Delaware Boys High School Basketball
Top 40 Sophomores Class of 2020
2017-2018 February 2018
(Curtis Watkins – Editor)
|11||Jaysem Vazquez||5’11”||Lake Forest|
|13||Colin Hockenbrock||6’4″||Red Lion Christian|
|14||Sh’Kai Chandler||6’3″||Cape Henlopen|
|16||Davon Reynolds||6’0″||Sussex Tech|
|17||Yshaad Butcher||6’0″||Mount Pleasant|
|18||Adrian Watts||6’3″||St. Andrews|
|21||Jack Hardcastle||6’6″||Red Lion Christian|
|22||Kevin Custis||5’11”||Indian River|
|23||Ricky Kane||5’10”||Sussex Tech|
|24||Lamar Duncan||5’11”||St. Andrews|
|25||Zaiar Jenkins||6’0″||Mount Pleasant|
|30||Joe Kirby||6’0″||Cape Henlopen|
|31||Skylar Johnson||5’11”||Cape Henlopen|
|34||Nasir Brown||5’8″||St. Elizabeth|
|39||Moses Ilodigwe||5’9″||Mount Pleasant|
|40||Andrew Workman||6’3″||Delmarva Christian|
Jan 31, 2018
Lancaster Mennonite 73 Columbia 40
In a rare Wednesday LL game, the Blazers rolled over the Tide. LMHS is assured of a slot in the LL playoffs with the win. LMHS is now 10-2 in the LL- tied with Northern Lebanon. Columbia is now 4-8 in the LL.
The Tide started out in a 1-3-1 zone. LMHS took some time to adjust, but they finally attacked the zone from the deep corners and hit the offensive glass. Columbia would take an early 8-3 lead on 2 foul shots by Alex Retamar. The Blazers would unleash the 3-ball and a follow by Ryan Lopez, 6’3” senior. Columbia ended the quarter with a bucket to end the quarter at 15 all.
LMHS would dominate the 2nd quarter. A 17-4 run would basically put the game out of reach. Led by the ball hawking Elijah Terry and an offensive fireworks type of display by John Gillespie (15 in the quarter- and a spectacular twisting drive). The quarter ended at 42- 23 as Ali Roman, 6’3” senior, scored on a put-back at the buzzer. Second quarter stats tell the story as Columbia had 8 turnovers and the Blazers pounded the offensive glass to finish with 13 boards for the quarter.
Coach Groff, LMHS, subbed a bunch in the third and fourth quarter. The Third quarter was very sloppy as neither team could put together any runs. Lots of action but not a lot of points scored. 53-33 after 3. LMHS’ bench increased the final total as they put scored the Tide 19-8.
Columbia: Matt McCleary 10
LMHS: John Gillespie 19, Elijah Terry 14, Carter Hurst 11
Misc thoughts…LMHS’ gym is amazing loud. The JV game was very close and the gym was very very loud even though not even close to being half full. …LMHS’ guard play was outstanding- 3 guards who can handle and score in various ways. Lightning-quick Elijah Terry, 5’9” soph, caused a lot of issues for Columbia as he would poke the ball away from the dribbler and start a break. Carter Hurst, 5’10” senior, is just solid. Gillespie is a scoring machine – period…Spent some time with Coach Connors of ELCO before the game. His team is on the edge of a D3 berth…Coach Groff-going old school- sat on the bench for most of the game. Coach Glover, Columbia, started there but then got up to encourage his team 🙂
LMHS has 2 big time games. Friday Northern Lebanon comes to town- both tied for 2/3rd J Next Tuesday the Blazers travel to Lancaster Cath (unbeaten in LL play).
Columbia takes on ELCO Friday. Olley Valley on Saturday. Columbia @ PValley Tuesday.
~ Dell Jackson
Hempfield can clinch the Section title with a win in either of their last 2 games or a Crest loss.
Crest can clinch a slot win a win in either of their last 2 games or a TWP loss.
TWP can clinch a slot with 2 wins in any of their last 3 games or a Lebanon loss.
LS is Section 2 champ- congrats to the Pioneers (LLhoops picked LS early )
Curently Ephrata is in 2nd place – one game front of MCentral
Manhiem Central plays Solanco Wed. MC is one game in front of Spot, Cocalico, Etown.
* Ephrata has 2 tough games with LS and at MCentral. Both of these games will be key for the Mounts and the rest of Section 2.
If we have a tie for 3rd– quite possible, then the tie breakers will come into play. Head to head is the first tiebreaker. IF multiple teams are tied then teams are placed into a mini bracket. So, if 3 way tie, then records vs. all those teams count. If there is still a tie- say all teams win at home- then games vs section champ. As of now, Etown is the only team that has a W vs LS. But they would have to be tied at the top of a mini bracket to earn this tiebreaker. Power points are the last tie breaker.
A few games to be played. LLhoops will address this again next week..or perhaps this weekend.
Aside: LLhoops has always thought a W vs top team should have more weight..and then just go to power points.
Lancaster Cath. clinched a playoff berth. They will clinch a title with a W in either of their last 2 games.
NL has clinched an LL berth. The Vikes could wind up in a tie with LMHS. NL plays at LMHS and at ELCO
LMHS has clinched an LL berth. The Blazers could wind up in a tie with NL. LMHS plays NL at home and then travels to Lanc Cath.
In a battle of LL/District 3 heavy weights, the Knights took out Crest. Hempfield hit a bunch of threes and twos on their home floor to post a W.
In the first quarter, Hempfield jumped out to an early 9-2 lead, just as Crest had in the first game played at Crest. The Falcons called an early timeout and settled a bit. In fact Crest took a 17-15 lead on a Melendez jumper towards the end of the first. The Knights answered on a half court shot by Ryan Moffatt (could have been the turning point for the game) 18-17 Kinghts after 1.
Hempfield would score the next 4 points to stretch a lead. Crest would answer at 22-19. …and then the fires were lit as Hempfield went on a 12-0 run fueledc by Anthony Alston 8 pts (2 three balls and a layup). Blake Thompsons drive stopped the onslaught at 34-21 only to have the Knights stretch the lead to 41-23 at the half.
Crest would cut it to 13 at 41-28 but the Knights would rip off another run (13-0) to put the game on ice. 58-32 after 3.
Both teams subbed a bit down the stretch. The seniors at Hempfield enjoyed a special day as they coasted home with a 72-55 win.
Hempfield Ryan Moffatt 23, Anthony Alston 16, Eli Washington 10 Donovan Green 10
|Crest : Blake Thompson 12, Cole Laney 11, Jaiden Melendez 10
Sidelines: A slew of media reporters were noticed at the game. Check out the LDN (@phuggsports) and LNP for write-up, videos, and quotes. @JWalkLNP caught the halfcourt shot on video. We got a chance to talk with Mike Bullock (thebulip_n) of City of Basketball web site on his state rankings on a podcast= great info. Thanks to Jeff Falk (@JeffFalk1) for sharing some of his insights. He covers Lebanon Sports – both boys and girls on his site – http://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/ Here is Jeff’s take on the game https://lebanonsportsbuzz.com/cedar-crest-boys-basketball/
Cedar Crest alum, Mike Gross (@MikeGrossLNP) was court-side as well as “kaboom” is on its way to his twitter site as he warms up his patented saying. Mike also does some radio work.
Channel 66 – Comcast was at the game. Coach Warren Goodling and Dell got a chance to talk on air.
We will include LL brackets on the main page for the next 3 weeks.
Also District 3 power points/rankings come into play. We have a link to the D3site under links. The scores are updated daily. IF you are really really into numbers, this is how the power points are calculated. Thanks to Ron Kennedy AD Donegal:
“This season, District III has added four new columns to the Fan Page rankings to provide schools, coaches and fans with more information. These columns are labeled as such:
TWPW: A team’s own cumulative weighted win points
OWPW: A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted win points
TWPL: A team’s own cumulative weighted loss points
OWPL: A team’s opponents’ cumulative weighted loss points
These totals provide a school’s TWP (team weighted winning percentage) and OWP (opponents weighted winning percentage.
To calculate TWP, add the TWPW total and the TWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the TWPW total by the team total to calculate the TWP number shown under the TWP column on the Fan Page.
To calculate OWP, add the OWPW total and the OWPL total for a team total (not shown on the Fan Page). Divide the OWPW total by the team total to calculate the OWP number shown under the OWP column on the Fan Page.
To calculate the final power ranking, multiply the TWP number by .55. Multiply the OWP number by .45. ADD those two numbers: that is the power ranking figure.”
As always, games going down the stretch give us a lot to write/talk about.