Powerhouse 17U Elite Falls to LV Knicks at Bigfoot Easter Showdown

by Justin Vargas | Posted on Thursday, March 29th, 2018

In Powerhouse 17U Elite's first two games they did not play up to their team's capabilities.  They struggled in almost every facet of the game, winning both games by narrow margins.  However, their depth of talents allowed them to pull them games out.  However, their next opponent in the first round of the platinum bracket would be a different animal that you could not afford to bring that same lack of energy and attention to detail with.

The team came out about as lit as the Vegas strip on a Saturday night.  The energy was electric.

Salpointe's 6-foot-3 point guard Evan Nelson looked great early, speeding pass defenders with the ball and finishing in transition.  Nationally ranked prospect, 6-foot-5 wing Majok Deng, had been struggling but looked to be returning to form.  He cashed in on a 3-pointer in the corner then tried to punch one home on a 6-foot-9 big man that just got the back of the iron.  He was all over the place.  Pinnacle's 6-foot-6 wing Jordan Mains hit back-to-back 3-balls for Powerhouse.

Both 6-foot-4 guard D'Maurian Williams and 6-foot-5 guard/wing Otis Frazier had their prints all over this game early.  Frazier had his best game by far on both ends of the floor, and did so what the competition ramped up to it's highest peak.  Williams just looks like he can almost get whatever he wants 90% of the time.  6-foot point guard Caden Hoffman came into the game for a 2-3 minute stretch and made hustle plays that led to some buckets in transition.  Powerhouse was up by 13 before the Knicks hit a Steph Curry-range 3-pointer just before halftime to take the lead back to 10.

Still, Powerhouse was playing the better game and momentum was in their favor.

However, it would be the age-old story of the "tale of two halves."  Powerhouse came out flat in the 2nd half with some questionable 1-on-5 play that got the Knicks out and running.  The Knicks came out in the 2nd half and simply wanted it more.  They got the 50/50 balls.  They outrebounded them by a wide margin.  They committed costly turnovers and shot themselves in the foot.  Late in the game, they made a small surge behind Williams, Frazier and Deng.  6-foot-2 point guard Isaiah Marin came in and played well, distributing the ball and creating for his teammates.

Nevertheless, the Knicks were just too much as two steals by 6-foot-10 big man Orlando Robinson led to two dunks that got the local crowd and the rest of the team into it.  Robinson was a huge difference maker late for the Knicks.  He holds atleast 10 offers from low-mid major programs as of right now.

Powerhouse would eventually drop the game by 6 points as the Las Vegas Knicks would move on to play in the semi-final game.

Powerhouse 17U Elite will take part in the Spring Tip-Off in Los Angeles next weekend.


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