By JAMAILL HINES
PYBL Elite Week Four Standouts
Fredericksburg vs Alexandria (58-56, Fredericksburg)
#8 Bryson Long (Fredericksburg)
Long displayed his all-around game in the Fredericksburg win with 10 points (5-9 FGA), 4 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists without committing a turnover in 22 minutes. He attacked the rim throughout the game for layup finishes while pushing the ball to find teammates in transition and off of drive and kicks for assists. Long’s combination of skill and IQ was on full display when he patiently pushed the ball up the floor in semi-transition then attacked the lane opening with a slowed down two step gather to finish with a layup. Long continues to be a primary scorer and handler while becoming a more consistent playmaker for Fredericksburg.
#21 Isaiah Coleman (Fredericksburg)
Coleman paced the team’s scoring with 12 points (5-11 FGA, 2-5 3PA) while collecting 5 rebounds and 3 steals. The guard flashed a smooth handle to get where he needed on the floor and touch from the perimeter as he knocked down two 3-pointers and a pull up baseline midrange jumper. Coleman’s combination of shooting and handle give Fredericksburg another reliable ball handler and scoring threat.
#6 Breydon Williams (Fredericksburg)
Williams put the ball on the floor on direct line drives to use his size and touch around the rim. This allowed Williams to get layups and draw shooting fouls at the rim (3-6 FTA) and finish with 11 points on an efficient 4-6 shooting from the field. He was a reliable rebounder in and out of his area - tying for the game high with 8 boards - and utilized his length and mobility to play passing lanes on the way to a game-high 5 steals.
#6 Rob Lawson (Alexandria)
Lawson finished with a game-high 19 points (7-14 FGA, 1-2 3PA, 4-4 FTA), 7 rebounds and 4 assists in 28 minutes. Lawson was able to get to the rim for conversions on direct line drives, knocked down a couple of mid-range jumper and found a little bit of luck on a wild made layup after utilizing a quick spin move in the lane. As Alexandria’s best perimeter defender, Lawson was utilized to put pressure at the point of attack in different scenarios: full court man to man, half court man to man and at the top in an extended 2-3 zone. His lateral quickness, active hands and desire to defend led to a team high of 4 steals. At the end of the game and down by two points, Lawson was unable to convert a full court drive into a hanging scoop layup that rolled around the rim and out as time expired. It was a tough roll of the ball for Lawson who had another great PYBL outing on both ends of the floor.
#4 Jacoi Hutchinson (Alexandria)
Hutchinson displayed more his playmaking side with a game-high 6 assists and contributing 7 points (3-7 FG), 4 rebounds 2 steals. He was able to make plays for teammates off the bounce with drive and kicks, pushing the ball in transition and made an on target wrap around pass from the baseline to Loughlin for a layup after coming up with a steal. On his best score of the game, he got the crowd buzzing with his athleticism on a straight line drive into an acrobatic up and under finish in a crowded lane. Hutchinson flashed a good motor throughout, giving a competitive and intense effort that was illustrated on a possession where he missed the jumper, ran back on defense to contest and force the missed layup then ran the floor to gather the offensive rebound and convert with his off hand. Hutchinson’s motor along with ability to create for himself and others are key for Alexandria.
#3 John Loughlin (Alexandria)
With his smooth shooting stroke and perimeter touch, Loughlin is developing a shooter’s reputation as he had the opposing coach identify him as “the shooter” to his team even after a Loughlin missed an open three. He went 2-6 on 3PA and showed there is more to his game than just shooting ability. Loughlin converted straight line drives into layups at the rim, a couple in traffic, and finished with 16 points on 6-13 FGA, 2-4 FTA while chipping in 3 assists. His most notable assist came in transition with a low, one hand bounce from a step inside of half court to his teammate running the floor.
#22 Stephaun Walker (Alexandria)
Walker had a tremendous impact on the game without scoring a single point (0-1 FGA). He was an imposing defensive presence, finishing with a game high 6 blocks and altering several shots at the rim while collecting a game high 8 rebounds too. Walker blocked shots on and off the ball including showing clean lateral movements during a perimeter switch on to a guard that resulted in Walker blocking the shot. Alexandria was often in a 2-3 zone with Walker controlling the middle of the paint as a shot blocker, contester, rebounder and space eater.