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Day 2 Analysis

Game 1: Renee Reyes is a solid all-around guard. Birmingham’s roster is very athletic and they are now the favorite to win the Elite Division. Adam Mancebo is strong and athletic, and along with a smart forward in Kellen Ito, will lead Campolindo as they attempt to win the Consolation bracket.

Game 2: Eldorado isn’t as polished of a team as I thought. They are still very fast and athletic, but as a team they play very young. Curtis Stewart is a freak athlete who still appears to be growing.

Game 3: Haven’t seen any of Steven McCllelan due to injury. Robert Upshaw is very tall and very very raw. Steven Adams, according to an opposing coach I spoke with, still isn’t all the way ready for basketball again. He isn’t in great shape. Jordan Batts is a very good-looking sophomore for Edison. Just a smooth player. Jereol Walker is also very fluid with the ball. Steven Shares leads a group of athletic Pasadena guards who all play very very fast.

Game 4: Washington Prep’s entire roster plays their hearts out. They ran all over the place at full speed, non-stop. Michaelyn Scott may look very young, but his game is very polished and he plays under control. He is able to get into the paint nearly at will and his floaters are very consistent in the lane. A talented finisher, as well. Donte Thomas made the big play when his team needed it. He is a quiet, natural scorer. Zalmico Harmon is an experienced point guard and a solid team leader.

Game 5: Austin McBroom’s consistency as a jumpshooter has improved exponentially over the past 3 years. He is now a very credible top scorer. James Johnson is a very hard worker on the boards. Alex Moreno is a good athlete for Sylmar, and a smart offensive player. He knows how to get points and plays intelligently with the ball in his hands.

Game 6: Nolan Adlesh is fundamentally sound and he always plays under control. Sean Mullen has gotten a lot stronger in the paint, becoming a real presence in there.

Game 7: Abe Leibovitz is a fundamental ballhandler who can really knock down the open jumper with ease. Billy Sukoski continues to shoot the lights out.

Game 8: Taft is for real. They are fiery and fierce and love to get after it on both sides of the court. Bryce Jones is a polished shooter and a smart player. He is also a bouncy athlete who can finish. One of the best all-around players I’ve seen. DeAndre Daniels and Landon Drew continue to impress. Frankie Eteuti, of Cathedral, continues to show an impressible shot and handle for a 6’9” player.

Taft 86 Cathedral 47

Cathedral just couldn’t hang with the powerhouse Taft Toreadors in this one sided finale to Saturday’s game action. The Phantoms kept it close for the first quarter, but Taft pulled away in the 2nd and never looked back, winning with their signature up-tempo offense and intense defense. Frankie Eteuti led the Phantoms for the second straight game, scoring 21. USC signee Bryce Jones had 18 pacing a non-stop scoring attack for the Toreadors.

Taft’s Bryce Jones won the dunk contest, tonight, with an all-around spectacular showing.

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