Monday, June 23, 2008

Game Over Classic 13U Recap: Playaz Knock Off NY Panthers

Joshua Marquez scored 22 points and Reggie Cameron had a big game offensively as the Playaz Basketball Club defeated the NY Panthers 78-71 to win the Game Over Classic 13and Under Crown. Mariga Grant led the Panthers with 23 points in the loss.

Top Performers

Joshua Marquez Guard (Playaz)- Marquez earned the MVP honors by bringing it on both ends of the floor. He looked more like a guard in this one. He slashed to the basket, scored on put backs and played impressive defense. He’s relentless and grind out style was too much for the Panthers to hold off.

Reggie Cameron Forward (Playaz)- The smooth forward got it clicking offensively again. He started out a little slow as did his teammates but once he found his range he was good to go. The lanky 3 knocked down the mid range jumper and even had some conversions near the basket. He does need to use his size to help out on the boards on both ends of the floor. The Playaz lack of size could use it.

Matthew Johnson Guard (Playaz)- Johnson defensive intensity really helped his squad after their slow start. He pressured the Panthers point guard into numerous turnovers throughout the game. Offensively he got into the lane at will and had his floater game working. He’s one of the top point guards in this class.

Issac Williams Guard (Playaz)- Williams gave the Playaz a back up spark off the bench. He came in and applied pressure the rock causing disruption in many areas. He gave the squad the lift they needed.

Mariga Clarke Forward (NY Panthers)- Clarke had a super game on both ends of the floor. He started his offensive play from the high post and used his wingspan to stretch for buckets. He finishes with both hands rather easy but will need to develop his ball handling a little more as he gets older in age. On defense he had double digit blocked shots and rebounds while intimidating the opposition in the lane. He has a chance to be a big time prospect.

Maynard Grant Forward (NY Panthers)- Grant was the primary post player for the Panthers. He lived on the blocks in terms of getting put backs and eating the glass for boards. Before he reaches the next level he will have to handle the pill because of his size.