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Life is usually a little slower in Scotland, Pennsylvania. Far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, there is a serenity- a sense of calm and peace in Franklin County. That is of course, unless you are an opponent coming to play the national powerhouse Knights. New York City’s Vision Academy found out real quick how fast life can get in the countryside. The Knights nearly deflected every other pass their opponent attempted early on. Scotland used all ninety feet in suffocating fashion to speed up the late arriving Vision Academy. The flawless defensive clinic by Coach Chaney’s team led to a 52 point outburst, while tallying 20+ deflections and 13 steals in only 13 minutes of action. During the span, 5’11 PG Shawn Fulcher (NY) tossed in 17 points, including 4 deflections and 4 steals. While teammates 6’4 G Jaden Alexander (CA) and 6’8 F Halil Barre (NY) combined for 20 points with several aerial displays that would make the Blue Angels envious. Scotland led 63-35 at the half. The trio added only five points in limited action after the intermission to cruise to an 85-62 victory. The Knights were outscored 27-22 during the running clock second half. Vision Academy was led by Brooklyn, NY product Tyshawn Jack’s 11 points.
Jaden Alexander – demonstrated elite athleticism, knocked down the open look and impressed at the defensive end.
Halil Barre – world class athleticism, chest in the rim leaper, with agility, timing and knack for the ball. A few months with Coach Chaney away from a power 5 offer – get in early!!! Stock-Riser.
Shawn Fulcher – created the tone at the defensive end, speed and change of pace make him hard to guard, lived in the lane, creative finisher at the rim.
Johannes Kirsipuu – (6’1, G (Estonia)) – Solid lead guard, facilitates, tight handle and ability to get team into sets, strong leader.
Jaden Pena – (6’4, F (NY)) – absolute workhorse, played with a contagious energy, wirey and physical, makes winning play and rebounds position.
Will Young – (6’3, G (TX)) – defensive specialist, strong-long lanky basketball build w/ ability to disrupt opponents. Defense equals instant offense. Excited to see offensive package in GAC play, didn’t need it in this one.
Kevin Coleman (6’7 F (PA)) – competed every play, outmanned in paint, active on the glass, rim protected, and impressed against several opponent bodies in lane, showed limited perimeter package on offense- best around the rim, slashing.
Kenyon Elliott (6’4 G (PA)) – best on the wing, played point large segments of game.
Tyshawn Jack (6’6 G (NY)) – bright spot of the day, attacked rim with a vengeance, several above the rim plays at both ends of the floor.
Peak Skills Academy – East Berlin, New Jersey was the center of the ultra-competitive world of big-time high school/prep basketball yesterday afternoon. The occasion was the first of four featured triple-headers this season by the Great Atlantic Conference (GAC). The event stockpiles the talent of the league members, Mt. Zion Academy (MD), Olympus Academy (NJ), Patrick School (NJ), Perkiomen School (PA) Scotland Campus (PA), and West Nottingham Academy (MD) under one roof for college basketball coaches to evaluate in hopes of finding their next all conference player. Unlike your typical high school setting, there is a focus and business-like atmosphere that comes with big-time prep basketball… and the Great Atlantic Conference maximized this focus and has shown it is all business when it comes to securing exposure for their student-athletes. If you could not make it to Jersey yesterday, we have a breakdown of the action for you. However, lock these dates and locations in your calendar for the next three GAC triple-headers: December 11 @Mt. Zion, January 15 @Scotland Campus, January 25 @Perkiomen School
In the opener, The Patrick School (NJ) defeated Mt. Zion Academy (MD) 64-62. This was the closest game of the day and very evenly matched. The size of Mt. Zion was not enough to edge out the strong guard play of The Patrick school in the closing minutes. Mt. Zion was led by 6-8 Syracuse -bound Woody Newton with 13 points and the sensational night on the glass by unsigned 2020 David N’Guessen, who had a double-double pulling down 15 boards. Other players to watch were 6-10 Center Jo Smith and an explosive wing in Otis Frazier. For the victors, wings Terrence Jones (6-3), scored in side out and Matteo Strikker (6-5, 2021) with the long ball, combined for 27 points and 12 rebounds. While Bendji Pierre (2020) and Babacar Diallo (2021) battled inside all night scoring in double figures. Pierre was a work-horse inside using his width to gain position and keep the rebounding margin respectable.
Scotland put on a dominant performance from start to finish in game two. If anyone wanted to argue, they are the best team in the State of Pennsylvania people would have to listen… and listen hard. They have put together a nice early season resume. West Nottingham led by Sophomore Yan Ferell’s 20 point effort is their latest victim. Scotland just had too many weapons for a West Nottingham group looking to restore the program to their early 2000’s heyday. Scotland’s ability to create turnovers and nail the long ball were the difference in this one early. Jayson Woodrich (12 points) knocked down his first 3 triples to push the lead out to 27-9 minutes in. Norance “Trese” Berry got the job done on the defensive end, leading the team with 3 steals and 6 of his 11 points in the lopsided 55-32 first half. Scotland had a very balanced scoring attack and played 15+ players in the 102-65 victory. 6-10 Obou Ousmane tossed in 6 of his 13 points and 6 rebounds in the first half for the Knights. He also demonstrated a real soft touch on his mid-range shot 15 feet and in, in the early stages of the game. Scotland was led in scoring by 6-3 Dee Marriweather who knocked down 4 threes in the second half. Other players to note for West Nottingham were 6-4 Caudy Desmornes 10 points (high academic kid, 1300+ SAT). He also had 18 the week before when I seen them verse Covenant Prep. 2021 Glen Osemeha shot the ball well from deep again, efficient and 6-6 Tomiwa Sulaiman competed on the glass just short of a double-double.
The host of the event, Olympus Prep trailed by seven points at halftime and eventually lost 70-59 to the SUPER 25’s #11 ranked, Perkiomen School. York, PA’s Clovis Gallon, Jr. was one of three Olympus players in double figures. He knocked down 2 three’s on his way to 11 points.
6-4 Tyree Barbara-Bey was instrumental in keeping his team withing striking distance. The former NJ Panther (1st SCENE) Barbara-Bey did a little of everything out there, ending with 16 points and teammate Jahmir Tyrell closed out with his own 15, many of them at the rim.
In true winners fashion and without a shadow of a doubt, Perkiomen’s 2021 Honor Huff continues to impress this season. The former Allentown Dieruff standout has been lights out each time we have seen him. The little guard came up big again yesterday with 5 triples, 4 in the first half on over .500 percent shooting from deep and 3 steals on his way to a 23 point outing. Teammate 6-6 Josh Odunowo added a double-double. Other Perk players to note include Steve Payne. The 6-1 guard does multiple things well to help his team win, adding 8 rebounds and several assists to his 13 point effort… and last but not least 6-4 Gil Otto scored his 13 from all three levels and continues to clamp down at the defensive end.
MAC Section I District 7 AAA
A creative crafty undersized point guard, difficult to keep out of the lane. A definite shot maker… pure shooter type that can fill it up.
Committed to Penn State University to play football, On the hardwood Fisher is a strong physical specimen with great hands and feet.
Athletically gifted, strong, physical and competitive. Great feet and hands
Mugsy Bogues type guard, shifty, strong, smooth. A creator off the bounce, cuts on a dime with ball, waterbug change of direction. nearly impossible to contain.
Freshman will push for minutes this season. Continues to improve, great frame, competes on every play and shoots it very well!
Central York was impressive as a unit. Without a marquee superstar, the Panthers are a well oiled machine; relying on synergy to create open looks. The “x’s & o’s” were clicking for Coach Schieler today creating open looks for a host of role players to take advantage of… But make no mistake about it, it will take some “jimmys’ & joes’ to garner District III recognition and possibly State recognition in 2020… Maybe I should have said “Gabe’s and Evan’s” not “jimmys’ and joes'” …When things breakdown, and one thing is for certain, they will at times… crucial times this season, Gabe Guidinger and Evan Eisenhart are capable of making plays. Gabe finished the ball at the rim very strong today. His upper body strength really stood out. He is sure to be making his coach a believer long after he leaves Central York. Cant wait to see the player he blossoms into in the next few years. The kid scores it from all three levels and is always in the right place at the right time. Evan had his shot falling today and plays with an energy and competitiveness many kids lack. The wildcard for Central will be Shilo Johnson, a 6’5 junior forward. He is raw offensively and not always fluid in the half court, but he was an absolute rebounding machine at the defensive end. If he can box his game up to just slash, rebound-outlet, rebound-putback & defend… not only does his stock rise but this teams stock goes way up.
Stevie Mitchell was sensational at both ends of the floor. Court awareness, basketball IQ, and body control are next level. He was clearly the best player on the floor in any one session. His vision is special! very special!! His teammates could find that out the hard way if they aren’t paying close attention when the ball is in his hands. He is an elite finisher at the rim, above and through contact. Change of pace, explosive bursts, the long ball off the bounce, catch and shoot…you name it, it was on display today for the Bulldogs. Wilson looked good as a whole but Stevie was… WELL STEVIE.
Parkland’s 6’4 Ace did a little of everything to put his team in position to win each quarter. The senior handled the ball and set the offense from the point guard position when necessary. He knocked down shots at all three levels from the wing, He rebounded and scored if from the post. He guarded the opponents best player. However most impressive to me was his demeanor with teammates and coaches in the huddle. He is a natural leader… oh yeah did we mention he is a walking bucket with a sweet stroke!
You might have noticed, in an earlier tweet this week, that I mentioned how there is a direct correlation between fall and winter success. Particularly, that the Colt Shootout has been known to be an indicator of winter success for District III’s big school divisions. Central York, the 2019 Champion will look to continue the past successes of both Reading and Manheim Township in league and district play. The Panther’s would love nothing better than to be the next champion on the verge of a 20 win season. Lets take a look at how -the bracket unfolded and the Panthers were crowned King…
The Semifinalists were Cedar Cliff, who got there behind solid team play and a stellar 2 game morning for 6’3 sr. guard Joey Zvorsky to knock off Waynesboro and Dallastown. 6’5 sr wing Elijah Eberly’s 21.5 ppg fueled the Bears of Elizabethtown past Susquehanna Township and Central Dauphin to victory. Central York and Chambersburg both only had to win one game to round out the Final Four. In Central York’s 54-43 victory over Cumberland Valley, 6’3 Gabe Guidinger and teammate Evan Eisenhart combined for 35 points. Chambersburg moved past Cedar Crest, behind the long ball of sr. guard Ethan Shreffler.
Elizabethtown moved into the finals taking down Cedar Cliff 56-38 with a balanced attack. Brody Beach had 17 points, with three- 3’s, pacing a Coach Parise’ squad , that had two other players score 15 or more, in Eberly 16 and Luke Pierson 15. In the other matchup Central York prevailed 45-37 over Chambersburg. Central York’s theme in the afternoon was everyone contributes. Mitch Saxton led a balanced attack, in which 7 Panthers scored, with 10pts. Evan Eisenhart tossed in 9 and Shiloh Johnson and Gabe Guidinger added 8 apiece.
In the Championship game both teams battled back and forth in the first half. The game was deadlocked at 21-21 but Central York outscored Elizabethtown 22-12 in the final 20 minutes of the day, to take the crown. Although the Panthers won by double figures, only one player in the game scored in double figures… and he wasn’t one of them. The Panthers suffocating defense held Elijah Eberly to only 9 points and teammate Luke Pierson managed the 10. For the Champions the leading scorers were Nolan Hubbs and Mitch Saxton with 9 apiece, followed by Gabe Guidinger 8 and Tejesh Chundura’s 7.
6’4 Senior Forward
Elijah played like a scholarship worthy player this Saturday. Offensively, he was outstanding in the role of point foward, when the teams PG tweaked his ankle. His high for the day was 28pts in a 40 min running clock game against Central Dauphin. However, the most impressive aspect of his game was his ability to set the offensive table for others. He asserted himself when needed and trusted teammates in crucial moments, showing a poise and maturity that coaches will love. He made everyone around him better on the offensive end. Defensively, he used his length and quickness in passing lanes all day long. Good anticipation on steals and blocks.
Solid performances at both ends of the floor all day long. Gabe showcased his multi-talented (Dribble, Pass, Shoot, Defend) skill set relentlessly over his three games. He was an inside out juggernaut for opponents. He not only demonstrated the ability to score the ball from mid-range or at the rim, he defended all 5 positions effectively.
Zvorsky was phenomenal in the morning session. He was already a very good player but the level he played at in his first two games was different than anything we had seen previously. Confident, poised, consistently on the attack, scoring efficiently, impacting the game at the defensive end. He was flat out the best player we seen in the AM. He fizzled a little late in game three but bounced back for a solid performance in the 3rd place game.
Ayo-Faleye was electric as always in transition. Today he demonstrated a real knock for getting the ball off the rim at the offensive end. He was quick off of his feet, often engaged in his second and third effort as opponents were landing their first. This obviously lead to multiple seond chance scoring opportunities for his team. Highlight reel dunks, with top of the block athleticism keeps him in our list even though play is inconsistent and not senior mature at times.
The German transfer student is a Division I project. However, at 6-11 and with a stretch four skill set, he will be a hot commodity this winter. He appears to be adjusting to the physicality of the American game well; this will take some time. His passing and feel for the game are definite strengths we quickly noticed. He made an athletic play when running the floor that did show an upside that was very exciting. With 25+ high school games and an entire season of adjustment and improvement he could be the type of talent that gets a low major coach a pay bump 4 years from now.
Brody Beach, Elizabethtown – shot it lights out
Justice Easter – Central Dauphin – impacted game both ends
Jason Eberhart, Cedar Crest – solid inside and out
Evan Eisenhart, Central York – when engaged excellent
Nolan Gilbert, Cumberland Valley – consistent, effective
Jadon Green, Dallastown – scored the ball effortlessly
Kobe Green, Dallastown – performed at both ends
De’von Haggins, Central Dauphin – defense led to offense
Nate McGill, Northern – not his best but better than the rest
Luke Pierson, Elizabethtown – strong force for Bears
Cole Rhyne, Waynesboro – see McGill
Rance Russo, Central Dauphin – elevates teammates
Mitchell Saxton, Central York – put together 3 good games
Sam Sherry, Cumberland Valley – skilled big with upside
Ethan Shreffler, Chambersburg – dribble, pass, shoot- impactful
Talk to anyone in District III about the best 6-A teams in the area and Manheim Townships’ name is a constant in the conversation . Word coming from the city and suburbs of Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York have the Blue Steaks making noise in March. Led by the wizardry of senior Tyler Crespo, one of the most dynamic guards in the state, this group has the experience to produce some historic local hardware for the school this season. Their opponent in the Colt Shootout championship, the Cumberland Valley Eagles may not be as well known entering the 2018-2019 season after missing the district playoffs last season. However, with a new coach and a plethora of energized seniors this group shown that opposing coaches will be checking the power ratings in late February to see where CV’s at in the bracket. Mark my words just like Saturday, these Eagles wont be an easy out!
Manheim Township defeated Carlisle and came from behind to beat Chambersburg to get to the final; While Cumberland Valley defeated Northern York, Susquehanna, and held off a strong comeback bid from Reading High en route to the final. The Championship game was a back and forth affair the entire game, even locked at half time 24-24. Cumberland Valley took the largest lead of the second half with 46.4 seconds remaining in the game, going up by 5, 54-49. But, Township scored closing the gap to 3 with 28.3 seconds remaining. After a timeout and quick foul CV was heading to the line. The Eagles were unable to connect on the front end of a one and one and Township scored quickly 54-53 20.5 remaining. CV again missed the front end of a one and one, leaving the door open for 2 year starter and team captain Brendan Mellott to knock down the go ahead jumper with under 5 seconds to play for Township. The Eagles did have one last chance but the layup was no good.
RYAN MCGILL – NORTHERN YORK
TYREESE SMITH – SUSQUEHANNA
HOWIE RANKINE – CARLISLE
TY BANACH – CUMBERLAND VALLEY
SETH BROUSE – CHAMBERSBURG
While most of the mid-state will be focused on Trick or Treat, parades and costume parties, the Central PA basketball community will be in for a pre-season TREAT. Many of District III’s top playoff contenders in 2019 will be under 1 roof in a March-style elimination playoff bracket. Two plus weeks before the official PIAA practices get underway come out and see many of our areas top programs preparing for the rigors of the 2018-19 season, battling for the 2nd Annual Colts Shootout Championship.
Reading – Champion
Chambersburg – Runner-Up
Manheim Twp – 4th
Dallastown – 5th
Cedar Crest – Elite 8,
6-A Cumberland Valley, Central Dauphin