Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Troy freshman earns tournament MVP honors





Troy High School freshman Javion Ogunyemmi (No. 34, shown here in action Tuesday night against Colonie) scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against La Salle Institute. He earned tournament MVP honors at the Girmindl/Sand Memorial Tournament at Shaker High School. Troy's Josh Blaabouer (21) elevates for a field goal attempt. (Photos by J.S. Carras - The Record).

Called up from the JV just about three weeks ago, Ogunyemmi has had an immediate impact on the Troy team. His size and athleticism allows Troy High head coach Jeff Sitterly to move sophomore forward Kareem Brown to the wing and it makes the Flying Horses and dangerously long team. With Greg Williams and John Pompey also in the mix in the front court, the Flying Horses are a very tall bunch.

"(Ogunyemmi) did a good job, he finishes, he has good hands and defensively he’s a big help for us because he can contest the rim," said Troy High head coach Jeff Sitterly. "Now we’re able to move Kareem out to the wing and have some size. He’s been a big addition and we’re excited about the rest of the season with him in the lineup."

Read more about his performance in Wednesday's 54-51 victory over La Salle in Thursday's edition of The Record.

Raheem Felder leaps while watching the basketball during Tuesday's game against Colonie. Wednesday, he was named to the Girmindl/Sand All-Tournament team and helped lead the Flying Horses to the team title.

He's only a sophomore, but Felder has quickly become a leader on Troy's senior-less team. He scored five points and grabbed six rebounds and made three assists in the win over La Salle, providing some excitement in the backcourt alongside Elijah Jenkins.

"All I could do as a point guard was pass the ball and set my teammates up," Felder said. "That’s all coach asks me to do. And we play hard defense all game. I try my best not to turn over the ball and lead my team to the championship."

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The Troy team erupted in jubilation after the victory. Sure, they had won a tournament and topped one of their Collar City rivals, but it was the fashion in which the Horses won that most pleased them and their coaches. Ogunyemmi completed a pair of three-point plays down the stretch and hit both free throws in the waning seconds of the game. It might have been just a non-conference victory in the middle of the season, but this Troy team proved it can hold on in a close game, managing the clock, balancing their fouls and simply playing smart in the clutch. The future will be very bright for this group.

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