Beast Athletics Shootout

Posted on: February 24th, 2013, by Rick Staudt

It was a busy Saturday down in the Tampa area.  Prior to taking in a Regional Final game at night, we caught the second day of the First Annual Beast Athletics Shootout at Oldsmar Christian. The main attraction was the top player in the 2013 Class, 6’8 Andrew Wiggins, and his Huntington Prep team out of West Virginia taking on The Rock School out of Gainesville.  Prior to that contest, local rivals Faith Baptist of Brandon took on host school Oldsmar Christian.

GAME 1: Faith Baptist vs. Oldsmar

The game got off to a slow start as the score was 2-2 after the first four minutes.  The Faith Baptist defense made Oldsmar use a lot of time on the clock in trying to find an open shot from anywhere on the court.  From that midway point, the pace picked up a bit as both teams extended their defense in hopes of forcing turnovers and getting easy basket.  Faith Baptist had just a bit more success and after one quarter of play they led 9-6.

A slow pace returned to the game to open the second period.  Some bad shots and unforced turnovers kept Faith Baptist from extending their lead but Oldsmar could not capitalize on their end.  The score was only 12-11 in favor f Oldsmar at the four minute mark.  The game was tied at 13 with two minutes until halftime and that is when things got interesting.  Oldsmar took the lead on a three but Faith Baptist responded in kind.  The teams traded the lead a couple of times until Oldsmar scored just before the halftime buzzer to go up 20-19.

Faith Baptist scored the first five points of the third period to lead by four.  They would get the lead to as much as seven but by the four minute mark the score was only 27-24 in favor of Faith Baptist.  The margin was only two with two minutes to go.  At that point Faith scored two quick baskets to go up six.  Oldsmar held the ball for a final shot and capitalized just before the buzzer.  With one quarter left to play, Faith Baptist led 33-29.

Faith Baptist outscored Oldsmar 6-3 in the first four minutes of the final quarter.  They switched to a zone and that made it more difficult for Oldsmar to score.  Oldsmar would continue to chip away at the led but each time they got close Faith Baptist had an answer.  Faith led 44-37 until Oldsmar hit a three with four seconds left to cut the lead to four.  That would be as close as the host team would get and Faith Baptist won a tough game 44-40.

Faith Baptist was led by 17 points from Niem StevensonOscar Cabrera added 13 points, nine from behind the arc.  Cincinnati commit Deshaun Morman had 8 points while Demetrius Henry added six before fouling out with just under a minute to play.

For Oldsmar, Troy Holston led all scorers with 20 points.  Thomas Horn added 7, Delano Spencer tossed in 6, Robert Joiner added 4 and D.J. Bowles finished with 3 points.

GAME 2: Huntington Prep (WV) vs. Gainesville The Rock School

In a complete reversal from the first game, both teams looked to get out and score quickly.  Though not always successful, each team had their moments and at the midway point of the first quarter the score was tied at eight.  On the next Huntington possession, Andrew Wiggins gave a glimpse of why he is considered the #1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.  With the ball above the three point line and top of the key, Wiggins dribble right then executed a quick crossover to his left the dunked one hard in traffic.  The place went beserk!!  Most teams would have fallen apart right then and there.  The Rock answered with a 10-0 run at that point, making the score 18-10 with 2:05 left in the quarter and Huntington called a time out.  They scored on their next possession but Austin Harrell of The Rock drained a three just before the buzzer.  The Rock led 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.

The Rock continued to roll to start the second period.  They outscored Huntington 8-3 and built a 29-15 lead by the four minute mark.  At that point, Huntington tightened up their defense and The Rock took some bad shots.  Huntington used their defense to ignite their offense and made a comeback.  They cut the margin in half to 31-24 by the end of the quarter.

The Rock scored the first four points of the third quarter, but Huntington got their deficit down to down at the five minute mark and called timeout.  It didn’t help and The Rock again got their advantage into double figures.  However, The Rock started getting “turnover-it is” and allowed Huntington to get back into the contest.  By the end of the third quarter, Huntington was within six at 43-37.

Huntington scored the first four points of the final quarter to pull within two at the 6:35 mark and the Rock called time out.  In the huddle, The Rock decided to use as much clock as possible until they got the shot they wanted.  They were able to run almost two minutes off the clock and finally scored to lead by four with four minutes to play.  Huntington missed their next opportunity and realized they would need to foul or The Rock would never take another shot.  They did so and both Joel Embid and Glen Fiedanga would go a combined 5-6 from the line to ice the game.  The Rock was able to defeat one of the top teams in the country by a score of 54-44.

The Rock was led by Joel Embiid with 16 points.  Glen Fiedanga was the only other player on the team with double figures with 10 points.

For Huntington Prep, Andrew Wiggins had a game high 17 points while highly regarded sophomore Montique Gill-Caesar finished with 12 points.

An All-Event Team was selected:

Delano Spencer, Oldsmar Christian

Dominique Woodson, Huntington Prep

Mitchell Wilbekin, The Rock

Andrew Wiggins, Huntington Prep

MVP: Joel Embiid, The Rock

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