Shamrocks face No. 1, No. 3 teams
Two challenges await the Scranton Shamrocks as they continue their road trip this weekend.
Tonight, the Shamrocks will play at topranked Syracuse (7-0) at 7:05 p.m. The two teams played earlier this season with the Stallions posting a 139-135 win.
Then, Sunday, the Shamrocks will play local rival and the No. 3 team in the country, Wyoming Valley, at 7 p.m. at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center.
“This will give us a good look at who we can compete with in the country,” Shamrocks general manager and coach Kevin Clark said. “Playing the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in the country on back-to-back nights will be a good opportunity to look at our team and where are and where we have to go.”
Jamail Stanley leads the Stallions with 27.1 points and 13.1 rebounds per game. Chris Gilkes averages 20.7 points per game and Cornelius Vines is averaging 15 points per game.
Against the Shamrocks in the first meeting, Stanley scored 39 points and 25 rebounds, while Gilkes added 36 points.
“On the road against the No. 1 team in the country is quite a daunting task,” Clark said. “Syracuse always has a big crowd so it’s a great atmosphere. We need to cut down on our mistakes and we have to play poised and controlled.
“We hung in there with them the last time, so we know we can play with them.”
The Shamrocks, who lost their last game against Binghamton, 132-107, have fallen to 2-2 overall.
Terrance King has scored 27.0 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, Stephon Draper is scoring 23.0 points with 4.8 assists per game and Brandon Angradi has averaged 22.3 points per game. Kody Jacoby is leading the team with 5.2 assists per game.
Last week, the Shamrocks fell to Binghamton despite 29 points from King and 27 points from Jacoby.
Wyoming Valley, which is coached by former Wilkes University coach Jerry Rickrode, is ranked No. 3 nationally and is 6-0.
Peter Alexis, the former Holy Redeemer standout, Chris Shovlin and Ayubb Ali all average better than 20 points per game for the Clutch.
In their last win, the Clutch throttled Elmira, 153-90, behind 22 points and nine assists from Shovlin. Ali chipped in with 20 points, and Alexis had 18 points and 16 rebounds.
“We are definitely excited about playing Wyoming Valley,” Clark said. “We know we can play them. We know their roster and they are guys who have been around the area and guys we play with in the summer.
“It’s going to be a dogfight. If we can play how we are capable of, we will be in a good position.”
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