March is here, and the playoffs are well under way. Friday night at Western High School, the action was fast and furious despite some of the worst officiating seen this season.
When the game ended, 6-foot-10 University of Louisville signee Terrance Farley, along with junior point guard JuJuan Spillman and 6-foot-4 sophomore forward Vincent Crutcher, proved enough to knock off a young and resilient Western squad, 74-67 for the 22nd District Championship.
PRP - 22nd District Champions
PRP opened the game with a 10-0 run, but Western and guards Parfait Bitee and Andre Barnes clawed their way back into the game with a stingy 2-3 zone and trailed by just one, 30-29 at halftime.
Whatever Panther coach Dale Mabrey told his team in the lockerroom he should bottle and use again. PRP opened the second frame with a 12-0 run to open a 42-29 lead. But again, Western wouldn't surrender, tying the game once again late in the third quarter.
But Farley, Crutcher and Spillman were too much down the stretch for Western and pulled away late for a 74-67 win.
Farley scored 16 points on 8-9 field goals and hauled down 10 rebounds. He also had 3 blocks and 1 assist.
At this point, Farley's offensive game mainly consists of grabbing rebounds and putting them back. Tonight, however, he scored several times with his back to the basket after establishing position on the block (His favorite move is a turnaround from the right block into the lane). He did his damage inside the paint, scoring all but two of his baskets in the lane.
Spillman scored 14 for PRP but Crutcher was the real story. With Farley on the bench much of the second half, Crutcher killed Western down on the blocks, scoring 26 points.
Bitee, who was the subject of an article in the Louisville Courier-Journal last week, scored 16 points on 4-8 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arch.
Following the game, Bitee told Inside The Ville that Western Kentucky, Tennessee Tech, Georgetown (KY), Rhode Island, and Arizona State have shown interest. However, we know that Tennessee Tech has not offered, despite reports to the contrary. He said he scored 16 on the ACT and will retake the test in April.
Talent-wise, he's probably a notch or two below the OVC, and perhaps would project as a solid Southern Conference type down the road.
He's a good athlete, but, at 6-foot-2, lacks the explosive quickness to play at the mid to high major level. He also struggles with his ball handling when pressured and his outside shot is questionable at this point.
PRP now moves on to Sixth Region action and could face either Iroquois or Doss next week.