ZG Prep Classic - Day 3 Recap
The final day of the Zero Gravity Prep Classic at St. Andrews School certainly lived up to the hype with various teams and players continuing to impress the fans and college coaches in attendance.
Gould Academy 69 Cheshire Academy 53
The final score doesn’t tell the full story of this hardfought affair, as the two teams were knotted at 28 heading into the break. Gould Academy pulled away in the second period, led by dominant big man Wildens Leveque. Leveque was simply unstoppable in the paint, feasting on the smaller Cheshire defenders in tune to 15 points and 7 blocks. Leveque was set up for many of his thunderous slams by point guard Boo Buie, who finished with 16 points and 7 assists. These two elite prospects are well positioned for success at South Carolina and Northwestern, respectively. In a losing effort, Asa Beyah was impressive for Cheshire Academy with 23 points and three 3 point field goals.
Brimmer and May 56 Thornlea Secondary School 53
The tightest game of the day came between these two schools, with Brimmer and May coming out on top. Despite trailing by two at the break, Brimmer and May came out firing from deep in the second frame and held on to take the important victory. They were carried by senior big man Jordan Minor (18 points and 7 rebounds) and sophomore combo forward Gianni Thompson (10 points and 2 3PT FG’s). 6’4 Canadian forward Cashius Mcnielly carried Thornlea with 4 three pointers and 16 points.
South Kent School 60 Cushing Academy 53
South Kent School led from the opening tip in their victory against Cushing Academy. South Kent built a ten point lead early, and managed to withhold several comeback attempts from a talented Cushing squad. Guard Mannasseh Small dominated throughout, pouring in 16 points and came up with several big time shots. D1 bound 6’5 guard Alexis Reyes put up 10 points and 4 steals in a losing effort.
Our Savior Lutheran 65 Winchendon 64
One of the most competitive games of the day took place between Our Savior Lutheran and Winchendon. The back and forth battle was close throughout. Our Savior Lutheran tied the game late to send it into overtime where they eventually won on a buzzer beating tip in by Eghan Harrison who finished with 20 points.
Mt. Zion 61 Knox 48
Mt. Zion took on Knox Academy in a game that was much closer than the final score indicates. Knox went into halftime with a 25-21 lead and continued to lead well into the second half. Eventually Mt. Zion was too much to handle as Ayinde Hikim took over the game late and scored 15 second half points, getting to the rim and attacking the basket. Hikim finished with 22 points to lead all scorers.
Day 3 Standout Players
Wildens Leveque (2019) - The 6’9 center dominated this game right from the tip. Leveque blocked multiple shots, and showcased his long wingspan to reject two perimeter attempts. Leveque then used his size in the interior to throw in several difficult hook shots, and slam in numerous thunderous dunks. Leveque certainly has plenty of potential, and should find consistent success for the Gamecocks under Frank Martin’s system.
Ayinde Hikim (2019) - Another impressive performance by Ayinde Hikim from Mt. Zion. Hikim scores 23 points and took over in the second half, scoring 15 and leading Mt. Zion to a second half comeback against Knox. Ayinde continues to be a force going to the rim and was a huge challenge to anyone trying to guard him.
Sabry Philip (2019) - Philip was a force to be reckoned with today for TRC Academy. Sabry got to the rim at will and finished with some explosive dunks in traffic. Philip ended with 20 points and displayed his tremendous athleticism throughout the game.
Brycen Goodine (2019) - The Syracuse commit was tremendous in St. Andrew’s win over St. Mark’s Sunday night. Goodine finished with 20 points, but sat for over half of the second half with the game in hand. Goodine has a great feel for the game and consistently makes the right play for his teammates.
Cameron Krystkowiak (2019) - Krystkowiak showed his ability to stretch the floor throughout the game. He knocked down 5 three’s and had a couple dunks, finishing with 20 points. Krystkowiak has a high basketball IQ and is a very interesting prospect to keep an eye on.
Asa Beyah (2020) - 6’3 PG Asa Beyah used his tight handle to get to his preferred spots, scoring a highly efficient 23 points. Beyah also showed his silky three point stroke, canning 3 three pointers of high difficulty. Beyah currently has interest from several mid-majors.
Kobe Elvis (2020) - Elvis played extremely well today for Southwest Basketball Academy. Finishing with 23 points, Kobe displayed a variety of ways to score the ball. The 2020 guard got to the rim with some crafty finishing and also hit some big 3 pointers.