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Posted On: 12/6/17 11:33 AM
I can’t remember a more exciting time for the Garfield Bulldogs. To have the likes of PJ FULLER, PIERRE COCKRELL JR, J’RAAN BROOKS, MARJON BEAUCHAMP, EDDIE TURNER AND JAMON KEMP is ridiculous. This game had intensity written all over it. The game was close for quite some time but the bulldogs were able to pull away with a 81-65 victory. CJ ELLEBY was a monster in this game as well.
J’raan Brooks did a bit of everything for the Bulldogs in this one. The 2018 D1 high major recruit scored a game-high 25 points, and led by example with his effort and energy.
The Class of 2018 forward had a stellar game. Mixing it up with rim attacks and spectacular dunks is the reason why his performance stood out. He was also a factor on the defensive end with a flurry of blocked shots and great rebound. He kept the game close in the first half prior to Brooks getting in his groove.
Ed Turner led the game with 4 steals. The high D1 recruit, who scored 6 points in this game defensively was everywhere on the floor. When it comes to stops and guarding the other teams best players he is the guy they call on.
We didn’t keep a tally of Kobe Elleby rebound total, but we’re almost certain it was close to double digits. The 6-foot-7 post does a nice job boxing out his man. CJ is very good at using his athleticism, long arms, and very strong hands to secure rebounds.
After a quiet start to this game, Jahleel Breland made his presence felt in the second half. The 6-foot-5 forward, who plays a deliberate style of ball, knocked down key jumpers, foul shots, and had some nice finishes in transition. Breland ended up with 10 points on the night.
Cockrell Jr. dished out a game high 6 assists. He committed just 1 turnovers as well. The senior lead guard made intelligent, swift decisions after breaking down the first man. He contributed on the offensive end as well scoring 11 points in some key possessions.
Not only was Marjon Beauchamp the best underclassmen in this one, he was also one of the most aggressive players on the floor. The 6-foot-5 sophomore held his own against a mature front court. Marjon provided a spark with a couple of key blocks down the stretch.
These two teams matchup one more time this season. After how competitive and exciting the first game was, it will be interesting to see how the rematch turns out.