Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Glenn Hills notches big win; Richmond and Josey stay undefeated; Watson-Gayle pours in the points

Butler Summer league schedule
Friday and Monday I watched over 10 boys high school summer league games at Butler. I shared live highlights at the @AugBball social media accounts:

As you can see to the right, the boys are back in action tonight.

But before those games tip off, I'll share the full highlights and a few of my thoughts from the last two game days at Butler.

Glenn Hills snaps Butler's hot streak

Butler responded to an opening night loss to Richmond with a string of blowout victories over good teams like Laney and North Augusta. I thought they would continue to roll over rival Glenn Hills Monday, especially because 6'7" Timmy Sellers would sit with an injury. But Robert Drew made a barrage of shots in the first half to help Glenn Hills claim a double digit lead. And Eric Farmer made key baskets in the final minutes of regulation and overtime to give the Spartans an impressive victory in what may have been the best game I've seen this summer.

More impressive than winning without Sellers was winning while Butler played so well. Deandre Barton, Will Lambert, Keith Littles, and Drez McBride continued their scorching hot play. Before the loss to Glenn Hills, the Bulldogs had followed their blowout win over Laney with this thumping of North Augusta:

Richmond and Josey remain undefeated

Friday Richmond rolled past Baldwin, which is led by head coach Buck Harris, the former Laney coach. And Monday Josey coasted past Hephzibah. These are the only undefeated teams I've followed through the first eight days of summer ball. Several of their wins are featured in the past several blog posts. Here are the highlights from their most recent games that I've watched:

You'll see on the schedule above that Josey plays Lakeside and Richmond plays Laney Wednesday night. Staying unbeaten will not be easy. I'll share the action live, so tune in.

The summer's hottest player: Westminster's Jelani Watson-Gayle

The returning Augusta Chronicle Independent School Player of the Year played Friday with Alleluia, and he played better than anybody I watched during the first week of summer action. Here are Watson-Gayle and his one day Alleluia teammates like Ben Dresser, Elliot Balducci, and Sam and Ben Freed.

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