PREP BLITZES CENTRAL
Thanks to a talented group of four seniors -- Domo Johnson, Greg Smith, Brandon Coleman, and DeMarco Cosby -- who all return as starters and the addition of talented sophomore guard Marcus Denmon, Lincoln Prep is one of the most talented teams in the city. While Central features the best player in the city in sophomore guard Travis Releford, there was little he could do to prevent a beatdown on Tuesday night.
Using advantages all over the court, Prep unleashed a full court press and intense man to man defense on Central as they raced out to a 25-8 lead by the end of the first quarter. 6-6 seniors Smith (12 points) and Coleman (18 points) dominated on the inside while the Lincoln Prep guards, led by Domo Johnson (15 points), harassed the Central guards into turnover after turnover.
By the time it was all said and done, Prep had sent a message and stomped Central by a score of 65-35.
RELEFORD FACES DAUNTING TASK
Even though his teammates struggled to get him the ball, Travis Releford still managed to put together a pretty solid outing. The 6-4 guard was good for 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, three blocked shots and only turned the ball over one time. He didn’t shoot the ball as well as he usually does -- only 5-15 from the field -- but a lot of that had to do with the fact that he was usually muscling up shots over three or four defenders.
Now that he’s gotten some notoriety on the national level, he’s got to be prepared on a game to game basis. Teams are going to bring everything they’ve got at him and until his teammates start taking better care of the basketball, he’s not going to get any clean looks.
Last year as a freshman, Releford went for 43 in his IL opener but it was pretty clear that he is a much improved player from last season. He’s much stronger, has turned into an explosive athlete and is an accomplished ball handler comfortable using either his right or left hand. His rebounding ability will get him some cheap baskets and his mid range game isn’t fair for a sophomore.
With all that said, it is going to be his responsibility to step up and make those around him better.
OTHER NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS
The IL Fieldhouse remains a favorite venue of the Road Show. A lot of talent has passed played on the court and there is always plenty of energy in the building. Hopefully some of the big crowds will start to return as the IL experiences an influx of talent. … A player who could really step up and help at Central is 5-10 sophomore guard Earnest “E.J.” Jones. He’s quick, handles well and can defend for 94 feet. Tuesday night he rushed some things and played a bit out of control. Any player on that team is going to have to accept that getting the ball to Releford is a priority, and they also need to understand that if they do that, they’ll get the ball back and have plenty of opportunities to score themselves. If Jones does this and continues to work as hard as he has, he could emerge as one of the top young floor generals in the city. …
Speaking of young guys, Marcus Denmon didn’t put up huge numbers for Lincoln Prep in his debut but the 6-2 combo guard was impressive. He’s quick and athletic off of the bounce and has a dangerous jump shot. He’s got quick hands and looks really good playing in a pressing style of defense. … Prep PG Domo Johnson is going to make a division one program happy in the spring. The 5-9 PG is a bit on the slender side, but he makes things happen for his teammates and himself. He plays hard, has great quickness and most importantly he finds ways to win. … Not surprisingly the early game brought out several members of the KC basketball community. Other star players from around the city, AAU coaches and others were all over in the crowd.
- Total teams seen- 21
- Total games watched- 20
- Total miles traveled- 2,936
Up Next- Rumble on the Ridge, Forrest City, AR, November 25-26.