Sunday, December 21, 2008

HOOPS: Southeastern vs. Community

**Percy Gibson gets fouled from behind**
**Brandan Kearney pulls up for a jumper**
**James Still boxes out Darren Washington**
** Kimani Boynton tries to get off a shot**

Southfield- Southfield High School was the location for the first annual Mr. Basketball Holiday Classic. Four games took place with Detroit Southeastern and Detroit Community meeting up in the day's second contest.

A pair of mid-range jump shots from Providence commit, James Still, along with a 3-pointer from teammate Marcel Smith helped give the Hurricanes a 21-14 lead after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter Brandan Kearney's pull-up jumper edged the Jungaleers closer while a pair of Kyle Bryant free throws gave Southeastern a 26-24 lead. A 6-0 run to end the quarter gave Southeastern a 33-27 lead at the half.

Seven straight points from Percy Gibson sparked a 12-0 Jungaleer run in the third to build a 45-29 lead. Community tried to crawl back into the game late, but Gibson shut the door with a two handed slam to keep the lead at 14 points, as Southeastern took home a 57-50 win.

BREAKDOWN: I was impressed with the fight in Community but they loose focus and throw up too many ill-advised shots. It's no secret that Still is Community's biggest weapon but he'll go four or five trips down the floor without even touching the ball.

Southeastern was a little sluggish in the early going and found theirselves down early, they woke up and quickly took the lead over. The Jungaleers have so many weapons and Community just couldn't contain all of them.

PLAYER OF GAME: Percy Gibson, S.E., 6-8 fwd- Gibson was quiet for most of the first half but he came out in the second half aggressive and went right to work. The 12-0 run in the second, in which Gibson scored 7 straight, was the difference maker in the game. Gibson's dunk was impressive- he squared up, took two hard dribbles, and elevated right over his defender for the two hand slam. The sophomore finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds.


Kimani Boynton, S.E., 5-11 guard- led the Jungaleers with 20 points.

Brandan Kearney, S.E., 6-6 guard- didn't shoot much but was key in his team's press break and distributed the ball nicely. Finished with 6 points, 7 assist, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.

Darren Washington, S.E., 6-10 center- the sophomore did a solid job defensively against James Still. He held his own in the paint and even drew a charge.

James Still, Community, 6-10 center- Still has improved his shot and knocked two down from 16 feet out. He picked up a technical early the third and his coach sat him for most of the second half. He added 3 dunks to accumulate 13 points.

Marcel Smith, Community, 5-8 PG- added 12 points and shot 3 of 7 from 3-point range.

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