The biggest difficulties So Cal provided for Anessa's were with its size. Time and again the team's bigs made it to the free throw line, and ultimately, they wore Aneesa's down, particularly on the inside. Chase Budinger helped to gap the Brookynlites early with three first quarter threes, and they never came closer than 13 the rest of the way. Budinger finished with 27 points, while Kevin Love and Taylor Harrison added 13 apiece.
One of the lone bright spots for Aneesa's was the play of Malcolm Grant. The cagey 6-foot combo guard from Robeson High School showed the ability to create his own shot and flashed his deadly jumper en route to 21 points. He was one of the few offensive threats for Anessa's.
Grant has emerged as a legitimate high major target. He also impressed at the Adidas event at midnight on the 22nd with his shooting stroke and savvy. He's adept at breaking defenders down off the dribble and getting into the lane, where he can find teammates, but you can't slough off him because he's an excellent shooter who can stroke ithe jumper off the bounce.
Anthony Brown, the 6-foot-6, 210 pound power forward from Benjamin Banneker Academy in Brooklyn (class of 2005), scored 17 points in the loss, connecting on four or five foul line-area jumpers. Brown played in the shadow of Mike Davis at Banneker, but he's shown flashes of ability. Anthony is currently looking for a prep school.
Anessa's had gone 4-0 before being stopped by So Cal.