Slam Dunk, Day Two
St. Benedict's 73, Oakland Tech 58 St. Andrews , Laurinburg Institute Ozen 67, Paterson Catholic 61 (OT) Miami Christian 76, Reno 61 Starkville 48, Hillcrest 39 Lincoln 67, Oxon Hill 59 Hopkins 80, Roosevelt 47 Gonzaga 70, St. Augustine's 34 St. Mark's 50, Laurel 41 Bloomfield Tech 84, Friends Central 67 St. Mark's 51, Laurel 40 Thursday's Late Score Cardinal Dougherty 64, Our Savior 57
Leon Powe, PF, Oakland Tech: He spent a good portion of the day in the gym watching other teams and he played in the finale on Friday which could have explained his sluggish start. But, by the end he was boarding on the offensive glass and finished with 31 points and 10 boards. He got to the line 20 times and fouled out Stanley Branch.
Marquis Webb, SG, Paterson Catholic: He came up big at the end of regulation for Paterson Catholic. His pair of 3s with under 20 seconds left sent it into overtime. He would later foul out in the extra session but he turned in a gutsy performance. He had 28 points on 11-for-20 shooting. Aside from the loss, it was a great way to start the Slam Dunk.
Art Bowers, SG, St. Benedict's: He's always good for at least 15 points and finished with 24 against Oakland Tech. He was the offensive catalyst for Danny Hurley's club.
Abdi Lidonde, SG, St. Andrews: He was hot in Florida when we left him at the City of Palms last week and apparently his hot shooting touch works in Delaware. Against Laurinburg Institute, he was firing away from his usual corner spot with great success. On a night in which St. Andrews didn't really look in sync, Lidonde wasn't about to let them lose. He finished with 25.
Dan Coleman, PF, Hopkins: We really like how he's starting to fill out. His upper body is considerably stronger. He showcased a variety of scoring moves – jumper, dunk, skilled move – en route to 14 and 6.
Mustafa Shakur, PG, Friends Central: Like opening night, he couldn't buy a call. He finished with 24 points and 4 assists. Basically, he's charged with keeping his team in the ballgame and Bloomfield just had too many weapons. It's tough to ask a kid to takeover the game on every possession. Perfect 7-for-7 from the line.
Guillermo Diaz, SG, Miami Christian: Wow! The athleticism is striking. This 6-1 kid who won the dunk contest at the Iolani Classic can sky with the best of them or should we say the best of them can sky with him? He went for a game-high 22 and most of the points were right at or through the rim. He took 15 shots and made 11 of them.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Lincoln: Good player, rough shooting night would best sum up Telfair's effort. It wasn't a bad game, just an off night shooting. In the win over Oxon Hill, he went 4-for-18 from the field, including 1-for-6 from downtown. He finished with 13 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. In truth, Oxon Hill couldn't handle him off the bounce, but he left a lot of balls on the rim. His jumper simply wasn't there on Friday. He'll bounce back.
Courtney Nelson, PG, Bloomfield Tech: It was like night and day for Nelson in comparison to his game against Amityville. He shared the ball well, found open teammates and got to the rim for 21 points. With some of his primary college suitors in attendance he turned in a good showing.
Antonio Pena, PF, Lincoln: If there was a positive side to Telfair's rough shooting night it was that Pena gathered 7 offensive rebounds and turned them into points. He played within himself and capitalized on his chances in the paint. He's got the look of a high-major post prospect.
Anthony Farmer, SG, St. Augustine's: His cold shooting day pretty much summed up the day for the Hermits who shot 30% from the field. Farmer went 4-for-14 and was 1-for-5 from behind the arc. The sophomore scorer will see better days.
Off The Dribble
Bloomfield Tech has a pair of perimeter snipers in juniors Da'Shawn Dwight and Jason Wilson. Dwight was "on" today and snapped down 4-of-7 from downtown. … Bloomfield freshman PF Casiem Drummond had an impressive 12 and 9. He's got high-major tattooed to his forehead. … St. Mark's forward Shannon Davis scored 29 points on 10-of-13 from the field and is likely to receive a ton of D-II looks. …
Roosevelt center Jared Gaither gets fouled a lot and that's a good thing. If he can work the kinks out of his stroke, he could add 6-8 points a game to his scoring average. … Jesus Verdejo struggled with his perimeter game against Reno. He shot 9-for-22 on an evening when nothing would fall for him. … Miami Christian shot a ridiculous 63% from the field in the first half against Reno. … David Padgett sprained his neck late in the game but should be OK for tomorrow's tilt with Randolph Morris.
Ousmane Konate was in the building for Laurinburg. He scored 9 points and had 5 rebounds. He's not in game shape but he just arrived in the U.S. last weekend. … Laurinburg sports players from at least 4 different countries. This the Institute team that played at the Bull City Classic and is coached by Rolando DeLaBarrera not the prep team coached by Chris Chaney. …
UMass, Villanova and Rutgers sent assistants to watch Courtney Nelson this morning. His AAU coach, Jim Salmon, was also in the building representing the Playaz Basketball Club. … Bloomfield's Da'Shawn Dwight says he's hearing from Central Connecticut State and Rutgers. …
It's true, Landmark Christian center Randolph Morris owes a local middle school a new backboard. The junior dunked and shattered one during practice at a local Lewes school on Thursday. … Starkville coach Greg Carter was a player and assistant coach at Mississippi State. His star player, Travis Outlaw, signed with the Bulldogs in November. …
Miami Christian senior wing Jesus Verdejo is heavily considering Marquette, Memphis and South Florida. He visited Memphis early and is likely to take some more trips. … St. Benedict's junior center Stanley Branch is playing on a high ankle sprain. …