"It's All About The Game"
Ball sharing key in MPSC semis
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Spread the ball, grab the win.
March 8, 2015 - Following are game and recruiting reports from Saturday's Maryland Private School Championship quarterfinals:
Montrose Christian 73 Clinton Christian 54
Montrose (20-3) jumped to an early double digit lead and never looked back, riding various offensive schemes - horns, pick and roll, cross cuts and others - to a commanding victory. During the win, Montrose frequently got multiple touches on offense, compared to Clinton Christian's one-two pass attack.
Junior guard Alani Moore led the victors with 19 points. They next play Our Lady of Mount Carmel (30-8), today, 6p, at Takoma Academy.
Montrose's A.J. Wilson (left), defends a driving Kevin Dorsey.
Asante Shivers, a senior guard, had 17 points for Clinton Christian 921-9), while Minnesota-bound senior guard Kevin Dorsey led all scorers with 24 points.
Asante Shivers - 6'3", 210 pound senior guard, Clinton Christian - Strong and aggressive, Shivers surprisingly doesn't have collegiate interest. That will change after a year in prep school at either Mt. Zion (MD) or Elev8 Sports Academy (FL).
Going forward he must show more willingness to drop off when he gets into the lane, which is easy for Shivers given his strength and penetrating ability. Also should become a more consistent lock down, defender.
AJ Wilson - 6'7", 185 pound junior forward, Montrose Christian - Already owning offers from VCU, Penn State, Rhode Island, St. Joe's and Monmouth", Wilson will likely garner more competing for DC Premier this spring/summer. He's an athletic frontcourt performer that defends the rim with abandon; whether in half court or break situations, Wilson goes and get shots.
He's a pretty good rebounder, which will be aided by strength development.
Defensively Wilson must focus more on position defense as opposed to rejections.
His mid-range shooting has improved - A.J. actually has a nice touch.
Ball handling must be strengthened.
Think ball sharing when discussing the reason DeMatha (28-4) walked away with this game, as the Stags shared the rock virtually every time down the flow, carving up Riverdale Baptist (24-15) in the process. Apparently playing for each other has improved as the season went on.
"It was great. We were just looking for the open man...It's going to help us going forward" said junior guard Markelle Fultz, afterward.
"It's just us being unselfish" noted senior point guard Terrell Allen, headed to Drexel next year. "Once we're unselfish it's easy to get easier shots, get easy lay ups, get easy pull up jump shots. That was good for us tonight".
Riverdale Baptist's Kenny Wormley at the rim.
Fultz led all scorers with 16 points, while Stag teammate Nate Darling provided 14 points. Their team takes the floor at Takoma Academy tonight (730p), where they face McNamara (20-10).
Senior Dequan Abrams of Riverdale Baptist scored 14 points himself. Siena bound senior guard Kenny Wormley, a senior, finished with 10 points for RB, while Jasper Sterling, a junior guard, contributed 11 points.
Terrell Allen - 6'2", 165 pound senior point guard, DeMatha HS - Recruited to Drexel by Bobby Jordan and head coach Bruiser Flint, Allen is a tough, ball sharing floor leader that can hit open shots. He must get stronger for college, but Allen is a competitor.
Is playing for Flint, known to not coddle players, a daunting task for Allen?
"I play for Coach (Mike) Jones, and he's a tough coach, so I think I'll be O.K. with that" answered Allen. "I just have to be patient when I get up there, and just be ready to go".
He also understands Philly is proud of its guard heritage, one in which guys are tough performers that never back down.
As such, he'll be tried playing in the City of Brotherly Love; Allen
indicated "I know a lot of those dudes, I've played up there many
times", and plans to adopt their playing style, saying "I guess
I'm going to go up there and kind of be one of them".
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