Flushing flushed…

Posted: January 30, 2010 by Gavin Raath in High School

Flint– Friday night, Flushing was thrashed by Powers Catholic in a rivalry game, but for most of the night it was actually close.

This Flushing team isn’t as talented as last season’s, but it is definitely better.  Last year, and for the past few years frankly, Flushing has had this culture of players who didn’t seem to care if they won or lost.  I just recall their guys constantly smirking throughout games.  I could be way off, but that was always my impression. 

This year, things are different. 

Seniors like Luke Seibt and Kiontae Brown keep things fairly serious and so far it has translated into a decent season with wins over teams like Saginaw Heritage. 

Flushing has  alot of weapons, and most of them do their damage from beyond the arc.  Junior Andrew Kujat is long and will hit it if he’s open, or even if he’s not.  Luke Seibt is similar, except he can finish inside just as easily. 

Inside, energetic Tyler Harris and 6’6″ senior Zach Trieb are more than adequate. 

And on the perimeter, the aforementioned, Brown is a really solid floor general.  Small, but fast and explosive. 

Their biggest problem against Powers was turnovers.  Their press break seemed disastrous at times, which is probably the first time this year that I have seen a team struggle with Powers’ press.  They would probably be better off just letting Brown try and break it on his own.  But if the turnovers were cut down, then this could have been a different game with Flushing’s shooting. 

The biggest reason for those turnovers was Patrick Lucas-Perry.  In true Powers’ guard fashion, PLP is a nightmare in the passing lanes.  He’s extremely active whenever there’s a loose ball to be found and probably finished with close to ten steals and ten rebounds, even nudging a teammate out of the way once to pull one in. 

Lucas-Perry’s shooting was also on as he matched the Flushing shooters shot-for-shot in the first quarter.  He still struggled to finish at the rim, which has been a consistent theme this year, but his early shooting kept the game close enough until DeMarco Sanders and Patrick O’Brien heated up. 

Sanders didn’t have his typical game starting out, but came alive in the second quarter attacking the rim.  He’s one of the area’s best finishers, which will always keep him in the running for leading scorer even if his shot isn’t falling. 

And O’Brien couldn’t have shot much better Friday.  He drilled seemingly every outside shot attempt, finishing with the game high of 24 points. 

Patrick’s little brother Danny continues to improve.  He’s just a very efficient low post threat, even if he doesn’t have ideal height at 6’2″. 

Javontae Hawkins struggled, but still provided a few acrobatic displays that wowed the crowd. 

Speaking of acrobatic displays, Pierre Brackett did not play, which probably was the biggest reason for Flushing’s offensive success in the first half.  Brackett is Powers’ best defender and it would have been interesting to see him lock-in on Luke Seibt.

  1. anonymous says:

    Whoever wrote this article quite frankly still has not realized how pathetic of a coach Brady Simons really is. The past few years should have been some of Flushing’s most successful seasons with the athletes they had, but yet lacked a coach that knew what to do with the talent. Each year i hear about how less and less kids are trying out for their team, two years ago only 13 kids came out for the team, Simons cut one. Is this because they really dont think they have a chance to make the team or they have heard from many Brady Simons will ruin the game u love to play. The point is that Brady Simons has no knowledge in the game that he plays and Flushing will never be a good team until they can find someone that knows how to be a leader.

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