HDM Prep Classic - Sunday Recap
The second and final day of action at the HDM Prep Classic included six games and a couple of thrilling finishes. Here's a look back at the action from Tufts University:
Winchendon 54 St. Paul’s 38
Winchendon started the game on a 17-0 run and never looked back as they dominated the game throughout. The Winchendon duo of Baris Ulker and Malique McLaren were very impressive, as Ulker went for 18 points 12 rebounds and 6 blocks while McLaren dropped 14 points. For St. Paul’s, the bright spot was 2015 guard Ethan Schlager who finished with a team high 16 points, while demonstrating that he has clearly taken his game to new levels within the last year.
Lee Academy 56 Jean-De-Brebuef 42
The second game of the day featured a ton of International talent. Jean-De-Brebuef jumped out to a quick lead in the first half, but Lee stormed back after the break and took control of the game. Lee Academy’s Mihailo Vasic shined as he showed off his court vision and ability to hit shots both off the catch and the dribble. Joseph Chartouny and Nemanja Zarkovic a formed a very impressive backcourt for the Canadian school.
Believe Prep 77 Tabor Academy 65
The third matchup proved to be the first of a few entertaining games on Day 2. Believe Prep jumped out to a 21-10 lead in the opening minutes as Damontrae Jefferson dominated and 2015 swingman Jared Wilson-Frame drained a couple threes. Tabor would not go down without a fight though as they were able to cut the BP lead to 5 points with 11 minutes left, but they would never get closer. Tabor’s 2015 big man Jesse Bunting may be have been the break out player of the day. He controlled the backboards and blocked shots at a high level while also showing the ability finish around the rim against an athletic BP team. Jefferson and Wilson-Frame finished with 21 and 17 a piece, while Bunting went for 19 points and 13 rebounds.
Vermont Academy 48 Brooks Academy 47
A short-handed Vermont Academy squad scored a dramatic victory over a disciplined and well coached Brooks squad. Bruce Brown went off for 25 points and grabbed 11 boards to go along with the game winning steal and lay-up with 7 seconds left. Fellow 2016 guard Ikenna Ndugba also turned heads for Brooks as he finished with 17 pts and while dishing out 10 assists, proving himself to be a rare pure point guard at such a young age. Post-graduate guard Tyler Harville made several big shots down the stretch for VA, while sophomore big man Sedee Keita attracted Villanova head coach Jay Wright.
Notre Dame Prep 73 McDuffie 57
Notre Dame Prep jumped out to a 39-28 lead by way of the 3 point shot and never looked back. Jarvis Garrett continued his strong play and again proved he is one of the best point guards still on the board in the Class of 2014. West Virginia pledge Daxter Miles was also played a great game for NDP. McDuffie sophomore big man Jordy Tshimanga continued to show off as one of the most intriguing new young prospects in the region with his size, hands, and footwork on the post.
Beaver Country 63 Day St. Mark’s 61
The final game of the weekend between the two Class B teams did not disappoint as it turned into a Double OT thriller. With 14 minutes remaining, BCD seemed to have the game under control with a 10 point lead, but St. Mark’s refused to go away. BCD led until Marco Echevarria hit a last second buzzer beater for St. Mark’s to send the game into overtime. Both teams continued to battle and the game was sent into a second overtime as Jacquil Taylor of BCD scored on a beautiful up and under move to tie the game at 55-55. The game was still knotted in the final seconds of the second overtime until BCD senior guard Jeff Spellman split two defenders to go through the line and convert a double clutch finish with his left hand. With 4 seconds left to play, St. Mark’s perfectly executed a full court inboards play that resulted in a good luck at the potential game winner, but when the ball fell off of the rim Beaver Country Day came away with the win.