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Court Heinbuch Classic: Day 2 Recap

Posted on 27. Nov, 2010 by Barry Hayes in Canada Spotlight, High School, Tournaments


Lots of close games going down to the wire made the Court Heinbuch Classic an exciting second day of action. The semifinals are set for 4 different divisions, including a Gold bracket featuring four top-ranked GTA teams.





Friday Results @ St. Mary’s & Huron Heights

Championship Quarterfinals

Oakwood (Toronto) 49 (Isaiah Watkins 14), HB Beal (London) 46 (Chavaun Miller-Bennett 18

J Clarke Richardson (Ajax) 84 (Leon Alexander 28), St. Mary’s (Kitchener) 77 (Ben Bankazo 28)

Loyola (Oakville) 64 (Adam Presutti 22), Resurrection (Kitchener) 55 (Mike Pereira 12)

M. Teresa (Toronto) 63 (Deshaun Williams 20), St. Thomas More (Hamilton) 60 (Paul Petruccelli 21)

Consolation Quarterfinals

Sir John A Macdonald (Waterloo) 51 (Ben Reyhani 12), North Park (Brantford) 36 (Tyler Johnston 11)

St. Christopher (Sarnia) 60 (Joe Rocca 31), Governor Simcoe 50 (Matt Poirier 21)

JF Ross (Guelph) 65 (Jack Cornett 15), Northern (Toronto) 57 (Marko Kalabic 19)

Bluevale (Waterloo) 52 (Karsten Beney 12), Sir Robert Borden (Ottawa) 40 (Jamal Aden 12)


For Saturday’s schedule, consult http://heinbuchclassic.ca/?page_id=159

For twitter updates of Saturday’s four division finals, consult www.twitter.com/hoopstarscanada.


Standout Prospects

Alex Thompson, St. Mary’s (6’1” SG, 2011)

Playing on his home court twice on Friday, Alex was the most impressive athlete of the day at the St. Mary’s site. He brought the whole package, especially against a highly respected J Clarke Richardson team in the quarterfinals. He showed the ability to slash past anyone in the open floor, score off the bounce, pick off transition passes like an NFL cornerback, and successfully harrass one of Ontario’s top shooters (Aaron Redpath), making him unable to find his usual comfort zone from behind the arc.

Aaron Redpath, J Clarke Richardson (6’4” SG, 2011)

The Governor Simcoe team quickly found out how dangerous a shooter Aaron was after he performed a clinic in the first half, giving J Clarke a healthy lead that put the game out of reach early. When given time to set up, his range, high release, & accuracy are all impressive. While Alex Thompson kept him from taking his usual bombs in the night game, Aaron made some adjustments to become more of a slasher to the rim and get frequent trips to the foul line for his points.

Joe Rocca, St. Christopher’s (6’2” SG, 2011)

It was a treat to see Joe, regarded among the top outside shooters in the Class of 2011, put on his own shooting displays on Friday. While at times he rushed some shots, given room to set up and fire away is an opposing defender’s recipe for disaster, as seen by torching Governor Simcoe for a tournament game-high of 31 points. He has a really pure release, while also showing his ability to slash and softly use the glass for a deuce.


Leon Alexander, J Clarke Richardson (6’4” SF, 2011)

Once his team began to push the tempo in the first half of their first game against Governor Simcoe, Leon was placed right into a comfort zone that included a series of highlight-reel sequences. This included what the large crowd was waiting for – being on the receiving end of an alley-oop slam in transition. However, he came up ever bigger in the night game, scoring a game-high 28 points by attacking the rim and either getting a hoop or some harm. He was also an integral part of a fullcourt press that distanced themselves on the scoreboard and gave the team some breathing room down the stretch.

Eric McDonald, St. Christopher’s (6’0” PG/SG, 2011)

A relatively undiscovered talent, Eric made some good impressions in his two games. While handling the majority of the point guard duties, it didn’t prevent him from becoming a very successful physical presence. He was slashing or posting up opposing guards in the block and finishing in a variety of ways, such as quick over-the-shoulder baskets. Pushing the tempo and attacking the rim resulted in a game-high 29 points against St. Mary’s, who have their own heavy dose of team speed. With his strength and IQ, he was a versatile threat on either side of the ball.



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