Hutchison’s Heroics: Meadows holds off LMCA
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Backdrop- LMCA has emerged as a surprising contender for the 2A state crown. The Eagles hosted defending champ Meadows in a pivotal 2A southern conference matchup. The Mustangs were looking to avenge an early season defeat at the hands of…
Backdrop- LMCA has emerged as a surprising contender for the 2A state crown. The Eagles hosted defending champ Meadows in a pivotal 2A southern conference matchup. The Mustangs were looking to avenge an early season defeat at the hands of the Eagles. Meadows started fast, jumping out to an 8-0 lead only to see the Eagles respond, making it 10-8 after 1. The Eagles would take control in the second half taking a 6-point lead into halftime. The third quarter belonged to sophomore forward. He finished with 9 points including two threes in the period alone. Behind his play, the Mustangs would take a 2-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Champs would withstand the Eagle’s runs, knocking down late-game free throws, to win the game 72-61.
Most Impactful Player
Hutchison was a monster. He showed his offensive versatility scoring off interior dunks, catching a lob in transition and hitting threes. It’s easy to identify his scoring as the catalyst, but he also dominated the glass, grabbing seemingly every defensive board during the game.
Best Offensive Player
Bevacqua just has that it factor. He played the entire game under control, knowing when to shoot, drive or dish. It seemed like every time the Eagles made a run, the senior PG made a big shot. He finished with 18 to help the squad maintain 1st place in the conference.
Best Glue Guy
Cummins had one of the better offensive glue guy performances that I saw. He finished with 10 points but it was his interior defense and rebounding that really made an impact for the Eagles. The sophomore shot the ball better in the second half, connecting on 3 field goals, including one three pointer.
I was really impressed with Quinn. He has terrific size for a 2A player, and he combines it with the ability to run, catch and finish. I would have to evaluate him some more, but on this night his hands looked pretty solid. Only a junior, he has an opportunity to be a stockriser as we move into the Spring and Summer season.
Best High Motor
Toby has a chance to make my All – High Motor team by the end of the season. A tough hard nosed guard, he defends with energy and isn’t afraid to stick his nose in to battle for boards or take charges. Every team needs a player like Toby if they plan on being successful. His willingness to defend, and win 50/50 balls will be a key to the success of the Mustangs.
The lefty was lethal on this night. Pantea shot it lights out hitting several threes to keep the Eagles in the contest. He was automatic from the corners, showing a quick and consistent release. Pantea is a shot maker, with the ability to open the floor for Eagles slashers.
Most Impressive Skill
Ventura is one of the aforementioned slashers, and his head fake was without a doubt the best offensive skill. The senior PG consistently used the subtle but effective move to keep defenders off balance. Ventura would then attack the basket, doing a solid job of playing off two feet to score.
May have a new player to add to the sniper list. Cummins was marvelous going four for four from behind the arc. The baby faced freshman, had no problem getting his shot off against fast closing defenders, hitting a lot of his threes in crucial sitations. Cummins nailed three clutch three’s in the second half, to help keep the Eagles in the game.