Slam Dunk: Day One

LEWES, Del. – There was a buzzer beater, a missed buzz beater, heroics from a big man and a big performance turned in by a junior guard. The first day at the Slam Dunk To The Beach had a little bit of everything.

Slam Dunk To The Beach, Day One

Thursday's Scoreboard

Germantown Academy 67, Friends Central 57
Laurel 77, Cape Henlopen 73
Amityville 72, Bloomfield Tech 63
Good Counsel 57, Bergen Catholic 54
Springarn 75, Roosevelt 57
Oxon Hill 53, Gonzaga 52
Bullis 43, Sanford 40
Archbishop Spalding 45, Georgetown Prep 40
Our Savior, Cardinal Dougherty, late

Shot of the Day

Christopher Pugh, a UMBC signee, gave Oxon Hill its first lead and it came at the buzzer against Gonzaga. Pugh pulled up from the left wing for a 3 and drained it for the 53-52 win.

2003 Checklist

Will Bowers, C, Archbishop Spalding: Against Roy Hibbert, Bowers played with confidence and intensity. He was the aggressor and took the fight to Hibbert and junior Davis Nwankwo. Then in the waning stages of the game, he tied the contest with a 3-pointer and won it down the stretch with clutch free throw shooting. He finished with 16 and 4 and did so despite early foul trouble. Fine performance by the Maryland signee.

Mustafa Shakur, PG, Friends Central: He's asked to do a lot on his high school team but he looked comfortable and was doing his thing and then … the Delaware officials changed everything. After a few shaky calls his day came to a premature end in the third quarter when he fouled out. With him done, so was Friends. Shakur scored 22.

Sean Banks, SF, Bergen Catholic: It just wasn't a good day for the Memphis-bound small forward. He wasn't his usual aggressive self and the crowd was giving him a hard time. On the positive side, unless our eyes were deceiving us, he looks to have grown to 6-8. He finished with 11 points on 4-for-14 from the field.

Will Sheridan, PF, Sanford: He was our second double-double man of the day getting 11 and 11 in Sanford's loss. There's really no way to describe the Sanford game. It wasn't pretty and they had a dozen points as a team at the half. It was a sleep walk for both teams who seemed to sport the egg nog hangover.

2004 Checklist

AJ Price, SG, Amityville: Just another day at the office or at least that's what he made it seem like. Price managed to squeeze a 30-point effort out of a game in which he missed most of the fourth quarter after hurting his knee; he would return. Price went 9-for-13 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line. This was the best effort of the day that we witnessed.

James Gist, C, Good Counsel: His best offensive days are ahead of him. Right now, with arms like he has, he projects as a high-major defensive presence. Offensively he gets to the glass, but has to finish a little stronger. It'll come. We think he's a good looking interior prospect. Did we mention he's got a chance to be a big time shot blocker?

Jared Gaither, C, Roosevelt: At 6-9 and over 300 pounds, you can't miss him. On Thursday, his team got hammered and the game was very sluggish. Gaither scored 17 and had 6 rebounds. He was an efficient 6-for-7 from the field. It might not have been the prettiest 16 points, but credit him for scoring when he got touches. He's a high-major player but at which school will depend on the next year.

2005 Checklist

Brian Grimes, F, Germantown: He's about 6-6 and plays all over the place for GA. He likes to face up and can make middle range jumpers. We liked how he was athletic on the glass. He had 13, 9 and 3 blocks. …

Paul Johnson, F, Gonzaga: He's got the body and the build and his genes aren't bad either. The sophomore is pushing 6-6 and already and he comes off the bench and brings rebounding. His brother played in the NFL so you know he leans on the side of being a good athlete.

Off The Dribble

Germantown Academy lost a slew of seniors so they're rebuilding around sophs Ryan Ayers and Brian Grimes. Ayers had 20 points. … If you're looking for a hero from Thursday's action, look no further than Good Counsel's Kevin App. He finished with 22 points. … Bergen Catholic power forward Adrian Joseph had the day's first double-double with a 16-point, 11-rebound effort. Notes

Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Randy Ayers has a son at Germantown. Sophomore Ryan Ayers is 6-5, has a stroke and will be a high-major caliber recruit. … In the gym watching Amityville's AJ Price were assistants from Tennessee, Providence, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Kentucky. … Archbishop Spalding junior forward Rudy Gay is still recovering from a cold. …

In The Stands: Tennessee, Providence, VCU, George Mason, Syracuse, George Washington, Wake Forest, LaSalle, Michigan, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Richmond, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, Villanova, Wofford, Virginia, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Pennsylvania, South Florida, Rutgers and many more.


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