A couple of freshman boys basketball players continue to impress this season as evidenced by their all-around play at the SAC tournament Tuesday.
Northrop's Bryson Scott scored 20 points in leading the Bruins to a stunning 78-76 win over South Side during the tournament at Wayne.
Scott scored 11 of his points in the fourth quarter.
"This is his seventh game as a high school player, but he's played hundreds and hundreds of games against quality opponents and some of the elite athletes in the United States," Northrop coach Barak Coolman said of Scott's AAU experience. "It makes the transition a little easier when you have played that many games against guys like that. You have a tremendous amount of confidence because of they have been able to do in the past, and they love to compete."
Another freshman, Concordia's Marq Rogers, scored only four points on 2-of-10 shooting but his work defensively on Luers senior Deshaun Thomas was big for the Cadets staying in the game before succumbing 71-59.
Thomas scored a season-low 18 points, with Rogers drawing the primary defensive assignment on the Mr. Basketball favorite.
"Marq is a unique player," Concordia coach Josh Eggold said. "He is long and takes good angles defensively. He is going to get stronger as he gets older. Deshaun has a nice crossover, and a lot of guys don't get low enough to defend it, and Marq really bends over and tries to get into that space. The plan was to when he puts it on the deck to come at him and let Marq's length at least try to influence some of his shots. We would then try to send one of big kids at him to try and sandwich him."