"It's All About The Game"
A night of Alexandria ball
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Hot action west of Old Town.
Members of the Interstate Athletic Conference and Washington Catholic Athletic Associations, respectively, SSSA and Ireton hosted games Tuesday night. Given their three mile proximity, both games were able to be caught last night, though only Ireton's second half. Shout out to @MarcusHelton of DMV Elite for rolling along. Check him out for video.
In the first matchup SSSA fell to Bullis (MD) 71-64. The game was significant, as instead of being tied for first with Bullis in league standings, SSSA is now in second place, down two games.
Russell Sangster on the attack.
SSSA was up 15-11 after the first quarter, but gave up a 17-2 run soon after. The score at halftime was 34-27, but the homestanding Saints would equalize things 48 all after an early fourth quarter three ball.
Fueling SSSA's comeback was Gregory - the Loyola-bound senior forward finished with a game high 21 points - who triggered his team's re-focus to inside scoring. Senior point guard Gavin Peppars added 15 points, many scored on open court situations after stops. The Saints are 15-6 overall and 7-2 in IAC action.
The fourth quarter belonged to Bullis (20-1, 8-0), who not only gained a little breathing room, but sank foul shots as well. Four Bulldogs reached double figure scoring; Future Navy point guard Aaron Briggs (18 points), guard Russell Sangster (14 points), in addition to the 13 apiece contributed by guard Jamal Greenwood and center Andre Greenwood, the latter being a future Hofstra student-athlete.
A short drive away, Bishop Ireton was holding off St. Mary's Ryken (MD), eventually protecting their home court with a 68-49 victory. Ryken would get as close as six points, but each of their charges was answered by Ireton.
Future Navy swingman, Dan Noe, dropped 17 points, and fellow teammate and senior, forward Pat Moseh, led all scorers with 18 for Ireton. Moseh is headed to Wheeling Jesuit next year.
Ryken received 13 points from senior point guard Jarin Hilson. Junior
swingman Donte Etheridge had 12.
Jarin Hilson, 6'0", 175 pound senior point guard, St. Mary's Ryken - A West Virginia transfer, Hilson is a quick, aggressive point guard with a good sense of the game. He uses excellent court vision to find teammates for scores, while also pressuring defenses offensively. Showed heart and determination last night, going all out, despite having dead legs, which likely affected his outside shooting.
Must defend consistently and further develop total game. NC Central is on the verge of offering, while Greensboro and others are sniffing.
He's a sleeper.
Deividas Zemgulis, 6'6", 200 pound junior forward, Ryken - An early season transfer from Lithuania, Zemgulis has developed on and off the floor; he could speak little English upon arrival, and now sounds as if he's been in the States a long time. Deividas was also reportedly a prototypical, perimeter oriented European player, but now can attack the rim and has adjusted well to the game here.
Expect that to continue on the travel circuit this year, where Zemgulis has the chance to become a widely recruited prospect; now American and NC State have sniffed.
Broadening his profile will be increased ball handling work. Can tickle the twine from outside.
Deividas Zemgulis could be a name to track.
Russell Sangster, 6'3", 205 pound senior guard, Bullis - Sangster is a strong player that loves to accept contact on drives. Will hit the open jumper as well.
Must become more of a combo type guard for college. D2's have inquired, as have Wofford, Costal Carolina and Hartford.
Andrew Trainer, 6'7", 220 pound sophomore forward, SSSA - Possessing good down low footwork and the ability to step out to three and shoot, Trainer is a mismatch for opposing bigs. Will also bang some around the rim.
Must continue to refine his body, becoming stronger. Doing so, along with working with ladders to improve foot speed will also be beneficial.
Patriot League schools have started to show some interest.
See @RonBailey19 for notes regarding SSSA's junior forward Collin Goss. Things are picking up.
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