Ferris (WA) Wins Back And Forth Battle With Central Valley (WA)
by Transition Hoops Report
Top Greater Spokane League teams Central Valley and Ferris squared off at Ferris Thursday. It was tight all game but Ferris grabbed the two point win. Ferris was led by Jared Christy and Cody Benzel. For Central Valley, Adam Chamberlain was solid at the point and Justin Fayant showed a lot of range.
Ferris’s Jared Christy (6'5 SF 2014) initiated their early offense. He was very good attacking the basket, getting past his defender with a long stride when he went right. He also looked good on the catch and shoot from 3 and knocked down his free throws.
Cody Benzel (6'3 SG 2014) struggled initially on offense as Central Valley did a good job binding him up. But as most good competitors do, he found other ways to contribute. He was flying around on defense, grabbed rebounds and worked to facilitate for others. And as the game came down to the wire he began to get his rhythm. In the fourth quarter it looked like his mindset changed from distributor to taking over. He got his jump shot going and made important free throws down the stretch.
Also of note was Jensen Rye (6'9 C 2014). Rye was strong inside, finished when he was supposed to and showed the ability to catch almost anything his teammates fed him.
Central Valley came out early from deep led by Justin Fayant (5'11 SG 2014), who hit 4 3-pointers in the first half. He knocked down a jumper early in the third quarter to finish with 14 points.
Adam Chamberlain (6'0 PG 2014) showed that he can be dynamic with the ball in his hands when he is aggressive. He put pressure on the defense all game, though his shot wasn’t quite falling early. But much like Benzel, as the game wore on he started to make more plays. His body control as he attacked the basket was impressive and he was finishing and finding open teammates.