Bynum Joins L.I. Panthers

Top UConn target Andrew Bynum played for the Long Island Panthers at New York's IS8 League.

Apparently, 6-foot-8 270 pound Derrick Caracter and 6-foot-7 Kahiem Seawright weren't an imposing enough front line for the Long Island Panthers at the IS8 League this weekend, because on Sunday, they made a small addition.

6-foot-11 260 pound Andrew Bynum anchored the middle for the Panthers in a 94-73 win over Real Scout on Sunday afternoon, giving the team a mountainous front-line. Bynum clogged up the middle and contributed some in-close buckets and board work. While the Panthers' overwhelming frontcourt was the difference in the win, it was teammate Caracter who came up big on Sunday.

Caracter served up a dominating performance, using his superior strength and soft hands to score bushels of points underneath. He showed a soft touch, and was fairly active on the glass, finishing with 28 points.

Seawright also played a major role in the win, tossing in 20 points and dominating the glass. The wiry power forward did yeoman's work in the paint, showing the hustle and resolve that has programs like Marquette and Rhode Island interested.

The big gun for Real Scout, at least in the early going, was 6-foot 160 pound shooting guard Salvatore Patricio, a Hofstra commit and Queens native who has relocated to Florida. Patricio caught fire in the first quarter and didn't stop until he had scorched the nets for six threes and 23 first quarter points. After Real Scout fell into a 20-7 hole in the first, it was Patricio's marksmanship that kept them close in the first.

Shamari Spears was the other headliner for Real Scout. After a relatively quiet first half, Spears exploded for four third quarter three-pointers en route to 22 points, helping to swing momentum in Real Scout's favor for stretches. Spears and Nebraska commit Will Harris were forced to defend the low post in the absence of a true center, and did what they could. Harris finished with 10 points. The chiselled 6-foot-6 combo forward was never really able to get things going shooting the ball, after putting up some big numbers at IS8 previously this fall.

The Panthers completed a flawless weekend at IS8 with a blowout win over Pro-bound later on Sunday afternoon.

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