From the Sideline
Palmetto Classic
Ben Lippen vs Christian Academy of MB

Day 2 at the Palmetto Classic is here and with it we have 6 more games on tap. Game 2 of the day puts Ben Lippen vs Christian Academy of MB. Both teams got a loss yesterday and would look to rebound here on day 2. Davis Guyton and Mike Green put up good games on day 1 for MB but it came at a cost as Green twisted an ankle in the loss and is out the rest of the event. Ben Lippen got huge games from its senior backcourt yesterday but would that be enough to get them a win on day 2? With the fans looking on, we were ready to find out who would come out on top.
Ryan McCray opened up the game with the hot hand for Ben Lippen, scoring 8 in the first quarter but Lippen would still be down 3 (16-13) after 1. MB would hold that lead into the break (29-25) thanks to a nice advantage on the glass. The 3rd quarter gave more of the same for MB but try as they could, they could not put Lippen away, allowing them to stay within striking distance before opening up an 8 point lead late. Lippen would fight until the end but ultimately it would be MB walking away with the win. Christian Academy wins this by the final of 59-56.
Players of note:

Ben Lippen:

Ryan McCray, 5’11 2018 G – 2 games in, 2 solid showings for the senior. Killed the defense with speed and the floater in this one. Follows 18 point performance with another big game. (21p/5r/3a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javian Bellamy, 6’1 2018 G – The other half of the dynamic duo for Lippen showed out as well on day 2. A huge game yesterday followed up by a solid one today has to put him on the radar for schools still looking for help in their 2018 class. (14p/3r/3a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Academy:

 

Sam Woods, 6’8 2018 F – Bouncy and active hard hat type player comes to work every time we have seen him go. Keeps possessions alive on the glass and will sacrifice the body to make a play. Type of blue-collar big every coach loves to have. (22p/14r)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jalen Matthews, 6’1 2019 W – Strong wing puts up another good showing here in this event. He gets after it when on the floor and plays with power. Stepped up his game today with Green out and showed versatility to his game. Plus motor drives production here. (14p/8r/4a/1 block)