‘Vince’anity: Powers dominates with strong performance from sleeper senior

Posted: December 7, 2010 by Jared Field in High School

Powers' senior Vince Adams

FLINT, Michigan — Welcome to center stage.

Vince Adams, one of the state’s sleepiest sleeper seniors, put on a show in Flint Powers 82-59 victory over class A Flint Northwestern Tuesday night. Adams showed his quickness in transition, a smooth lefty stroke from the perimeter and he even mixed in a little defense, too. The senior led all scorers with 26 points.

Is this the second coming of Demarco Sanders?

Ironically, I received a text message from the former Powers standout guard after news of the game broke: “I told everyone Vince was going to do what I did last year.”

What he did last year was no small feat. Sanders came out of nowhere to become one of the state’s best guards, parlaying his great play into a scholarship to Ferris State.

Is Adams next? Time will tell.

For now, we know two things: Flint Powers is really good and they will only get better with the addition of Quin Langston, a junior transfer from Flint Hamady. We also know that Flint Northwestern needs serious help. I don’t like to hang losses on a coaching staff, but they just didn’t look ready tonight. They didn’t run any semblance of an offense and far too often settled for outside shots instead of taking it to the rim.

The bottom line is this: A team with four seniors as talented as Jaylen Magee, Syrus McDonald, Dre Parks and Dominez Burnett should not get blown out by anybody. One game in and I think it’s time to circle the wagons.

The Wildcats were down early, but managed to cut Powers’ lead by two at the half after a steal by McDonald led to a lay-up as the buzzer sounded. Northwestern had managed to survive cold shooting from the field and the foul line; they had momentum on their side. They just didn’t have Vince Adams.

While much of Northwestern’s attention went to Javontae Hawkins and Patrick Lucas-Perry, Adams just kept plugging away. Adams’ hit a triple midway through the third quarter that proved to be a back-breaker. The Chargers outscored Northwestern by 10 in the third and 11 in the fourth.

Patrick Lucas-Perry scored 17 points and played a solid all-around court game. Javontae Hawkins, who got into some early foul trouble, added 10 points.

Magee led Northwestern with 21 points. Burnett added 13.

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Comments
  1. Liz says:

    Vince was never a sleeper. He has always played this way – he just wasn’t given the opportunity. He plays on a travel AAU team (Flint Allstars) and he is amazing with them too. Coach Shane has always seen his potential and wasn’t surprised by his performance. There is much more to come from this young man. Great job Vincent!

    • Jared Field says:

      True. We’ve known about his ability for a couple years. We similarly knew about Demarco Sanders. We just couldn’t figure out why it took so long for those two to get the opportunities they deserved.

    • Robin says:

      I agree with Liz, Vincent was never a sleeper and if he was given the opportunity to play last season, it’s likely that Powers would have advanced even further in the championship last year. Vincent is a great team player and now it’s his time to SHINE in the spotlight! Great job Vince!

  2. One of us here at GLH said before last year on this message board that he had potential D-1 talent that wasn’t allowed to shine, but would likely have to play JUCO to get there. This is what I meant!

  3. lmao says:

    WOW!!!!magee only had 18 he shot about 25 times. From what i seen they “NW” didnt use burnett in the post enough when hawkins was in foul trouble.NW was jus jackin up 3s and didnt adjust there game or couldnt adjust.

  4. The desire to jack will be what NW is fighting all year…

    • lmao says:

      JACKIN!!!i can see that. i was very dissappointed in magee tonight didnt look like the #1 player as you say took ALOT of bad shots and was very SELFISH on a few plays.

      • Marcellus Miller says:

        Yeah, but I won’t kill him off one game. It will take some gelling with Burnett added and their clear lack of depth as well.

  5. Spencer Trealout says:

    Are we really going to judge the whole NW season from seeing one game? Burnett is new to the mix, but it will all come together I’m sure. Players have bad games all the time. Mr Miller (on Northern’s staff) needs to be concerned about R. Lewis “jackin” and air balling 3’s before diagnosing the problem for the Wildcats. Magee may have taken some bad shots (who didn’t) but “ALOT” is over exaggerating. People see how someone plays a game from their own vantage point, and it is not likely how it’s seen by everyone else. Powers did not began to score aggressively until Magee was on the bench in foul trouble.

    • Jared Field says:

      I think NW will be fine, but there has to be some semblance of an offense for them to beat good teams. Further, I don’t know why Northwestern simply refuses to call timeouts in key situations. Timeouts are run stoppers.

    • Marcellus Miller says:

      Before you worry about Mr. Miller, Richie shot 3 shots and found himself seated next to the coach when he needed to be. I didn’t diagnose anything, but with 4 proven offensive players, they will fight to find each of their place in the offense. That’s easy to see. Mr. Miller is the one who had all 4 in his top ten. So maybe Mr. Trealout needs to open up his eyes as well and read each comment for what it is, not what it is perceived to be.

  6. NW didn’t play well overall, but there’s no reason to panic. If I remember correctly, they started last season with a lopsided loss to Powers and then rattled off nine or ten straight wins against a lot of quality opponents.

    And still, even though they didn’t play that well, they only trailed by six with about 11 minutes to go in the game, and if they would’ve made free throws, they would’ve been tied or leading at that point.

    Magee, Burnett and McDonald all had some good looks inside that they will normally make too. They’ll be fine within a couple games.

  7. Jared Field says:

    Danny O’Brien is surprisingly skilled for a kid built like a two-story house. Powers makes good use of his size and skillset. They could probably go without him shooting treys though.

    • coachIz says:

      4 or 5 years ago O’Brien was pretty much unstoppable on the court with his own age group. Then, his head grew to the size of an Abrams tank, both literally and figuratively, and he became an emotional liability to his team on the basketball court.

  8. Jared Field says:

    The play of the game, oddly enough, might have been a foul. In the first half, Syrus McDonald went above the rim on a block in transition against Pierre Brackett. Pretty impressive stuff. The N-dub folks thought it was clean, but you know how that goes.

  9. Spencer Trealout says:

    There was no fight for offense, the ball was moving. The shots just weren’t falling. Parks who is normally a high % FT shooter missed quite a few and shots that would normally fall for him just didn’t. There was no “jackin” most of his shots were from plays called and ball movement. Emotions also played a factor, let us remember these are kids and this was their first game without their team mate and friend Ray, who talked all summer about waiting to play the first game. Those who loved him have not forgotten him. Speaking of “how things go” to NW people, how fair was the tech called on Coach Bush who had not said a word. It stopped a fast break and all the Ref had to say was “my Bad, I thought it was you”

  10. Kenyada Nunn says:

    I’LL SAY THIS. IT’S HARD 2 COMPETE WHEN UR PLAYING aN OPPONENT AND THE REFS. IM THE PERSON IN qUESTION WHO WAS YELLING BEFORE NW’S COACH WAS GIVEN A TECH.THE REF WAS GOING OUT OF HIS wAY 2 LISTEN INSTEAD OF PAYING ATTENTION 2 THE GAME.POWERS IS GOOD BUT O’BRIEN IS A BUM, ADAMS JUST MADE OPEN sHOTS.NOTHING SPECTACULAR,1ST GAME OF THE YEAR aND PPL aRE CROWNING THEM CHAMPS ALREADY.SEVERAL QUESTIONABLE CHARGE CALLS,TECHS,AND OVERALL BAD REFEREES LED 2 NW LOSING. TELL IT HOW IT aCTUALLY WAS! PLEASE!

    • Jared Field says:

      It’s probably better to tell it from an unbiased perspective. NW lost because they played 10 minutes of horrible basketball in the second half and couldn’t make open shots/free throws.

  11. There are bad calls in every high school game. It’s just the nature of officiating kids. Northwestern actually got to the line quite a bit more than Powers. NW was in the double bonus very early in both halves. Normally reliable FT shooters like Parks and Magee missed some FTs that they’d normally make. They hit those shots, and the game would’ve been close.

    I’m certainly not afraid to criticize officiating, but I’ve seen far, far more egregious examples of poor officiating than anything that happened in that NW-Powers game. O’Brien was acting like a fool, and he rightfully got a technical as a result of it. The only other technical called in the game was also on Powers (Hawkins, I believe). The tech that the ref originally called on the NW coaching staff was rescinded when they realized it was someone in the crowd and not a coach who was doing the shouting, which was also the right decision.

    Northwestern will play better this season and be among the best teams in the state by season’s end, but they did play poorly against Powers.

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