You’ll be hard pressed to find another season opener where the #1 team in the city squares off against the #3 team. Last night in the “Coliseum”, Legacy took on a Level Up Prep team that hadn’t lost any of their preseason games or scrimmages. Legacy got the game started with a Johnathan Massie jumper and then a Massie dunk to take the early lead. Level Up would fight back behind a strong early performance from Micah Glover, and trail 16-17 after the 1st quarter.
The second quarter is where Legacy broke the game open. Sir Issac Herron started it off with a big time two hand slam that sparked a 15-0 run for Legacy. Legacy would take a 39-23 lead into the locker room. In the second half LSS would continue to pour it on finishing with a 84-58 win. Head coach Pj Couisnard had this to say about his performance, “First one is out the way, it’s different sometimes when you have so many good players on one team. I think we handled it well, we played for each other, played together, flayed for each other. And for them to buy in and it be truly genuine, that’s a testament to these young men.”
Level Up Prep coach Gilbert Good talked about how his team seemed, particularly his guards, were a little rattled during the second quarter. “I think their pressure bothered us a little bit, in the 1st quarter we seemed to handle it ok, but that second quarter, the wheels seemed to come off.” He also was very complimentary of Legacy’s team. “A true national team with PLAYERS. That team can compete on the national level. They don’t have oxtail soup, they have a meat lover’s delight that the world is ready to see!”
Legacy had a balance attack led by Texas A&M signee Ashton Smith’s 14 point, 14 rebound, double-double. PV A&M signee Brian Myles scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards. Herron finished 11 points & 11 rebounds. Johathan Massie scored 10, another PV A&M signee, Pj Neal had 8 points and a game high 8 assists. Junior guard Julian Morris scored 8 points as well off the bench. For Level Up Prep, Charles Lovett was the only player in double figures with 10 points.