Big Night For Young Big Man

One of Alabama's top young players put on a good show Tuesday night to lead his team to victory.

Opelika, Ala.--One of the top 2008 basketball prospects, Xavier Gibson, got off to a good start at the Class 6A, Area 3 Tournament at Opelika High School on Tuesday night.

The fourth seed in the tournament and needing a victory to earn a spot in the state playoffs, Gibson scored a team-high 20 points to lead Northview High School of Dothan to a 74-70 victory over Smiths Station High School

Showing good athleticism on the perimeter and also a deft shooting tough, Gibson overcame early foul trouble to lead Northview to the victory.

Considered one of the top high school players in the state despite being just a sophomore, Gibson showed why with several big baskets down the stretch. Included in that was a three-point shot from the left wing that he looked very comfortable shooting with a quick release that the Panther defense had no chance of blocking.

Gibson puts the ball on the floor and shows the ability to create a shot.

Gibson and his teammates will face the area's top seed, Opelika High, on Friday at 7 p.m. with a chance to advance to the area finals on the line. Opelika will have homecourt advantage.

The winner will play the winner of Enterprise and Auburn game, last year's 6A state champion. Auburn features 6-7 forward Asim McQueen, who is being recruited by several Division I programs around the South including Tulane and Southern Miss.

Xavier Gibson prepares to shoot vs. Smiths Station.

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