With 3 of my top 5 middle school teams in the and the best girls team in the city, Colonial, the SCIAA Anti-Bullying Classic promises to be one that will create a lot of movement in the next rankings . Starting tomorrow at Airways Middle on the boys side, #1 Germantown will play against A Maceo Walker with Colonial girls right behind them at 2:30 pm with Snowden and Dexter to follow setting up to me, two really good games the following day.
I have Germantown advancing to play Bellevue who is my #2 team and undefeated right now in what maybe the best game of the entire tournament. That game will be on January 4th at 6:00 pm followed by another pretty good one, Snowden and Ridgeway. I don’t know but maybe I would have found a way to put them on opposite sides so we could see that Red Devils Bobcat game in the title game but either way, I’m really looking forward to that game.
Guard play versus length and we know how important it is to have guards in middle school but this one has two contrasting styles. Bellevue has really good guards in JR Jacobs, AJ Dillworth, Amar Knox, Dustin Richmond and a recovering Cartier Beverly who has a few more practices under his belt coming off injury. Germantown beats you with skilled length and player who can control a game with his motor and scoring around the basketball, Cameron Miller. Bellevue is pretty good defensively and will get after you and try to pressure you into turnovers which turn into easy scores for them. In that game, Jhamal Ross of Germantown and Chris Martin will have to big to counteract Bellevue’s scoring from the guard position. Handling the ball and making the right decisions with the ball and taking good shots will be key. Bellevue isn’t the biggest team and Germantown must play to their strength which is their skilled bigs. If they try to “out guard” Bellevue, their will be a new #1.
Snowden Ridgeway should be pretty good as well. Ridgeway is a team that is still very very capable of winning the Large School State Sectional and they have their own formula of how they can beat you. Feed Kristian Spencer and get EJ Smith and Chip Brunt going early. Snowden was a top 5 team earlier in the season and a team I wouldn’t want to play late in post season. Madricus Pittman is a shooter who can hit from deep all over the floor but who gets them going, Jamarius Brooks. He’s an attacking guard and Ridgeway must keep him out the paint and stop the drive to make him and others become jump shooters. They could also be without a key player but we will see on tomorrow in their first game.
We could see Bellevue Ridgeway for the first time this year in the title game or we could see Snowden Bellevue or maybe Germantown Ridgeway for another really good game. Any of them would be fun to watch but my prediction is Bellevue for the overall tournament champion. For some reason I think Bellevue has a chip on their shoulder after not being named the best team in the city and will be out to prove that they are. On the girls side, I have Colonial in a tight one over Havenview.
The SCIAA Anti-Bullying Tournament starts tomorrow at 1:00 pm.