Posted On: 12/3/18 2:08 PM
On Saturday, I spent the day at Oak Ridge for the 5th annual Breast Cancer Awareness Classic.
Six matchups took place with a couple surprises and plenty of solid basketball.
Leesburg 73, Canterbury 41
Downey Christian 72, Hillsborough 63
Lakewood 53 Potter’s House 47
Central Pointe 58, Tampa Catholic 56
Jones 61, West Oaks 60
Oak Ridge 71, Osceola 51
Here is a look at the top performers from the day (Part 1).
Kaleb Coleman (Oak Ridge)
It is truly hard to find a more reliable player in the entire state than 2019 6’7″ forward Kaleb Coleman. The Lipscomb signee is called the “glue” by Oak Ridge head coach Steven Reece. I can’t agree more, dating back just a few summers ago, Coleman was steady for a younger Team MOAM group. He scored a team-high 24 points in a win over Osceola, popping 3’s on the break and driving inside for lay-ins and dunks often. Coleman is as solid as they come and will give Oak Ridge a nightly edge and high IQ player to lean on.
Kenan Blackshear (Jones)
In the upset over West Oaks, 2019 Jones 6’5″ guard/forward Kenan Blackshear was the top overall scorer on the day with a 29-point outing. He fouled out late, but the FAU signee was tremendous all game. He was pacing the floor, finding open teammates and playing with a true purpose. Blackshear was the most locked in that I’ve seen and he certainly plays up to the competition he faces.
Jalen White (Lakewood)
2019 6’5″ guard Jalen White is built like a football player at 230 lbs., but he’s just a pure basketball player. For Lakewood, the Spartans are pumped to have the crafty senior who puts his body on the line for buckets. I can’t remember a player getting to the rack and creating contact more than White in a while. He led his group with 27 points in a truly gritty performance. He can be the guy who takes Lakewood on a run this season.
Emmanuel Maldonado (Downey Christian)
It was quite an afternoon for 2021 Downey Christian guard Emmanuel Maldonado. Building off his strong summer with Showtime Hoops, the 6’3″ guard simply took over the game against Hillsborough down the stretch. He scored a team-high 25 points, which included a pair of 3’s that put the game on ice. His jumper has steady form and he can hurt you with a quick shot from deep or on a step in mid-range. The arrow is pointing up fast for Maldonado.
Luis Rolon (Central Pointe Christian)
For Central Pointe Christian, the White Tigers found themselves in a battle with Tampa Catholic. 2020 6’3″ guard Luis Rolon did more than enough to carry his side. He took it upon himself to get the ball upcourt, knock down key jumpers, finishing with a game-best 21 points. This team has many unselfish players and Rolon stepped up when he needed to. He is certainly a guy to watch for Central Pointe Christian.
Tyriq James (Hillsborough)
It has been a nice to start to the new season for 2020 6’3″ guard Tyriq James. He will surprise you with a dunk every once and a while and he’s always active. You can’t miss James on the court, who listens to his coaches and always strives to improve. The junior recorded a team-best 19 points in a late loss to Downey Christian. Look for James to be a solid contributor who can build off his talent as the year moves on.
Pictures from Saturday’s Breast Cancer Awareness Classic at Oak Ridge.
— Prep Hoops Florida (@prephoopsfl) December 2, 2018