The third game of Phenom’s November Classic took place between The Burlington School and Providence Day School. The Spartans quickly jumped out to a lead, highlighted by a balanced overall attack, opening things up with a 9-3 run and only keeping their foot on the gas. Though they saw contributions from guys like 6’10 ’21 Kuluel Mading and 6’1 ’22 Shane Peterson, 6’1 ’21 Jamarii Thomas really established the tone on both ends of the floor, ending the first quarter with a 20-12 lead. However, Providence Day continued to battle behind the play of 6’1 ’22 Quave Propst-Allison and 6’3 ’22 Bryce Scott, going into halftime only trailing 33-29. Although Providence Day continued to show resistance, even tying things up at 34-34, The Burlington School maintained their 52-45 advantage going into the fourth period. Additionally, 6’2 ’24 Zion Walker and 6’3 ’24 Kobe George played well beyond their years for the Spartans, playing a quality role in their 67-58 victory over Providence Day School.
6’1 ’21 Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School)
What more really needs to be said about the point guard at this point? Thomas exudes confidence and leadership on both sides of the ball, overwhelming opponents with his sharp first step, palpable toughness, combination of strength and athleticism. He attacked off the dribble, touched the paint at a high volume, and made smart decisions with regularity as a passer. Thomas consistently forced turnovers defensively and finished or made the proper read in transition. One would be hard-pressed to find much fault in his showing from this contest.
6’0 ’22 Shane Peterson (The Burlington School)
While certainly not the most headline-worthy prospect on this team, Peterson is easily one of the most effective and consistent. His ability to defend, keep the ball moving, and hit shots within the flow of the offense makes him extremely valuable. Peterson doesn’t look to take over games, nor does he need to, and simply thrives at filling in the gaps. He looks to space the floor, make the extra pass, and provide hustle wherever need. Peterson is an absolute x-factor and should fill a useful void at the next level.
6’1 ’22 Quave Propst-Allison (Providence Day)
From the opening tip, it was evident that Propst-Allison is the clear offensive catalyst of this group. He operated effectively as the main creator and found opportunities for himself and others, but also hit shots as a spot-up threat within the flow of the action. Propst-Allison utilizes his speed, quickness, and change of pace to navigate on the court. He’s a blur in transition, especially with the ball in his hands, and attacks the basket with consistency. Propst-Allison really carried this group, especially when things got tough, and led well on both ends of the floor.
6’3 ’22 Bryce Scott (Providence Day)
As Propst-Allison controlled the offensive action, Scott really found ways to make an impact through hustle and toughness as a defender and rebounder. He has a strong, sturdy frame and utilizes it well to absorb contact and play bigger than his size would imply around the basket. Scott is a great all-around athlete with the ability to guard multiple positions.