Sunday, February 6, 2011

Saint Anthony, Penn Wood Victorious in Hakim Warrick Classic

I caught two-thirds of today's Hakim Warrick Classic over at Philadelphia University this afternoon. A complete recap of the games will be up here tomorrow. In the day's first contest, Penn Wood ran all over Neshaminy. Penn Wood was led by senior wing Aaron Brown, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds in front of one of his future coaches, West Virginia's Billy Hahn.

In the day's second game, Saint Anthony (NJ) took down Pennsylvania's Friends' Central 59-49. The final score, however, is not indicative of how close the contest was. Friends' Central took a lead into halftime, and expanded it to nearly double digits near the end of the third quarter. Some shaky ball-handling and questionable shot selection allowed Saint Anthony to claw into that lead going into the fourth quarter, before getting an offensive outburst from senior Myles Mack. Mack, who is headed to Rutgers next year, breathed life into a somewhat stagnant Saint Anthony offense on a flurry of drives to the basket.

Friends' Central was led by unsigned senior Devin Coleman. Coleman had 19 points and 15 rebounds, winning MVP honors for the Phoenix. Junior forward Amile Jefferson had a solid outing despite being saddled with foul trouble. Freshman Conrad Chamber and sophomore Karon Davis also played well for Friends' Central.

A number of college coaches were in attendance for the day's triple-header. In addition to Billy Hahn, Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli, Villanova's Jay Wright, Temple's Fran Dunphy, and a member of the Clemson coaching staff were also in attendance. Jay Wright watched his 2012 commit Ryan Arcidiacono in the day's first game. Villanova is also recruiting Saint Anthony's Kyle Anderson and Friends' Central's Amile Jefferson. Clemson and Saint Joseph's are among the schools recruiting Devin Coleman, who played a terrific game in front of some potential suitors.

Again, a complete recap will be up tomorrow.

Enjoy the Super Bowl everyone!

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