Shootout at the Hill: Marist vs. Bloom

On Saturday afternoon, Brumby took the drive down to the south suburbs to watch a few games of the "Shootout at the Hill" hosted at Hillcrest High School. The first game Brumby saw was Jeremy Nash and Chicago Marist defeating Bloom, 58-38.

When I walked into the gym, I was told that the players to watch in this game were both of the guards on Marist: Jeremy Nash and Mitchell Bouie. I only had known about Jeremy Nash before today, so he was really the player that I wanted to focus on while I watched the game.

The game started out pretty slow for Marist as they struggled to both score against the Bloom 2-3 zone, and stop the Bloom offense for the first half. The game was tied 12-12 at the end of the first quarter, and Bloom went into the half time break with a 21-18 lead over Marist. The second half is really when Marist started to assert itself and get the open looks against the Bloom zone.

Bloom did not have the size to match up with Marist inside, so Marist would get the ball inside and then find the open shooter on the outside. The beneficiary of the open shots on Saturday afternoon was 6-0 senior Sean Murphy. He scored a game-high 18 points on six-for-seven shooting from behind the arc. He hit a quick three to open the second half, and then Marist did not look back taking a 35-28 lead after the third quarter, and then extending it in the fourth to the final total of 58-38.

  • Jeremy played a game on Saturday that would be best described as non-descript. He did not play a great game, and he only ended up with 8 points.
  • One of the more interesting things I noticed is that despite being a right-handed shooter, Jeremy preferred to dribble the ball up the court with his left hand.
  • Jeremy is a pretty good leaper for being 6'3, and he seemed more comfortable offensively taking the ball to the basket, instead of being on the outside shooting jump shots.

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