McClellan huge as Milby advances to finals

Jawann McClellan and Josh Shipp will begin their rivalry a year early as their respective teams will play for the championship of the national bracket at the Academy National Invitational in Houston, Texas.

Milby High School pulled off a mild upset when the Buffaloes beat Montrose-Christian of Maryland 56-48. Arizona bound Jawann McClellan had 24 points for Milby in the win, including four free throws in the game's final minute.

The 6-4 swingman scored nine points in the crucial third quarter when Milby broke the game open, going up by as many as nine.

McClellan was 7-16 from the field, 2-5 from behind the arc. He was also 8-10 from the line. The Mustangs had no answer for the athletic McClellan who was able to use his speed to get good looks all night long. McClellan was also a terror on the defensive end, swatting away three shots and grabbing four of his six rebounds on the defensive end.

The Mustangs made things interesting late in the game. They chipped away at the Buffalo lead, but Milby kept answering. With Montrose within six, McClellan sank a big three-pointer to make it 43-34.

Montrose followed the three with an 8-0 run, but were unable to take the lead and a Kevin Quiney three-point play put Milby up 48-43 and sealed the win for the Buffaloes.

Milby will face Los Angeles' Fairfax High School in the championship game. Fairfax is led by future UCLA guard Josh Shipp, the brother of former Cal standout Joe Shipp. Shipp scored 26 points in a 78-63 win over Mater Dei High School of California. Top 2005 recruit Jamaal Boykin added 21.

Future Oregon State Beaver Marcel Jones was the lone Mater Dei player in double figures. The 6-7 Jones scored 15, but sophomore Taylor King (UCLA), Chris Henry (Washington State) and Mike Gerrity (promising 2005 guard) were all held to eight points.

Earlier in the day Nic Wise's Hightower squad beat Booker T. Washington of Oklahoma 55-40. Wise rebounded from a zero-point outing on Saturday with a six-point, four assist performance in the win. He was 3-5 from the field, making all three of his shots from inside the arc. He added four rebounds and turned the ball over just two times.

Sophomore Darris Santee led the Hurricanes in scoring with 14 points and Marcus Whitfield added 12. No one on Booker T. Washington managed to score in double figures.

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