ZG Prep Classic - Day 2 Recap
In the first game of the day BTB Prep from Ontario Canada took on Brimmer and May. Brimmer and May had an unlikely leading scorer 2016 Adam Mikula, who dropped 22 points. He assumed the scoring duties from American University bound Mark Gasperini and top rated 2018 AJ Reeves, who added 11 points on the day. Uncommitted long and athletic 2016 Isaiah Fontaine had 8 points while grabbing 14 rebounds 9 of them offensive. With those contribution Brimmer was able to pull out a 57-52 victory. BTB Prep was led by the play of Darkelle Brooks who scored 25 points, hitting from deep and finishing crafty drives. Ahmed Ali also added 16 points.
Playing in their home gym St. Andrews had a nice home crowd that provided a lot of energy in their matchup with Milbrook School. Both teams struggled scoring early, but when Cole Swider, the 3rd ranked player in the class of 2018 according to the most recent NERR ranking, took the court he started an offensive onslaught for St. Andrews. Swider, who has a mature skill set and elevated basketball IQ for a sophomore, hit six 3-pointers finishing with 22 points. Uncommitted 2016 Sam Friday added 13 points for St. Andrews attacking the rim hard and using his strong body to finish through contact. With these two leading the attack, and contributions from everyone who hit the floor for St. Andrews, they won 67-42. Milbrook was led by Jayden Reeves with 11 points.
New Hampton is still fighting the injury bug which has forced some high level prospects to sit out. These early games should only add to their depth. Getting 2017 Anthony Gaines back -- he missed the national prep showcase 2 weeks ago-- gave New Hampton a nice boost. He was again throwing down numerous dunks and finished with 16 points. UNC Greensboro commit Malik Massey led all scorers with 19 points while Colgate commit Will Rayman chipped in 12 points. Cheshire Academy was led by Thomas Huerter with 12 points. Huerter is verbally committed to Sienna. Cheshire Academy kept it close in the first half but New Hampton was too much on the day as they pulled away in the second half and won 80-56.
Masters School was impressive this weekend as they debuted their new coach Tobias Caesar. With Andrew Garcia and Dimencio Vaughn on the wings they are going to be tough guards for opponents this year. Garcia who is a Stony Brook commit, attacks the rim hard and uses his strength to finish through contact. He scored 21 against Wilbraham and Monson, while uncommitted 2016 Vaughn, a crafty lefty who can score from anywhere on the court. He was impressive in front of a lot of college coaches finishing with 19 points. Wilbraham and Monson Academy’s Wenyen Gabriel, a Kentucky commit was sensational in front of his future coach John Calipari. Gabriel finished with 18 points 17 rebounds and 9 blocks. He was deprived on his triple when 2 of his potential blocks were called goaltends. Miles Lester added 13 points all in the second half for Wilbraham. Master’s School prevailed, winning 66-55.
Tremont Waters who on Friday had 41 points had a quick turn-around against a gritty and tough Bridgton Academy. Waters didn’t put up 41 Saturday but did have 28 points while proving how well he can run this South Kent squad. He was an effective floor general in front of Kentucky coach John Calipari. South Kent got nice contributions from East Carolina commit Elijah Hughes with 12 and Syracuse commit Matthew Moyer with 10. Kai Toews who had a great Friday night came back Saturday night with 21 points leading Bridgton Academy. Toews’ efforts though weren’t enough as South Kent came out victorious 66-52.
In what was the game of the day, Kent School faced off with the MacDuffie School. Uncommitted 2016 Maxime Boursiquot, Kent’s 6’5 strong forward was extremely active on the boards scoring off the offensive rebound. He also completed nice drives, getting through the lane and using his strength to finish through bigs. He scored 14 points. Jamil Gambari a 6’5 guard is a knockdown shooter who went for 16 points. MacDuffie was led by their catch and shoot scorer uncommitted 2016 Brad Calipari who had 18 points on six 3-pointers. 2016 Jordy Tshimanaga MacDuffie’s big 7 footer who is still undecided on where he will play next year, was dominate in the paint for the Mustangs finishing with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Kent School though was able to pull out the win with a big 3-pointer from Holy Cross commit Jack Stevens in the closing seconds of the game to give Kent a 57-54 victory.
In the last game of the day Notre Dame Prep took on Lee Academy. A back and forth battle, this was a fun game to watch. Notre Dame Prep’s Kejuan Johnson who had Hofstra and Arkansas watching him ended up with 18 points. His teammates Tulsa commit Travis Atson scored 14 points while 6’7 post grad Omar Bishop added 13. Darrick Boyd led Lee Academy again Saturday with 14 points while 2016s Vitally Shibel and Sergio el Darwich each added 10 points. Notre Dame Prep was able to take 68-61 win back home to Fitchburg.