This Week’s Notable Performances
January 11th, 2008
This week’s performances include four triple doubles and two dominant performances from one of the region’s most well known duos.
Alex Oriakhi & Jamal Coombs – Tilton (NH): The duo came up huge as they led Tilton over their former Winchendon squad. Coombs finished with a game high 33 points on 12-18 shooting from the floor and 3-4 shooting from behind the arc. Meanwhile Oriakhi thrived against NBA prospect John Riek, as he scored 31 points on 14-22 shooting from the floor, grabbed 12 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots.
Kyle Callanan – Mt. Anthony Union HS (VT): The sophomore guard had a triple double as he led MAU over Brattleboro to go to 7-4 on the season. Callanan finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Adrian Satchell – Windsor HS (CT): The versatile forward showed his all around game as his Windsor team beat up on South Windsor 93-48. How’s this for a stat line; 18 points, 16 rebounds, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 4 blocked shots. A few days later he was equally impressive as he went for 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a 74-60 win over New Britain.
Lucas Croteau – Spalding HS (NH): At the Oyster River Holiday Classic Tournament, Croteau set two tournament records with a 40 point performance including 10 three-pointers to lead his squad over Kennebunk 60-55. He followed that up with 28 points on the next night for good measure.
Jordan Stinglen – Seacoast Christian (ME): Stinglen was equally effective from the perimeter and interior as he led Seacoast Christian to their first victory of the season. He had 24 points, including 4 three-pointers, and 12 rebounds as his squad defeated Greater Portland Christian 43-27.
Jeff Holmes – St. Raphael’s Academy (RI): La Salle Academy simply couldn’t stop Holmes without fouling him, and so they sent him to the line for a whopping 23 attempts. Holmes knocked down 20 of those and finished with a game high 32 to lead St. Raphael’s to a hard fought victory 64-61.
Luke Matarazzo – Choate Rosemary Hall (CT): With his team struggling to shake off the rust from their holiday break, Matarazzo scored 18 points in the first 8 minutes of Choate’s game against Andover. He finished the game with 29 points and 7 assists.
Justin Green – Northwest Catholic HS (CT): NWC may have found their second scorer as Justin Green stepped up to score 28 points against St. Paul’s High School on Thursday January 3rd. If he can continue to put the ball in the basket consistently, he and Chris Prescott could become a dynamic one-two punch. But that’s not all as Uzoma Orchingwa joins the line-up later this month after being forced to sit out after transferring.
Kyle Stockmal – Watertown HS (MA): The sharp-shooting guard had 39 points (7 threes) in a 97-74 win over Stoneham on January 4th. Then he followed it up with a 34 point performance (6 threes) in a 76-64 win over Lexington, who had previously won 43 straight Middlesex League games. Watertown is undefeated at 9-0.
Francisco Luano – Boston Trinity Academy (MA): The 6’6” swingman may be one of the best players most fans have never heard of. This week he scored 19 points and pulled down 20 rebounds to help BTA with a comeback win over Providence Country Day on Saturday, January 5th.
Tyler Patch – Seekonk HS (MA): The senior guard continues to put up big numbers as he leads the state in scoring. He recently scored 43 points and pulled down 18 rebounds vs. Fairhaven and 37 points and 17 rebounds against Case. In his latest game he was moved to the point guard position and delivered his first career triple double scoring 16 points, handing out 13 assists, and pulling down 12 rebounds.
Candon Rusin – Twin Valley HS (VT): Normally we don’t include players on this list unless they lead their team to a victory but we’re making an exception given the milestone that Candon Rusin hit. The three-point specialist scored his 1000th point as he poured in 33 in a losing effort to West Rutland 72-65.
Alex Goldrup – Medomak Valley (ME): It was the story of two different halves as Medomak trailed Maine Central Institute 22-21 at the half. But behind 23 points and 7 rebounds from Goldrup, Medomak outscored their opponents 31-4 after intermission to earn the easy victory.
Nick Gerrity – St. Joseph’s HS (CT): The 6’4” guard led all scorers with 23 points in St. Joe’s 80-64 defeat of Danbury. Nick also had 13 rebounds, 5 assists, and a half-court buzzer beater to end the first half.
James Belcher – Central HS & Dave Storti – Exeter/W. Greenwich (RI): Belcher and Storti went back and forth in a classic one on one battle last Friday night, finishing with 32 and 33 points respectively. Ultimately it was Belcher and his Central team that got the last laugh as they held on for a thrilling 90-89 victory.
Anthony Jernigan and Jevon Williams – East Hartford HS (CT): The Hornets backcourt may be young but they are talented. In a 80-51 romping of Bristol Central, Williams (sophomore) had 24 as he knocked down 6 of his 9 three-point attempts while Jernigan (freshman) had 20 points and 11 assists. A few nights later the future met the present as Jernigan went head to head with Tyrone Gardner. The freshman more than held his own as he scored 31 to Gardner’s 16, while Williams contributed with 16 including four more threes.
Billy Marsden – Central Catholic (MA): With Adrian Gonzalez limited because of injuries this week, it was Marsden who stepped up to lead the team. He scored 25 to lead his team over Chelmsford 64-50 and is averaging 24.5 points per game according Scott Hazelton’s Basketball Blog.
Greg Mangano – Notre Dame-West Haven HS (CT): He had 30 points, 17 rebounds, and 8 blocked shots as Notre Dame defeated North Haven 59-36 last Wednesday. He followed that up with a triple double as he had 28 points, 18 rebounds, and 10 blocked shots in a 56-48 win over Hamden.
Matt Devine – Pembroke HS (MA): Devine dominated the game in every aspect as he scored 31 points, blocked 10 shots, and had 14 rebounds to lead his Pembroke team to a 64-51 win over Martha’s Vineyard. Pembroke is now 9-2.
Micheal Akinrola – Woonsocket HS (RI): Woonsocket was stretched to overtime after Hope connected on a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer. But Akinrola was instrumental in the extra period as he scored 6 of his game high 25 points.
Zach Russo – Lyman Hall HS (CT): His versatility has been on full display all season, but never more prominently than this week. In an 85-54 win over Law he had a triple double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Then he came close to doing it again with 17, 9, and 9 as Lyman Hall crushed Shelton 84-45.