Garrett Miley @GWMiley
At the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic held at Widener University, there was Division I talent all over the court in the afternoon. Germantown Academy, Pope John Sparta (N.J.), Constitution, and William Tennent all featured players with great college prospects. LaSalle head coach John Giannini was on hand, as well as Oregon State assistant coach Doug Stewart (who appeared to have his eye on William Tennet’s Horace Spencer)
Game One: Germantown Academy v. Pope John Sparta (N.J.)
Germantown Academy defeated Pope John Sparta (N.J.)on Thursday afternoon by a final score of 64-59. A trio of seniors led Germantown down the stretch and senior guard Nick Lindner, who will be playing for Lafayette next year, calmly led his team to a victory.
Lindner scored 10 second half points and hit two free throws as time winded down at Widener University to ice the game for the Patriots.
After finding themselves down 34-27 at the half, Sparta came out ready play in the second half and came roaring back. They took a 36-34 lead behind seven points from sophomore forward Moustapha Diagne to start the half. Senior wing Greg Dotson kept Germantown afloat for much of the third quarter, scoring nine points for the Patriots. Diagne found himself in foul trouble as the end of the third quarter neared.
Forward/Center Julian Moore re-entered the game for Germantown and completed a three point play to give Germantown a 47-46 lead. The Patriots extended their advantage to 50-48 as the third quarter ended and never looked back.
Moore, listed at 6-foot-9, had a strong first half for the Patriots but foul trouble and the great defensive play of Sparta’s Diagne limited Moore’s second half production. Moore is headed to Penn State next fall and his athleticism in the front court should help the Nittany Lions.
Dotson and Diagne took home the tournament’s MVP awards for their respective teams. Dotson scored 20 points in the game and he remains undecided on where he will play in college. The senior wing has a multitude of Division I offers, including a chance to join point guard Nick Lindner at Lafayette.
Game Two: Constitution v. William Tennet
A deep Constitution took on Horace Spencer and William Tennent. The Generals led wire-to-wire and left Widener with a 54-45 victory.
The first quarter featured very sloppy basketball from both teams and Constitution led the William Tennent Panthers just 9-4.
In the second quarter, Constitution began to find their rhythm offensively. Sought after sophomore wing Ahmad Gilbert scored a pair of baskets just before halftime to give the Generals a 25-15 lead at the half,
Gilbert scored 11 second half points and proved to be too much to handle for the Panthers.
Both number 24’s had big games their teams on Thursday. William Tennant forward Horace Spencer, who stands at 6-foot-8 and over 200 pounds, finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks while Gilbert finished with 16 points and six rebounds for Constitution. Both players took home MVP trophies for their efforts in the Pete and Jameer Nelson Classic.
“I’m 6-foot-6 right now,” said Gilbert after the game. “I’m getting a couple Division I looks.”
“Villanova, Temple, Penn State, all of the local school are looking at [Gilbert],” Constitution coach Rob Moore said after the game. “I talk to Geoff Arnold all the time and Geoff comes and checks him out every now and again. They’ve expressed interest and with a young kid like that everyone wants to see how he’s going to develop.”