Hoya forwards Marcus Derrickson #23 (29 points) and Trey Mourning #33 (23 points) put on a show in front of Hoya faithful
It was opening day of the always highly anticipated Kenner League play and the intensity was already at mid season form. The first day schedule featured some usual suspects like former Hoya Henry Sims, Marcus Ginyard (North Carolina), Cliff Dixon (Western Kentucky), Chris Howard (South Florida) and Andrew Washington ( Delaware), as well as some highly touted new comers Georgetown freshmen Jagan Mosely (St Anthony's HS), Jonathan Mulmore (Allegany College) and former St John's All Met point guard and Maryland freshman Anthony Cowans. The games were ultra competitive and the talent on hand spoke for itself, yet someone had to walk off victorious. Check out how it all went down below.
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A. Wash guard Tre Campbell (Georgetown) scored 17 points in the win
In the first game of the day, A. Wash took on Premier Athletes. Premier Athletes jumped on A. Wash immediately to start thanks to the inside/outside play of TYC Snow (Mississippi Valley State/ 15 points), James Milton (Stevenson/ 13 points) and Andrew Washington (Delaware), as Premier Athletes took a 34-24 halftime lead. In the second half, A. Wash would mount their comeback. Behind the steady play of Brandon Peele (Central Connecticut/15 points), Chris Howard (South Florida/10 points) and Tre Campbell (Georgetown), A. Wash would chip away, closing out Premier Athletes 61-55. Andrew Washington led all scorers with 22 points while Tre Campbell finished with 17 points in the win.
Premier Athletics guard Andrew Washington (22 points Game High) shoots from deep
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Former Tar Heel Marcus Ginyard (On Point) after knocking a free throw
The second match-up brought On Point vs Beyond Belief. Beyond Belief guard Bruce Massey (Middle Tennessee State/18 points) wasted no time setting the tone as he started the game on a personal 6-0 run. On Point would settle down, and use defense to get back in the game. Jon Davis (Charlotte/13 points) and Bilal Benn (Niagra/12 points) capitalized off Beyond Belief's turnovers, scoring in transition at will to give On Point a 37-35 halftime lead. On Point carried the momentum in the second half , and despite some tough shot making from James Carlton (Howard/19 points) and Donald Robinson (West Virginia Tech/ 24 points) to keep it respectable, On Point led by Marcus Ginyard (16 points), finished off Beyond Belief 80-74.
Beyond Belief forward James Carlton (Howard) at the line
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DMA guard Chris Martin (Savannah State) posted 14 points in the win
By far and it wasn't even close, the most physical game of the day came when Darren McClinton All Stars took on Clydes. Clydes working through their imposing front line of Henry Sims (NBA/ 14 points) and Jessie Govan (Georgetown/ 12 points) jumped out on DMA 20-14 a little after mid way through the first half. DMA guard Chris Martin however scored six points to close out the half to keep things close as Clydes led DMA 27-24. DMA made a key adjustment, using their quickness to swarm Clyde's bigs, causing turnovers. Martin and in his Kenner League debut freshman Anthony Cowans ( Maryland/9 points) capitalized off those turnovers and despite a game high 17 points by Rashad Whack (Mount St Mary's), DMA defeated Clyde's 57-55 in a close hard fought contest.
Former Hoya now Brooklyn Net Henry Sims was a physical presence for Clyde's yet it wasn't enough
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Hoya forwards Trey Mourning (L) and Marcus Derrickson (R) put a show
Arguably the most anticipated game of the day due to the debut of some new Hoyas in freshman guard Jagan Mosely and juco transfer Jonathan Mulmore, both suiting up for the Tombs as they took on Higher Level. Both guards impressed as Mosely slashed his way to 17 points and Jonathan Mulmore (11 points) known as a scorer, put on a nice passing display that drew some oohhs & aahhs from the crowd, showing he can do a little bit of everything at guard. However, the show came down to the battle of Hoya forwards Marcus Derrickson and Trey Mourning. Simply put neither could be stopped. Mourning knocked down countless mid range jumpers from all over posting 14 first half points, while Derrickson scored in transition, on the block and of course from the perimeter using his deadly jumper to finish with 11 points at the half, although Mourning's Higher Level squad trailed 36-32 to the Derrickson led Tombs. In the second half, it was all Tombs. Derrickson went off, scoring 18 of his game high 29 points in the second half to blow the game open, securing a win over Higher Level 89-67. Mourning led the Higher Level with 23 points in the loss.
Hoya transfer from Allegany College (MD Juco) Jonathan Mulmore impressed those in attendance with his all around play, finishing with 11 points.