East Bladen 82, Statesville Christian 68 Laurinburg Institute 82, Bonner Academy 54 Landmark Christian 119, Oak Ridge Military 59 Mt. Tabor 65, North Charleston 59 Mount Zion 73, Faith Christian 56 (semifinal) Penn Charter 70, Our Savior 67 (semifinal)
A.D. Vassallo, SG, Faith Christian: The Richmond-bound guard had 31 points on 11-for-18 shooting and made 5 of 7 3-pointers. Forget the points, shooting percentages and statistics, this kid has game. He scored with skill and savvy. He had good defenders from a talented Mount Zion team draped all over him. Everyone in the building knew he was a player and he earned a lot of folks respect during the game.
Randolph Morris, C, Landmark Christian: His squad rolled and he went ahead and got his 23 points and 10 boards before taking a seat. He wasn't challenged in this one and probably won't play against a quality big man in this event.
Quakers Combo: Power forward Rob Kurz and point guard Sean Singletary were never in sync, at least not until the final few minutes of the game. Both missed their share of shots and struggled from the line but down the stretch proved their worth. Singletary drilled a 3-pointer to give his team the lead and then sealed with some free throws. Kurz, like Singletary struggled mightily at the line early before connecting late and coming up with some huge rebounds.
Glen Dandridge, SG, Mount Zion: He led the Mighty Warriors with 20 points and his potent stroke was on display in this one. The Richmond native has one of the most compact and pure strokes in the county.
Tello Palacios, PF, Our Savior: The Colombian finished with 20 points, not bad since he didn't score in the first quarter and only had 5 at the break. Penn Charter put a small guard on his and kind of frustrated him some. He's improved his range and shooting ability.
Chris Gaynor, PG, Mt. Tabor: The sub-six-footer finished with 30 points, most 18 of them coming from behind the arc where he went 6-for-14. He's a competitor and should prove to be a valuable player for Winthrop.
Edwin Ofori Attah, SG, Statesville Christian: The former Montrose Christian guard came out firing and scored 33 points on a 14-for-27 effort from the floor. Edwin did not sign early but could draw some mid-major looks in the spring. He's going to put up numbers on this team.
Hatila DeSouza, PF, Laurinburg: The Brazilian had a workman like 15 and 5. He took 9 shots and made 7 of them, most coming from close range. He hasn't taken his offense to the perimeter yet but will finish around the hoop and chases rebounds.
Brandon Rush, SF, Mount Zion: The final Rush Brother scored 14 points but it was a show-stopping one-handed throw down that really set the tone for Mount Zion. This is one of the best perimeter athletes in his class. His first step is not only quick but explosive and he's a big, big timer.
Stan Johnson, a junior at East Bladen, has a chance to be a mid-major prospect. He's a long athlete who is very rangy. … Edwin Ofori Attah put up some numbers today but he likes to leak out for easy buckets and must play stronger defense. … Landmark Christian coach Bryan Bartley is trying to sell his team on establishing an identity. He repeatedly encouraged his charges to dunk everything inside with authority. …
Chris Gaynor might only be 5-10, but he's a pest on defense. His arms and body are always trying to come up with steals. By the way, Gaynor is pulling double duty as the team's PG and top scoring option. … Mohamed Tangara didn't have a great game on offense but he showed why so many like him. After having his shot blocked, on consecutive occasions he fought inside for rebounds and finished strong. … Roy Bright had 16 for Mount Zion and he made three consecutive triples in a row. …
Shey Oseni is a junior center at Faith Christian and he fought tooth and nail inside until fouling out against a big Mount Zion frontline. … Penn Charter's strategy against Our Savior was to play fast and guard bigs with guards. It worked. … Sean Singletary is completely fearless. He challenges shot blockers and fears no one on drives. … Rob Kurz is a gritty player inside. He left a few balls on the rim, but a year from now after Notre Dame gets him on their weight program he's a much stronger finisher. The talent and ability is there. …
Randolph Morris says he's looking hardest at Georgia Tech and Kentucky and that Clemson is third and on the outskirts. He also said that he's not interested in opening it up and having more teams come in right now. North Carolina sent assistant Steve Robinson to the game to watch Morris. … Penn State and Miami-FL were definitely in the building for Palacios. UNC stayed to watch him as well. … Texas was the only school to come see DeSouza last week but Iowa State is inquiring. … Laurinburg guard Draelon Burns said Creighton and Purdue are on him, though neither has seen him recently. …
There was one NBA team in attendance today and only a few have gone to see Morris practice. That bodes well that he'll play college basketball. … Wes Matthews Sr. is an assistant at Landmark Christian. The former Badgers star says his son, Wes Jr., has offers from Marquette and Wisconsin. … Former N.C. State star Sidney Lowe's son plays for Oak Ridge Military. …
Ronald White left Mount Zion and is back in South Carolina. … He's not playing here but we picked up a tidbit about Winston-Salem Glenn freshman Eric Wallace. Apparently UNC and Wake Forest watched his game last week. He's been to Virginia Tech, Wake, UNC and Clemson. … Albert Weber was suspended for one game and did not play against Faith Christian. …
Schools In Attendance: UNC-Greensboro, UNC, Elon, Penn State, Winthrop, William & Mary, VCU, Miami, East Carolina and the Los Angeles Clippers.