SVSU’s Cardinal Classic Recap

21 Dec

Svsu_cardinalThe second annual Cardinal Classic on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University hosted many programs from the mid Michigan area, and featured a few teams who are realistic contenders in their respective divisions.

Game results:

Bay City Western 64 Linden 30

Yale 71 Arbor Prep 62

Davison 48 Bishop Foley 39

Goodrich 42 White Lake Lakeland 32

Flint Southwestern 80 Holly 75

Flint Beecher 72 Saginaw 60

MVP: Cody Kegley 6’0″ junior point guard Yale

The only obstacle in Kegley’s performance was a blood soaked jersey, illustrating how aggressive he played, which took him out of the contest for roughly 40 seconds, the lone time Kegley would leave the game.  Kegley scored 10 of his game high 37 points in the first quarter against Class C top ten team Arbor Prep, including two of three 3s on the day.  Kegley was extremely difficult for defenders to stay in front of, drawing blocking fouls whether it be a forward or guard when attacking the lane.  He’s also got some flare to his game, he can handle the ball with either hand and create for either himself or his teammates.  Kegley also was active on the defensive floor, he fearlessly attacked the glass against taller opponents, coming away with 11 rebounds, while also generating three steals.

Other First Team Members:

Quavon Trawick 6’0″ senior point guard Flint Southwestern

Trawick fueled the Southwestern comeback, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Knights in their win over Class A Holly.  Trawick has a quick first step and scored on a multitude of layups and drives to the basket, his and-one three point play sealed Holly’s fate with 6 seconds left putting Southwestern up four with six seconds left.  Quavon was able to balance the opportunities when he need to score and assist, he limited his mistakes against a solid Holly backcourt, and assisted on six Southwestern buckets and rebounded four balls.

Dylan Alderson 6’4″ sophomore guard Davison

Alderson had the highlight of the Classic, a one handed throw down on the break over a helpless defender.  Dylan can play all three guard positions for the Cardinals, he can facilitate and handle like a point guard, shoot off the perimeter, and use his athleticism and quick first step to attack the basket.  Alderson finished with a game high 26 points, seven rebounds, and used his length to cause three steals.

Jake Daniels 6’2″ senior guard Holly

Daniels, a Saginaw Valley State signee, played on the very same court he will spend the next four years on.  Daniels came straight at Southwestern, scoring 17 of his game high 24 points in  the first half.  He was more quiet in the second half however, but should be primed for a breakout senior campaign.

Neshua Wise 6’4″ senior guard Flint Southwestern

Aiding Trawick in the Knight comeback was classmate Neshua Wise.  Wise can and will be the Knights primary scorer this season.  He has the ability to hurt teams from both on the perimeter and inside.  He’s long and can get defenders on his hip when driving to the basket, however, he’s also a quality three point marksman when he plays off the ball.  He hit four spot up threes on the day, with two coming in the final 3:30 seconds of action to place Southwestern in position to seize victory.  Wise finished with a team high 22 points and nine rebounds.

Second Team Members:

Malik Ellison 5’7″ sophomore point guard Flint Beecher

Ellison is diminutive on the court, but makes up for the lack of size with ball handling and dazzling speed.  He scored 21 points in the team’s victory over Class A Saginaw.

Josh Simms 5’10” senior guard Holly

Lost in the conversation for Holly’s backcourt is Josh Simms, Simms added 19 points in the loss to Flint Southwestern.  Likes to attack the rim with athleticism, and hit two threes.

Cedric Moten 6’2″ senior guard Flint Beecher

Beecher’s rotation calls on Moten to play more of a forward role, and Moten still excelled against the length and athleticism of Saginaw’s front line.  Moten scored 17 points, and hauled in seven rebounds.

Aquavius Burks 6’4″ junior forward Flint Beecher

Burks looks more mobile and agile now as an upperclassmen, he’s quicker to rebounds and even quicker to challenge for loose balls.  He also has a reliable mid-range game to his arsenal.  Finished with 14 points.

Gary Perry 6’8″ senior forward Bishop Foley

Perry found himself in a battle against Davision 6’8″ senior Frank Vukaj.  Vukaj team’s won on the scoreboard, but Perry still had 13 points, including a complicated reverse layup and hauled in nine rebounds.

Other Standouts

Javon Pratt 5’10” senior guard Saginaw

Ronquavious Southward 6’0″ sophomore guard Saginaw

Frank Vukaj 6’8″ senior forward Davison

Josh Moore 6’4″ senior guard Flint Southwestern

Isaac Casillas 6’0″ senior guard Holly

Kyle Woodruff 6’2″ junior guard Holly

David St. Aubin 5’9″ senior guard Goodrich

Austin Gentner 6’6″ senior forward Yale

Colin Casterlow 6’5″ senior forward Ypsilanti Arbor Prep

Cole Maten 6’3″ senior forward Bishop Foley




One Response to “SVSU’s Cardinal Classic Recap”

  1. Joseph Frye December 22, 2014 at 5:20 am #

    Excellent coverage Steve! I’ll be looking for your comments on the PSL Xmas classic.

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