Pangos All-American Camp Recap (Day 2)

Pangos All-American Camp Recap (Day 2)

Saturday marked day two of the 14th annual Pangos All-American Camp at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA. Here are some of the names to know from Saturday. 2017 6’0” PG Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti, PA): Green is what you want from a point guard. He attacks, can shoot the three, and has vision and passing ability. He plays with patience and poise and stays in command of the offense. He’s a guy that can get you double-digit points and doubt-digit assists while still playing strong defensively. Green has a toughness to him that you grow to love. 2017 6’0” PG Jose Alvarado (Christ The King, NY): Alvarado was close to automatic from deep in the final night session. He stroked the outside jumper with confidence and connected on multiple big shots. Aside from scoring on the ball he showed he could also find open teammates and create easy looks with some nice passes. 2017 6’1” PG Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond’s, NY): Washington was very impressive as a scorer, both from the mid and long areas. Washington is tough, low to the ground and he uses both of those attributes to attack the rim. Once he gets in the lane he’s able to drive and kick, drive and drop or take it to the rim and score the ball. He plays with a steadiness that you need from your lead guard. 2019 6’2” CG Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy, NY): Cole Anthony showed on Saturday that he could flat out score the ball. He can score it all three levels and has some really deceptive bounce that you don’t expect from him...

Hagerty defeats St. Petersburg in 8A semi-final

Not many, if any, would have picked Hagerty and St. Petersburg in the preseason to face each other in the first game of the class 8A semi-final, but Hagerty’s (24-8) 57-51 victory Wednesday night proved that picks and opinions are just that and it’s how you play the game that matters. The Huskies are a three point shooting team whose players move very well without the ball and score it with confidence. They started out the game going 6 of 11 from distance– led by junior guard/forward Denzel Mahoney who ended the first quarter going 4 of 5 from the perimeter. St. Petersburg looked punched in the mouth from the outset as they couldn’t seem to figure out Hagerty’s offensive style and then shooting poorly to open the game– 2 of 13 in the first quarter– made matters worse. They were able to bounce back and adjust in the second quarter outscoring their Oviedo-based opponent 16 to 6 to close the halftime deficit to just two points. St Petersburg closed the half on a 7-0 run. The game would stay close as both would exchange baskets throughout the third quarter. Despite a close score, St. Petersburg couldn’t keep much momentum, while Hagerty kept finding ways to make plays throughout the game. St. Petersburg is a young team on the rise and will be very good for some years to come, but their best players had a tough time shooting the ball tonight. Junior guard Travis Bianco is a good scoring guard with deceptive athleticism. However, a missed fastbreak dunk in the second half summed up his tough shooting night...

Godby comes from behind to defeat Cardinal Newman for the 4A state title

It wasn’t easy, but Godby found a way to end a perfect season in the perfect way– as state champions. Cardinal Newman took a 17-5 first quarter lead and looked to have Godby on their heels early. Newman’s team defense was suffering Godby forcing them in to less than 24 percent shooting from the floor– including 1 of 13 from the perimeter. Wake Forest commit, John Collins had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the first half and looked primed to record a triple-double. Newman would need his production as other than sophomore K.J. Fitzgerald had scored close to double digits. Fitzgerald had a solid first half, but only managed to score four points and commited six of the team’s 13 turnovers in the second half. Newman had zero turnovers and looked to have the game in hand heading in to the locker room, depsite a smal run by Godby to end the half. Godby’s ability to create second chance points, in large part to 21 rebounds from senior Londell King, allowed for 15 points to be added in their favor. The Tallahassee-based group also capitalized off Newman’s turnovers adding 15 more points. Godby was able to speed up the pace of the game in the second half and kept finding ways to create points. While their overall shooting numbers aren’t desirable– 28 percent from the field and 16 percent from the perimeter– Cardinal Newman’s had similar shooting numbers. The most telling stat didn’t come in the paint or from beyond the arc. Cardinal Newman missed 12 free throws and were minus 14 on the offensive boards....

Providence gets past Sagemont to win the 3A state title

Whether it was Providence’s ability to answer, a big scoring night from senior Jason Burnell, or key defensive stops on UCLA commit Prince Ali, Providence was able to do whatever it needed to win the 3A state title. 5 of 13 shooting from Ali combined with just four second half points from Illinois State commit Keyshawn Evans left Sagemont (29-4) without many answers in a second half. Providence’s seniors stepped up big, highlighted by three of them finishing with double digits– Jason Burnell (26), Wyatt Walker (12), and LaDarien Griffin (11). Burnell was given the green light to shoot and that’s exactly what he did. He scored 18 second half points and grabbed 12 rebounds– 6 of which were on the offensive end. He shot 50 percent from the field (6 of 12) in the second half after going 2 of 10 for eight points in the previous two quarters. The Jacksonville-based bunch was 30 and 1 coming in to this game, and very well could have been undefeated if it hadn’t of been for a two point at the Arby Classic in Bristol, Tennessee to Centerville back in December. Sagemont was able to keep the game close in the first half with timely three point shooting from senior guard A.J. Jurko, who made 4 of 6 from distance. Sophomore Tyler Polley showed some of his versatility, but was only able to shoot 3 of 9 for 8 points. Polley will be an exciting player to watch the rest of his high school career because of his ability to handle the ball, rebound, and score in a variety of...

Miami Christian runs away from Agape to win 2A State Title

The Victors of Miami Christian gave meaning to their alma mater’s name winning handily against Agape out of Orlando. Miami Christian used a 34-4 run to drain the life out of their opponent after being down by 25-18 early on in the game. Agape battled hard attacking the rim to start the game and they did a good job slowing down Miami Christian–who likes to play uptempo. The Victors had a tough time scoring around the rim, while Agape was fearless in their pursuit of the rim. Despite the slow start, Miami Christian started their huge run late in the second quarter that spanned to the begnning of the fouth quarter and ended any chances of Agape getting their first state title. Miami Christian had a 31-25 halftime lead. They were able to force Agape in to 13 first half turnovers and used those turnovers to create offense and speed up the tempo of the game to their favor. The Victors were led by their stellar backcourt of seniors Marquill Smith and Isaiah Reece who had already combined for 26 of Miami Christian’s 51 points by the end of the third quarter. Junior Ralph Diaz played active on both ends and will be a welcomed returning player for the Victors next season. He finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and a steal. Agape was led in scoring by senior guard Andre Bennett and junior forward Demauri Hill who combined for 24 points. The team as a whole shot a dismal 29 percent from the FG, 23 percent from the perimeter, and just 35 percent from...

Chipley blows out Hawthorne to win 1A State Title

Chipley (28-3) seemed to end the game with a 21-8 first quarter lead. In fact, they did. The Tigers almost made it a running clock game to start the second half, but a missed drive by Tyrome Sharpe prevented the inevitable. Hawthorne (28-3) could not get going with miss after miss from jumper after jumper. The Hornets shot a disappointing 16 percent from the field in the first half– including 14 perecent from the perimeter. Junior Trent Forest was able to impact the game anyway he saw fit in this game. He can play both guard positions with range out the perimeter. He can also handle it very well, rebounds at his position, makes good, quick moves with the ball, and can make plays for others. Tyrome Sharpe, however, was the story in the first half. The senior combo guard led his team in points, rebounds and steals as a player standing 6-foot, maybe. Sophomore Justin Campbell followed up his double-double semi-final performance the night before against Malone with a solid game 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting. He had to leave the game early in the first half with two quick fouls, but he showed enough throughout to convince us that he’s a player to watch in the 2017 Florida class. Chipley’s offense not only showcased excellent shooting, but crisp passing and good movement off the ball. They managed 17 assists on 27 made field goals to win their second state title since 2012. Before you knew it, Chipley blew the game open with a 65-26 third quarter lead and there was still five minutes left in...
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