The second game for day one of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two quality programs in Comenius and Greater Beckley Christian. Through the first quarter, this contest had all the makings of a competitive battle. Both teams have talent within their roster and traded the lead multiple times through the first period, but Comenius held a 16-19 lead after eight minutes of play. The following quarter featured more up-tempo basketball, as Comenius continued to force turnovers and push transition play at every opportunity. Greater Beckley Christian maintained their offensive consistency but struggled to get stops, leading to a 32-45 score entering halftime. After the break, Comenius continued controlling the lead. Though Alik Lewis led the way, it was a pretty balanced effort for the Knights. Greater Beckley also had numerous contributors, but Kaden Smallwood and Sherlock Padmore were among their top standouts. Though still trailing, Greater Beckley chipped away at Comenius’ advantage and ended the third quarter only trailing 52-62. The Crusaders continued fighting throughout the final period, trimming the deficit to as little as four, but Comenius ultimately won this contest by a score of 79-89.
6’1 ’23 Alik Lewis
Given his gaudy production this season, it should come as no surprise for folks to see Lewis operating as the primary leader for this Comenius squad. It really begins with his all-around skillset and ability to dictate the offensive action in a variety of different ways. Lewis is a willing playmaker with IQ, vision, and craftiness, but can also effortlessly fill it up as a scoring threat from all three levels. He doesn’t try to do too much, understanding how to simplify the game for himself and others, and looks to make the right play with regularity. Lewis displays useful defensive instincts, cuts very well, and finds scoring opportunities with or without the ball in his hands. His dominance was evident throughout this showing.
5’10 ’22 Decimus Lewis
While he contributed in various different ways, Lewis’ motor and overall energy is arguably his best attribute. He plays so hard at all times, harassing opposing ball-handlers, sprinting on every transition chance, and attacking the basket with force. Lewis has active hands, forces turnovers at a solid rate, and shows a desire to make hustle plays whenever available.
Greater Beckley Christian:
5’11 ’23 Kaden Smallwood
In many ways, Smallwood has stood out as a main leader for this group. He’s smart, unselfish, and does a great job of competing on both ends of the floor. Smallwood touches the paint at a strong rate, where he’s capable of finishing or setting up teammates. He’s an efficient three-level scorer with toughness and the understanding of how to properly run a team. Smallwood is great in transition and defends well for his size.
6’6 ’23 Sherlock Padmore
Arguably the best interior player on the floor, Padmore had no issue asserting himself around the basket on either side of the ball. He’s long, fluid, and offers great activity within the paint, which allows him to secure rebounds and alter shots at a steady rate. Padmore moves well for his size, displays solid touch, and utilizes his length really well. Should he continue on his current trajectory, Padmore should have suitors at the next level.