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Adidas Gauntlet Qualifier DC: Friday Notebook

By Adam Ayalew, 05/24/19, 11:00PM EDT

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A breakdown of the happenings on opening night in DC

WASHINGTON, DC – Adidas is in DC this weekend for its regional qualifier, and Prep Circuit will be in the gym covering this weekend’s action. Here is a breakdown with some happenings from Friday night.

Top Performers:

Dwight Davis | 6’2 2020 G | Riverside Hawks

Dwight Davis really asserted himself in what turned out to be the most competitive matchup on opening night. Utilizing his sturdily built frame, Davis constantly got downhill and attacked the basket where he was able to seek and absorb contact when finishing in the lane. When the defense packed the paint, he showcased the ability to knock down perimeter jumpers with consistency. Davis was also active and alert defensively where he recorded a handful of deflections and steals.

Elijah Hawkins | 5’9 2021 PG | New World

Elijah Hawkins ran the show efficiently for New World on Friday night. He showcased a tight handle which in conjunction with his quickness and shot making ability kept defenders off balance. Hawkins was also a pest defensively where he picked his man up full court and pressured the ball.

David N’Guessan | 6’8 2020 F/C | Team BBC

The first thing that stood out about David N’Guessan was how well he communicated to his teammates. N’Guessan was often the loudest player on the court. He showcased intriguing versatility on defense given his lateral quickness and ability to block shots as well as rebound out of his area. N’Guessan was best offensively

Top Game: DC Thunder vs. Riverside Hawks

Behind some hot shooting from its backcourt of Dwight Davis and Julian Sumaoro, Riverside Hawks led DC Thunder by double-digits at halftime. Guys like Jamel Melvin and Milton Matthews helped propel a comeback by Thunder by blocking shots and hitting threes respectively. The comeback ultimately came short as Thunder fell by one point at the buzzer.

Clutch Performers:

Malcolm Alexander | 6’4 2020 G | DC Thunder

Malcolm Alexander attacked a close-out and hit a mid-range pull up jump shot to give his team a 1-point lead with under 30 seconds left. This would’ve been the play of the game had Thunder won.

Anthony Latty | 6’9 2020 C | Riverside Hawks

Anthony Latty preserved his team’s 1-point victory with a blocked shot as time expired. Latty came up huge down the stretch and this play was certainly icing on the cake.

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