Fraser's and Co. Sweat One Out
It didn't matter who Fred Hill was rooting for because both Curtis Sumpter and Jason Fraser are signed, sealed and delivered for Villanova. It probably didn't matter to Hill that Fraser's Amityville team sweated out a win. Hill probably didn't know what to do when Sumpter took a pass on a breakaway, went up for dunk and had his shot pinned by Fraser. Hill has signatures from both of them so it just didn't matter to him who won? At least that's what we're thinking.
Fraser entered the game against Bishop Loughlin nursing an injury he sustained when he fell awkwardly on his backside during the St. Raymond's game.
At halftime, before my stat sheet arrived, I told myself that I would be shocked if Fraser didn't have 10 rebounds. He had exactly 10. Midway through the third quarter, I figured he was working on 20, maybe 25. He had 22.
Neither Fraser nor Sumpter had a pretty offensive game. In fact, the offense in this one was for the most part, pretty offensive. Traveling calls ruled the day and it was such a strangely officiated game that even the makeup calls seemed out of place.
Fraser scored 13 points in the win. He blocked 5 shots, had 4 assists and was credited with 7 turnovers. Generally, he's a terrific passer, especially as an outlet guy. But, he'll force the action sometimes and most of those turnovers were a result of overthrown lead passes on the break.
Sumpter led his team with 18 points and 10 rebounds, though he struggled through a 6-for-20 evening. Despite his frigid shooting, Sumpter has clearly refined his game to the point where he's a very good 3-man. Last week in Charlotte, we heard he had a tremendous tournament. He should be applauded for the work and effort he's put into making himself a better player.
Together, Amityville and Bishop Loughlin combined for 32 turnovers and 93 rebounds. That's a lot of misses and a ton of missed opportunities.