FT, MYERS, FL - Mountain Brook comes at you in waves, not just with end to end pressure but with minute by minute substitutions to maintain that high level intensity. If you don't have the depth, ball-handlers or court savvy, your toast. Mater Dei did it.
Spencer Friedman was charged with handling the front lines of the pressure and after a shaky start he settled down, kicked ahead and relied on his teammates to ease the pressure. Penn signee Michael Wang was key in breaking the pressure. At 6-8 want is an effective ball handler and capable passer that, allowing Mater Dei to beat the second wave of pressure. If you can play against this Mountain Brook team and commit just nine turnovers, your game plan was on point. The game came down to the final seconds when MB held for the last shot down one and missed the game winning basket. I’m sure wished he that one back.
Wang and Harrison Butler led Mater Dei with 14 points, Freedman chipped in 13, Reagan Lundeen with 12.
The versatility of Trendon Watford was a problem for Mater Dei with his ability to score of the block and the dribble. He led all scores with 31 on 12-16 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.
In earlier games:
Behind the play of Vernon Carey Jr. University School (FL) defeated Molloy (NY) 75-64. Carey's ability to draw Moses Brown away from the basket and score off the dribble set the tone for the game. Carey finished with 23/8rebs, Trey Doomes slashed his way to 18 points and nine rebounds. It's a coaches luxury to have multiple players on the floor that can make plays off the dribble and with one of those players being 6-7 Scottie Barnes, it's a huge advantage. Barnes is dangerous as a scorer and facilitator and a willing rebounder, finishing with 10 points and four rebounds.
Moses Brown was a presence on the low block, scoring 18 points in his matchup with Carey. I must point out the effectiveness he had running the lane, making and finishing tough catches on the run. No small order for a 7-footer as he continues to develop. Cole Anthony, primarily seen as a scorer prior to last summer, has really continued to improve, as he is more willing to set up his teammates while still finding his scoring opportunities, finishing with 17 points and five assist. Khalid Moore led Molloy with 23 points with attacking drives and mid-range jumpers.
Memphis East had to stay engaged the entire game in their win against Lakewood Ranch (FL). LR had to make the game ugly to contend with the talent of East but it wasn't enough. James Wiseman led East with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Wiseman is tough to guard on the low block with his soft jump hook, but he also stepped out to the mid-post and the three point line to score as well. Chandler Lawson chipped in eight points and eight rebounds, Alex Lomax had eight and was a bulldog on defense.
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