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Posted On: 11/11/18 7:00 PM
White Station and Germantown faced off in a scrimmage Saturday night in the last game of the Jamboree inside the Spartans’ gymnasium.
It was a low scoring affair, with White Station edging out the Red Devils, 19-12. Both teams will be young this upcoming season, with very few upperclassmen leadership to point to when times get rough. There’s talent on both teams, especially in the backcourt.
Neither team has size in the frontcourt, which will pose problems when they go up against teams with length. I had a chance to talk to both coaches (Jesus Patino and Jon Lanter) after the game about what’s next for their respective teams. Even though it was a low scoring game, I saw some positives from both teams.
Here are 5 quick thoughts from White Station/Germantown’s scrimmage:
Patino went with a different starting five
White Station head coach Jesus Patino went with a different starting five Saturday night against the Red Devils. The main reason for that was to give the entire team some game experience before the regular season starts. Patino mentioned his starting five will be Brandon Brown, Willie Foreman, Tyric Arnett-Allen, Davon Barnes, and Kevon Woodley.
Brandon Brown should lead the Spartans in scoring
The senior guard knocked down a deep three to start the second half to make it 7-3. His second field goal of the second half pushed the Spartans’ lead to 13-5. Brown has a knack for scoring and could the team’s leading scorer this season. In the summer at MUS, Brown scored 111 points in the Jerry Peters Memphis Summer Classic.
Willie Foreman needs to improve on his free throw shooting
The sophomore forward missed both of his free throw attempts in Saturday’s scrimmage. At 6-foot-4, Foreman can drive to the lane and will get fouled a lot of times while he’s attacking the rim. He will spend a lot of time at the free throw line. Foreman just has to knock down his shots.
Jalen Tillery has potential
The 5-11 wing has potential to be a solid offensive specimen. His lone score in the second half helped Germantown stay within striking distance of White Station. Tillery is expected to play alongside senior wing Jaylen Redd (6-0, 175) on the perimeter this season.
Add Vincent Thomas and Alan Boyland to the potential list
Memphis is a guard city, and a coach needs a reliable group of guards to be successful. Junior point guard Vincent Thomas and sophomore guard Alan Boyland will help the Red Devils compete every night. Germantown’s head coach Jon Lanter realizes the importance of guard play, and he also realizes he has a group of guards that can get after it.
“Vincent Thomas does a great job,” Lanter said. “He’s our unquestioned leader amongst our players. He, kind of, sets the tone for the rest of our guards. They all, kind of, follow his lead. You can see where they’re going to get to in the future. Those are good signs looking forward.
“Some of them just need experience, but they do not quit, they are coachable, and they’re a great group of kids. That’s what we are looking for.”