Dec 19, 2010

Week 3 Top Performances:

This week's top performers are the top teams in the city so far this season. These 4 teams all had targets on their back from day 1 and have stepped up the challenge thus far.

Brandon Neel has LaSalle looking great.
  • Withrow: The Tigers survived two good opponents best punches this weekend. First against West High, Aaron Thomas hit two free throws with less then three seconds left to win by two. Saturday, against Aiken, Withrow won another close game by four. Thomas went for over twenty points both nights, inlcuding a great performance against his former school. Withrow was also led by Carl Porter (a D1 Binghampton commit), Carl averaged 19 points and 11 boards over the weekend. Devin Williams, Kevin Jones, Damon Gooch, and the strong play or rotation player Rozelle Nix are all crucial for the continued success of Withrow. Williams, ranked 2nd in our '13 rankings, scores just about every post touch he gets down low and has really improved his shooting touch. 
  • Taft: If the state tournament started today it would be tough to imagine a team beating Taft. They are such a balanced attack with a deep aresenal of weapons. Adolphus Washington and Dwayne Stanford continue to kill it down low, and Kadeem Palmer and Orlando Berry Jr. have been great at the point guard spot. Jermaine Freeman, Jalean Lowe, Chris Lowe, Marquez Johnson, and the rest of the Taft team have looked great on both ends of the floor so far. Expect Withrow and Taft to fight it out for the CMAC title down the stretch. 
  • LaSalle: This is their season, coaches have been saying it since last year ended, they look like they're on their way to Columbus if they keep up what they've been doing. Brandon Neel and Josh Lemmons have been dominant this year as expected; no one can find a way to stop these guys in transition or the half court. Ryan Flemming, Matt Woeste, and Trey Casey round out a really special nucleus for Coach Flemming. All five of his guys can shoot, run, drive, pass, and are relentless in the press. This group might be undersized but because they are so tough to prepare for expect LaSalle to stay undefeated for a while. CPHR can't wait until they run into Moeller in a few weeks.  
  • Roger Bacon: Since taking a tough L against Winton Woods these guys have really turned it all around. Led by the talented senior trio of Jabriel Coaston (averaging a double-double), Paul Byrd (second in the league in scoring), and Jared Bryant (who has been banged up but will play next game) Roger Bacon looks like they have what it takes to play with anyone. They look like they're on pace to make a run in D2.
  • Mason: Haven't seen them yet this year but it seems like they're doing big things. Followers of the AAU circuit are familiar with junior guard JD Sprague and junior power forward Darrin Harris. These two are having productive years scoring the ball and stepping into more prominent roles this season. The Comets are led this year by Brian Carden who is averaging over 13 points per game so far. With a convincing win over Winton Woods and an undefeated record these guys might be able to match Lakota East and Middletown when the time comes in the GMC. 
  • Other teams: Sycamore, Winton Woods, Moeller, Middletown, Summit, Shroder, and West High all had good weeks as well in their respective conferences. 

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