Powell makes his points 

It was the start of the third quarter and Stuart Hall was down by a point, 27-26 to Crystal Springs Uplands. In a critical Bay Counties League boys’ basketball game, Crystal Springs is usually hard to beat at home, but this did not matter to Stephen Powell, Stuart Hall’s feisty sophomore guard.

In a stretch of two minutes with the Knights applying defensive pressure to Crystal Springs, Powell stole the ball and passed to a teammate for an easy score, threw a cross-court pass to a teammate for another score and scored on a move off the dribble, in which he got fouled. It all added up to a 48-41 victory for the Knights.

"The game was close, as they hit their shots," Powell said. "But in the second half, we played better defense and we stopped them down the stretch."

At 5-foot-10 Powell is a versatile guard who has an unorthodox game. He has point guard size, but he is really not a true point guard and he is not a true shooting guard. But he has a game that makes him a jack of all trades on the court. He rebounds, defends and makes plays on the offensive end.

"Steve is just a gamer," Stuart Hall coach Charlie Johnson said. "He just plays and does a little bit of everything on the court."

Randy Bessolo, the coach of BCL West rival University, has seen Powell up close and personal. He said that Powell is a utility player, with good player instincts.

"He is dangerous at all times," Bessolo said. "He finds the ball and ways to score often when you least expect it. In some ways, he is more dangerous from a scoring perspective when he is on defense."

When talking about his play, Powell says that his versatility is one his strengths.

"I am a guard but I can play all positions," Powell said. "One of my strengths offensively is the ability to take people off the dribble."

His instincts could be seen when Powell had a 50-point game against Oceana in the second game of the season.

"We were down by 15 points in the third quarter and Powell stayed within himself and he went off, scoring 32 points in the second half," Johnson said. "He was stealing the ball, making hustle plays and doing a little bit of everything."

Stuart Hall would come back to defeat Oceana 71-68. Powell’s play this season has helped the Knights to a 16-4 record and second place in the BCL West behind University and Lick-Wilmerding.

He is averaging 21 points, five rebounds and four assists a game and has already drawn recruiting interest from Stanford, UCLA and Pepperdine. Powell was originally going to attend Sacred Heart Cathedral, but instead opted for the much smaller Stuart Hall.

He made a quick impression during team workouts before his freshman season.

"Steve was doing things that freshmen do not do," said Badi Gila, a senior who starts at forward. "He was bringing energy to the court and playing with passion."

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