Westtown vs Camden Boys Basketball
Much has been written on and is expected of Cameron Reddish, the No. 3 ranked player in the nation according to ESPN, and he is a player that is hard to take your eyes away from. The 6’8” Mr. Everything of one of the best teams in the country, Westtown Moose of the Friends League, showed everyone in attendance at the Kobe Bryant Classic produced by Scholastic Play by Play why we should be paying so much attention to him.
On Saturday, January 20, the Moose of Westtown took on the No. 1 team in South Jersey, the Panthers of Camden High, in a very exciting, well played game. It appeared the Moose would run away with it in the first half. T.J. Berger fired a buzzer beating trey at the end of the half from about 45 feet away to put his squad of fellow Moosemen up 45-33.
Reddish was hot in that half, showing the packed arena at Bryant Gym of Lower Merion High his entire arsenal which included numerous long 3-pointers off the dribble, and a couple of thunderous dunks, one of which had him ending up completely horizontal. He also took a knee to the thigh (or possibly to his own knee) late in the second quarter with 1:22 remaining. He winced hard after the impact, limping a bit, and took his only seat on the bench during this contest for about a minute.
Camden refused to go away, showing a depth of talent from across the river that should serve them well as they move towards the end of the season. Coach John Valore took on this challenge against the vaunted Moose to challenge his players. They proved their mettle and more. The packed house loved every minute of this much anticipated matchup.
Corey Greer of the Panthers, who was everywhere the entire game, fired up a 3-pointer at the buzzer of overtime from the right wing for the visitor’s victory in a thriller of a game that certainly lived up to the hype. This shot followed a steal and push up court. With this 74-71 victory, Camden is now at 8-1 for the season.
Game-high points were from 6’6” senior Myles Thompson of Camden with 26. Thompson fired up and hit on five from beyond the arc. He also had 16 rebounds and 3 assists.
Reddish finished with 25 after his scintillating first half, in which he scored 20. He shot 7-for-11 with three 3-ponters in the first half. He only missed one trey in the time. He was very entertaining, several times showing the “Embiid”: raised arms exhorting the crowd to give him some love.
Corey Greer, at 6’ and 180 lbs, had 11 points, three boards and five assists. He is on recovery from a torn ACL last year and seems to be back at close to full strength.
For the Moose, even though Reddish is clearly the standout after recently being named to the prestigious McDonald’s All American team, fellow big men Jake Forrester and Noah Collier had 12 and 11 respectively, and T.J. Berger popped for 16.
During the game, Reddish was seen at point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and even in the center position in the 2-3 defensive employed late in regulation by Westtown. He is a very impressive athlete to say the least. There were moments in the second half where it seemed like he might be pacing himself, possibly by design because he rarely comes out of the game. In any event, it was fun to watch such a remarkable athlete heading for one of the best college programs in history at Duke and then probably onto the NBA if all goes right. It was also equally exciting to witness all of the other talented future D1 players.