Below is a recap from Sunday's Kenner League action. James Akinjo really went off, and the final game of the day was a lot of fun.
Terrell Allen: 15 pts, 6-12 2 pt, 1-5 3 pt, 5 reb (2 off), 3 asst, 1 st, 4 TO
-Nice steal - saw opponent dribbling with his head down, darted in and stole the ball at midcoast - easy uncontested layup on the other end
-Hit a pull up jumper from about 17 feet
-Good look ahead length of court pass leading to an easy layup
-He likes to drive into the lane, come to a hard jump stop, and use ball fakes/pivots to try to free himself up for a little 5-7 foot jumper. If he can’t work his way to a good shot, he then kicks the ball out to a usually wide open three point shooter, as the defense has collapsed in around him. This is a classic Villanova move, on of the core moves that guys like Brunson built their game around.
James Akinjo: 43 pts, 6-8 2pt, 7-8 FT, 8-16 3 pt, 3 reb, 5 asst 2 st, 3 TO
-Got red hot from 3 in the second half and blew the game open. He was in heat check mode the entire half, it was a lot of fun. Started the run by hitting a 3, immediately stealing the inbounds pass, then stepping back to hit another 3.
-Slammed his shoulder into a defender on a drive to create a little space. Laid the ball in, then got in the face of the defender with a yell
-he covered Franklin Edwards (Syracuse PG that just finished his college career) a bit, and was really fired up defensively. Was right up on his chest, and helped to create 3 quick turnovers in the first half.
-threw 2 behind the back bounce pass assists
-Drew a lot of fouls, but was a bit out of control on a few drives on which he was bailed out a bit by the foul calls
Qudus Wahab: 18 pts, 8-18 2pt, 2-22 FT, 10 reb (6 off), 1 st, 1 TO
-Played really well again. His improvement just over the course of the Kenner season was clear. He was fairly dominant in the post his last two games, especially against smaller defenders, even in heavy traffic
-hit a tough baseline turnaround jumper over Wilson from about 12 feet
-Fought through a double team for a +1 finish - very strong move
-Good pass out of double team to an open 3 point shooter - who missed the shot
-Did not play the last 13 minutes of a blowout
Malcolm Wilson: 6 pts, 2-3 2 pt, 2-2 FT, 11 reb (3 off), 1 asst, 11 bl, 3 TO
-Yes, the "11 blocks" is right. Especially in the second half, he was swatting way shots at the rim left and right. He showed the kind of shot blocking ability he displayed consistently in high school. He does not fall for fakes, always stays on the ground. The key is that his arms are so long and his timing is so good that he really barely needs to leave the ground to block a shot. His jump is so quick that he can wait until the ball is released to jump
-Wilson can’t really do much else right now because of a lack of strength and skill development. But he is a serious shot blocking talent.
-Blocked Wahab at the rim a few times early in the game
Jahvon Blair: 22 pts, 6-9 2pt, 4-4 FT, 2-6 3pt, 1 reb, 5 asst, 1 st
-has played a lot of PG this summer. He passes the ball well. He knows the reads when running the pick and roll, and finds open teammates pretty consistently. Also good at looking ahead to find guys breaking ahead of the defense in transition.
-Hit a long step back 3
-good pass to a cutter in the lane for a dunk
-blew past Mac from the perimeter, was fouled on the drive
-with about 6 seconds left in the first half: stole the ball from Mac from behind at midcourt, passed the ball ahead to a wide open teammate for a dunk at the buzzer
-with 8 seconds left in a tie game, he hit an off balance three to give his team the lead. More on what happened from there in Mac’s write up below.
Mac McClung: 22 pts, 6-19 2 pt, 4-5 FT, 2-6 3 pt, 4 reb (2 off), 2 asst, 4 TO
-Tough day for Mac. Was forcing a lot of shots, and could not get anything going until the final minutes
-Then with about 3 minutes left and his team down by double digits, he caught fire. Scored 8 points and had a key assist in the space of about 90 seconds to tie the game up.
-After Blair’s 3 to take the lead, he dribbled up court and pulled up for a contested three with a few seconds left. He nailed the three to tie the game, and exhorted the crowd to join him in celebration. He really does have some special zip in these late game situations, and definitely wants the ball in his hands in the closing seconds of close games.
-But Mac turned it over on a wild drive early in OT, and his team could not get their offense going. Blair’s team went on to win the OT.
-Had a good PnR bounce pass to Josh, who was fouled at the rim
-Turned the corner at the top of the key, drove hard down the middle and finished through traffic
-PnR lob pass to Josh, who banked it in
-Hit a tough floater on the baseline, +1
Playoffs start next weekend!