NY2LASPORTS.COM - LOONEY LIFTS HAMILTON PAST VINCENT
Nick Aiello — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
In one of the state’s major regular season finales, two of the top teams in the state in Division 1, Milwaukee Vincent and Milwaukee Hamilton engaged in a tough City Conference battle. Hamilton came out hot due largely to star juniors Kevon Looney and David Burrell commanding a stout defensive unit, controlling the glass on both ends, and scoring the basketball early. Looney’s 16 first half points had his team up 25-12 at the half. Vincent struggled to get anything going offensively through three quarters of the game, but held tough defensively going into the fourth and turned things on. Vincent’s junior forward, Marcus White had 16 points on the night, including 8 in the fourth, to help the Vikings pull within 3 (46-43) with under a minute to play. However, Looney again took over down the stretch with a strong offensive rebound and finish for an “and-1” basket, and a big block on defense, helped seal the game for Hamilton, who defended their home court, 55-43.
Kevon Looney – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-8 – Milwaukee, WI
Looney displayed once again why he is one of the top players in the country in the junior class. His length and athleticism, skill-set, and altogether basketball IQ make him one of the toughest players to defend. Vincent struggled to contain him offensively or get around his long reach defensively as he ended up with 5 blocks on the night. Looney grabbed huge rebounds all night (14 officially), went 12 of 17 from the free-throw stripe, and poured in a game-high 32 points to will his squad to the win.
Marcus White – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
6-5 – Milwaukee, WI
White has put together a very nice season for himself, and against Hamilton was the one bright spot in a tough game for the Vikings. The 6-5 junior finished with 16 points by finishing well at the rim on a night when his perimeter shot was not falling, and his big fourth quarter dunk sparked a come-back attempt. He was also perfect from the free-throw line (4-4).
David Burrell – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-6 – Milwaukee, WI
As the energy-man, Burrell disrupts opponents rhythm with his penchant for snagging loose balls, going up high for rebounds and controlled tip-outs, and coming over to help blocking shots – all of which he performed against Vincent. Burrell also did a great job in the first half knocking down shots and hitting 3 of 5 from the line. The 6-8 forward slowed down offensively in the second half, but his scoop-and-score via a block from Looney and a euro-step by a defender himself, helped finish off the game. He ended the contest with 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Jhmad Norwood – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-5 – Milwaukee, WI
Norwood came on the scene big against the Vikings with huge baskets in the first half. The junior forward was able to position himself well for 4 big offensive rebounds, three of which he put back for scores and added another bucket for 8 points on the night. He also excelled at the hustle plays, grabbing loose rebounds and getting deflections defensively.
Jabari Hobson – G – 2013 – Milwaukee Vincent H.S.
6-2 – Milwaukee, WI
Hobson knocked down a few big shots in the second half for Vincent, including a three-pointer. The senior guard finished with 8 points and did a nice job causing turnovers defensively with his pressure out high in the final quarter.
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