CRAZY COMEBACK | Spring vs Cy Springs
The game started slow with only one bucket scored in the first 3-minutes of the game. Both teams traded buckets as the game was 4-4. Stoney Hadnot got things going with a trey ball which turned into Cypress Springs going on a 13-point run. The Panthers also received immediate buckets as soon as Gbemi Akinwunmi checked into the game. That first quarter was all in favor of Cypress Springs as they closed it out 20-9. In the second quarter, the Panther's defensive efforts were suffocating the Lions as they couldn’t buy a basket, but it also put the Panthers in foul trouble. Spring didn’t score their first field goal until there was [2:16] remaining in the quarter, all of their points were coming from the foul line. The Panthers would go on to outscore them in the quarter and increase the lead going into the half up by 17 points. In the third quarter, the Lions came out looking for blood. Coach Glass probably gave them a nice halftime speech because they came out with a firelight inside of them. They were capitalizing on all turnovers and changes of possession. It was almost as if changing sides was the factor because Cypress Springs couldn’t hit a shot. The Panthers also found themselves in foul trouble with [2:00] remaining in the quarter. Spring was able to close the gap just a little from a 17-point lead to a 13-point lead. In the fourth quarter, Spring cuts the lead down to a 5-point game with [4:11] remaining in the game. They were hitting some big-time shots contested and open. Tremaine Jackson and Jonathon Peterson were leading the charge in the fourth quarter. The Lions continued with the same energy they started the third quarter off with. Cypress Springs kept them at bay for as long as they could but with the quarter winding down Spring continued to cut into the lead. This game went all the way down to the wire. [0:10.6] remaining Cypress Springs misses both free throws. Spring gets the rebound pushes it and tries a contested layup that could’ve been easily a foul but the refs let it go and the Panthers secure the rebound to get the 2-point win.
Prospects / Players
Stoney Hadnot 6’5” SF | Cypress Springs | Sr. BSH80 South Dakota State
The South Dakota State signee started off the game with a huge trey ball. Despite the crowd chanting overrated he was still getting what he wanted on the court. Defensively he was big for the Panthers, especially in the first half of the game. It could have easily been a foul called almost every time he attacked the rim. I like the growth of Stoney because he didn’t complain about how he just kept playing. He finished with a team-high of 19 points to go along with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.
Landon Veal 6’7” F | Cypress Springs | So. BSH20
Landon started the game off with a nice two-handed flush. He was rim running and was a force on the glass. He also was a terror on the interior defensively. He made good decisions with the ball at the top of the key. He had moments when you could tell the level was a little fast but by mid-December, he will be fine. Finished the game with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 blocks, 4 assists, and 1 steal.
Gbemi Akinwunmi 6’3” W | Cypress Springs | Sr.
Gbemi came off the bench as the 6th man and provided an instant spark on the offensive side for the Panthers. He also had some really good defensive plays that led to transition buckets. He plays with a good motor and is a high-energy guy. He had a pair of and-one finishes. He finished the game with 8 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Bryce Archie 6’3” W | Spring | Sr.
Bryce is a downhill wing. He was attacking the rim offensively and was a tough on-ball defender. He has quick hands defensively with good lateral quickness. He was big in the second half for the Lions. He finished the game with a team-high 11 points. He also had 4 rebounds, 3 steals, and 2 assists.
Tremaine Jackson 5’10” G | Spring | Jr.
Tremaine is a three-point threat for the Lions. He was always looking to create his shot off the dribble. He has a nice handle on the ball. When he caught the ball on the swing he got money from deep and also created a nice look for himself that was huge for their momentum in the fourth quarter which was an and-one made three-pointer. He finished the game with 9 points and 1 assist.
Jonathon Peterson Jr. 6’0” G | Spring | Sr.
Jonathan was huge off the bench as well for the Lions. His play in the second half of the game was huge. He was attacking the rim and able to get to the foul line. He also hit a tough mid-range jumper that was big as a part of their comeback effort. He finished the game with 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
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Article by: Geoffrey Day, Sr.
Ball So Hard Owner / National Scout
November 21, 2023