SCBL Season V
Oregon 83 Michigan 81 (2 OT's & a buzzer beater)
Mike Kellar 28pts (Oregon)
A.C. Kelly 31pts (Michigan)
Syracuse 67 UNC 52
Julian Thomas 20pts (Syracuse)
Keith Speight Jr 13pts (UNC)
Wichita State 69 Villanova 56
Bryan Santana 16pts (Wichita State)
Chad Kratzer Jr 19pts (Villanova)
Player of the Week:
AC Kelly '18 (Parkland)
Michael Kellar '18 (Parkland)
Week 5 was about the change of temperatures! Outside it was chilly but inside the McCann Ctr gym on the beautiful campus of the prestigious Swain School it was en fuego (HOT)! The first game was an instant classic! Double OT win at the buzzer, it doesn't get any better than that! This was a matchup of SCBL veteran coaches Mark Crable (Michigan) and Craig Luska (Oregon), these guys are very good coaches and grassroots mentors. Michigan got plenty of scoring from 6'3" frosh AC Kelly (Parkland HS), Kelly scored a SCBL season high 31pts to lead the Wolverines. He received help from teammates Nate Caraballo (Salisbury), Jermelle Riddick (Parkland), Frank Rauscher Jr (Northwestern), Sean Snyder (Salisbury) and Alex Becker (Swain). In the second game of the day the Orangemen of Syracuse proved to be to much for the UNC team led by Coach Danny Hargrove (UNC-Greensboro & ESU). The pressure and speed of the Cuse caused numerous turnovers which led to easy buckets by Julian Thomas (St Thomas More) and Stefan Rollins (LMMS). The Tarheels however are going to be a problem with the emerging talents of Bless Jones (Allen HS), Noah Speight (Emmaus) and freshman Jordan McChristian (CCHS). That trio along with Stephen Santana (Roberto Clemente Charter) are learning to adapt to the speed and physicality of the SCBL. The final game of the NCAA division was between Wichita State and Villanova. Wichita State can be a scary team with its quick young guards and strong inside play. Ryan Santana (Roberto Clemente Charter) routinely sets the tempo with relentless pressure as well as causing havoc. The Nova backcourt of Chad Kratzer Jr (SMMS), Jake Melady (Orefield MS) and Donovan Dejesus (SMMS) did a pretty good job but eventually the pressure won out with the Shockers of Wichita State coming away with the "W".
Lakers 53 Sixers 50
Javon Dobbins 9pts (Lakers) Dobbins GW 3ptr
Zach Wegfahrt 16pts (Sixers)
Nets 72 Bulls 57
Cam Hoffman 15pts (Nets)
Tyrese Martin 14pts (Bulls)
Pelicans 63 Spurs 61
Tyler Prescott 16pts (Pelicans)
Talek Williams 16pts (Spurs)
Player of the Week:
Javon Dobbins '15 (Liberty)
Bryson Walton '15 (Allen)
The older division (10th thru 12th) aka ol' heads not to be outdone by the young boys kept the temperature turned up with the Lakers vs the Sixers. This game was played at a high level from start to finish. The Sixers came into Week 4 somewhat of a enigma after losing to a dangerous Bulls teams last week. Dallas Comegys directs the Sixers like Ray Meyer did while he was at DePaul. S/O to my man Kenny Patterson of the Blue Demons. The Lakers also have firepower in Sam Iorio '17 (Parkland), Javon Dobbins '15 (Liberty) and Aiden Ellwood '18 (Northampton). As does the Sixers with Joey Polczynski '16 (Emmaus), Lucas Hudson '17 (Solehi) and Zack Wegfahrt '15 (Nazareth). This was a battle, high level competition and not a game for the weak. Sam Iorio was his usually self hitting open shots and getting on the defensive glass. But it was the return of Dobbins (Lakers) that was the difference all day. The Lakers also got solid play from Tyler German '17 (Parkland). Zack Wegfahrt of the Sixers and Joey Polczynski combined for over 30pts. This contest it appeared was headed to OT all tied up at 69 with less than 3 seconds on the clock Lakers Javon Dobbins hit the game winning 3 pointer as time expired. Game --Lakers win, in another instant classic!
Dylan Belletiere '16 (Salisbury) of the Sixers played tough all game and David Troyan '16 (Saucon Valley) hit some big 3's too. For the Lakers Will Baar '16 (Parkland) continues to provide steady ballhandling and playmaking for Coach Shahad Abdur-Rahkman. These two squads could very easily see one another again in 2 weeks. The next game of the day was the undefeated Nets vs the unpredictable Bulls, this one had the buzz of another thriller. CCHS backcourt mates Zay Jennings '16 (Nets) vs Ben Pratt '15 (Bulls) along with several other notables such as Noah Kandt '15 (Solehi), Tyrese Martin '17 (Allen), Diyel Stewart '17 (CCHS) all of the Bulls. Things started slowly for both teams, cold shooting and a few early turnovers. The Nets are an explosive team with several pieces on the perimeter led by veteran Zay Jennings. In the early going it looked like the Bulls would impose their run and gun style on the more deliberate attack of the Nets. The Bulls love to get out and run however on this day it appears the Nets were saying bring it. The Nets got a solid performance from Cam Hoffman '17 (Liberty) in the first half. Hoffman, was relentless on the glass, running the floor and hitting jumpers. He also received help from Jake Feiertag '16 (Emmaus) who was in attack mode all game. Brendan Reichenbach '15 (Salisbury), Shack Dezione '18 (CCHS) and Kayden Walschberger '17 (Whitehall) all contributed as well. The Bulls tried to stay in the game and were led offensively by Stewart and Martin. But in the end Jennings and Nets were able to run away with what was billed as a nail bitter. In the final matchup of the day Coach Tyrone Wright Spurs took on the Pelicans coached by Brandon Lister. This was a fun and exciting game played with an enormous amount energy by Talek Williams '17 (Allen), Jack Reichenbach '18 (Notre Dame GP) and Dylan Nickischer '15 (Nazareth) all of the Spurs. The Pelicans are fast and furious with Tyler Prescott '15 (Emmaus), Bryson Walton '15 (Allen) and Jake Bartholomew '18 (Parkland). The game started with the Pelicans getting out to a nice margin only to find the on court talking and pinpoint passing of Talek Williams, along with the scoring of Jack Reichenbach and Chris "Rico" Santana '15 (Allen) to pull the Spurs close at the half. After intermission the temperatures continued to heat up with these two highly competitive teams. Prescott and Walton were not phased by the high energy of the Spurs and found their way to the tin for tough finishes. But the Spurs in need of a win to stay in the playoff hunt kept up their intensity hitting a few acrobatic shots to take their first lead of the game with about 2 minutes to go. In typical SCBL fashion this one went back and forth with the Spurs getting a decent look but Reichenbach missed a corner "J" and the Pelicans secured the rebound and called timeout with 10 seconds remained with the game tied. Coach Lister instructed his troops to spread the floor and let guards Walton and Prescott break their man down and create. Walton drove the lane from the top of the key and got fouled although some thought otherwise. Walton just like you expect a senior would hit both to seal the game with 1 second left. Wow what a day this was, probably the best set of games in the 5 year history of the league. This is one of the reasons the SCBL was created to prepare players for the winter season. Lastly the SCBL would like to thank Coach Harry Morra of DeSales University Mens basketball program for stopping by to deliver a great message in the "life skills" component of the league. This week the SCBL games are being held on Saturday Oct 11th due to the fall HS shootout at Muhlenberg College on Sunday October 12th. See the link: https://twitter.com/LVBballRankings
SCBL Season V
Scores Week 2
Oregon 63 Wichita State 59
Gabriel Martinez 18pts (Oregon)
Nick Martelucci 17pts (Wichita State)
Michigan 70 UNC 47
Justin Rockmore 19pts (Michigan)
Bless Jones 14pts (UNC)
Syracuse 69 Villanova 57
Justin Paz 20pts (Syracuse)
Marshall Stevens 19pts (Villanova)
Player of the Week:
Gabriel Martinez '18 (CCHS)
Justin Rockmore '19 (Sacred Heart)
SCBL Week 2 was all about "Family Matters" and not the sitcom but the players/coaches. Ironically, the SCBL has well over 10 immediate relatives in both divisions. The 1pm game featured a set of twins as well as brothers. The Oregon Ducks are playing very good basketball with several players who will be HS varsity level players in the future. The Shockers of Wichita State are tenacious and bring an uptempo style which tends to fit twins Ryan & Bryan Santana (Allentown SD) quite well. This was a game of runs, but in the end the Oregon Ducks trapping full court press and transition defense out lasted the attacking Wichita State Shockers. Devon Boyko (St Thomas More) was ferocious in that defensive pressure in the first half.
The next game had another set of brothers in Matt (injured) & Frank Rauscher (Northwestern SD) and another brother from the Santana family, Stephen (Allentown SD). Michigan proved to be too much for UNC and Big Blue coasted to the win on this particular day. Justin Rockmore (Sacred Heart) used dribble penetration to score in traffic and set up teammates. But I would not count out the UNC Tarheels as Coach Danny Hargrove is looking for his squad to gel. In the 3pm contest on the day, it was all Orange as Syracuse, which also features brothers Julian & Tyson Thomas (St Thomas More) too. Villanova put up a good fight and narrowed the margin, but eventually fell to the heavy guard play of Justin Paz (Sacred Heart) and Julian Thomas. In keeping with the life skills component of the league, guest speaker Ryan Finch (Hoop Group Skills Director) delivered a powerful inspirational message to the young ballers. Thanks again Mr. Finch for a heartfelt speech!
Sixers 62 Spurs 56
Hudson, Polczynski & Wegfahit (Sixers)
12 pts each
Talek Williams 18pts (Spurs)
Nets 75 Pelicans 60
Cameron Hoffman 14pts (Nets)
Bryson Walton 12pts (Pelicans)
Lakers 69 Bulls 59
Sam Iorio 15pts (Lakers)
Tyrese Martin 15pts (Bulls)
The older division was a continuation of "Family Matters" with a little "Family Feud" in the mix! The Sixers, coached by Dallas Comegys, looked like a playoff contender in Week 2. The balance attack and steady play of Lucas "The Catalyst" Hudson '17 (Solehi) was able to hold off one half of another set of brothers in Spurs guard Talek Williams '17 (Allen HS) brother of Bless Jones '18 (Allen HS). The Spurs also got big plays fromJack Reichenbach '18 (Notre Dame GP), younger brother of Brendan Reichenbach '15 (Salisbury), and Dylan Nickischer '15 (Nazareth HS) whose teammate is his younger brother Ian Nickischer '17 (Nazareth). And we can't forget the fourth brother from the Santana family, Chris "Rico" Santana '15 who hit some clutch buckets. But in the end the Sixers (City of Brotherly) no less, moved to 2-0 on the season with a tough win over a good Spurs team.
The Nets vs the Pelicans was the start of the "Family Feud" with the "Vaughans" Chris '15 & Jay '18 both of (CCHS), going at it like they were in the family's driveway. Chris made his debut and presence felt with being a pest on the ball defensively and hitting a few quick jumpers, while trying to frustrate his younger brother Jay on a couple of possessions. The Nets are well coached by former DIII All-American Coach Darnell Braswell and have experience in the backcourt with Zay Jennings '16 (CCHS). However, it was the emerging youngsters Jake Feiertag '16 (Emmaus) and Cameron Hoffman '17 (Liberty) who led the balance scoring. By the way, Cam and Zay are cousins as well. The Nets had four players in double figures and one with 9pts. The Pelicans backcourt tandem of Bryson Walton '15 (Allen) and Tyler Prescott '15 (Emmaus) kept it interesting for awhile. But Coach Brandon Lister really missed the inside workman-like effort of Kevin Loughlin '17 (Moravian Academy) hence, the Nets owned the glass. This lead to easy buckets in transition for the BK Nets who also moved to 2-0 on the season.
The final game of the NBA division brought more "family matters" to the McCann Ctr with the Lakers and the Bulls. Both with some of the top young players in the area going head to head. Lakers Sam Iorio '17 (Parkland) led the way with 15pts but his unselfish play was pivotal down the stretch as they held off the Bulls. It appeared Tyrese Martin '17 (Allen) is starting to get accustomed to the fast paced and physical style of the SCBL. The Bulls got balanced scoring from its roster led by Martin which is important in this highly competitive league. The last set of siblings who went at it was Aiden Ellwood '18 (Northampton) and Ian Ellwood '15 (CCHS) of the Lakers and Bulls respectively. The Lakers play hard and have a "go to guy" in Iorio who is playing with alot of confidence this fall. The open floor play of both teams was very entertaining which was echoed by fans leaving the building. It's hard not to imagine both squads being in the mix for one of four playoff spots in late October.
Player of the Week:
Sam Iorio '17 (Parkland)
Cameron Hoffman '17 (Liberty)
SCBL Season IV Championship Sunday
By Andre Williams
It was a Sunday of strong guards play and Isaiah Jennings was the lead point man.
Jennings scored 16 points, including two clinching free throws with 3.4 seconds left to lift Oklahoma City to a 56-55 victory over the Sixers in the high school championship game of the SCBL at the Swain School gymnasium.
It was sweet redemption for Jennings who had missed the front end of a one-and-one with 48 seconds remaining that left the door open for the Sixers.
Down just 54-52, the Sixers missed on the other end and pressed to keep hope alive they fouled Jennings as a last resort.
And the happy Jennings welcomed the opportunity to go back to the free throw line.
Before going to the line, OKC coach and ex-Division III All-American Darnell Braswell looked into Jennings' eyes and said, 'Don't worry about the past. Knock these down. Redeem yourself."
Jennings was then butter.
"I knew what I had to do," said Jennings. "I just had to relax and knock them down."
And he proved that he had a short memory.
"I got a little distracted," Jennings said. "One of the players was talking some stuff."
For the most part, Jennings let his overall game do the most talking.
"It was a hard fought game. It came down to making some shots. Sam [Iorio] was making some shots. Jimmy Vaughn was making some shots.
This high school season Jennings figures to be making a lot of shots with his new teammate, Muhammad Ali-Abdur-Rahkman. That's right, Jennings who played his freshman year at Allen, has transferred to Central Catholic and will be a great compliment to Rahkman, Jeanlee Baez and the Vikings new center, 6-foot-8 Brendan Wagner, a transfer from Souderton.
"I feel good about it," Jennings said. "There's always room for improvement."
That's the way OKC's Sam Iorio looks at his situation entering his freshman year at Parkland,
He's an up-and-coming freshman whose going to be a problem to deal with. He's got inside touch and the guts to shoot from the outside.
It was Iorio who took over when Jennings wasn't letting it fly, working over the Sixers big men and nailing a 3-pointer from the corner for a 54-49 lead with 2:11 to go.
"In the second half we started off slow and I wanted to take the game over," said Iorio, who scored 11 points.
"I tried to hit big shots and give them some momentum."
The plan now is for the 6-5 and still growing Iorio to make a rousing impression at Parkland. He's expected to play junior varsity and varsity and he'll be playing at the small and power forward position.
"They have me playing all over," said the versatile Iorio.
JAKE THE SNAKE
In a game that had more lulls than thrills, Florida State's Jake Bartholomew stood out the most in his pink sneakers.
He was also the smoothest player on the court in sporting a sweet 3-point shot to go along with deft passes. Batholomew scored 12 points in leading Florida State to a 62-56 victory over Michigan.
ROBERT EDWARDS AWARD
Never got the chance to see Jack Reichenbach he was the winner of the Robert Edwards Most Promising Prospect Award
And there was a logical reason that he won the award.
"I just worked real hard and my teammates gave me a lot of scoring opportunities," said Reichenbach, one of the ESYC's and St. Thomas Moore's top players.
When he's usually doing his due, Reichenbach is usually in the 20-point scoring range.
Daiyon Barnett won
the Robert Edwards Most Promising Prospect in the high school division.
9/11/2013 - The SCBL had its annual and much anticipated, open run and draft session this past Sunday. It was the biggest turnout in league history, with over 150 kids trying to make the cut, to play in the ultra competitive fall basketball league.
Ed Jennings (League Director) has changed the format for this years League. There will be playoffs, and only the top 4 teams from each division (NBA, NCAA) will make the playoffs.
Keep checking LVBASKETBALLRANKINGS.COM for all of the latest news, standings, roster and schedule changes for the 2013 SCBL season. The first games of the season will be held on 9/15/2013, at the Swain School in Allentown, PA.