Lindenhurst Falls To Rhode Island At IS8

Reporter Brian Towey has a game story from IS8 in South Jamaica, New York ...

After losing to a stacked Shooting Stars team earlier in the day, the Rhode Island Breakers, composed of players from Marianapolis (Conn.) Prep, knocked off a chippy Lindenhurst High School team from Long Island, 77-65, in pool play at the IS8 League in Queens on Saturday.

The Breakers were led by Aaron Strothers, a 6-foot-6 forward and post-graduate from Wareham, Mass., who scored 19 points. Strothers impressed with his versatility, showing a capable mid-range game but also the ability to go to work on the blocks. Strothers has a good, athletic body, with some hop. He has received interest from a number of America East programs, including New Hampshire.

Mike Myers-Keitt, 6-6 SG/SF and post-grad from Fairfield, Conn., was impressive for the Breakers. Super-long and spindly, Myers-Keitt handles it well for his size, gets in the gaps, and creates problems defensively with his length.

Ruben Cabrera (2009), a burly 6-6 post from Puerto Rico, showed strong footwork and a nice touch in close, scoring 10 points.

John Albano's Lindenhurst team was led by a pair of guards. Camil Parzych (2010), a 6-2 shooting guard, is plenty physical and strong on drives to the rim. With a sturdy frame and a physical presence beyond his years, Parzych scored 23 points, most gleaned off of the drive. Parzych's brother, Adam, was a former player at Hartford. He played with the Long Island Empire State team for Albano last summer.

Chris Johnson (2008), a feisty 5-11 lead guard, chipped in with 13 points. Johnson is not a physically imposing player, but a hard-nosed competitor who can get into lane for pull-ups and is tough off of the bounce. He will be one of the top senior guards in Suffolk County this winter.

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