Athlete of the Week:
The Independence junior was selected the “Player of the Game” by head basketball coach Preston Davis for his all around performance in the Patriots home opener. The 6’7″ Power Forward scored 10 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, had 4 steals, 3 assists, 3 blocks and 1 tip in the contest while dominating in key game situations under the boards. He also played a very solid defensive game making it difficult for his opponents to penetrate driving lanes or consider going baseline to the basket. His play forced the visitors to shoot outside the perimeter and take 3-point shots or jump shots around the key. When the visiting team did try going inside down low they were aggressively challenged and he was only called for 2 personal fouls. His presence inside the paint was very apparent.
Zion Bosley-Slade – The junior SG led the scoring for the Patriots with 12 points, but also made a solid contribution with 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists and 3 tips. He delivered with a consistent defensive effort for Indy while on the court.
Emmanuel Torres – The senior PG was selected as “Player of the Game” by head coach Donald Kirby. He scored 14 points, shot 67% from the floor, hauled down 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and added 4 steals for the Rocky River Ravens.
Jayden Lyles – The senior SG led all scorers with 20 points shooting 73% from the floor going 8/11, while adding 5 rebounds and 2 assists in the Ravens home opener win.
Eli Grier – The freshman SG scored 21 points shooting 50% from the floor. He contributed 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals for the Queens Grant Stallions who now have a 3-0 start to their season.
Keion Adams – The 6’4″ senior scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, and added 1 block for a very solid performance on the hardwood for the Stallions.