Lenawee Christian Tops Plymouth Christian

5 Jan

Top ten ranked in Class D, the Lenawee Christian Cougars rolled into Plymouth Christian and came away with a convincing 65-30 win.  The Cougars came out early and set the tone for the rest of the game, leading 17-4 after the first quarter of the game, and never let the lead get down to under single digits for the rest of the game.

A key for Lenawee Christian in the win, was the inside play of sophomore Maxwell.  Maxwell is a Nigerian transfer, who only goes by his first name.  However, standing at 6’6″ (a rough estimate because no height was provided), Maxwell is a fundamentally sound player on both ends of the court.  First off, he is long, an above the rim type player, athletic, and has broad shoulders, which is hard to stop by itself, but also he knows how to fight for interior post position at such a young age, and when he gets the ball he is dangerous with his back to the basket, scoring on a few turn around baby hook shots.  Maxwell finished up with 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Fellow Nigerian transfer and 10th grader Collins, had a quiet 11 points for the Cougars.  Collins is raw offensively, but the kid is flat out athletic.  He had one dunk where he took off from outside of the paint and it seemed like he just glided forever, finishing the play with an and-one.  With similar height but not the same body as Maxwell, Collins runs the floor well for a big, and has a major upside.

In addition, Lenawee Christian has a third Nigerian transfer, 12th grader Kingsley, who did not play in the game.  It will be interesting to see how the addition of these three players have an impact for the Cougars who are looking to improve upon a regional final appearance from a year ago.

Not to often in high school basketball today a team wins without making a three pointer, but Christian also got a nice balance from their backcourt, including seniors Grant Hohlbein and Brad Harrah.  The two aren’t the flashiest of players, but play the game the right way, competing hard on both ends of the floor with toughness, especially on the defensive side of the ball.  Holbein scored 14 points, and Harrah with 7.

 

One Response to “Lenawee Christian Tops Plymouth Christian”

  1. Anonymous March 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Lenawee Christian is in the State Finals. Tell me again how the 3 Nigerian Refugees are eligible to play? No full names, no birth records. All 3 are over 6 foot 7 and over 200 pounds. Really? That’s fair. Really fair? Wow.

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