Hoops Reports from the Alhambra: Part II

FROSTBURG, Md. -- Here's the second report from the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, held at Frostburg State University. This report will cover the fourth meeting between Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), the defending 2013 champion, and Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), which won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament.

FROSTBURG, Md. -- Here's the second report from the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, held at Frostburg State University. This report will cover the fourth meeting between Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.), the defending 2013 champion, and Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.), which won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament.

Though O'Connell had won the two regular season meetings with Paul VI, the Panthers blew out the Knights two weeks ago at the VISAA championships in Petersburg, Va. It was more of the same this time around, as Paul VI took out O'Connell easily, 75-52.

Prep observers all along said that Paul VI was the most talented, and deepest team in the area, and their balance was just way too much for the Knights to deal with March 14.

It was 22-13 after one period in this semifinal tilt, 40-22 at the break, and the Knights never got closer than 10 points the rest of the way. Paul VI just comes at you in waves, and applies constant defensive pressure.

Two Panthers of note for Terp fans are junior wing Josh Reaves and sophomore Curtis Jones. Jones played sparingly, scoring four points late, and the 6-foot-2 guard looks like a player. But yet we'll need to see more of him during the summer to give a more detailed breakdown of his game.

He's long, can handle it some, and is basically known as someone who can light up the scoreboard. It sounds like he will be playing for an AAU program closer to his Richmond home, and we've heard he may also transfer back there for his junior year as well.

Reaves, as he always seems to be, was solid against O'Connell. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting (one three), three rebounds and two steals. As we've mentioned before, Reaves is a glue guy, but an extremely athletic one.

Reaves stands 6-4, with long arms, good instincts, and plenty of hops. His handle is decent, and his shooting has definitely picked up. He's one of those players who doesn't dominate a game, but he's normally a factor on both ends of the court, either with a nice pass, a big time flush, or a tough defensive stop.

The Terps still haven't offered, but again, one in the near future could be coming. Reaves is someone whose stock is definitely on the rise.

For O'Connell, it was basically Romelo Trimble against the world. The McDonald's All-American played well, scoring 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting, and he competed hard. Trimble only took four outside shots, and was going hard to the rim time after time, despite intense defensive pressure from Paul VI. He made some nice passes, but as happened the last time against the Panthers, no one could hit anything. Trimble finished with three assists, three rebounds, three steals and four turnovers, and eventually fouled out with just a couple minutes left in the game.

We've critiqued Trimble's game many times before, but another facet we particularly like about him is his demeanor. All business, no "posturing," no trash talking and plenty of poise. If you've seen Maryland play this year, adding Trimble's poise and attention to detail will be big additions.

In the best matchup of the day, Mount St. Joseph's (Baltimore, Md.) edged Benedictine (Richmond, Va.), 78-74, in a thoroughly entertaining game. The Gaels withstood a 31-point barrage from Benedictine guard Robert Johnson (Indiana) to gain the victory. Coach Pat Clatchey has a tremendous three guard lineup with Jaylen Adams (Jacksonville), Jordan McNeil (Towson) and Phil Booth (Villanova). Adams went for 27 points, McNeil played great, while Booth struggled a bit, finishing withe eight points. MSJ had lost in the opening round to O'Connell, as Trimble notched 25 points.

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