Bayball Classic 

2007 Bay Ball Classic – Cape Ferry Division Champs Putnam City (OK) – 63 to 57 OT

Xavier Henry

This game was one of the best of the entire tournament you had two standout players one from each team in Dalton Pepper (Pennsbury, PA) and Xavier Henry (Putnam City, OK). These players lived up to the hype each having an amazing game.

Pennsbury came out very strong from the jump hitting their jumpers early and often. Dalton Pepper was feeling it early on also finishing with 13 points in the 1st quarter. Pennsbury just seemed to out hustle and out quick Putnam City early on in this game.

Putnam City didn’t start the game out well their jumpers weren’t going in and they just seemed to be a little out of sync. Xavier Henry had a very quiet 1st half.

Pennsbury took a 26 to 17 lead into the half. The teams came out in the 3rd and Pennsbury held onto their lead finishing the 3rd quarter up 40 to 31. Pennsbury continued to switch their defenses to try and slow down Putnam City. In the 2nd half Putnam City came out and used a pressing defense to try and force some turnovers to get back into the game.

The coaching staff from Pennsbury even used a man to man defense on Xavier Henry who is ranked in the top 5 players in the class of 2009. That assignment went to Marcus Healey who played tough defense on Xavier and seemed to frustrate him for a while before Xavier Henry decided he wanted to take over the game. Putnam City used a big 4th quarter led by Xavier Henry to fight all the way back and take a lead with under a minute left.

That’s when Dalton Pepper took over nailing a 3 pointer to tie the game up at 53 apiece. Then Putnam City came down answer right back with a 3 of their own to go up with 5.3 seconds left. Pennsbury got the ball to their star and he delivered with a buzzer beating 3 to tie the game at 56 and send it to OT.

In overtime it was all Putnam City with them outscoring Pennsbury 7 to 1 in OT. This was a great game that went back in fourth in the 4th quarter with Putnam City just having a little more to come away with a 63 to 57 victory.

Standout players for Putnam City (OK) were Xavier Henry who finished with 37 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. He had 27 of his 37 in the 2nd half. Garen Wright also had a nice game finishing with 10 points and 6 rebounds.

Standout players for Pennsbury (PA) were Dalton Pepper who totaled 29 points and 9 rebounds. Marcus Healey had a good game with 8 points and 2 steals also played some tough defense on Xavier Henry. Eddie DiRugeris didn’t have one of his best games of the tournament but still help out with 9 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.