Deveroes Notebook: Tournament Time

On Thursday, it was a quarterfinal match-up that featured both UC Bearcats and Miami Redhawks, as action winds down in the Deveroes Summer League.

SLATS and incoming freshman Justin Jackson, along with redshirt freshman Anthony McBride and former Bearcat Steve Toyloy, faced off against the number one seeded Goodies Barbecue. Toyloy was the only offensive force for SLATS in the first half, as he grabbed rebound after rebound and scored six early points, all close to the hoop. He took it to former Redhawk Tyler Dierkers on multiple occasions and blocked Dierkers twice on one possession. He was slowed in the second half as SLATS tried to make up a big deficit, and put the ball in Xavier guard, Terrell Holloway's hands the majority of possessions. Jackson had a slow start and was beat by Redhawk incoming freshman, John Harris, on several possessions and allowed Harris to drain two three-point shots after losing him off screens and cuts. He allowed an easy bucket and foul on two occasions; one off an inbounds pass, and the other after not getting back on defense. He wasn't as active in the first half as he has been in previous games this summer, but did manage one of his emphatic blocks on Miami guard Kenny Hayes in the first half. The second half was a lot better for Jackson. He turned up the defense a bit, but was still struggling to guard Harris. His help defense led to another exciting block off the backboard that led to a fast break and an eventual tip-in for Jackson. The offense came mid-way through the second half as he was able to get a bucket in traffic off of his own rebound, and nailed a three pointer a few possessions later. Jackson showed a nice cross-over move to get to the hoop for two and had two solid drives that got him to the free throw line, one being an and-one. Jackson's motor looked solid again, but his defense was lacking and his attitude got the best of him as he picked up a technical foul for delay of game after knocking the basketball away from the action, along with fouling out of the game with 44.2 seconds remaining. For the game, Jackson was 5-7 from the floor including 1-2 from downtown eight boards and four athletic, help-side blocks. Jackson really seemed to turn up his intensity in the second half after getting a technical foul. From then on he was much more aggressive on both ends of the floor. If Jackson can play the way he did the final six minutes of the game all the time, he will be a force to deal with, but we are yet to see that from him. McBride saw little playing time, all coming in the first half. He missed a lay-up after creating space to get to the lane, something we have seen a lot of from the Bearcats lately. There were glimpses of good and bad on the defensive side of the ball for McBride. Kenny Hayes drained a jumper in his face and he allowed a three pointer shortly after that, but he showed good help defense more than once, with one of them leading to a steal and a fast break for SLATS. On Wednesday, the only Cincinnati player in action was senior center Anthony McClain. He arrived late to the game playing for Clovernook Health Care, entering the game with 3:30 left in the first half, but made an impact almost immediately blocking a shot on the second possession he was in the game. However, McClain wasn't much of a factor in the game as a whole. McClain's first bucket came with 10:40 in the second half on a nice jump hook on the block. Later he grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the put-back with a foul and completed the three-point play by hitting the free throw. Later in the game he blocked a layup attempt by Nick Wolf secured the deflection and made a nice outlet pass leading to a transition bucket for Clovernook. Overall, "Biggie" was 2-4 from the field with nine rebounds and two blocks in 16 minutes of play. In the game McClain showed more strength with the ball and strongly secured several rebounds, things he has lacked in his limited court play with the Bearcats. Most UC players have been eliminated from the Deveroes Summer League, however, Darnell Wilks's team, S.I. Pool Care, plays Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

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