From the Sideline
West Charlotte vs Freedom Christian
Day 2 at the Palmetto Classic is here and with it, we have 6 more games on tap. Game 1 on the day puts West Charlotte vs Freedom Christian. Both teams got a loss yesterday and would look to rebound here on day 2. Freedom’s senior big, Milos Stajcic had a solid showing in game one and would be looking to show out here again. West Charlotte counters with the twin bigs in Patrick Williams and Ahmad Gilbert so needless to say, we were looking forward to seeing the bigs go to work in this one.
The stars did not disappoint early as each of the bigs mentioned above went to work. For all their contributions though it was a pair of guards, Jamahri Harvey for Freedom, and Cartier Jerrnigan for WC that led the way at the half with 8 points each. WC would go in at the break up 3 (27-24) but if the first half was any indication, they were in for a fight come the second half.
WC would come out to start the half hot from the field as their pull-up game was on fire. They used the jumper to jump out to a 37-30 lead in the 3rd and would hold onto the lead the rest of the way. WC gets the win in this one by the final of 53-39.
Players of note:
Patrick Williams, 6’8 2019 F – Another good game for this kid. He may be the most naturally talented and gifted prospect in the event this week. Size/bounce/strength/athleticism are all here to be had. He shows that he has some junkyard dog in him and it would put him on high major watch lists. (15p/5r/2a/3 blocks)
Cartier Jerrnigan, 6’1 2019 G – Kid can score whenever he wants from wherever he wants. Quick with good handles and a deadly pull-up jumper. Continues his solid showing here in this event with another solid effort in day 2. (14p/3r/4a)
Devontez Walker, 6’4 2019 W – With all the attention paid to the 2 players mentioned above, it is easy to lose sight of this kids game. He had a solid showing yesterday and follows it up with another on day 2. Has a glue guy game in that he can board, score, and move the ball as needed but has more skill than your typical glue guy does. (7p/7r)
Jamahri Harvey, 6’5 2019 G – Came out of the gate showing what he can do with 8 1st qtr points. When he is on he is an attacking player that can show up all over the box score. The issue is that he has stretches where he disappears, like his first half yesterday (0 points/1 rebound). Talent is here, so is the skill set. If he adds consistency to go with it, look out. (12p/5r)
Manrique Alvarado, 5’11 2020 G – Had a quiet game yesterday but came back strong today. The small guard gets after it on the defensive end and moves the ball well on the offensive end. Will force the issue a bit too much at times but shows a good spot-up jumper and floater he can use off the drive to score over bigger opponents. (11p/2r/1a)