St. Benedict’s Steals the Spotlight at 17th Annual Lehigh Valley Showcase

In the past 17 years the list of names, teams, and coaches that have come through the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has been nothing short of amazing. Hoop Group continued the strong tradition with 4 matchups featuring teams from NJ, NY, and PA.

The Allentown locals flooded the box office early, programs in hand, and set for a day filled with competitive high school basketball.

The stage was set as senior laden Council Rock North Indians were set to clash with the young guns of Allentown Central Catholic.

The two teams exchanged baskets early but senior tandem of Aaron Morgan and Aaron Goodman proved to be too much for the Vikings.

Morgan and Goodman combined for 36 points as they defeated Allentown Central Catholic 75-49.

Sophomores Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman and JeanLee Baez both scored 9 points to lead the way for the Vikings.

Game MVPS: Aaron Morgan (Council Rock North), Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman (Allentown Central Catholic)

The pride of Philadelphia, Neumann-Goretti tipped off against New York power South Shore in the 2nd matchup of the day.

South Shore’s overall size and strength proved to be too much for Neumann-Goretti to overcome despite a spirited comeback late in the 4th quarter comeback. South Shore held on to win 58-54.

Wayne Martin did all the dirty work for South Shore dominating the boards while contributing 11 points.

However teammate Shamiek Sheppard stole the show scoring 9 of his team high 19 points in the 4th quarter putting any hope that Neumann-Goretti had of a comeback to rest.

Sophomore Jaquan Newton scored 21 points in the losing effort for the Saints.

Game MVPS: Shamiek Sheppard (South Shore), Jaquan Newton (Neumann-Goretti)

Hoop Group Lehigh Valley

For 17 years the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase has been bringing some of the best high school basketball to Allentown, PA.

Buzz swirled around the arena as Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim walked into the arena to take in the third game of the day.

The talented trio of Tyler Ennis, Isaiah Briscoe, and Melvin Johnson of St. Benedict’s were set to take on the dynamic duo of Savon Goodman and Daiquan Walker of Constitution.

It was all St. Benedict’s in this one 83-60.

Isaiah Briscoe provided the spark early scoring 6 points in the first quarter. Melvin Johnson picked it up in the 2nd quarter scoring 15 of his team high 27 points, and big man Isaiah Watkins sealed it scoring all of his 8 points in the 4th quarter.

Constitution’s Savon Goodman wooed the crowd a few times with some highlight reel dunks in scoring his game high 28 points but the Warriors could never really get going against the Grey Bees.

Game MVPS: Melvin Johnson (St. Benedict’s), Savon Goodman (Constitution)

The hometown crowd was anxiously awaiting to see their Parkland Trojans take on the Knights of Scranton.

Scranton jumped out to an early lead but Parkland battled back to close the gap to make it a two point game after the first quarter.

The Knights pulled away again in the 2nd quarter taking a 7 point lead into the locker room led by seniors Terry Turner and Malik Draper.

The Trojans just wouldn’t quit chipping away at the deficit cutting it to 1 point with under 10 seconds to play.

However Malik Draper like he did most of the day countered with what would be the final blow eluding defenders in the backcourt leading to an easy layup before the final buzzer sounded.

Zach Muhr knocked down four 3 pointers for his team high 16 points for Parkland Trojans.

Game MVPS: Malik Draper (Scranton), Zach Muhr (Parkland)

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