Posted On: 12/31/17 7:37 PM
The days after Christmas are always filled with great holiday tournaments. The Holiday Hoops Classic presented by Detroit Public Schools is just one of numerous great events throughout the state. Games for day 2 of the action at Cass Tech featured: Wayne Memorial vs Detroit Northwestern, DEPSA vs King (girls), Henry Ford vs Hazel Park, East English vs Columbus Northland (Ohio), and Cass Tech vs Goodrich. Here are some of the top performers from the day:
Lewis is one of Wayne Memorial’s Big Three of guards. In their win over Detroit Northwestern, he exploded for a 17-point second quarter in which he hit 5 threes. Lewis’ onslaught of trey balls extended Wayne’s lead to nearly 40 points by half. Lewis also dominated on the defensive side of the ball, totaling 3-4 blocks as a 6′ guard. He would finish with a game-high 21 points and was without a doubt the best player on the court the whole game.
While Lewis was busy exploded on the offensive side of the ball, Williams was harassing Northwestern defensively. He was doing an excellent job suffocating opposing ball handlers the entire length of the court. Williams had multiple steals/blocks himself, but was ultimately responsible for many more turnovers. Not just a defensive specialist, however, he used his athleticism to attack the basket and get a few buckets at the rim. Williams would finish with 10 points and was the best defender on a team that held their opponent to a mere 20 points for the entire game.
In what was yet another tough win for Hazel Park was yet another tough performance from guard Carl Bow Jr. He’s long been considered one of the best athletes in the state – he uses his athleticism to attack and finish at the rim as well as anybody. However, there have been valid questions about his ability to shoot, something of which it appears he’s
improved at. In this game, he displayed comfort shooting the midrange pull-up, knocking down more than he missed. Also, he hit a huge three in overtime to give Hazel Park the lead with less than two minutes to go. While Bow finished with a decent 15 points, there is no question he deserves recognition as a top performer for the toughness andheart he displayed. With less than a minute left in the 4th, Bow came up limping after he was fouled. He not only hit his free throws, but played the rest of the fourth, as well as overtime on what was clearly an injured ankle. After his clutch three (which gave Hazel Park a lead they wouldn’t surrender), he was limping bad trying to get down the court. It was truly an impressive final minutes for Bow Jr.
While the story of the East English-Northland game was certainly Dave DeJulius’ 37-point explosion, he couldn’t have done it entirely by himself – that’s where Godwin comes in. The 6’5″ forward is great at catching passes and turning them into dunks, which is precisely what he did. He had at least 5 dunks in this game, most being oops from DeJulius. Godwin was also big for East English in the defensive and rebounding categories, as sophomore big Colin Golson struggled with foul trouble. He finished with 12 points.
Acuff has the promise of a high-major guard and showed why today. He has the size, length, athleticism and skill combination to suggest such a high ceiling and showed his versatility in Cass Tech’s win over Goodrich. Acuff started the game flashing his elite passing ability with a couple dimes right off the tip. He also bothered opposing guards with his length – something he does every game. Scoring-wise, Acuff hit from beyond the arc well. In addition shooting, he did a good job penetrating and finishing at the rim.