sometimes failed to get him the ball on the low blocks but he needs to put his arms up, make himself big, catch and go to the rim.

Bowers scored four points on 2-5 shooting. One of his buckets came off a miss and he was able to catch it and slam it home. He also had two rebounds and a block. Obviously, Spalding coach Mike Glick will be looking for more production from him. At times, Glick pleaded with Bowers to "go to the hole." You can bet in Spalding's upcoming games that's going to get drilled into his head.

Notes From The Road:

Coaches from Towson, Western Maryland, Canisius and Loyola were in attendance. … The game was the semifinal of the IAABO Tip Off Classic To Benefit Special Olympics. … George Washington's TJ Thompson and Tamal Forchion were in attendance. … It was thoroughly enjoyable watching the game with a couple of friends. Former Newport School assistants Keith Stevens and Sedric Baker made it interesting. … St. Alban's, the site of the game, might be the nicest high school campus I've ever seen. The place was amazing. … St. Albans is where Baltimore Ravens All-Pro tackle Jonathan Ogden went to high school. So did PGA golfer Olin Browne. … In getting to St. Alban's, I passed the Naval Observatory and Pentagon. Sept. 11 hits home once again when you see the Pentagon undergoing repairs. … Terry Posey, the coach at Montgomery (AL) Jefferson Davis, called on Friday. He says he's got a big-timer in 2003 guard Kenard Johnson. … Area scout Wayne Warren said that Georgetown Prep sophomore center Roy Hibbert is unlikely to play in Saturday's Morgan Wootten Invitational because of an injury. Hope that's not the case. … In the entertainment department, karaoke night at "Annie's" in Stevensville, Md., might have been a big hit for the guy with the microphone in his hands, but I may never be able to listen to Jimmy Buffett again. … Thanks to Scott Dunn and Tina Sieck for the hospitality. …

Junior center Will Bowers and Spalding coach Mike Glick

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