Friday, November 26, 2010

EBPS Game Recap - Boys 2014 Game

This past Sunday at the Eastern Sports center in Plaistow, NH the very best girls and boys high school basketball players in NH gathered for the Eastern Basketball Preseason Showcase. The event featured 8 games.

In the coming days I will have recaps, player evaluations and player rankings will be updated for all 8 games. First up is the Boys 2014 Game.

Game Recap
This was definitely one of the closest, most exciting games of the day. It's hard to believe all of the kids who played in this game are only freshmen. The future is certainly bright for NH basketball.

The Black Team won it 64-63 on a three pointer by Carmen Giampetruzzi with 0.7 seconds left. They were led by the Trinity trio of Giampetruzzi, Dawson Dickson (pictured above) and Pat Keefe who combined for 46 points. The White Team was led by Roger Larrivee, Jake Capistran and Chris Doyle. They came back from a 16 point deficit to take a 63-61 lead before Giampetruzzi hit the game-winner.

After a 3 by Keefe put the Black team up 61-59 with 1:50 left in the 4th quarter Doyle hit a pair of free throws to tie it up at 61 apiece. Then Joe Scheidler got a steal in the backcourt and laid it in to put the White Team ahead 63-61 with 1:00 left to play.

It is clear that Trinity (Dickson, Keefe, Giampetruzzi), Bedford (Larrivee, McManus, Capistran, Meservey) and Winnacunnet (Doyle, Knollmeyer, Ruffin) have the best freshmen classes in the state. The future is VERY bright for all 3 of these schools.

Player Evaluations

Game's Standout Players
Roger Larrivee, Bedford HS – You had to be impressed with the size, poise and skill set of this freshman. Larrivee is 6’6” and showed the ability to face-up from the 3 point line and not only drain 18-20 footers but also put the ball on the floor and made strong drives to the rim. He was also solid in transition, en route to a game-high 19 points.

Carmen Giampetruzzi, Trinity HS – The 6’1” two guard poured in a team-high 18 points, including the game-winning three. He was lethal from long range in this game, showing not only good form but also a quick release. You simply could not leave him open or he made you pay.

Dawson Dickson, Trinity HS – 5’6” point guard who did everything you could ask out of a point. He pushed the ball in transition, got it in the hands of his shooters in good positions for them to score, showed a tight handle and also the ability to go by people off the dribble and knock down shots as well.

Patrick Keefe, Trinity HS – Keefe has deceptive quickness, plays with a bounce in his step and has good leaping ability. As a result, the 2 guard plays bigger than his 5’10” frame. Keefe finished with 15 points, scoring off the dribble and off the catch. In addition to the big 3 he hit late, Keefe also had a big steal and and-1 finish on the other end.

Jake Capistran, Bedford HS - Had a very solid all-around game, showing he can play the 1 or the 2. Capistran had 17 points on the game, nailing threes as well as pulling up off the dribble and finishing in transition. Tough defender who’s not afraid to take the big shot late.

Other Stock Risers
Chris Doyle (Winnacunnet) tough as nails player who scored inside and out. Plays much bigger than his 6'0" size because he's strong, physical and can finish against contact. Got some big buckets, rebounds and free throws to help the White Team make its comeback.

Collin McManus (Bedford) did a solid job on the boards, huge upside for this 6’8” freshman. It wasn't his best game, but McManus still hat about 8 rebounds and played hard on both ends.

Other Contributors
Cam Meservey (Bedford) the 6'1" wing showed a solid all-around game, chipping in with 11 points fr the Black Team and defending in the post as well as on the perimeter.

Jordan Lates (Hollis-Brookline) lightning quick point guard who can shoot it from the outside and also wasn't afraid to take it to the rim against players who were much bigger.

Andrew Lechner (Pinkerton) not one of Lechner's better games, but he showed some good explosiveness when driving to the basket.

Sam Knollmeyer (Winnacunnet) quiet yet solid game for Knollmeyer, who helped the White Team comeback with good ball handling, defense and steady play.

Joe Scheidler (Exeter) Scheidler was matched up with Dickson quite a bit, but he was up to the challenge. He didn't back down at all, taking it right to him and converting the big steal and layup late in the game to give the White Team the lead.

Dan O'Neil (Windham) the 6'2" O'Neil did a solid job on the boards and hit a key baseline jumper late in the game.

Jackson Morton (Sanborn) not one of Morton's better games, but it is obvious from watching him play that he has plenty of potential and versatility.

Updated Player Rankings
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