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December 23, 2012 Terrence Payne
The BasketBull Hoops Fest wrapped up two days of prep schools on Thursday and Friday, then moved over the second annual Catholic School Showcase on Saturday and Sunday. A pair of Massachusetts teams - Springfield Cathedral and Catholic Memorial - highlighted the final two days of the Hoops Fest at Holyoke Community College in Holyoke, Mass.
Darrick Boyd was one of the tougher players to guard in the four-day event. Only a sophomore, but the 5-foot-9 guard was able to score in the lane or from behind the arc. Along with fellow guard Lou Garcia, the Panthers have one of the better defensive backcourts, forcing turnovers in wins against Holy Name and St. Theresa's. Garcia, a senior, connected on 5-of-10 3-pointers in Sunday's win against St. Theresa's.
Catholic Memorial is without a go-to star, but this Knights' team is balanced and deep with several players that can go for 12 or more points a night. Gullien Smith, only a sophomore, does it all for the Knights. He scores the ball well, especially running the floor in transition. In a win against, St. Raphael, the 6-foot-2 Smith led CM with 16 points, while crashing the boards for four rebounds and dishing out three assists. Pat Hurley is a solid floor general. The senior guard is strong with the ball, gets to the lane and gets teammates open looks. DJ McClure connected from deep on offensive and with Hurley on defense controlled the top of the fullcourt press.
St. Ray's were led by the backcourt of John Cooney and Charles Correa. The junior guard Cooney has great range and a quick release, hitting four 3-pointers on the day. Correa, playng with a broken right hand, was forced to play the game against CM almost entirely lefty, including shooting. Correa ended the game with 13 points - three 3-pointers - five assists and three steals.
Dan Kegbeh, a key returner for Holy Name, gives up size as a forward position, but at 6-foot-1 he holds his own on the boards. Led Holy Name in scoring in a loss to Cathedral on Saturday.
St. Joseph's were led by a pair of seniors - Michael Carpenter and Taverick Roberson. Carpenter was good from behind the arc, including three consecutive 3-pointers he hit in a loss to Holy Cross (N.Y.) on Saturday. Roberson is strong with the ball and with his quickness and crossover dribble, got into the lane often in Saturday's loss to Holy Cross.
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