Seven of the top performers from the games I watched on Wednesday and Thursday! Wednesday saw Stillwater beat CDH at the buzzer, while Thursday night saw St. Paul Johnson narrowly get by St. Paul Central. Dewayne Givens 110 State 31…
Seven of the top performers from the games I watched on Wednesday and Thursday! Wednesday saw Stillwater beat CDH at the buzzer, while Thursday night saw St. Paul Johnson narrowly get by St. Paul Central.
DeWayne was already having a strong game for Johnson, but it was his late game stretch that ultimately secured the win for his team. With just over two minutes to play, DeWayne knocked down a three from the wing, forced a turnover, and then beat his man off the dribble to get to the rim and tie up the game. Less than a minute later he took a BLOB pass and powered his way to the basket to take a two point lead. That remained the go ahead basket as Johnson took down Central. Was really impressed by the explosive burst DeWayne showed off the dribble allowing him to get all the way to the rim and finish. Also showcased a nice lefty pull-up jumper if his man tried to sag off and prevent the drive. High motor player who finished with 25 points in the win.
The Minnesota football commit put up a game high 21 points combined with a handful of assists to help lead Stillwater to a win over CDH. He started off the game strong with 16 points in the first half, mixing in some straight line drives, threes, as well as some nice post moves. Really good at dribbling into a post-up against a smaller guard and then just quickly pivoting into a quick finish with his right hand. As a passer you never know who he’s going to find, as he has the type of unpredictable vision that can catch the whole gym off guard. Max just has the ability to fit the ball into the tightest of windows, and doesn’t even need to look at his teammate half the time. Accounted for a high percentage of his team’s 47 points.
Dixon missed a few attempts down low that I’m sure he’d like to get back, but I was impressed with both his physical dominance as well as some of the footwork he displayed down low. He’s an imposing forward at around 6’5 with a strong frame and extremely long arms. CDH was looking to feed him early and often, and he was able to create a lot of really good chances with his back to the basket. Big time rebounding threat as well with how quick he is off the floor with the wingspan he possesses. Defensively he can guard taller forwards and has the athleticism to switch out and defend on the wing making him a versatile piece on that end of the floor. Finished with a team high 10 points.
St. Paul Johnson was throwing a lot at Allan Lankfard Allan Lankfard 6’1″ | SG St. Paul Central | 2025 State MN to try to slow him down, but PJ stepped up big on the offensive end to make up for that lost production. He put up a team high 22 points for Central displaying shooting range from beyond the arc with the left hand. Long and wiry guard on the wing who had no shortage of confidence in his shot but was also able to sprint ahead in the open floor leading to transition finishes.
Thomson made some key plays down the stretch for Stillwater helping to lead them to a win against CDH. During the last minute of the game, it was Tanner who hit a three to tie the game up. Then on the final possession of the game, Tanner put himself into position to rebound a teammate’s missed shot and go right back up with it for the game winning lay-up at the buzzer. Throughout the game he was active off the ball, putting himself into the right spots when Shikenjanski looked to drive, making himself available for a kickout pass. Also drew two charges on the defensive end of the floor.
Really liked the impact Jay made off the bench for St. Paul Johnson. He’s an explosive wing who was in attack mode on offense. Was able to get to the rim in transition or by beating his man off the dribble, and has some bounce off two feet to explode to the basket and finish in traffic. Defensively he’s a hard worker who was defending bigger than his size, and did a great job of moving his feet to put himself in position to draw a charge. Finished with a key 9 points off the bench.
Henry is another Central player who stepped up his game to nearly bring Central to victory. No height listed but he looked to be about 6’5-6’6 and was easily the biggest player on the floor for Central. Was confident with his back to the basket catching and turning over his right shoulder looking to finish with the left hand. Scrapped for a few offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive for his team, and had success powering up for a few finishes in traffic. Defensively he took two charges and helped limit the amount of quality looks Johnson’s starting center was able to get. Finished the game with 14 points.