A recap of Sunday's Kenner League action:
BRADLEY HAYES: 24 pts, 10-18 2pt, 4-5 FT, 15 reb (6 off), 1 bl, 3 TO
-The defense had nobody much over 6’5 or so and Hayes worked hard for good low post position to take advantage of his size edge. All summer he has looked pretty solid setting up his right hand jump hook, and has sometimes flashed the ability to pass to cutters in the lane when he gets doubled. It will be interesting to see how he does with this in the regular season, against bigger/better players. But his work this summer as a low post offensive option has been promising.
-Catches the ball in the post well - he had good enough hands to haul in imperfect entry passes, unless they are fired at his ankles
-Had a number of nice, quick outlet passes off defensive boards to start breakouts
-Again rebounded well out of his area, jumping into crowds of opponents to pull in rebounds
-Moved well to help on defense. He got beat at the basket at times when helping, but he gets himself to the right spot pretty consistently.
-Still struggles to finish around the hoop at times
-Had one real smart play - as a guard on his team drove to the basket, Hayes turned and screened his defender to clear the path to the basket.
-If Smith does not return - we’ll need Hayes to give us some solid minutes. Based on his play this summer, it looks like he may be able to do so. He has played much better than last summer, and may be ready to contribute as a solid defender/rebounder.
AARON BOWEN: 14 points, 6-13 2 pt, 2-2 FT, 9 reb (7 off), 1 asst, 4 TO
-Could not get much going in the half court offense today, other than following up missed shots. Could not finish at the basket on his half court drives, and did not try any jump shots today.
-Finished real well in transition. He is so fast and athletic - sprinting down the wing and finishing. Had a nice dunk and a pretty reverse finish.
-Very effective flying in to follow up on offensive boards, but could not convert the hoops until late in the game
-Great comeback by DCX - down 12 midway through second half, Bowen and Hayes then led a comeback win. Bowen had a couple of offensive board follow ups, then he took Drew Harrison (best player for opponent, veteran guard from U of Delaware) one on one and beat him with a spin move to give DCX a 1 point lead with 8 seconds to play.
REGGIE CAMERON: 21 pts, 5-7 2 pt, 5-6 FT, 2-6 3pt, 15 reb (2 off), 1 asst, 1 st, 4 TO
-The best Reggie has played since early in the summer. He had a big second half - scored a few baskets, and you could see his confidence grow and his game improve
-Hit two nice top of the key 3s off pick and pop plays. Hitting these kind of shots off setting screens will be critical for Reggie moving forward. Unfortunately, he did not sink any other 3s today
-Had a nice spin move followed by a 6 foot baseline jumper
-Really good job in the second half - most of his defensive boards and 17 points
-Committed a bad foul late in the game with the lead, and also made a poor decision in throwing a long pass while trying to protect a lead in the final minutes.
-Went end to end with a defensive board!
-Worked hard on D in 2nd half - helping from off the ball. Not always effective when he arrived, but it was good to see reggie moving better on D
DAVID ALLEN: 8 pts, 4-4 2 pt, 0-2 3 pt, 2 reb (1 off), 3 asst, 1 TO
-Had some nice finishes in transition and on half court drives, including a two finished in traffic.
-Threw a great long pass over the defense to set up a transition layup
-made a great pass to Reggie underneath the hoop, but he missed the layup
DSR: 15 pts, 5-11 2 pt, 2-2 FT, 1-4 3 pt, 3 reb, 5 asst, 1 st, 1 TO
-Tough opponent - "Oohs and Aaahs" is one of the of the more talented Kenner teams this year, a lot more talent than DSR’s team. DSR got trapped on pick and rolls a lot, and generally could not find much room to operate offensively.
-Good PG work in the 2nd half, finding open shooters
-Got more aggressive late to help cut a big lead to 6, but Oohs and Aahs hit a few threes to pull away.
TREY MOURNING: 1 pt, 1-2 FT, 1 off reb.
-Hardly played today
JABRIL TRAWICK: 12 pts, 4-5 2 pt, 0-2 3 pt, 4-4 FT, 1 off reb, 4 asst, 1 st, 5 TO
-Drove effectively, but did not attack too often. Josh Hart took a more aggressive role for Takeover today.
-Very solid all around game - scored his 12 points on only 7 shots.
MIKAEL HOPKINS: 16 pts, 7-10 2 pt, 2-3 FT, 4 reb (1 off), 3 asst, 2 st, 1 bl, 2 TO
-Takeover ran a set play on the tip, with Hopkins tipping the ball forward to Hart for a layup to open the game
-Had a nice finish in transition - tough catching on the move, for an and-1 conversion
-Threw a few really good long lead passes to start fast breaks
-Tried to lead the break after a rebound, but threw away the lead pass
-Had a nice jump hook off the glass
-Hustled all game, getting back on D to disrupt transition plays - including a really good 2-on-1 breakup
-Saturday playoff games start at 2pm: DCX vs. Symonds All Stars, and Takeover vs. Oohs and Aahs. The second game should be a good one - O&A has Marcus Thornton, Robert Carter, Richaud Pack, Patricio Garino, Pe’Shon Howard. They are good, and pretty cocky. Jabril should be fired up for a battle, this one has to potential to be the best game of summer league. The key will be who shows up for Takeover, as participation can be a little spotty. If their core 4 (Hopkins, Trawick, Chris Braswell, Josh Hart) are all there, should be a fine game
-There is a rumor that some "big guns" will be showing up for playoff weekend. I guess that could mean some alums/NBA players - Takeover has some good ones. For example, Victor Oladipo showed up to play for them a few times last year. There could be some former Maryland guys that could make an appearance for O&A.
-Jerome Williams was there today, spending a few hours talking with Big John