Posted On: 03/15/18 11:30 AM
Clarksville Northeast (30-5) had a dominant performance against Riverdale (26-8), leading buzzer to buzzer. There were no dominant runs in the game, just a little 4-0 and 5-0 there which turned into a 53-36 victory. Alec Kegler was the lone player in double figures, scoring 26 in the winning effort.
1. Underclassman of the game
Preston Whittington was the only underclassman to see minutes prior to the end of the game. He had two points.
2. Best Guy off Bench
Northeast guard Shaun Robinson came off the bench to contribute eight points three boards, an assist and a steal while making all three of his field goal attempts.
3. Best intangibles
Quinton Cross played an excellent game. He handled the point guard position, found his way to the paint off the dribble, and dove on the floor for loose balls on defense. He set the pace for his teammates and played a great game. Finishing with nine points, four rebounds, two assists, and a steal while committing only one turnover.
4. Best under the radar
Elijah Cobb is a tough player to miss on the court. At 6’7” with guard skills he stands out, but did not have a great game in this year’s state quarter final. He was limited to seven points in 3-6 shooting, but did record a steal and block two shots.
5. Play of the game
After Riverdale cut the game to 30-19 with a fast break dunk from Elijah Cobb, Alac Kegler came down the court and hit a huge 3 that killed any momentum Riverdale was building.
6. Best Catch and Shoot Guy
Alec Kegler had an outstanding game shooting. He has solid form on his jump shot. Today, if his feet were set, the shot was going down. He was three for four from 3 and made 11 of his 12 free throw attempts.
The day’s 2nd game had a fantastic atmosphere. I expected Riverdale fans to outnumber fans from Northeast since their school is so much closer to the venue. That was not the case, both schools had very spirited fans in attendance. I really enjoyed Northeast’s ‘Automatic Alec’ chants. He was, indeed, nearly automatic all evening.
8. Most outstanding defensive player
Jaleel Fletcher had an outstanding game guarding Riverdale’s Elijah Cobb holding him to seven points on the night. Fletcher’s positioning was outstanding, and he moved with the ball in the air and closed out with great timing. With long arms he played taller than 6’3”, and was able to guard the 6’7” Cobb in both the post and on the perimeter.
Brayden Siren also had a great defensive game. He has height at 6’11”, but his skills are more than simply ‘big’. He has a thin build, but used his body well and was not pushed around under the basket. He was blocking shots and controlling the middle of the court for Riverdale, causing more than one u-turn off the bounce and more kickouts than shots in the post. He finished with two blocks and pulled down a tied-for-team-high seven rebounds.
9. Most outstanding offensive player
Northeast JR G Alac Kegler displayed a solid jump shot and the ability to get to the basket all evening. His catch and shoot and free throw game were his strong suits, but he also moved well without the ball, and was getting to the paint at will early in the game. He finished with a game high 26 points.
10. Game most outstanding
Alec Kegler had a game high 26 points, grabbed six rebounds, and blocked two shots. He was the best offensive player on the court all night and had a solid defensive effort.