Brockman too much to handle

<B>LAS VEGAS, Nev. - </B> It was a game featuring no fewer than nine D-I prospects. Coaches from Arizona, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina were in the stands. When the smoked cleared not only did the witness one heck of a game, but a pair of players showed just how good they were.

Seattle's Friends of Hoop beat Belmont Shore 85-74 at the Nike Main Event, but both teams showed just how good they were. Washington power forward Jon Brockman proved to be just too good for Belmont Shore and was the difference in the win.

Brockman scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the game. He was an unstoppable force down low and on the glass. He was a mind-blowing 13-17 from the field and pulled down nine offensive rebounds, controlling the glass from the start.

Jamal Boykin was almost as good. The highly rated combo-forward put on a show as he tries to secure some big time offers. The Fairfax High product had 18 points, 12 in the second half and proved to be the emotional motivation for Belmont. No matter how hard he tried, Boykin just couldn't will his team to a win.

Brockman set the tone early. He scored his team's first 10 points and paced the team to an early lead that they would never relinquish.

Brockman just couldn't be stopped down low. His strength was unstoppable. What he lacks in height and hops he made up for in determination and skill. He just has a knack for getting the ball in the hoop.

Belmont battled back, but never got within seven in the first half. Brett Hoerner scored a late bucket to trim the score to 42-35 at the half and the momentum carried into the second frame.

Boykin scored the first two buckets of the second and after a Spencer Hawes jumper, Hoerner drained a long two and the lead was down to four, 47-43. Belmont had a shot to trim the lead further, but a flagrant foul propelled Friends of Hoop to another double-figure lead and the win.

FOH's Martell Webster got out on the break when Belmont's Seketoure Henry shoved him from behind. Webster got the off balance lay-in to fall before crashing to the floor. A flagrant foul was called and Webster hit a free thrown before Kansas recruit Micah Downs jumper made it 52-43 on the ensuing possession. A moment later Downs drained a three and the boys from Seattle were up 55-43.

Webster started slow, but finished with a very nice game. He scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds. He still looks a bit rusty after missing almost a year of action with a leg injury, but the talent is obvious. Give him a few more weeks to shake off the rust and he should be back in the form that made him the top rated recruit entering the spring recruiting season.

FOH led by 14 when Belmont went on a final run. They scored nine of the next 11 to get within eight. Donald Thomas scored five points in the run to give his team a glimmer of hope. Brockman scored five more before fouling out, but it was enough to guarantee them the win. Big man Spencer Hawes has been a big story the last few weeks and he showed his great athleticism and potential. He is long and mobile and can really run the floor. He has a nice touch on his shot and can score several different ways. Hoerner was very effective when he exerted himself, but he wasn't always working. Micah Downs has been compared to Mike Dunleavy and the comparison is valid. He is long and lean and will stroke the ball.

NOTES:

*Webster still says the Wildcats are his favorite. He still wants to decide in the spring.

*Brockman says the fact the Wildcats have not offered is not a big deal. The Cats are in the final six along with UNC, Duke, UCLA, Gonzaga and Washington.

*Hawes likes the UA, but both his father and his uncle played for Washington.


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