Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Middle School Coverage: Ocean Defeats Asbury Park

Nick Price Was The Leading Scorer In The Game!

Ocean Intermediate Downs Asbury Park Middle School

Nick Price scored 12 points while Eric Musto finished 11 markers and 7 block shots as Ocean Intermediate defeated Asbury Park Middle School 36-22. Jaquele Goodman scored 8 points for Asbury in the loss.
Top Performers

Nick Price Forward (Ocean)- Price benefitted from Musto’s passing as he used his strong build to get buckets inside. He also was a force on the glass at both ends of the floor. He takes mostly high percentage shots and usually cashes in.

Tarin Smith Guard (Ocean)- Smith was flawless running the point in the first half. His ball handling and court vision helped his squad get an early lead. In the second stanza he ran into a little trouble with Asbury’s pressure. Being the only true ball handler caused him to try and dribble out of double teams which lead to a few turnovers. He’s still one of the top 7th Grade guards in the state.

Eric Musto Forward (Ocean)- The 8th Grader is 6’4 now and his game has improved tremendously. Offensively he finishes with either hand and knows what to do once he gets the rock. I also was impressed with his passing ability when feeding the post. He hit teammates cutting right on stride. On defense he rejected numerous shots and even got called for goaltending on a play when he pinned a shot against the glass.

Jaquele Goodman Guard (Asbury Park)- Goodman’s defense and hustle plays helped AP make a late run. His strength and ball pressure caused turnovers that led to easy buckets. On offense he drives hard to the basket but most develop his left hand to be effective on the high school level.

Daquan Bland Guard (Asbury Park)- His team came out on the losing end but Bland caught my eye. The 7th Grade has the game and swagger should take him far on the hardwood. He penetrated Ocean’s defense but his passes seem to be too advanced for his teammates to gather. I also like his willingness to go into the lane and attempt to finish plays himself.