GOODE AND RAYTOWN SOUTH BOUNCE BACK
Though they both started off strong on Friday night, neither Raytown South nor George Goode could have been particularly pleased with the way things ended. After getting blasted by Lafayette (LA) Northside 70-53, they extracted a little revenge on the hometown Forrest City (AR) High Mustangs.
Raytown South came out in a spread offense that relied on guards Chris Allen and Roderick Pearson to create offense by taking their man off the dribble. As the two athletic senior guards continually blew by defenders -- Allen actually get a technical called on him when he told a player to bring the rest of his team out so they could all get crossed over -- creating easy buckets. Those easy baskets and the early shooting of Goode from beyond the three point arc propelled them to the 83-74 victory.
Leading the way was Goode who finished with 29 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks. He shot the ball well from all over the floor – 12-17 FG, 4-7 3PT – and finished strong near the rim. Maybe the best sign was him shot faking defenders 20 feet from the basket, and by them with two hard dribles before pulling up for soft floaters from 10 feet. He’s becoming much more fluid and natural on the wing and creates matchup problems because of his inside/out game.
OTHERS AT THE RUMBLE ON THE RIDGE
Thaddeus Young- After dominating for the first two games, Young finally ran into somebody who could stop him as the refs whistled him for three cheapies in the first half limiting his minutes. With his team trailing, the 6-8 lefty shook loose of his foul troubles and got loose to the tune of 31 points and 12 rebounds. When things looked bleak he was swooping in from nowhere for tip jams or rising above the crowd to snatch a crucial defensive rebound. He’s tougher than he’s given credit for and lots of fun to watch.
Perry Stevenson- The beanpole shot blocker had himself a nice weekend as well. At 6-9, he’s got long arms and impeccable timing. He’s a bit methodical in his ways and doesn’t appear to be moving that fast, but he’s got a surprising burst and showed some emotion. The offense doesn’t run through him so he sets the tone by blocking shots and snatching boards. The occasional dunk or short jumper that he connects on is an added bonus. He’s got to get stronger, but he’s got a chance to be a nice player at Kentucky.
Brandon Powell- With Young sidelined due to foul trouble, the future Florida Gator delivered the offense for Memphis (TN) Mitchell. He’s an athletic 6-4 WG who defends tough and buries long jumpers. He tends to be a little emotional, but there isn’t any question about his effort level and intensity.
Baylor-bound Demond Carter lit it up for 42 points on Saturday. The 5-10 PG lets shots fly with little hesitation and 24 of his 31 shots came from beyond the three point line. He made ten of them, but it isn’t often that you see a PG toss it up 24 times -- 56 times in three games -- from beyond the arc.
Forrest City star junior Marcus Britt was thoroughly confused by the box and one Raytown South threw at him. By the time he figured it out, it was too late. Props go to surprise starter Ramon Sparks for harassing Britt for 94 feet the entire game.
Stanley Robinson provides the highlights for Birmingham (AL) Huffman, and the 6-8 forward looks like a potential star at UConn, but his teammate Demetrius Jemison got the job done. The all tournament team was well selected, but his omission was a mistake. He’s a bullish 6-7 power forward who hits some short jumpers and will be a nice pickup for somebody in the Spring. …
- Total teams seen- 29
- Total games watched- 24
- Total miles traveled- 3,553
Up next- Lone Star Invitational, San Antonio (TX) Dec. 1-2.