2009 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament: Day 3

Fri, 04/10/2009 - 10:50pm

Game 6

Norfolk Sports Club 88 – Portsmouth Sports Club 77

The 2nd consolation game was out of reach early, allowing Norfolk Sports Club to cruise to an easy victory.

Leo Lyons

Leo Lyons (16 points, 5 rebounds)

Has continued to play well, and is showing more of his ability to operate on the perimeter. He utilized attacks off the dribble, getting to the basket on a number of occasions; he is also able to incorporate a counter move when he gets cut off on drives, which is impressive for a player his size. Defensively he showed nice lateral quickness by staying in front of smaller and quicker players. Overall, he has looked very good, and while he does not dazzle in any one particular aspect, he is able to do a number of things well.

AJ Abrams (23 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals)

Abrams come out to play and showed a very good scoring touch that has been displayed throughout his career. Off the dribble he used a variety of moves to get by people, and completed the plays by either finishing with floaters in the lane or with pullups from midrange. He has an extremely quick midrange jumper, which allows him to be effective even though he is undersized. However, overall he has not shown much in regards to his playmaking skills, strictly looking for his own shot, rather than being the facilitator. For the next level his potential if fairly limited as he is a very undersized 2 guard.

Ahmad Nivins (17 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals)

Reading the action well, Nivins was able to get to open spots and be the recipient of many passes inside. He has great hands and is very active which gives the defenders a very hard time staying with him. He has a nicely developed body and good athleticism, which he is able to use on the defensive end by disrupting the passing lanes and by blocking shots.

Jermaine Taylor (21 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists)

Even though he took 18 shots, he tried to work more within the offense rather than forcing the issue off of iso situations. His first step is very good, as he is able to get by people out of jabs and shot fakes. He is still struggling to make shots from the outside- while his stroke looks fairly smooth, his accuracy has been nonexistent. Thus far he has proven to be a good scorer going to the basket, but he will need to show that his stroke from the outside can also be a weapon.

Jermaine Taylor

Taylor Rochestie (8 points, 3 assists)

His ability to beat people off the dribble and get into the lane make him a very potent weapon. His assist numbers may not be impressive, but that is due to the fact that his teammates mishandled some of his nifty dishes. He is undersized and did not show much in terms of shooting ability today, but operating off the bounce he proved to be very effective. He has a knack for finishing around the basket even when challenged by bigger help defenders.

Notes: Russell Hicks had a nice game with 11 points and 5 rebounds, the big man has a fairly soft touch around the basket, and his mobility is also good for a player his size. Lee Cummard looked a lot better today finishing with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Tyrese Rice had an off day, his shots were not falling and his decision making was also very suspect on a number of plays.

Game 7

Sales System LTD 80 – Portsmouth Partnership 78

The most exciting game of the tournament came down to the wire, but some questionable shots on the part of Portsmouth Partnership allowed Sales System to pull it out at the end.

Michael Bremos (12 points, 3 assists, 3 steals)

His stats or athleticism will not blow anyone away, but his fundamentals and feel for the game help make him a big factor. He does not force the issue, but rather operates within the flow of the game; his outside shot is very consistent and his stroke is very smooth. While he is not overly quick, he is still able to get by people by using shotfakes and jabs to get defenders off balance. Although he is not an NBA prospect by any means, his overseas stock is definitely growing with performances like today.

KC Rivers (17 points, 4 rebounds)

Rivers’ shot was falling from the early going, which gave him confidence to also attack the basket. His shooting form looks very good and his range extends well to the 3 here at Portsmouth. Off the dribble he is also pretty good, where he incorporates hesitation moves to get by people. He is listed at 6-6, but looks a lot more like 6-4 with limited athleticism, which hurts his potential for the next level. Continuing to show his outside touch will help open up the other aspects of his game.

Diamon Simpson (7 points, 9 rebounds, 3 blocks)

Did not show anything in terms of ability to create his own shot, but he continues to work hard and as a result he is able to create his opportunities in that fashion. Defensively, he is a very difficult matchup because of his length and good lateral foot speed.

Robert Vaden (15 points, 5-8 3FG)

He found his stroke in the 2nd half, and he almost willed his team to a come from behind victory. Most of his shots came from spotups or off screens, and he made them under great duress. Unfortunately, he showed very little in terms of other ways of scoring; even with defenders closing out hard, he could not effectively put the ball on the floor and get by them. When he did get into the lane, his mediocre explosiveness showed with his inability to finish at the basket. He is strictly a shooting specialist, yet if he continues to shoot it like today, he may have a chance because of the premium placed on shooters at the next level.

Josh Akognon (7 points, 4 assists, 3-9FG)

He displayed his tremendous quickness and open court speed, but he struggled to show his decision making. A play that speaks volumes of his mentality came down the stretch, with his team up 1, he had the chance to waste clock before attacking the hoop, instead he opted to take a contested outside shot with about 10 seconds left on the shotclock, which allowed the other team to get an easy and one in transition on the other end. His game IQ has always been a question mark, and he has failed to answer many questions thus far.

Aaron Jackson (8 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds)

Jackson has good size for the position and he is a very hard worker on the defensive end, where he gets his hands on many balls because of his activeness. With all that said, his inability to prove his outside shot, makes defenders sag and clogs up his driving lanes. Since his first step is only mediocre, it makes it that much more difficult for him to get into the lane.

DeMarre Carroll (11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists)

Carroll works extremely hard and plays with a lot of energy. His activity and athleticism allow him to make some nice plays around the basket. Overall, he has not shown a go to aspect to his offensive repertoire, struggling to do much with his back to the basket, or by facing up and attacking slower post players.

Game 8

Norfolk Naval Shipyard 89 – Cherry, Bekaert & Hollan 73

Not much of a contest in the 2nd semifinal matchup, Norfolk NS had a good start and they were able to carry the momentum to an easy victory.

Alade Aminu (13 points, 10 rebounds, 2 blocks)

For the second game in a row, Aminu proved that his length and athleticism form a very good combination on both ends. He started the game with a smooth running hook, and he also made some moves around the basket that showed his scoring touch. Defensively, his anticipation was impressive as he blocked and altered many shots inside. If he is able to get his points off of scramble and broken plays, then he can be effective, yet if he is forced to create with his back to the basket then he becomes uncomfortable and struggles.

David Holston (13 points, 5 assists, 3/6 3FG, 4 steals)

His quickness, handles and ability to make shots from the outside make him a very difficult matchup. He has a good hesitation dribble as well as a crossover that creates great space, allowing him to get his shot over much bigger defenders. He tends to overdribble at times, and stagnates the offense, but overall, he played well and showed some nice tools. As a prospect he is very small, and his skill set looks more geared towards a scoring guard.

Kenny Hasbrouck (14 points, 3 assists)

Has been running the point at times, and shows some nice tools for the position. At 6-3 he has great size and his build is very strong, allowing him to body smaller guards out of position. On his jumpshot he gets great elevation and his release is very smooth and consistent. He plays with poise and under control, but he is also more than capable of getting into the lane and finishing. His passing ability has come in spurts, and he will need to show more of it in his last game tomorrow.

Jon Brockman (11 points, 16 rebounds)

Not as big of a game as last night, but he was still very effective while getting limited touches. He was able to knock down a 15 footer in the early going, and he also missed a couple others that looked good leaving his hand. His stroke is pretty decent, and there is no reason he cannot become a decent threat as a spot up shooter from about 15.

Notes: Ben Woodside had some nice moves off the pick and roll where he was able to split the defenders and finish at the basket. While he doesn’t have blazing speed or quickness, his handles are good and his change of pace moves make him difficult to contain. Kahiem Seawright had a decent game finishing with 13 points and 4 rebounds, he has a nicely chiseled body to go along with a decent scoring touch inside.

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Has Josh Bostic from D2 champion Findlay even played at all?

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