Posted On: 03/14/18 8:18 PM
Whitehaven (23-6) began the game down 1-0 following an early free throw. They would take the lead 2-1 on a beautiful drop step dunk, and not look back. Powell (22-12) would keep the game close by using a tough zone defense, but ultimately Whitehaven prevailed 53-36.
1. Underclassman of the game
Whitehaven Sophomore guard Alvin Miles had a strong game recording 12 points to go along with three assists and two rebounds. He was the primary ball handler for Whitehaven, but had only one turnover in team high 26 minutes. He was also clutch late, hitting all six of his 2nd half free throw attempts.
2. Best Guy off Bench
Simmie Jones III Junior G Whitehaven had a great game off the bench. It may not show up in the stat sheet, but he played a very good game. He was on the top of the press for most of his minutes, did not shy away from taking shots, scoring six points, recording two steals, and playing aggressive defense.
3. Best intangibles
This article could be all about Cameron Jones he had great recognition all game, leading the press, diving on the floor for balls, and being a great distributor from a non-point guard position.
4. Best under the radar
Whitehaven Senior C Latrell Carter had impressive size at 6”8’ and had some ball handling skills on the perimeter and found good position in the post. He was being doubled in the zone all game so he did not get many touches, but did pull down four boards and put up five points on the evening.
5. Play of the game
The play of the game came early and would be the first and only lead change. Anthony Whitmore found an open spot in the middle of the floor and had a great back to the basket move followed by a dunk.
6. Coaching Strategy
Powell’s 2-3 zone game Whitehaven headaches all game long. They jammed the lane and made it difficult to score in the half court. Whitehaven would counter that strategy with the press, giving the Powell guards trouble getting into their sets.
7. Best Rebounder
Senior Forward Caleb Tripp of Powell had a great game on the boards using his strength to pull down a game high seven rebounds to go along with 11 points.
8. Best Defensive performance
Whitehaven’s Cameron Jones had an outstanding defensive game. He was Whitehaven’s leader on the press, and played great defense in the half court as well, leading his team with six steals and adding a block
9. Best Offensive Performance
10. Most Outstanding Player
Cameron Jones was the game’s leader in points, assists, and steals and dove all over the place for the ball. At 6’6” in a guard position he gave Powell headaches all night long on both ends of the court. He is a great combination of size, speed, length, he works hard and sees the floor well. He stood out as the game’s most outstanding player.