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The depth of Imhotep pushed the Panthers past La Salle College High School Wednesday night in North Philadelphia, 63-46. Imhotep had three players in double figures, led by Basil Thompson.
Thompson had 13 for the Panthers, who used a 13-0 run midway through the third period to put the Explorers away for good. La Salle was led by Amar Stukes, who is headed to La Salle University next fall, who netted 17 points.
“He played solid,” Imhotep coach Andre Noble said . “Basil plays hard. Sometimes you see him run at the ball when we don’t want him to. He just has to be a little more disciplined in how he plays but he always gives his best effort.”
Providence bound senior Brandon Austin was not as effective as normal Wednesday night, scoring just eight points. He was limited by foul trouble, as he picked up three in the first half, and his fourth just twenty seconds into the second half.
“I really don’t think we played well today,” Noble said. “We left a lot of points out there. We played hard at times, but not consistently enough. I think we can do a lot better than what we did today, and id we don’t, we will have a lot of losses on our record.”
La Salle did not have another scorer besides Stukes in double figures on Wednesday night. Fairfield bound Steve Smith had just six points on the night, as he has a number of shots rim in and out. Stukes did not believe that the team played well together, and he also was not ecstatic with his own performance, despite scoring 17 points.
“I didn’t finish sometimes, I didn’t hit any threes either,” Stukes said. “I thought I could have worked on that a little bit. A couple of threes could have helped out in the game. We are playing away from our home gym, and they hit a lot of shots.”
“I don’t think we did much well,” Stukes added. “This is definitely one of our worst games we have ever played together. We can’t do anything but learn from it. I don’t think really any positives came from this game offensively as a team.”
A pleasent surprise for Imhotep was sophomore guard Tyheem Harmon, who scored 11 points for the Panthers. He was quick to the basket, and finished the ball when he got there. Harmon’s performance speaks quantities to how deep the Panthers bench is.
“He was our twelfth man walking into the gym today,” Noble said. “He played good, so he stayed in the game. We are going to compete our butts off tomorrow, and the guys that compete well will be the guys that play at Lincoln. We have a deep team. We have some guys with different talents.”
Imhotep has little time to celebrate the win, as they have a tough schedule ahead of them.
“We play a tough schedule. Lincoln on Saturday, MCS on Tuesday, flying to California on Wednesday. It is not easy what we have to do, so if we don’t get better it will turn south real quick.
The game against Lincoln will be part of the VILLA Classic at Arcadia University this weekend. The VILLA Classic matches top high school basketball programs from New York City and Philadelphia against each other. Imhotep and Lincoln will tip off at 5:30p.m. Philadelphia teams Philadelphia Electric & Technology, Math Civics & Sciences and Vaux will also be participating in the classic.