Posted On: 01/9/17 10:30 AM
This was the 3rd game in the first annual Catholic Invitational that invited teams from around the state and even from out of state. This game matched up Pontiac Notre Dame Prep and Flint Powers Catholic. The game was one-sided right from the opening tip as Notre Dame Prep shared the ball extremely well and were very efficient. They also pressured Flint Powers constantly and forced nearly every shot to be contested. At half, Notre Dame Prep led 39-14 and the 2nd half was not any different as they cruised to a big victory. Below are a few standouts from the game:
Player of the game: Tariq Derrickson: 2017 6’0 PG (Notre Dame)
Derrickson was by far the top player in this game. He was efficient both scoring and facilitating and played a nearly perfect game. Derrickson dropped no look dimes, was hitting 3s, and was causing havoc on defense. He finished with 15 points. 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block and 7 assists and 0 turnovers while also shooting above 50% from the field. Derrickson just picked up his 2nd offer from Concordia University (NAIA).
Offensive player of the game: Tariq Derrickson:
Derrickson had a game high 15 points. He was extremely efficient both scoring and playmaking. Derrickson scored at all three levels as he hit 3 threes, floaters and free throws. He also dropped dimes in a variety of ways as he threw basic one-more passes to open teammates, made excellent decisions driving and finding open players, or making high risk passes that paid off. His efficiency was by far the best part to his game.
Defensive player of the game: Tariq Derrickson:
Name sound familiar? He also was one of the top players defensively as he had a game high 3 steals. Derrickson was too much for Flint Power’s guards to handle as he forced numerous other turnovers to go along with his steals.
Best rebounder: Kyle Sassack: 2017 6’7 C (Western Michigan football commit):
Sassack was by far the biggest player in this game. He was not only fairly tall at 6’7, but also was extremely built. It was not surprising to find out he was a D1 football commit. Sassack did not start for Notre Dame Prep but came off the bench and made an immediate impact with his strength and touch. He bullied opponents for rebounds and consistently finished through contact with minimal effort. He got into foul trouble so he went long stretches without playing. Yet he still finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Sassack also was very efficient for Notre Dame.
Best Underclassman: Cole Malenich: 2019 6’2 SG (Flint Powers):
Flint Powers did not get much going this game. Yet sophomore Malenich did show a few glimpses of what could be a bright spot for the next few years there. He had 2 threes in the game and finished with 8 points. His three point shots looked fairly comfortable for him and he could be a pretty good shooter for them if he continues to work on his game. He led Flint Powers with 8 points.
Best Shooter: Eli McLean: 2018 6’0 G (Notre Dame):
McLean looked very comfortable from deep. He moved well without the ball and in transition especially, he filled the lanes properly as wings should and got into correct areas to get catch and shoot opportunities. As well as Notre Dame shares the ball, he will get plenty of looks this year if his teammates find him. They did this game as he knocked down a game high 3 threes.
Best intangibles/Energy guy: Josh Johnson: 2017 6’5 SF (Notre Dame):
Notre Dame shared the ball extremely well and Johnson was a huge part to that. He has really good size as a legit 6’5 wing, and he moves up and down the floor effortlessly. He worked hard and hard great off ball movement and his teammates found him for several baskets around the rim. Johnson also did his part on the glass and was a major piece of Notre Dame’s well oiled machine on offense. Johnson finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 1 block.
Best playmaker: Durrell Pigee: 2018 5’6 PG (Flint Powers):
Powers really struggled to score this game, but Pigee did his best to give his teammates opportunities to score. He found his guys in many open looks by penetrating and kicking and just making simple extra passes, yet they could not convert. Pigee still finished with 4 assists, which was tied for the second most in the game.
Most important player: Cameryn Carpenter: 2018 6’0 G (Flint Powers):
Carpenter did not play this game and his team needed him badly. He is their leading scorer and best player and without him, Powers is a shell of themselves. With him, they have a go to guy who the team revolves around and plays through. Without him, they seem lost and not sure what to do, especially on offense. Carpenter will be the focal point for Powers the next couple of years and he will determine how much success they can have going forward.