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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 05, 2018 8:40 pm

North Side leads All-SAC boys basketball teams

AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette

All-SAC First Team

Keion Brooks, North Side

Austin Boucher, North Side

Brandan Johnson, North Side

Craig Young, Wayne

Kylon Jarreau, Wayne

David Ejah, Carroll

Arius Jones, Carroll

Onye Ezeakudo, Homestead

Sam Buck, Homestead

Asher Blum, South Side

Dillon Duff, Snider

Hayden Smithey, Bishop Dwenger

The SAC Holiday Tournament champion North Side led the All-SAC Boys Basketball Team with three selections with the teams being released Monday.

The Legends' Keion Brooks, Austin Boucher and Brandan Johnson earned accolades while conference regular season champion Carroll is represented by David Ejah and Arius Jones.

Rounding out the first-team is Wayne's Craig Young and Kylon Jarreau, Homestead's Onye Ezeakudo and Sam Buck, South Side's Asher Blum, Snider's Dillon Duff and Bishop Dwenger's Hayden Smithey.

"Keion, obviously, is a big-time difference maker for us with his ability to score and his ability to rebound the ball to play multiple positions on the floor and protect the basket, as well," North Side coach Shabaz Khaliq said. "There's not much I can say that I haven't already said. It's great to have a player of his caliber.

"I think Austin has shown this year that he truly has the ability to play the point guard position. He shot 50 percent from the field and over 40 from 3 and was able to get his teammates involved. Early on, there were question marks about his ability to be point. He proved the doubters wrong by the way he led us this year and was very efficient.

"(Brandan is) the glue to our team this year when you look at the one game against Homestead, you see the results and the value. He does a little bit of everything, he's been a four-year starter. He'll leave North Side as the winningest player. He fills a void in his willingness to compete and his senior year has culminating. He's earned the right to be that."

For Carroll, coach Marty Beasley was grateful that other conference coaches saw the value in aspects other than big numbers.

"I think that Arius' overall leadership and overall play in terms of playing defensively, handling the basketball and distributing to the guys, I'm glad the other coaches saw the importance to our team without scoring a lot of points," he said. "He's an incredible competitor, great kid who sacrificed a lot to make our team good.

"David, in our conference play, was really athletic, rebounded well, scored a few double-doubles in conference play. I think he was a good athlete with the ability to shoot the 3 and score inside and give us another perimeter."

The Chargers added two more players on the all-conference second team in Dan McKeeman and Riley Perlich, two other players Beasley believed sacrificed their own stats in order for the team to find success in conference play.

"They thrived on moving the basketball and defending at a good level," Beasley said. "You have to have guys who understand the sacrifice it takes to be a good team. It means lower numbers but they'd rather win a conference championship. We had a lot of guys who did that. It's important that I'm glad they got recognized and rewarded for that."