Peach Jam, Day Three
There is no question that one of the most intriguing sequences of the summer has been Daniel Gibson's open courtship of North Carolina the last few days. However, it appears as though it was only flirting.
"I'm going to Texas," Gibson said after his team's loss to the Jackson Tigers. Surely in the coming days they'll be more questions directed at him, but at this point he's gone ahead and re-affirmed his commitment to the Longhorns.
NY Gauchos 70, DC Blue Devils 59: So far, no one has had an answer for the trio of Russell Robinson, Sundiatta Gaines and Ronald Ramon. This time out, Gaines blazed the trail with 22 while Robinson and Ramon hit for 26 together. Eric Price was the lone Devil in double-figures with 22. DC forward Brian Johnson provided the crowd with a scare as he went down holding his knee, but walked off on his own power and was back minutes later.
Gauchos: Robinson, Ramon and Gaines
Jackson Tigers 71, Houston Hoops 64: For a half, Al Jefferson and Daniel Gibson were putting on a show. Jefferson was dunking and scoring with skill while Gibson was bombing from deep and penetrating for good looks. Jefferson would finish with 25 points and Gibson 20. Robert Clark and Charles Thomas had 18 apiece in the win and Jawann McClellan had 17 in the loss.
CHAMPIONSHIP: NY Gauchos vs. Jackson Tigers, noon on Thursday.
Quarterfinal Top Efforts
Hoops Beat Ravens: Daniel Gibson and Jawann McClellan split 45 points as the Houston Hoops overcame a 30-point effort from Zam Frederick. They beat the Ravens 72-71. Ra'Sean Dickey had 18 and 9.
Gauchos Roll Texas: The big three of Robinson, Gaines and Ramon combined to score 70 of the Gauchos 90 points in the 16-point win over Team Texas. Lamarcus Aldridge had 13 and 15 in the loss.
D.C. Ends Family Run: The Blue Devils simply had too much for The Family in the post as Jerome Habel and Brian Johnson ran roughshod over them inside. Johnson had 18 and Habel 16. Meanwhile, Isaiah Swann 15 points and 7 assists while Eric Price chipped in with 14.
Too Much Jefferson: 25 points and 19 rebounds from Al Jefferson finished off the Georgia Stars in the Round of eight Jefferson made 11 of 16 shots.
*Jerome Habel, PF, DC Blue Devils--If Habel was a stock, Monday was the day to buy because he's blown himself up. All week long he blocked shots, dropped his little signature hook and rebounded. He's consistently put up big numbers here.
*Jimmy Binnie, SF, Martin Bros--In what might have been his best game of the summer, Binnie scored 24 against the Albany City Rocks in the morning. He did it from all over the court with a slew of mid-major programs scattered throughout the gym.
*Keith Brumbaugh, F, Team Florida--This happened on Tuesday but it's worth noting since we missed it somehow. In a pool play game against All-Ohio, Brumbaugh put up 42 points, the tournament high for the year. He made 19 of 26 field goals and combined with Jason Rich to score 72 for the game. Scoring 42 points deserves some recognition so we might be a day late, but he deserves the pub.
*Dayshaun Wright is going to be a good college player in the right situation. Some schools might not have room for him in terms of what he brings to the table. But, if he goes to a place that doesn't have anyone in the program like him (undersized but strong and a worker) then he'll be a hit.
*Tyler Hansbrough of the STL Eagles is one of the most even-tempered players we've seen. He's tough and nasty but tough to rattle.
All-Ohio power forward Andrew Brackman was good on Wednesday. Coaches are drooling because he's obviously just beginning to peak and he's able to shoot mid-range face-ups.
News & Notes
* Steve Alford was among a number of coaches who watched A.J. Ratliff in the morning.
*Cincinnati's Bob Huggins was in the gym watching Isaiah Swann in the day. At night, assistant Andy Kennedy represented the Bearcats with assistants from Arizona and Maryland in the house. The inside word handicaps the Bearcats and the Terps as the schools to beat for Swann.
*Roy Williams was there for a number of Brian Johnson games.
Play was delayed 45 minutes at the start of the playoffs when Kellen Hurd of the Houston Hoops shattered a backboard. Hurd is a big time football prospect.