Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Wheeler and Word of God Both Fall in Florida

-Yesterday Wheeler lost to the #1 high school basketball team in the country, Mater Dei (California), by a score of 81-72. Richard's foul trouble kept him out for good portions of the game, but when he was in he played tremendously. He racked up a double-double for the second straight game with 16 points and 10 rebounds, along with 3 steals. A loss always stings, but losing to a squad where all five starters have inked Division 1 scholarships, and to give them a pretty good game at that, is nothing to be ashamed of. Not to mention the fact that Wheeler still earned a spot on ESPNU today as they will be playing at 3pm today in the 3rd Place game.

Wheeler is now 4-3 on the year. Their current record is disappointing considering Wheeler was a preseason Top 25 team nationally according to USAToday.

Richard Howell is averaging 18 ppg.

Box Score

-Word of God made it two losses in a row yesterday as they got beat up by Westchester (ranked 10th in the nation), 76-57. C.J. Leslie finished with 17 points (7-12 FG) and 8 rebounds. John Wall also had 17 points. I will reiterate my disappointment with John Wall's performance. He is a point guard who had 3 assists with 6 turnovers. He has averaged 7 turnovers a game in the Classic, which is never going to be a recipe for victories. I understand that John has been playing against the best competition in the nation in the Classic, but he is supposed to be the best player in the nation. Don't get me wrong, Wall has unbelievable talent, and as a State fan I would love to land Wall, I'm just a little shocked at the recent numbers.

Word of God is now 5-4 on the year which is a devastating record to a preseason Top 25 team.

C.J. Leslie is averaging 16.75 ppg and Wall is averaging 18.38 ppg.

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