By: Robbie Goodrich
Word of God Christian Academy (NC) 80, South Kent 87
The of Work of God Christian Academy rolled into its star’s, Rawle Alkins, stomping grounds of New York City and wanted to take the Big Apple Classic as a home game. South Kent had other plans, defeating the Holy Rams 87-80.
Alkins, a 6’5 guard with a pro body, has schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, St. Johns and a host of elite D-1 schools chasing him. Him and his teammates received a rude home coming from the more than ready South Kent Cardinals.
Alkins was hampered by early foul trouble and only logged 26 minutes, scoring 11 points.
South Kent was the aggressor all night. Tremont Waters led the Cardinals with big help from Seton Hall bound Myles Powell.
Powell, a 6’2 shoot guard, lit up the Holy Rams from deep all night. He finished 5-for-11 from behind the arc, having an overall stat line of 26 points, four rebounds and three assists.
“Coach had a great game plan and we followed it,” mentioned Powell and when asked about Alkins ineffectiveness. “Knowing that Rawle is a drive first player, we decided to put Eli (Hughes) on him. He is one of our best defenders.”
Tremont Waters, an elite 5’9 PG in the 2017 class, pressured the Holy Rams defense all night. Waters was effective from three going 4-for-7 and finished with 18 points, while dishing out seven dimes.
The first half was simply a three parade for South Kent. The Cardinals hit 8-of-15 from and raced out to 45-38 first half lead. At times their lead was pushed into double digits, but the Holy Rams gave chase putting together some scoring streaks with help from senior guard Mikeil Watkins and junior guard Blake Harris.
Watkins hit 5-for-11 form behind the arc and finished with 23 points, and grabbed rebounds.
Blake Harris went 9-for-9 from the charity stripe and finished with 23 points himself.
The highlight of the first half was a monster jam from South Kent’s senior Matthew Moyer. Moyer will be attending Syracuse next year and this jam was next level stuff that exemplifies why he earned a spot on the Orangemen roster. Moyer finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Check out the pictures in our gallery of the thundering slam.
The second half was more of cat and mouse. The teams played even, but without a steady third option the Holy Rams couldn’t catch the Cardinals from South Kent.
Blake Harris for the Holy Rams received the Big Apple Sportsmanship Award for the game and South Kent’s Myles Powell was the game MVP.