The first of two games today at the Home & Pest Control Tournament delivered an expected result. Laurence Manning came into today’s match up as the more well-polished, mature group of young men; while CA Johnson started 4 sophomores who are all new to the varsity level. Laurence Manning went on a 12-0 run to start the game and never looked back. The Swamp Cats claimed the 36-27 victory.
Jerrel Kelly (2018) Laurence Manning Academy (pictured on front)
Jerell certainly lived up to my expectations. Kelly is a 6’8 left-handed post player with a unique skill set. His hand eye coordination is exceptional for his size. He was comfortable bringing the ball up the court, setting up their offense and scored in a variety of ways. Kelly’s defense was exceptional against CA Johnson.
Taylor Lee (2018) Laurence Manning Academy
Taylor was another standout for Laurence Manning; Lee is a multi sport athlete with a high basketball IQ. He surprised me with how well he facilitated the ball well in transition. Taylor connected on multiple assists from +20 feet away from his teammate; each pass was made through traffic and lead to easy buckets for his teammates. Lee is the ideal “Floor General”.
Chase Lee Laurence Manning Academy
Chase was the difference maker in the game. His off ball movement lead to 3 made threes, all in the first half. Chase has long arms and a quick release. His role as a spot up shooter proved effective and added to the lead going into halftime.
Leondress Lowery (2020) CA Johnson (Columbia)
Leondress was a standout for CA Johnson despite the loss. Lowery scored 8 of their 10 first half points and finished the game with 14. Lowery is a 5’10 sophomore wing who drained threes with ease. Aside from leading both teams in scoring, he was unselfish and displayed a high IQ. Lowery is strong for his size and played beyond his years.