Posted On: 12/13/17 5:00 AM
WASHINGTON, DC — The 29th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic returned last weekend, and we were present on Friday for a full day of action. Here are five takeaways from our time in the gym.
Steve Turner’s team has clearly adopted a “next-man up” philosophy this season, and don’t seem to be bothered by the litany of injuries they are dealing with. Super sophomore Terrance Williams, along with emerging classmates Chuck Harris and Myles Stute, are providing more than ample support to seniors Myles Dread and Allin Blunt. With a convincing win last night over Ryken, Gonzaga improved to 6-0 and remain firmly locked in to the two spot in our latest top 30 power rankings.
Led by high energy junior Seth Lundy, and nationally touted sophomore lead guard Lynn Greer, Roman Catholic impressed on their way to a championship appearance last weekend. Lundy impacted the game on both ends with his relentless work rate, non-stop movement off the ball, and soft touch. Greer absolutely ran the show, and put on a flat out passing clinic while also showing that he can score when his team needs it.
Joe Toussaint, a class of 2019 point guard for defending NYC Catholic League Champs Cardinal Hayes, was thoroughly impressive in his team’s win over Wilson on Friday night. The tough lead guard demonstrated excellent vision, and shot making ability from long range. Toussaint wasn’t afraid to mix it up in the paint either.
In Wilson’s hotly contested matchup against Cardinal Hayes on Friday night, Ayinde Hikim provided the spark that kept his team in the game. With the Tigers down by double digits, and showing little cohesiveness on offense, the unsigned senior charged his team up by posterizing a Hayes defender in transition. Despite his efforts not being enough in the end, many were blown away by Hikim’s performance in what was probably the most highly anticipated matchup of the day.
Goretti were faced with a tough draw in their opening round matchup against the home team, but RJ Blakney showed that he can play consistently at a very high level regardless of the result. The 6-foot-5, wing brings ideal aggressiveness and versatility to the wing position, showcased his much improved skill set and confidence.