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Posted On: 11/20/18 3:00 PM
The first night of the Pyramid Plus Tournament closed out with a matchup between host Herrin and neighbor Carterville! It was a fun atmosphere to close out the night. Carterville got the road win 60-51. Let’s examine our 5 Takeaways: Carterville vs Herrin!
The first thing that stood out about this game was it was an enthusiastic crowd for the late night contest. Carterville and Herrin are neighbors and this is a perfect way to start the season for both teams. Nothing better than going against your friends on opening night with fans of Herrin on one side of the hoop and Carterville on the other. Both student sections had large contingents.
Brandon Anthony’s Upside
The most intriguing prospect in this game was Herrin 5’11” 2020 point guard Brandon Anthony. The junior guard was in foul trouble much of the night which limited his overall production, but while he was in there he showed some things that you have to like. The guard is a slick lefty that can handle it and is overall uber smooth! He has a feel for the game always having his head up looking to make a play. Couple slick drives off the bounce that he converted including one on a sweet floater. Finished with 12 points.
Quality Small College Wings in 2020 Class for Both Teams
Austin Garbe is a 6’2” shooting guard from Carterville that is built like a football player. He is jacked in his upper body! When we saw Garbe in the fall at the Pure Sweat Fall Skills Day he proved well as a mid-range jump shooter. That area of his game wasn’t really seen here. It was all power playing as a post player and driver. He was tough on the offensive glass for put backs. Lots of crafty drives that he finished with difficult shots. Finishes through contact. He had 19 points. Luke LeQuatte is another junior and this Herrin 6’4” wing brings some projectability. He converted several quick scores inside and worked well in the pick/roll game. Decent ball handler and hit a baseline jumper. Went for 11 points
Herrin Injuries in 2nd Half
Unfortunately LeQuatte didn’t get to finish the game due to an injury in the second half. Their other go to wing Drew Ringel also suffered the same fate with an injury late that held him out. This strong two guard was at his best slashing to the rim where he took quality angles for score. Finished well in transition too. He had 12 points.
Overall the toughness, defense, and well-coached Carterville squad impressed. Their full court defense caused quite a few turnovers. They ran some good stuff getting it to their key players. Garbe was the star, but there were a couple others we noticed. Dylan Moore is a 6’0” shooting guard that is a sound shooter connecting from three and mid-range. He also mixed in a pair of drives for 11 points. Eli Downen is a 2021 undersized post at 6’4” that showed flashes. Nice hook shot. Good build. Decent area rebounder. He had 6 points.