Braggin’ Rights Georgia vs Alabama Recap and Top Players
Huntsville, Alabama– It may have been storming outside the gym, but 2019 6’4 G Brandon Nicholas made it rain all night long. He started the game 3 for 4 behind the arc, and finished with an outstanding 26 points, but it was the late heroics of 2019 PG Jalen Harper that would be the difference maker in overtime. Harper pinned back his ears and went full throttle penetrating the Jaguars’ defense. In overtime, Harper scored ten points, finishing the night with 22 points, in the 70-63 win.
The Game of the Night between Mountain Brook High School and Meadowcreek High school can be described as a “street fight”. Wasn’t a lot of scoring, but a whole lot of basketball was being played. 2019 PG Jalen Benjamin was tough defensively for Meadowcreek, forcing the Spartan guards into untimely turnovers. 2019 6’5 G Jamir Chaplin displayed his athleticism in the paint with eight jaw dropping dunks, however, the Spartans would not go away. In the third quarter Mountain battled back into the game with a full court press led by 2020 G Colby Jones and 2019 G Alex Washington. 2019 6’4 F Lior Berman was very impressive with his footwork and scoring but it came down to 2019 6’9 Trendon Watford’s game saving block to secure the 45-44 win for the Mountain Brook High School Spartans. After a missed free throw, Watford sprinted back to meet Chaplin at the rim in the closing seconds. Watford told Hoop Hustlers, “I was upset I missed the free throw, but you can’t give up, you have to get back on defense, and that is what I did.” Chaplin finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Watford finished with 18 points.
Top Players from the night.
Trendon Watford 6’9 2019 G/F – Very under control and selective with his attack. Has the athleticism to play inside and outside. Recognizes mismatches and takes full advantage of his size and strength. Has the ability to hit the mid range and extend his range to the three point line. Very effective in pick and pop situations. Good ball handling skills to play the guard position at the next level. Has a great all around game and is ready for the next level.
Brandon Nicholas 6’4 2019 G- One of the most slept on players in the state of Alabama. Can shoot from anywhere on the court and is not scared to pull the trigger. Very consistent outside shot and one of the better scorers during the tournament. Does not take plays off and wants the ball in clutch situations.
Jalen Harper 5’11 2019 PG – Fearless competitor and scorer. Has good strength for physical play. One of the best finishers under pressure during the tournament. Very quick and under control.
Jamir Chaplin 6’5 2019 F- Very explosive and fantastic finisher. Has the strength to carry a defender in the air with him. Runs the lanes and defends the paint. Good rebounder on both sides of the ball.
Lior Berman 6’4 2019 F- Another slept on player in the state of Alabama. Very effective in pick and pop situations. Good footwork around the baseline. Good ball handling skills.
Jamir Chaplin 6’5 G 2019- Chaplin displayed he has the quickness and strength to be a good on ball defender. Chaplin has a high basketball IQ and never takes plays off.
Derrick Harden 6’8 F 2019– Harden displayed he is a good rebounder and inside scorer. Defends the glass and has a nice touch around the rim.
Devin Gordon 6’4 G 2019- Good slashing and scoring ability. Has the ability to hit the long range three point shot consistently or beat defenders off the dribble. Good on ball defender.
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