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RAW SPORTS ALL STARS 2017 “DONOFRIO CLASSIC” DEBUT by: Trey Erdman & Big Star
- Updated: April 11, 2017
RAW SPORTS ALL STARS “HUGE STATEMENT” IN DONOFRIO CLASSIC GM 1 by: Trey Erdman with excerpts by Big Star
CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (The Fellowship House) — While many high school seniors are already checked out by this point in the school year, Lonnie Walker isn’t taking it easy. Three weeks ago he led his Reading team to its first state title in school history. Right after that, he flew to Chicago to participate in the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities. Now, he is a key player for Raw Sports All Stars in the 2017 Donofrio Classic (Single Elimination Tournament).
Raw Sports had their first game Monday night (4/10/17) against Positive Image at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken, PA. The game began on a 40-8 run for the All Stars that eventually turned into a 67-25 halftime lead.
The score was never close, with Positive Image behind 102-38 with 5 minutes left. Raw Sports All Stars ended the game as a 116-52 winner. Despite the 64-point victory, Coach Proctor preached to his players that “the score is still 0-0” which pushed the team to stay aggressive until the final buzzer.
Walker had a game high 25 points while Michigan commit Eli Brooks added 24. Jake Forrester, a class of 2018 4-star forward, had a big game down low with 7 points and 11 rebounds. Taylor Funk was red hot from behind the arc with 8 points. William Moore led Positive Image with 14 points.
Big Star Says……. “Alumni Deshawn Millington demonstrated why he’s one of PA’s best class of 2017 hidden gems, he’s super athletic, plays with high energy, he’s a great finisher & ball handler. Sam Sessoms aka “The General” displayed great ball handling, passing, court awareness, toughness, and the ability to be a great facilitator. Talek Williams put on a show with a off the backboard pass from Sam Sessoms, deciding to turn backwards in the air and flushing it in reverse. Talek also had an alley-oop from high school teammate Tyrese Martin in which Talek’s elbows appeared to be above the rim. He also knocked down a pair of 3’s. Tyrese demonstrate why Big Star named him “The Truth” aka “Smooth Operator”. He’s a good ball handler for his size, plays very tough, super versatile, and shoots the midrange and 3-pointer with confidence. The big man Ray Somerville was a force in the paint, standing 6′ 9″ and only in 10th grade (c/0 2019). He played tough in the paint rebounding, contesting shots, and provided the fans with a slam that would remind old school hoop fans of Darryl Dawkins. Class of 2018 wing Chaz Owens had a solid contribution playing with high energy, contributing 4 pts, and playing intense defense. Coach Joe Proctor did an awesome job leading the pack and sending the message from start to finish…..EXPECT TO WIN!! It can be a major task figuring out how to gel 10 stars without having a practice, and motivating them to play as if they have been playing together for the last 4 years. Well, the All Star’s bought into what coach was telling them, and they not only had a convincing victory, but they did it by playing TEAM BASKETBALL. They distributed the ball extremely well, found the open man, were patient, trapped on command, and played with intensity until the last second.
The All Stars now advance to the Elite 8 and will play the winner of the Del Val VC – Road Runners game Thursday night.
RAW SPORTS ALL STARS COLLEGE COMMITMENTS:
- TAYLOR FUNK- ST. JOSEPH’S
- LONNIE WALKER- MIAMI
- ELI BROOKS- MICHIGAN
- TALEK WILLIAMS- CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE
WHERE TO SEE UNDERCLASSMEN THIS AAU SEASON
- RAY SOMERVILLE- TEAM FINAL
- SAM SESSOMS- TEAM FINAL
- JAKE FORRESTER- PSA CARDINALS
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