Red Bracket Breakdown
1.Shiloh vs North Gwinnett, Toneari Lane, Kendall Lewis, and Darius Garcia lead Shiloh into TOC looking to keep momentum going for a strong 1st half of the season. Lane a 6’5 Junior who can punish you inside or out, nice big body, and can handle the rock for his size, and rebounds like a warrior. 6’6 Kendall Lewis has a very nice face-up game, can put the ball on the deck, and his high motor makes him very tough to guard in the open court. Guard Darius Garcia, makes plays and score in a bunch of different ways, jumpers, drives, and off the dribble. North Gwinnett, led by Chandler Johnston, 6’7 Jared Ivey, 6’5 Conner McCormick and 6’11 James Munlyn will test the size of Shiloh. Jared Ivey and Connor McCormick have played well and have been steady for the Bulldogs. Chandler Johnston can really shoot the basketball, and throw in big James Munyln who uses his size to clog up the lane and rebound North Gwinnett will interesting to watch. Keys:Does North Gwinnett have anyone to guard Lane and Lewis, and can they run with Shiloh. Can Shiloh keep North Gwinnett off the glass, having to focus on more than one or two people to box out.
2.Tri-Cities vs Holy Innocents, One of the most impressive teams in the 1st half of the season is Omar Fort’s Tri-Cities Bulldogs led by the heart and soul Titus Hunter, and the shooting exploits of Peyton Daniels this team will be poised for a deep run come February in the 6A GHSA State Playoffs. Add 6’4 Demetrius Rives who can flat out give you buckets anyway you want it.Led by Chance Moore and Garrison Powell, Holy Innocents is considered one of the top 10 teams in Single A private in GHSA. When you see Chance Moore he really reminds me of James Harden, size, skill set and abilities, we could be looking at a future burger boy in two years. Garrison Powell can score it from all over, once he gets in the paint, he finds ways to score with a variety of moves.Very nice 2 guard. Keys: Who from Tri-Cities gonna draw the tough assignments of checking Chance Moore, who is very capable of giving you a 30 ball at any giving moment. For Holy Innocents, will they be able to handle the intense pressure from Tri-Cities and that defense, and can they play a whole 32 minute game. As I have watched Holy Innocents I have watched them play a good 1st half and a good 2nd half in another game. I just haven’t seen many times where they play a full 4 quarters of basketball, when they do they are as dangerous as anyone.
3. Pace Academy vs Miller Grove, Many things about this matchup Teacher vs Student, Old vs New, but its really just Pace vs Miller Grove. The chess match in this game should be interesting, having 2 guys who have shared a sideline together, and worked together to win a Championship. Pace Academy and its new leader former Miller Grove Head Coach come in led by Cole Middleton, maybe one of the best rebounders in the state, and he is only a sophomore. He is a double double machine.Madison Durr is athletic wing, shooter that has shown the ability to score as well any one in around. Myles Todd and Josh Mininberg, form a good back court and make them very formidable and a tough team to beat. Miller Grove was hit by the transfer bug, but are starting to find their way, Zyair Greene, Tyreik Boyd, and Shomik Shahjahan lead a balance attack for the Wolverines. Zyair Greene, is a true stat stuffer, and Tyreik Boyd and Shomik Shahjahan provide some veteran leadership. Keys: Will Miller Grove have a answer for “Big” Cole Middleton, on the other end can Pace contain Zyair Greene’s stat stuffing ability.
4.Trinity Christian vs Berkmar, Brady Burnett, 6’5 versatile wing, who can score inside and out, very aggressive and high IQ player. Giancarlo Bastianoni, and 6’4 MacClean Hoekwater provide more scoring and rebounding for Trinity Christian. Berkmar started the season off hot 5-0 and has cooled down but still a team to watch Loi Axem was the MVP of the Tabos tournament early in the season, and looks to power the Patriots in TOC. The staple for Berkmar has always been defense, and the will continue that. On the offensive end they rely on the 3 Ball, Truitt Spencer, Jalen Durham, and Jerriah Love.