Posted On: 01/27/18 12:39 AM
Five Takeaways: Seaman-Manhattan
TOPEKA, Kan. — Topeka Seaman 2018 guard Nathan Heimen scored 23 points in the second half and the Vikings improved to 9-4 this season by getting past Manhattan, 56-50.
Here, Prep Hoops takes a look five things that stood out in Friday’s contest in Topeka.
Tale of two halves
A 5’11 2018 guard, Seaman’s Nathan Heinen (pictured) was scoreless in the first half of Friday’s contest against Manhattan, then went nuts in the second half. He knocked down two 3-pointers and scored eight points in the third quarter, then added two more 3s in the fourth quarter and scored 15 points in the final frame to help the Vikings pull away late. He has a smooth outside shooting stroke, but also showed the ability to get to the basket and make plays.
Much like Heinen, Manhattan standout guard Nate Awbrey was quiet for much of Friday’s game, then put it together late in the contest. A strong, athletic 6’2 2018 point guard, Awbrey is a terrific leader and does a good job helping Manhattan get into its offense. Late in Friday’s game he got to the basket and put together a good run offensively to help the Indians stay close, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter.
The Indians probably didn’t play their best game on Friday and fell to 7-5 overall, but they showed the can dial it up from long distance. Four of their five starters made at least one 3, and two of the three players who played the most off the bench made a 3 and the team finished having knocked down eight overall. Senior forward Cameron Marsh knocked down three 3-pointers and senior guard John Ostermann knocked down a pair of 3s and finished with 11 points.
Trey Duffey, a 6’5 2019 forward, and Jackson Cobb, a 6’3 2018 post, form one of the better 1-2 punches along the front line in the Topeka area. Cobb is a strong, physical post player who went for 11 points, while Duffey battled foul trouble and finished with seven points. Both are skilled players who can pass the ball and are interchangeable in the high post and low post. On Friday, Manhattan did a good job in its zone limiting their touches and effectiveness, but both had good moments of play and had a big impact on the game.
Manhattan young players impress
Manhattan played three sophomores in Friday’s game and all three impressed at various moments in the game. A 6’2 forward, Raeshon Riddick brings a versatile skill set and some athleticism to the court, Tyce Hoover is a 6’3 wing player with an athletic frame and a solid, all-around skill set, while Chandler Marks is a 6’5 forward with some athleticism and a solid skill set that stretches to the 3-point line. Marks and Hoover teamed with 2019 point guard Dawson Stewart off the bench, who showed some flashy ball handling and the ability to put points on the board.
A 5’10 2019 point guard, Seaman’s Kobe Bonner knocked down two 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 11 total points for the Vikings, but impressed even more with his leadership and solid all-around play. Bonner is a tough defender, is a solid ball handler and is willing to do the little things that helps teams win.