Posted On: 02/19/18 6:30 PM
Marian High School was the place to be on Saturday, playing host to the Detroit Catholic League Playoffs. The opening round was phenomenal, as the matchups were relatively even and the games were exiting in a fun day of hoops on a neutral site in front of a packed house.
A full rundown of Saturday’s guard/wing performances below:
Parker LePage (2019/6’1/Divine Child)
Poise is the word that comes to mind when describing Parket’s outing against Catholic Central. The combo-guard played with a controlled energy, while being opportunistic and energetic at the same time. LePage repeatedly attacked off the dribble in the open court with purpose, darting past CC defenders with pure speed before finishing at the rim with both hands. In the half-court he kept a tight handle, dribbling the ball hard with complete control and looked extremely confident in a big setting. Parker hit a triple from the right wing to beat the 2nd quarter buzzer to give Divine Child a 31-24 lead heading into halftime. He did a great job crashing the boards from the perimter as well and finished the game with 13 points and 4 rebounds.
Myron Gardner (2019/6’5/Detroit Loyola)
Gardner displayed impressive range on his jumper, knocking down three triples on the day with one coming from 28 feet. The athletic wing impressed as a grab-and-go prospecet that transitions from defense to offense by grabbing a rebound and then pushing the ball the length of the court before finishing or dropping dimes to teammates. Myron also looked good as a shot creator in the half-court, as he was able to get separation on his defender off the bounce before knocking down midrange jumpers and floaters. A very strong prospect, he also took advantage of mismatches in the post by bullying his defender to the rim before converting with soft touch. The best part of Gardner’s game is versatility, and he showed just that on the defensive end, coming up with 12 rebounds while providing great rim protection with 2 big blocks and altering several more shot attempts against Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Davis Lukomski (2019/6’6/Catholic Central)
The CC junior is thriving in his role as a primary option for the Shamrocks this year and Saturday was no different. Lukomski is very good shooter from nearly anywhere on the court, as he was able to knock down a catch and shoot triple in addition to midrange jumper coming off a down screen. While his shooting is never in question, we really like the expansion of his game over the last year. Davis flashed some nice vision and playmaking ability when he penetrated the Divine Child defense and dropping a pretty bounce to Christian Girjis for a layup once he Falcon defense collapsed around him. In the second half he did a great job moving off the ball, and was able to receive the ball in stride at the right elbow before taking one dribble and finishing through contact at the rim. The junio sharpshooter has made noticable gains physically, as he’s more fluid and athletic in relation to last season.
Lorne Bowman (2020/6’1/Orchard Lake St. Mary’s)
The sophomore floor general is one of the best scorers in the state regardless of class, and all starts with his potent jumpshooting off the dribble. Bowman consistently knocked down shots against Loyola from both distance and midrange off the bounce. Lorne displayed superb balance when he elevated on his jumper, landing in nearly the identical spot of his initial jump. While the perimter shot is the strongest part of his game, Bowman has added some nice muscle mass to his frame. Functionally the additional strength helped him absorb contact on one notable possession where he attacked a closeout before getting into the chest of a Loyola defender and finishing. That identical play would’ve resulted in Lorne losing balance and likely falling last year. If he can continue to develop as a dribble drive threat the sky is the limit for the talented OLSM point guard.