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Posted On: 01/3/18 7:26 AM
Ocala-Meadowbrook & Gainesville-Cornerstone Academy faced-off in a tough battle that came down to just a few possessions, last night. Every bucket was a test, bodies were hurled to the floor. Tensions rose, a bit. At the end of it all, the home-team Meadowbrook walked away the victor. Take a look at a few standouts from the night.
Isaiah Paige – Meadowbrook: Early in the game, this senior guard proved himself to be a key man for the Mustangs. Notching 24 points on the night, including four threes and going 8/10 from the stripe in the fourth, Paige was the motor that kept the Mustangs driving towards a win. On the defensive end, it was hard to sneak passes into the post with how alert he was to tip it away. Definitely a guy that deserves touches.
Eli Mantel – Cornerstone: This junior captain made the most of his touches in the paint, really got after it on the offensive rebounding end. He led his Cougars with 12 points, a lot of heart, and proved to be a battler on the defensive end, as well. Never did he take a play off. His hands stayed up to contest shots at the rim, and it resulted in some great fast break opportunities for his squad.
Jon Kruzewski – Meadowbrook: Jon is listed as a junior power forward, but he was hitting treys like a shooting guard—especially in the third. Jon scored 14 points in the win, including four threes of his own (three of which came in the third quarter, alone). His 11-point third quarter came at a time where the game was going back and forth. His shooting kept Cornerstone from breaking away.
Noah Palmer – Cornerstone: Palmer added 10 points of his own to be the only other double-digit Cougars scorer. He did a great job of matching the hustle of his teammate Mantel, especially in the fourth quarter when the game began to get close. He notched six points in the fourth, 2/2 from the charity stripe. Palmer should continue to be a guy who will be a key man for the Cougars.