12.8.2017

Gamers of the Week

Isaac Massie is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to junior Isaac Massie of Calvary Baptist Academy.
The Patriots boy’s basketball team improved to 5-1 overall as they narrowly lost to Cross Lanes Christian 54-51 and beat Ohio Valley Christian 82-29. One standout player for the Patriots that was the catalyst for his team is newcomer and point guard Isaac Massie. In his first season with the Patriots, Massie has led the team in scoring with a 17-point average, as he has been a consistent scorer and offensive facilitator. Massie followed suit by leading all scorers with 17 points in the loss to Cross Lanes Christian, and scored 9 points in the blow out victory versus Ohio Valley Christian.

When asked about who inspires him Isaac said, ‘’my father is an inspiration to me because he has sacrificed a lot of time helping me train for basketball. Anytime I want to go work on my game he will rebound balls for me and always sits down and reviews my games with me.” When Isaac was asked what motivates him, Isaac responded, ‘‘helping my team repeat as the WVCAT champions is my goal. I wasn’t playing here last year when they won, so I want to help them repeat and experience that with them.’’

The Patriots are continuing to play a four guard offensive and have had success in the young season. Point guard play has been strong this year as well as the two and three guard positions. When asked about Isaac’s play this year head coach David Spencer said, “Isaac is what helps our offense go. He gets our offense set up and is our floor general. He leads by example and fits in well with the guys. He’s unique in that he is also a scoring point guard that handles the ball well for his size.’’ The Patriots realized after the rematch game against Cross Lanes Christian they can’t always settle for outside shots. The Patriots are planning to penetrate the defense and create plays at the basket, draw fouls, or kick passes out for open shots. Settling for outside shots and making yourself one dimensional can be a recipe for a struggling on offense.  The motto of penetrate and kick or penetrate and score could go a long way for the Patriots as they plan to repeat as champions. Head Coach David Spencer will have his troops ready and will make the correct adjustments as they plan to defend their WVCAT championship from last year.

Isaac currently has a 3.9 GPA and is the son of Paul and Terri Massie. Isaac is also a member the Upward Stars travel basketball team. He is currently undecided where he will attend college but would like to pursue a degree in sports medicine.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.