The NYC Way
Many of the nation's top players go at it in IS-8 semis
The finals at IS-8 are set for tomorrow and it should be a good one. Sean Bell featuring Ricardo Ledo, Josiah Turner and Khem Birch will take on Real Scout who has a trio of St. John's bound ballers (Jakarr Sampson, Maurice Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison) at noon.
NJ Playaz Seniors vs. Real Scout
- Despite a late flurry from the Playaz, Real Scout won the contest, 84-73.
- Real Scout held a single digit lead for majority of the game thanks to the early shooting of Harvard-bound Max Hooper and production from Sampson. Sampson finished with 18.
- Real Scout failed to take advantage of the lack of a shot clock in the end of the game. They turned the ball over and missed jumpers which pulled the Playaz to within two with 30 seconds left..
- Rutgers-bound PG Myles Mack couldn't tie the game losing possession of the ball. He was hard to contain all game, however, attacking the rim finishing with a variety of acrobatic layups, floaters and runners. He led all scorers with 26.
- Georgetown-commit Jabril Trawick and Harrison were physical and very vocal all game in their matchup. In fact, the referee sent both to the bench to cool off for a play during the second half. Harrison was a big factor in the second half, nailing a number of threes. Harrison finished with 24 points, while Trawick had 15.
- New England Playaz's Terry Brutus and New Rochelle's P.J. Torres were key players for Real Scout with their intensity and ability to finish plays.
Sean Bell vs. New Heights
- The game was called early as Sean Bell had a 73-56 lead with under two minutes left.
- The matchup was intense from the outset with Sean Bell coach Raheem Wiggans getting in a verbal altercation with Christ the King PG and George Mason-commit Corey Edwards. After approximately 10 minutes, play resumed.
- New Heights big man Sidiki Johnson, who's Arizona-bound, was a problem, getting "grown man" (as the commentator would say) on aggressive takes to the rim. He finished with 16.
- Five-Star rated SG Ricardo Ledo led Sean Bell in scoring with 16, all coming in the flow of the offense. Notre Dame prep teammate and Pitt-bound McDonald's All-American Khem Birch had numerous dunks, scoring 14.
- Louisville-commit Angel Nunez (Sean Bell) and Syracuse-commit Michael Carter-Williams (New Heights) did not play even though they were both in attendance.
- Also in attendance this afternoon: Doron Lamb (Kentucky), Erving Walker (Florida) and Sundiata Gaines (Georgia, New Jersey Nets).
Sean Bell Roster notables
Khem Birch (Pitt), Sir'Dominic Pointer (St. John's), Josiah Turner (Arizona), Ricardo Ledo
Real Scout Roster notables
Maurice Harkless (St. John's), Jakarr Sampson (St. John's), D'Angelo Harrison (St. John's), Tavon Sledge (Iowa State)