NY2LASPORTS.COM - LOONEY DROPS 43 AS HAMILTON ROLLS ON
Nick Aiello — Contributing Editor - NY2LASPORTS.COM
Milwaukee Hamilton and West Allis Central met up in a Regional Final competition Saturday afternoon, featuring a number of familiar preps prospects. On hand and carrying their teams respectively were 2014 G/F Kevon Looney (Hamilton) and 2015 PG Brandon Key (Central). Hamilton jumped out to an early lead at home against the visiting Bulldogs, catching them on their heels briefly and getting some offensive rebounds and put-backs. However, Key and company found a rhythm in the second quarter which actually took a lead before eventually going into halftime down 31-30. Much of the second half was a different story though. Despite Central coming out strong, the two teams split the lead back-and-forth before Looney put everyone on his back and willed Hamilton to a commanding 89-72 victory to claim the Regional crown and advance to the Semi-Sectional round against Racine Case.
LOONEY DROPS 43 AS HAMILTON ROLLS
TIMMER PACES NBE TO SECTIONALS
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Kevon Looney – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-8 – Milwaukee, WI
“Incredible.” It’s the only word that could seem to come to everyone’s mind after watching the show Looney put on against the Bulldogs. The #6 ranked junior in the country utilized his sized over the smaller opponent to catch and shoot inside time after time, got to the free-throw line 15 times in the second half (16-19 for the game), drilled a three in the first half, and capped his night with a chilling one-handed slam down the middle of the lane! Looney finished with 43 points and 17 rebounds in a scintillating performance.
Brandon Key – PG – 2015 – West Allis Central H.S.
5-11 – Milwaukee, WI
Key was electrifying throughout the game to give his team a chance against a much bigger Hamilton team. The sophomore point guard’s control of the game gets better each night he steps on the court and his 10 assists were often done in spectacular, yet controlled fashion. He made big play after big play to ignite the Bulldogs even while trailing late in the second half. Key was able to penetrate against Looney who tried to defend Key much of the game and either finish, get to the line, or distribute to open teammates with much success. He scored 12 points in the loss.
Danya Kingsby – PG – 2016 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-0 – Milwaukee, WI
Kingsby was solid throughout the game and did not look rattled against a Central defense that puts a lot of pressure up top. Kingsby knocked in a long three in the third quarter and was collected at the free-throw line, going 6 of 7 in the second half to finish the game with 13 points and 3 assists.
Ron Turkvan – SG – 2014 – West Allis Central H.S.
6-0 – West Allis, WI
Turkvan bounced back from a tough game Friday night to knock down some big jumpers for the Bulldogs Saturday. The junior shooting guard elevates exceptionally on his jump shot, making it incredibly difficult to block, and has a clean flick of the wrist on the release, making for a pretty score most of the time. He’s still working on consistency picking his shots, but Turkvan is a dynamic athlete with strong defensive mentality and the ability to score in small spaces as all five of his shots tonight were completed with a hand in the face. He added a free-throw as well to finish with 11 points.
David Burrell – F – 2014 – Milwaukee Hamilton H.S.
6-5 – Milwaukee, WI
Burrell was steady again for Hamilton, grabbing 9 rebounds (5 offensive), getting put backs, and making great passes over the top to Looney with high-low action. The junior finished with 11 points, 6 assists and 3 blocks in the victory.
Jerome Cummings – G/F – 2015 – West Allis Central H.S.
6-1 – Milwaukee, WI
Like Turkvan, Cummings returned to the Central line-up with vengeance Saturday, looking more ready and controlled when he got opportunities against Hamilton. The smooth-moving, lanky lefty displayed his ability to score in a variety of ways, either creeping back door for a lay-up, sinking a spot up three-point attempt or being able taking the defender off the dribble for a pull-up jumper, Cummings knocked ‘em down for 10 points (3-4 from the free-throw line).
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