Imagine having a class schedule where you took all AP Courses? It looks like that’s what opposing teams will be faced with when going up against Sierra Canyon this season. The team is, by far, one of the best in the Nation and proved that they’ll be hard to deal with during the recent Alemany Showcase, held at the new Sports Academy October 15-16, 2016. Sierra Canyon squared off with Fairfax of Los Angeles, CA and both teams showed up and showed out – exchanging punches before Sierra Canyon was able to land the knock out blow, beating a good Fairfax squad by 10 or so points. The game was part of the Alemany Showcase put on by Coach Meeks of Alemany at the new Sports Academy. A very good venue and two very good teams, getting a chance to see who can rise to the occasion and come away with some bragging rights – and a mental edge – going into the upcoming 2016-17 campaign.
If you thought for one moment that Marvin Bagley III was over-hyped, then think again. The kid is all he’s cracked up to be…and then some. Showing a passion, skillsets, and a drive for the game that will catapult him to one and done status once he enters the college scene. His all around game – and a feel for the game – is off the chain, as he looks to carry Sierra Canyon to the promise land. Looks like this kid was born to put a team on his back you feel me. We also like the help that Sierra Canyon provides – because no one man can make it alone (except for maybe Danny Manny who carried his 1988 Kansas club to a National Championship years ago).
Cody Riley – who recently punched his ticket to the University of California, Los Angeles, showed why he’s still considered as one of the best skilled bigs on the West Coast. He now plays more of a ball handling role – and plays it well. Showing some nice handles, Cody can grab rebounds and push the rock while making sound decisions, and has the ability to shake n bake to get buckets. Sierra Canyon plays super fast – using a full court man to man defense while swarming all over the court. Killer bees might be a good nickname for their squad…or maybe bumblebees…lol. With the help of Remy Martin at the point, get ready to see some YouTube highlights each and every time SC suits up.
Don’t count the Lions out. Fairfax showed why they will be considered one of the favorites to win the Open Division City title. The team has one of the best back-courts in CA and will be a serious threat against City opponents such as Taft, Birmingham, Westchester, El Camino Real, and defending champion Narbonne. We love the leadership and maturation of Jr.Point Guard Jamal Hartwell. Still as slippery as can be with the rock, who makes little to no mental mistakes on the court. A true extension of head coach Steve Baik – who loves to get his teammates involved throughout the course of the game. Look for this young man to begin to get some serious looks from D1 recruiters.
Fairfax would like to put an asterisk behind this loss- as they were playing without one of their bigs – who was benched by Coach Baik for not making practice. A good message to send, as we all know, you cannot miss practice all week and show up on game day expecting to play. Really. Great testament to Coach Baik and his coaching Philosophy, that no one person is bigger than the program. On a positive note, Ethan Anderson continues to look impressive, nailing jump shots and getting to the rack, with the ability to finish among the trees. We like his development as a PG and the way he shows no fear out there – exuding that killer instinct all must develop to play at the next level. Once Fairfax is fully loaded and players are on their game, look for them to be as tough as nails – trying to get former Chino Hills Coach of the Year Steve Baik back to back championships. I wonder if this would be the first for a coach to leave a team and join another one and win a title? Stat book anyone?
Take a look at Fairfax vs Sierra Canyon. The game was played October 15, 2016 during the Alemany Showcase at the new Sports Academy in Newbury Park, CA. Shouts out to Coach Meeks of Alemany, staff, and Sports Academy’s warm welcome and care-free personalities. PopScout was on hand getting a birds eye view from court level with the WoderPole. You know how we do.
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