OntheRadarHoops.com: Thanksgiving Showcase Recap – Duluth vs. Langston Hughes – December 3, 2014
Class of 2016 wing Javis Diaz led the Wildcats in scoring in a win over Langston Hughes. Read the recap here. Photo cred – Nakita Hemingway
The Thanksgiving Showcase presented by OntheRadarHoops.com provided a chance for area teams a measuring stick before they hit region play in the month of December. It also gave our OTRHoopsReport.com evaluators another chance to watch to see which individuals stood above the rest. Here is the recap of game number two that featured Duluth and Langston Hughes.
Game Recap: Duluth 65 Langston Hughes 64
This game took every second of the 32 minute contest to decide the winner. This closely contested game saw momentum swings both directions, but ultimately the Wildcats would secure the victory with a lay-in by point guard Joe Gordon with :12 seconds left. The unsigned senior came up clutch in the final minute of the game as he added another bucket a few possessions before to bring coach Eddie Hood’s team back within striking distance. Although Gordon would be the hero in the final moments, Duluth actually received double digit scoring from four other players other than Gordon to get them in this position. Junior wing Javis Diaz led the Wildcats with 16 on the game while point guard Anthony Showell scored 15 in a solid performance. Front line players AJ Cheeseman and Jalen Hadges scored 11 and 10 respectively.
While Duluth had a more balanced scoring attack, the Panthers were paced by two outstanding sophomores. 6-foot-3 wing Khalil Cuffee led all scorers with 29 points, which included an epic 17 point outburst in the third quarter. Wing forward Chuma Okeke knocked in 21 points for coach Rory Welsh. Despite the loss, Langston Hughes projects to be a team that should be competitive in region play and possibly the state tournament this season.
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Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB
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