Posted On: 12/25/17 2:00 PM
WASHINGTON, DC — We took the opportunity to catch three entertaining games on Friday night to close out the Dunbar Holiday Showcase. Here are five takeaways from our time in the gym.
If you’re in the need of a guy who can consistently put the ball in the basket, look no further than Christian Flaherty of Takoma Academy. The crafty and explosive combo guard looks much improved in terms of his playmaking ability, and continues to get in the lane at will where he converts at a high percentage. We saw him pump in 30 efficient points (11/15 FG, 8/8 FG) in a 3-point overtime win against a very scrappy Dunbar team. He still has some maturing to do in terms of decision making (6 assists, 5 turnovers), but overall we are pleased with the strides that Flaherty has made.
Lelan Eackles has been the most consistent player for Head Coach Walter Booth at Ryken to start the season. The 6-foot-6 wing, who won MVP honors in his team’s win over Thurgood Marshall, recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. With injuries keeping Ryken from full strength at the moment, Eackles has stepped up, providing efficient offense (5/8 FG, 4/4 FT) and versatility on defense.
Silky-smooth lefty Marcus Dockery has been rock solid for Head Coach Rob Nickens at Theodore Roosevelt this season. The promising sophomore, who won MVP the day before we saw him, doubled up his trophy total for the week by picking up his second MVP award in two nights with 18 PTS 4 STL, 3 AST, and 2 REB in his team’s win over Northwestern. Not only did Dockery shoot the ball exceptionally (6/11 FG, 4/7 3FG), but he also came up with several important hustle plays that wont show up in the stat sheet.
He’s just a freshman, but Michael Aiken looked like the best player for Thurgood Marshall on Friday night. We loved the way he defended the ball, handled pressure, and constantly created easy looks for his teammates as well as himself. The reliable lead guard recorded 15 PTS, 3 STL, 3 AST & 2 REB in a loss vs. Ryken.