Slats Loses In Wilks' Debut

Darnell Wilks made his UC debut with several of his Bearcats teammates in the Deveroes Summer League, but the results weren't good for Wilks or his Slats' squad.

Mike Williams informed Bearcat Insider prior to the game that Darnell Wilks would not be available for interviews and also requested that no pictures be taken of Wilks.  No explanation was given, but Bearcat Insider honored the requests.

 

There was the usual good crowd Thursday night at Woodward High School although some undoubtedly came to see the debut of recent Bearcat addition, Darnell Wilks.  The 6' 8" Wilks and several of his new Bearcat teammates made the warm-up exciting with an array of dunks.  The dunkathon featured Wilks, Alvin Mitchell, Mel Levett and even Deonta Vaughn, and the Slats squad rode that momentum into an early lead against a Goodies Barbecue Restaurant team that had only five players.  Slats managed to hold a slim lead at halftime.  I believe it was 34-32.

 

Goodies' five ironmen included a couple big men (Jason Love of Xavier and B. J. Walker formerly of Oklahoma City), and a scoring trio of C. J. Anderson (Xavier), Eddie Gray (S. W. Missouri St.) and Lonnie Hayes (Harmony Prep).

 

Slats' starting line-up was Mike Williams, Alvin Mitchell, Kenny Belton, Rashad Bishop and Deonte Vaughn with Larry Davis, Darnell Wilks and Mel Levett on the bench.  Vaughn, Williams and Bishop all had a good first half for Slats, but Goodies dominated the second half.

 

Despite having only five players, Lonnie Hayes and C. J. Anderson may have been the best two offensive players on the floor on this night.  Anderson led Goodies with 25 points while Hayes poured in 23.  Eddie Gray added 11 for the winners.  Two seasons ago, Hayes was a teammate of Yancy Gates and Xavier's Adrion Graves at Hughes, but Lonnie played at Maine Central Institute last season and will play next year at Harmony Prep.  His play was excellent on Thursday night, but neither he nor his AAU coach (Coach Davis) gave any indication that the Bearcats were looking at Hayes for 2008.

 

Deonte Vaughn was the high scorer for Slats with 25 points, but Mike Williams had 13 points and 15 rebounds.  Leading the freshmen was Rashad Bishop with 12 points and 10 rebounds.  I thought Slats played its best ball when Bishop was in the flow on the floor.  Besides rebounding well, Bishop scored in a variety of ways including a 3 pointer.  Darnell Wilks was 0-4 form the floor and had 4 fouls.  Alvin Mitchell had 8 points on the evening.

 

Slats has assured itself a place in the league tournament next week but still has a couple more league games this weekend.  Slats' next game is at noon on Saturday.


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