26 Jan 2024

MAIT Semi-Final: Prolific Prep vs. Brewster Academy

Yes, Prolific Prep has the top player in the Class of 2025, A.J. Dybansta, and 2026, Tyran Stokes, to go along with Georgia Tech signee Aiden Sherrill, but Brewster out of the Nike Scholastic EYBL has six D-I signees on its roster to go along with a couple of underclassmen that already look to be high-major college prospects.  This one has all the makings of a fantastic game with the potential for a bevy of Sportscenter Top Ten plays.

Brewster got on the board first with mid-range jumper from 6’2 senior and Stanford signee Elijah CrawfordZoom Diallo, a Washington signee and 6’4 senior, answered in the same way for Prolific.  Brewster grabbed the lead back with a three from Crawford and that began a back-and-forth in which Prolific would score and Crawford would answer for Brewster.  Crawford scored Brewster’s first nine points and the team was up 9-6 with 5:12 to play.  That scenario ended when Prolific produced a 9-0 run as Stokes slammed one home on the break and Dybansta went off with a three, a putback, and a steal and score.  In short order, Prolific was up 15-9 with just over three minutes to play in the period.  That six-point margin would stick until 1:04 left in the period and Prolific up 19-13.  Brewster’s D.J. Shine hit back-to-back threes to close the first quarter tied up at 19-19.

Each team hit a three on their respective first possessions of the second quarter.  Once again, Prolific got on a roll.  Stokes scored inside and Dybansta had a pair of dynamic dunks to go up 28-22.  Brewster’s 6’7 junior Preston Fowler got the Bobcats back to within three with a three but five straight Prolific points pushed their lead to 33-25 with just over three minutes to play.  Brewster hit a three to trim the lead but Prolific answered with a three of their own.  After a Brewster free throw cut it to 36-29 with twenty-seven ticks left, Dybansta unleashed a furious dunk on a drive and was fouled.  He missed the free throw and Brewster’s Crawford rushed the ball up the floor.  He was fouled with two seconds left and his two free throws made the half-time score 38-1 in favor of Prolific.

The third quarter was pretty much about not only the potential of Dybansta and Stokes of Prolific but their production as well.  Stokes started the show with a two inside after a cut to the basket and then knocked down a three off the dribble.  Dybansta then got involved with a driving score and a four-point play.  At that point, Prolific’s lead was fourteen at 49-35 with 5:25 remaining in the third.  Five straight points from Brewster’s 6’5 senior Nojus Indrusitis got Brewster back to within nine but Dybansta roared back with a baseline jam and one to get the margin back to double digits.  Winters Grady, a 6’4 junior for Prolific, then joined in the scoring barrage as he scored seven straight points.  Crawford continued to lead Brewster and ultimately cut the deficit to ten, 61-51 entering the final quarter.

A quick 6-2 spurt by Brewster, all by Crawford, got them back to within 63-57, but then the Dybansta and Stokes show returned.  They produced a 7-0 run to make the score 70-57 with 4:35 to go.  Brewster made one final run, getting to within nine on three separate occasions.  However, time was now more the enemy and Brewster ran out of it.  Stokes finished off the scoring with a dunk in transition and Prolific heads to the title game with an 80-69 win.

Dybansta finished with 30 points, going 10-11 from their field.  Stokes supplied 22 points while Grady put up 13 points.

For Brewster, Crawford was the only one in double-figures with 30 points.



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