McClellan shines in duel with Wise

Although billed as a match-up between two future Wildcats, in reality it was a battle between two of Houston's best prep programs. Milby High School edged Hightower 65-57 in the first round of the Academy National Invitational's national bracket.

Future Wildcat Jawann McClellan led the Buffaloes past the Hurricanes. The 6-4 swingman led Milby with 19 points, most coming from his ability to get into the lane. McClellan, a streak shooter, was not able to get hot from the outside and settled for utilizing his slashing ability. He was 0-for-3 from behind the arc, but was a solid 8-of-17 overall.

McClellan had a nice all-around box score. In addition to being the game's high scorer, he grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. He also added three assists, three blocks and a pair of steals.

Another future Wildcat, Hightower's Nic Wise, did not have the scoring day that McClellan had, but was an effective floor leader for the Hurricanes. Wise had five assists, but was held scoreless, missing all five of his field goal attempts. He also committed five turnovers.

The game went back and forth early on. Both teams tried to run, but started off cold. McClellan scored five straight points to give the Buffaloes an early 13-7 lead. McClellan opened his scoring with an old fashioned three-point play, driving to the hoop and drawing the foul. He followed that with a two-handed slam off a lob pass from Tremaine Webster.

McClellan opened the scoring in the second quarter with another lob play. This time he was forced to lay-in the pass from Webster, but the bucket gave his squad a 21-14 lead.

Milby led by as many as 10, but could never break the game open. Hightower opened the second half strong and cut the lead to three, 45-42, late in the third quarter.

McClellan came out hot in the last quarter, scoring his final four points early. The Buffaloes held on, fending off every Hightower push. The final nail in the coffin came when the Buffs were able to hold the ball for almost 1:30 while maintaining a six-point lead.

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