Kyle Griffin arrived late but finished strong leading Team Philly team to victory.
Donofrio a must for La Salle fans next week
7PM Team Philly vs. I-3 All Stars
This will be Team Philly's first appearance in the tournament. They received a bye into the second round. Future Explorer Kyle Griffin leads a team of 5 senior Division I players and 3 underclassmen expected to be Division I players. He is joined by former highly recruited La Salle target Lavoy Allen. Allen, once thought to be headed to 20th & Olney, pulled a surprise in the fall and selected Temple and gives Team Philly one of the better frontcourt prospects in the tournament. Two underclass point guards are also expected to play in junior Veltron Jones, a 5"11 player from North Catholic, and 5"11 sophomore Malik Wayns. Both are high on Coach John Giannini's recruiting list and will be recruited heavily by La Salle. Whether Griffin plays the point or exclusively at the shooting guard position remains to be seen. Team Philly will most likely keep him at the shooting guard to get the talented underclass point guards on the floor but Griffin could see time at both. Clarence Jackson, a 6"4 wing headed to Siena also will play for Team Philly. Jackson was evaluated by the La Salle staff last summer but was not offered. Senior guards Josh Martin and Khalil Mumford will also see plenty of action. Martin is supposedly heading to Toledo and Mumford just committed to St. Peter's. Talented underclassman Chris Kurz, brother of Notre Dame's Rob Kurz, also joins the Team Philly frontline.
The I-3 All Stars defeated Waterview Dan Rumph in round one 87-76. La Salle junior recruit Dwayne Davis from Strawberry Mansion High School led them. Davis is an active wing who uses his athletic ability to get to the cup. Davis was offered by Giannini recently and should be high on their wish list next year depending on the outcome of this spring's recruiting class.
Just Clean It vs. NCP NCP defeated Lancaster-Lebanon 90-78 in the first round. They were led by La Salle prospect Sean Evans who had 23 points. Evans still is trying to qualify and has slipped down the Explorers list of probable recruits. Just Clean It is led by two of the area's top underclassmen in 6"5 G/F Lamar Patterson from Lancaster-McCaskey High School and Quincy Roberts, a 6"4 wing from Harrisburg High School. Both are considered Top 10 players in their respective classes. Also on Just Clean It is 6"9 Aaric Murray from Glen Mills. This sophomore could be one of the better big men to come out of the city in the next two years. Only a sophomore he had 27 rebounds in his team's victory over the Sonny Hill Sophomores.
If you choose to go Explorerhoopreport.com recommends you get there prior to the 7pm tip-off. The Gym is small and fills up fairly quickly. Admission is $5.
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