#OTRThanksgivingShowcase: Live Blog – 11/28/15

DULUTH, Ga., – Holiday Hoops is the theme in the Atlanta area and the #OTRHoopsReport team will bring full coverage all day long at Joe Marelle Gymnasium. We will look at the top performers all game long. Follow @OntheRadarHoops and @JLHemingwayPSB for game updates.

Game 1

1:30 pm Langston Hughes vs. Lambert

  • IMG_2380A high scoring game at half-time with Langston Hughes up 40-32. Khalil Cuffee paces coach Welch’s team with 11 points at the half. However, coach Scott Bracco’s team will not go away. Late 3-pointers by Connor Mannion helped cut the lead under double-digits for the Longhorns.
  • Lambert came out ready after halftime as they out-scored Langston Hughes 18-8 in the third. Big buckets by Matt Ganote gave the Longhorns a lead with 2:45 left in the third. Cuffee’s 3-pointer with :07 would draw Langston Hughes back to within 2 as they headed into the final quarter.
  • A back door lay-up by Harrison White with 1:07 put Lambert in the driver’s seat with a 64-60 lead. Solid free throw shooting down the stretch would seal the win for Bracco’s Longhorns for a 72-65. Navy signee, Connor Mannion, led all scorers with 19 points. Ross Morkem (15), Matt Ganote (14) and Austin Deckard (10) aided in the win with double digit points. Langston Hughes had double digit scorers in Khalil Cuffee (14), Justin Jones (12) and Derrick Cook (11).

Game 2

Grayson vs. East JacksonIMG_2385

  • East Jackson stretched out a double digit lead in the second quarter behind solid guard play to take a 33-21 halftime lead. Sophomore point guard Travis Anderson poured in 17 points in the first two quarters of play. His back court partner, sophomore Dru Drinnon, added 12 in the first half. Grayson, after a strong start, cooled off in the second quarter. Senior guard Alphonso Willis led the way for the Rams with eight points.
  • East Jackson headed into the fourth quarter with a controlling lead. However, Drinnon picked up his fourth foul with 6:50 left in the game. East Jackson leads 56-51.
  • Austin Dukes is having himself a half. He is driving, dishing, getting to the free throw line and scoring.
  • Alphonso Willis hits a lay-up around Drinnon to cut the lead to 68-66 in favor of East Jackson. The momentum is in favor of the Rams.
  • A 3-point play on a put-back by senior Trevian Sconiers gives Grayson their first lead since the first quarter.
  • IMG_2394Coach Geoffrey Pierce goes 4-corners and milks over :40 off the clock. Willis makes two free throws to give Grayson a 71-68 lead.
  • A final free throw by Willis gives Grayson a 72-68 win.
  • Dru Drinnon from East Jackson finished with a game high 27 points. Travis Anderson added 23 for coach David Boyd’s team.
  • Austin Dukes scored all 20 of his points in the second half. Alphonso Willis led the Rams with 22 points.

 Game 3

Archer vs. Duluth

  • IMG_2402The Wildcats jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the game’s first four minutes. Post Obinna Ofodile has added footwork and post moves to his repertoire. He has two early buckets.
  • Senior point guard Darrion Taylor of Archer hits a three to turn the quell the run. He has been on a scoring terror as of late. Look for him to make plays in this game.
  • After the first quarter, Duluth leads 25-14. Javis Diaz leads all scorers with 7 points for Duluth.
  • Diaz has it rolling. He has hit back to back jumpers to extend Duluth’s lead to 17 points in the second quarter.
  • Archer is not going away. Taylor rips a steal and gets a breakaway lay-in to cut the lead to 35-24 with 3:45 to go in the quarter.
  • Ofodile is putting up highlights today. His second fast break tip dunk gives the Wildcats a 39-24 lead.
  • Coach Eddie Hood of Duluth inserted 6-foot-9 freshman, Alex Powell into the game. He promptly knocks down a three to give the Wildcats a 42-27 lead with 2:00 to go.
  • Archer has a super freshman of their own, Brendan Tucker. His crow-hop finish around the ball screen and finish in the lane cuts the Duluth lead to 44-32.
  • FullSizeRender(1)Big lay-in at the buzzer by Will Huzzie gives Duluth a 46-32 lead heading into the locker room at the half.
  • Duluth hits the floor buzzing in the second half. Jalen Hodges finishes a dunk and Adam Flager hits a three in the half’s first two minutes to give the Wildcats a commanding 57-39 lead.
  • Archer rallies in the fourth to pull within 10. Antoine Joe hit back to back threes and Bryon Andrews finished an “And One” to pull the score to 70-60.
  • Duluth finished the game by hitting free throws to seal the game with a final of 75-66.
  • Duluth was led in scoring with Javis Diaz with 21, Jalen Hodges had 17 and Obinna Ofodile finished with 15.
  • Archer was led in scoring by freshman Brenden Tucker with 17 and Darrion Taylor had 15.


Game 3

Berkmar vs. Newton

  •  FullSizeRender(2)Newton started quickly behind the interior presence of DeAndrae Butler. He led all scorers with six points after the first quarter.
  • Berkmar finally found it’s rhythm and Lane Foster’s 3-point jumper gave Berkmar a lead at 22-20 in the second quarter.
  • Josh Tukes’ ‘And One’ lay-up put Newton back up 25-22 shortly after.
  • The second quarter continued back and forth. Al Durham hit two free throws and his second 3-pointer of the half to put Berkmar back on top at 26-25.
  • Josh Faulkner’s runner at the buzzer put Berkmar trailing by one at 31-30 heading into the half. He finished the half with nine points.
  • FullSizeRender(3)Newton freshman Ashton Hagans has a mature game. His pull-up jumper is falling in the third. That stretches the lead out to 38-33 with 6:00 left in the third.
  • Berkmar’s unsung hero is Darius Harrison. He scores three buckets in a two minute period to pull Berkmar within 45-43 with 2:30 left in the third quarter.
  • Indiana commit Al Durham comes out on fire in the fourth. he hits a three and then follows that with a transition lay-in one minute into the fourth period to give Berkmar a 54-51 lead.
  • Jaquan Simms has had a big game. He pours in several buckets along with Janaud Notae in a critical stretch in the fourth quarter. Their points stretched the lead back in favor of Newton to 60-58 in the games final minutes.
  • Berkmar has their chances to win or even to win the game in the last :05, but their shots rattled out.
  • Jaquan Simms sealed the win with free throws to win the game 62-58.
  • Jaquan Simms led Newton in points (16), DeAndrae Butler chipped in 12 and Januad Notae finished with 11.
  • Berkmar got a big game from Josh Faulkner (20), Durham had 12 and Lane Foster finished with 12.

Game 4

Dacula vs. Douglas County

  • FullSizeRender(5)Wofford signee Kevon Tucker came out gunning from the jump. He hit two quick threes off the rip. Derek St. Hilaire also sliced through the Douglas County defense to make coach Bethea take an early timeout.
  • Freshman Mekhail Bethea checked in and got an early bucket off a St. Hilaire assist for Dacula at the 1:09 mark.
  • Coach Triaga and his Falcons finished up 25-18 after the first.
  • Tucker came right back in the second quarter with a 3-point jumper.
  • North Carolina signee Brandon Robinson began to heat up in the second quarter with multiple 3-point jumpers. His third of the quarter brought Douglas County back to a 42-37 deficit with 1:00 to go.
  • St. Hilaire and Robinson both checked in with 18 points at the half as the Falcons went to the locker room up 46-37
  • Both teams played even through the third quarter with Robinson continuing assault. Dacula went into the fourth up 59-47.
  • FullSizeRender(4)Kevon Tucker was not finished with his night yet. His iso post up move followed with another drive, pump fake and finish helped stretch the lead out to 63-52 with 5:00 left.
  • Douglas County turned the momentum in their favor with full court pressure. Brandon Robinson’s bank shot through contact then his assist with 2:05 cut the Dacula lead to 69-64.
  • Jahorie Copeland hit a three out of a timeout to cut the lead to 71-67, but it would not get closer. Dacula hit free throws down the stretch to win 78-71.
  • Brandon Robinson led all scorers with 36 points. Kalen Clifton added 15 for Douglas County.
  • Derek St. Hilaire led Dacula with 29 points while Tucker held pace with 22.


 Game 5

Pebblebroook vs. Shiloh

  • This could be the best match-up of guards under 6-feet tall. George Washington signee Darnell Rogers versus Auburn signee Jared Harper. Rogers set the tone early with a 3-pointer to help Shiloh get out to an early lead.
  • The highlight of the first half had to be junior wing JJ Smith swatting Josh Okogie on the break.
  • Pebblebrook got back into the game with a Harper 3-pointer from the corner. The whole bench stood up before he even released it.
  • The first quarter ended with Shiloh up 13-12.
  • Junior guard Collin Sexton gave Pebblebrook a brief lead with a jumper out of the quarter break, however Greg James made that a short lived lead. He hit back to back threes to stretch the lead out to 22-14.
  • Harper’s quarterback skills were on full display as he hit Smith and Sexton with alley-oops in the second quarter.
  • Greg James continues to be the hot name in this quarter as he hits another three and finish in transition.
  • Shiloh heads into the locker room up 34-26.
  • The second half went back and forth the entire night. Harper and Sexton made big shots for Pebblebrook. James and Dejon Waters both hit timely buckets for Shiloh.
  • Okogie hit a lay-in at the buzzer of the third quarter to tie it at 47-47.
  • Dwight Murray hit three straight jumpers in the fourth to help Pebblebrook hold a 56-53 lead with 4:30 to go in the game.
  • Josh Okogie’s slam with 1:40 to put Shiloh up 64-61.
  • Shiloh could have put the game away with made free throws, but instead Jared Harper had a chance to tie with :09 left. But his 3-point attempt was long.
  • Shiloh wins 68-63 and were led in scoring by Greg James (21), Dejon Waters Jr. (13) and Darnell Rogers (11). Pebblebrook was led by Collin Sexton (24) and Jared Harper (16).

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HEMI-HEAD-SHOTJonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. 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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