Posted On: 01/30/18 10:46 PM
The first half saw the Mustangs down 17-23. It wasn’t that they played poorly but turnovers killed them. The Panthers did themselves no favors as they found themselves in foul trouble but managed to hold on despite two starts missing significant time. In the second half the Mustangs found their stride and their confidence grew as they realized they can compete with the Panthers. Logan Shinaut began hitting his jumpers and the Panthers couldn’t find consistent success on the offensive end. As the quarter entered the 2-minute mark the Panthers picked up their defensive intensity with great effect pressuring the Mustangs into several turnovers. The Panthers found themselves down 3 with 12 seconds remaining on a “side out” but were unable to convert after a drive by their PG. in the end the Mustangs triumphed 46-41!
Best Shoes/Handles: Ethan Kritkausky (Sunrise)- did a great job beating Peoria’s full court pressure and passing to the open man. From my view was the most trustworthy person with the ball for the Mustangs. Also gets mention for the black patent leather low Jordan 11’s.
Best Big: John Price (Peoria)- 6’7” Center uses his long arms and is a vertical nuisance on defense. Offensively he uses his body well to establish post position. Showed some hops and coordination catching a missed shot off the rim for a put-back dunk.
360 Award ( best all-around game): Logan Shinaut (Sunrise)- easy to see why the 6’3” Sr. leads the team in scoring as he can do a bit of everything.
Lefty: Knot Anyeith (Peoria)- the 6’5” Sr. seems to find himself in the right place at the right time. Scores in a variety of ways but mostly finds himself in the paint.
Effort: Jacob Golden (Peoria)- with Price on the bench early with foul trouble the 6’6” big man came in and held the fort. Very active for his size and showed a lot of hustle and coachability as he listened intently to instructions from the bench.
Super Soph: Isaac Monroe (Peoria)- has a heady game for an underclassman. Does a great job as a 5’11” guard of driving to the hoop strong. Should be a great player for the Panthers for the next few years.
Fab Frosh: Colin Carey (Sunrise)- 6’4” red head has a good combination of size and agility. They started the second half running him off screens to get him an open look. Very good transitioning end-to-end.
Best Highlight: Nisai Nickolis (Peoria)- “and 1” drop step dunk in the first half. Also made the free throw!
Rearview Mirror Award: Tanner Mayer (Sunrise)- listed at 6’4 200lbs. the Sophomore plays the center position for the Mustangs and played much bigger than he appeared holding his own against the much bigger and deeper frontline of the Panthers.
Honorable Mention: Lahad Adiem (Peoria)-6’4” Sr. 11.7ppg 6rpg. Wasn’t much of a factor in this game but is a good athlete
1A. Kaleb Brown (Peoria)-The Junior PG shows a lot of leadership on the floor and entered the contest averaging 9ppg.