Last night Carlton Brundidge and the Southfield Blue Jays went up against Brandan Kearney and the Southeastern Jungaleers in a tournament held at Romulus high school. Dylan and I made the trip to watch the Michigan and Michigan State commits go at it. The game also featured big man and Dayton commit Percy Gibson for Southeastern. Brundidge struggled, as Kearney and Gibson stole the show, but here’s a highlight film of notable plays from Brundidge and Kearney.
Scouting and game report after the jump.
The game kicked off very much in Southfield’s favor. The Blue Jays were running the Jungaleers out of the gym and built a quick double-digit lead in the first quarter. Brundidge looked very impressive in the early going, while Kearney struggled. But this didn’t last long. In the second quarter, Southeastern went to a 1-3-1 trap that immediately swung the game in the Jungaleers’ favor. The Jays couldn’t hold on to the ball because they just weren’t moving it fast enough, allowing Southeastern’s defenders, specifically the incredibly long and quick Kearney, to double-team the ball and clog passing lanes. This lead to transition buckets fro Southeastern, who rapidly closed the gap and, by the end of the third quarter, had built a sizeable lead of their own. Southfield simply couldn’t get anything going against Southeastern’s zone and the final score was 73-56, Southeastern.
- Carlton Brundidge It wasn’t his best night. The senior started off the game hot, knocking down a couple 3-pointers and getting to the line, but a 1-3-1 zone is really tough to break all by yourself. When Southeastern went to the zone, Brundidge had a hard time getting anything going as he was double-teamed nearly every time he got the ball and Kearney’s long arms at the top prevented Southfield from efficiently moving the ball. Brundidge is a scorer much more than a facilitator and Southeastern made it tough on him tonight. He ended the game with 12 points and a handful of turnovers.
- Brandan Kearney Kearney was great. He showed off his ability to dominate a game through defense as the front man in Southeastern’s smothering zone. He’s quick enough to stay with any guard and so long that’s it’s really hard to get a pass around him or shoot over him. On offense, he started slow but found a groove, and kept it going the remainder of the game. He connected on an array of shots from three point range and mid-range. He also scored taking the ball to the basket on a number of drives and backdoor cuts. Kearney’s ability as a passer was also on display as he consistently got the ball to Percy Gibson, who also had a heck of a game. Gibson, a Dayton commit, was a force around the basket and finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kearney controlled the game for the Jungaleers and finished with 24 points.