Who looked good on Saturday? We have 13 players to check out in this article. PHD has info on guys from Fargo South, West Fargo Sheyenne, and Dakota Valley. *Sidenote, coach Tim Brandt from Sheyenne recorded his 1st win as…
Who looked good on Saturday? We have 13 players to check out in this article. PHD has info on guys from Fargo South, West Fargo Sheyenne, and Dakota Valley.
*Sidenote, coach Tim Brandt from Sheyenne recorded his 1st win as a head coach!
West Fargo Sheyenne 82 Fargo South 63
Dakota Valley 88 Minneapolis 53
Saturday’s Special Players
13 points. I really like the looks of his shooting mechanics, especially when catching and shooting from beyond the arc. His first triple came in the first half during transition. Dean always seems ready to shoot. He also scored inside the arc. I was particularly impressed when he ripped, went baseline, and scored at the cup. I wish Grant would shoot more, he has the potential to be a very nice scorer.
32 points and he must have had double digits for rebounds. James is ubiquitous on the basketball court. He is always in “attack mode” and is always putting pressure on the defense. Hamilton is like a bloodhound going after rebounds. Instead of chasing a scent, James is chasing the basketball and he will do whatever he needs, as long as he gets the ball. His strength and concentration were on display today. James had many AND1 finishes. He is also an aggressive cutter and he always seems to know which way to turn/spin after he catches. Hamilton scored with many short jump shots and with many leaning/fall-away jumpers. If his defender takes a possession off, James will score. No matter the score, James is coming at you and he will not stop until the game is over. He also scored with a nice post move from the block. James showed off his hustle and athleticism with a TO and a breakaway 1-anded SLAM. The Bruins might not have won, but James was very good, once again!
11 points. This was the best that I have seen him play. Beyl was aggressive off the bounce and he was effective slashing to the hoop. Dylan scored many times around the basket with a hand in his face. He looked good in transition and he showed quick hands when stealing the ball. Let’s hope Beyl builds from this and keeps showing out!
9 points and 3 triples. He looked like a serious 3-point shooting threat today. Olson looked very good catching and shooting. Let’s hope Olson keeps this shooting up! The Sheyenne offense was fun to watch today.
10 points. Before this game, it seemed like Caleb was living on the 3-point line and in this game, that was not the case. Caleb did hit from the outside but he also attacked the basket. His activity on the glass was very impressive. He was getting tips and fighting for the ball. Duerr also showed great hustle when saving a ball from going out of bounds. Duerr is a very nice player with his size, athleticism, and shooting ability.
12 points. He is known as a knockdown 3-point shooter but John was attacking the basket and he scored from the line. He looked good in transition and he shot it well from the line. I was impressed when he walled up at the rim on defense instead of swatting and picking up a foul. Once Angau mixes in his slashing-n-scoring with his 3-point shooting, look out! He could really put up some points.
12 points and he must have been very close to double digits with rebounds. Tommy was drawing contact and he got to the line multiple times. He is a very strong youngster and he has a nose for the ball. On defense, Tommy contested and blocked multiple shots. I love how he holds his box-outs. He battles for rebounds and he does not give up. He will tip the rebound up in the air and then go up and grab the ball over his opponent. He scored with putbacks and AND1’s. I like his baby hook and his shooting touch. Ahneman looks to have a bright future.
6 points. He did not play a ton of minutes but was very effective when in the game. Cain is a BIG boy and strong post. As soon as Bryce got in the game, he grabbed an O-board and scored with a putback. Shortly after, Bryce scored on a BLOB. The in-bounder passed him the rock, he came for a handoff, Cain faked it, drove to the rim and finished with a reverse layup. That was a nifty and clever move. Later in the game, Bryce scored with a very nice post move. I loved how Cain shared the ball out of the post and how played very hard when he was in the game.
14 points. He is a strong and well put-together player. He cashed it a triple and he really went off in the second half. Casey was aggressive going to the rim and he finished in traffic. He also showed a smooth and sweet mid-range jumper. On defense, Clemenson never backed down and he contested shots at the rim. This might be the breakout performance that the Mustangs have been waiting for from Casey. I am excited to see he and Mustangs play next. It was an excellent afternoon for Clemenson and Sheyenne.
17 points, many rebounds, and he shot a good amount of FT’s. Tish was in foul trouble, so he had to sit more than he normally would. Like always, Wingert had a highly productive game. As you would expect, Tish is a hard worker. He was tough on the O-glass and he scored with putbacks and tip-ins. Many times, Wingert finished through contact and he showed off his strength. Much like Bruns, Wingert executed on a BLOB for a score. When shooting/finishing, Tish has great touch and the ball always seems to bounce/roll his way. I love his fakes, moves, cleverness, and patience. Tish is a rising star that everyone should be worried about. DV now heads into Christmas with a 3-0 record!
I did not hear how many points he had, but he did many things to help the team. Faldmo took a charge against a great athlete from the Polars. He played overall great defense. Faldmo was constantly contesting and altering shots. He showed off the hustle when sprinting back on defense and VB-swatting a 3-point shot. Sam sent the ball into the stands and he erased a 3-point shot. Faldmo is an outstanding team player.
He scored 19, had several assists, created many TO’s, and was at the FT-line often. Randy was really good in the second half. His passing is phenomenal. Rosenquist can make every pass imaginable. He will thread the needle, deliver a dime, float a touch pass, and he makes it look easy! He and Bruns always know where each other are. Watching Rosenquist and Bruns together often looks like poetry in motion. DV scores a ton on BLOBS and much of that credit should go to Randy as the passer. When Northside tried to pressure, Randy had no trouble. He was constantly beating the first line of the Polar defense. He is shifty, quick, skilled, and smart. Randy scored with floaters in the paint, pull-up J’s, a 3 from beyond the arc, buckets at the rim, and layups in transition. Rosenquist is great at reading eyes and his anticipation is marvelous. I love how he pushes the tempo but at the same time slows things down and he knows when and where to attack. Rosenquist is an elite PG!
39 points, numerous 3’s, and he scored from every level. Bruns got the Panther scoring started with a run-out layup. Throughout the game, Isaac would score in transition while weaving through traffic and finishing with hands in his face or on his arm. He knocked down multiple mid-range jumpers off the dribble. He was really tough when he caught in the middle against the zone. He was also spotting up on the perimeter when his teammates slashed to draw the attention of the zone. Rosenquist found him many times and Bruns buried dagger after dagger. He also hit 3-pointers with his deadly stepback move. Isaac is an active and smart cutter, he knows when to spot up and when to cut for good looks. He also posted up, drew a foul, and of course cashed in. Bruns is really really good at scoring off BLOBs and he did it again tonight. Isaac was the best player on the court and it is easy to see why USD offered/signed him. It was an excellent win for the Panthers and a masterful game for Mr. Bruns.