Posted On: 11/23/18 5:30 PM
The Hoops 4 Healing Tournament continued on Friday with a game between two teams in Hinsdale Central and Neuqua Valley that were both looking for their first wins of the season. Talented young prospects on both teams. It was a game of runs. Neuqua Valley jumped out early behind their perimeter shooting before Hinsdale Central would storm back to open the third quarter on a 15-0 run. It wasn’t over though as Neuqua Valley answered down the stretch to get the win 58-53. Take a look at our 10 Best: Neuqua Valley vs Hinsdale Central!
SF John Poulakidas (Neuqua Valley – 2021)
Poulakidas is one of the best 2021 prospects in the state. The 6’5” small forward is a sniper from deep. He hit a pair of big threes in this game. Quick release with a consistent release point every time. Early in the game they weren’t falling, but when it mattered the most they did. Also connected on a baseline pull up and scored a key layup off a teammates steal late to help secure the win. Very projectable wing that is going to just keep getting better. He had 12 points.
Best Offensive Performance
G Matt Rush (Hinsdale Central – 2019)
Rush was the top scorer in the game for either team. The 6’2” combo guard has primarily been known for his shooting throughout his career. He did just that hitting a pair of triples along with an array of mid-range jumpers including several crisp one dribble pull ups. Played quite a bit on the ball. More than we had seen in the past. Gritty on the defensive end. Rush finished with 23 points.
Best Defensive Performance
PG Sentwali Nalls (Neuqua Valley – 2019)
Nalls is a transfer from Whitney Young that came off the bench in this contest. The senior lead guard made an impact on both ends of the floor. His pressure defense and anticipation of passing lanes led to points. Also took a charge on the defensive end of the floor. He is a very active on ball defender. Offensively he hit a three and scored on a back cut, but he was mostly looking to pass in this game. Finished with 15 points.
PG Max Rivera (Neuqua Valley – 2021)
Rivera didn’t score in this game, but he definitely made an impact. This sophomore point guard is a pass first guy that likes to get others involved before doing his own scoring. He did just that on Friday setting others up and feeding his shooters the ball.
SG Connor Davis (Neuqua Valley – 2021)
Davis did what he does best in the first half which is shoot it from three. Drilled a trio of them from beyond the arc. One of the best perimeter shooters in the class. Strong body. Rebounds well in traffic and is a pretty good passer. He had 9 points.
Best Big Man
PF Ryan Isaacson (Hinsdale Central – 2020)
Isaacson is among the better power forwards in the 2020 class in Illinois. At 6’8” he has a high skill level on the block. Displayed that sealing off his man on one play. Another he did a spin move finishing with a hook shot. Converted a high/low feed later. Definitely a capable three point shooter as well. Stretched it out there twice on the evening. Face up four man that runs the floor and can score in the post. Also has sneaky bounce. Would have liked to seen him rebound a little better. Unfortunately Isaacson missed part of the second half with an injury. He had 15 points in the time he was in there.
Best Bench Player
SG Donovan Navarro (Neuqua Valley – 2020)
Navarro stepped up big off the bench. He knocked down three triples in the contest. Good looking shot from the land of three. Scrappy defender too. He had 13 points on the night.
PF Justin Blazek (Neuqua Valley – 2019)
Blazek is a tough and rugged 6’4” undersized four man. He did a nice job of utilizing his girth inside to finish several and-1 opportunities. Sealed off his man and overall had a nice feel around the hoop including a couple good passes. He had 7 points.
Best Junk Yard Dog
F Mark Gronowski (Neuqua Valley – 2020)
This was the utility guy for Neuqua Valley. The 6’3” forward has a thick body and just had a nose for the basketball. Got on the glass for put backs and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. 11 points or the junior.
PF Mac Quast (Hinsdale Central – 2020)
Quast didn’t score, but the 6’4” undersized four man is a great glue guy for this squad. He makes sound decisions as a passer, rebounds in his area, and is a solid defender.
Best Role Player
PG Charlie Lyne (Hinsdale Central – 2019)
Lyne is a 5’8” senior point guard that has some quickness off the dribble. Got in the lane for a nice and-1. He had 8 points in the game.