Elite talent at the RUCKER
EBC at Rucker Park was loaded with talent yesterday as Our Savior Lutheran took on Cardinal Hayes for the tourney’s championship game. The game was close throughout, but the fourth quarter was all OSL as the squad’s full court pressure and athleticism was just too much for Hayes down the stretch. OSL took a commanding lead and never looked back, smashing Hayes 96-70. Don’t let the score deceive you though. Both sides featured some quality talent and highlight moment. Here are the top 4 performers from EBC’s explosive finale.
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Jared Rhoden – Our Savior
Rhoden’s game has grown at an accelerated rate, and against Hayes, he had the look of someone who knew he was the best player on the court. He sparked the game off with a deep three and a sick, changing hands layup that had the crowd on its feet. Rhoden took his time and got to his spots and ended up with a very calm 30 points. What wasn’t calm though, was his numerous rim shattering dunks. He caught lobs, ran the floor and did everything in between out there.
Terry Dawkins – Hayes
Dawkins was a pleasant surprise for us at Gritty Vibes, as his motor and inside prowess gave OSL fits all game. His work on the offensive glass and the high post was outstanding, and he showed an ability to put the ball on the floor and hit the mid range jumper. He’s a bit undersized for his position, but he was able to turn that to a strength as he went right around Our Savior’s bigs. Finishing with a solid 23 points, expect him to be the glue guy for Hayes this year.
While Posh may have started the game on chill mode, the switch was eventually flipped on and the crowd at Rucker enjoyed a dazzling aerial display as a result. Alexander got out in transition early and often, beating Hayes down the floor with his top notch speed and finishing above the rim at an alarming rate. When he wasn’t spiking dunks, he was setting up his running mates Dashawn Davis and Jared Rhoden to feast. He matched up against Joe Toussaint at the end and responded to the challenge, tossing it through Touissant’s legs and finishing with a sick lay that had the crowd in a frenzy.
While Posh was the crowd favorite, make no mistake: Toussaint more than held his own. The floor general didn’t speak much, but did let the OSL defenders know that none of them could guard him. Thing is, he was right. Toussaint was fantastic going to the basket, saddling OSL guards with fouls and finishing with all kinds of contact at the rim. He seemed to have an answer for everything OSL threw at him, but just didn’t have enough help to close the gap. He finished with a tough 28 points, making a statement that he will be a nightmare for CHSAA guards this year.