Bullis School 69, Cape Henlopen 53 Marriott Charter 84, Heritage Christian 60 Dr. Phillips 68, Amityville 53 St. Augustine 63, Parkland 52 Mount Vernon 68, Hillcrest 48 Mount Zion 50, Champlain St. Lambert 48 Arlington Country Day 53, St. Patrick 37 Southwest Atlanta Christian 68, Timpview 55 Reserve Christian 78, Rainier Beach 61 Westchester 81, Bloomfield Tech 52
Dwight Howard, C, SWAC: The main event at the Slam Dunk delivered the goods in front of a packed house. Howard came up one block short of the triple double as he posted 25 points, 19 rebounds and 9 blocks. He tossed in 6 deflections, 4 assists and countless intimidations. Though the left-handed hook shot was nice, it was a dunk off a backboard pass from Javaris Crittendon that truly brought down the house.
By the way, as the crowd roared with approval after the play, Howard ran down the other end of the court nearly expressionless. Folks, at this point it's not likely another player goes ahead of him in the draft.
Jason Rich, SG, Dr. Phillips: Steady, solid and even spectacular once, Rich got it done against Amityville. The play of the day was a two-dribble wing drive culminating in a big time jam. Rich shot 11-for-17 to the tune of 27 points. We had him with 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assists. He filled the stat sheet out in his first game down here.
D.J. White, PF, Hillcrest: Somehow, he went 0-for-5 from the field in the first half. His team has been in a funk recently. White does a nice job of getting position and he doesn't receive nearly as many touches as he should. He finished with 11 and 9 but really played through the frustration.
Keith Benjamin, SG, Mount Vernon: Efficient might be the best buzz word to associate with him. 20 points off 6-for-14 from the field to lead the charge as Vernon dusted Hillcrest.
Olivier Lamoureux, PF, St. Lambert: He looked much better than he did at the War On The Shore. The UMass-bound forward has a great grasp for the game. He hustles and his craftiness in the post will payoff in Amherst.
Chris Miles, PF, Timpview: He had the toughest assignment of the tournament when he drew Howard. To his credit, he battled even after Howard put two fouls on him in the first three minutes. He'll have better days than his 8 points and four rebounds. From a prospect standpoint, he's beginning to fill out his frame and his arms are stronger and that's all you can ask of him.
C.J. Giles, C, Rainier Beach: 15 points and 8 boards for the future Hurricane. He's still coming out of his shell on offense but has some moves and will finish with a jam.
Brandon Rush, SF, Mount Zion: His 6 points might have been the loudest half dozen in recent memory. He threw down three big time jams. He's possesses a helluva burst to the rim. Right now, he's got a ton of athleticism ala Josh Smith. Also like Smith, he'll need to round out his perimeter game prior to the start of his senior season. Smith did and look where it's taken him! Rush has that kind of talent.
Maurice Joseph, SG, St. Lambert: His big second half was key for his team. He finished with 16 points. He'll be a guy that many high-major programs spend time with in the next few months as he gains more exposure.
David Huertas, SG, Arlington Country Day: He started the game with the cast on his shooting hand. By halftime it was gone and he finished with 14 points. Huertas just got cleared to play today and is still playing with a broken thumb on his shooting hand. Trust us, this guy can stroke it. Forget the 2-for-6 today; he's got a big time stroke.
Marcus Johnson, SF, Westchester: He's picking up in Delaware where he left off in Florida last week. The Comets were never threatened and he led the charge with a game-high 19 points on 9-for-13 from the field.
Anthony Farmer, SG, St. Augustine: Led the charge for the Hermits on Saturday. The knock on him has been his ability to consistently shoot it. Well, he went 3-for-6 from outside the arc for 21 points. He's still got the size of a PG and a SG's game, but he's always been able to score.
Chris Lowe, PG, Mount Vernon: He had four points and the official box had him for just 3 assists so why are we writing about him? Because this kid is a mid-major floor general. He's not a scorer but he's a helluva passer and makes super decisions. Hand him the ball and let him run the team.
Demond Carter, PG, Reserve Christian: His 21 points paved the way for a win over Rainier Beach. Carter did his damage from the line going 11-for-13 there. On a team that is fairly young, he keeps his composure, runs the offense and of course, just wins.
Jason Bennett, C, Arlington Country Day: The maturation process continues for one of the country's biggest big men. He went for 13 points and 14 rebounds today. The 7-2 big man is making strides on a yearly basis but the process is a gradual one.
Casiem Drummond, C, Bloomfield Tech: The game with Westchester really got out of hand before he was able to get involved. From the tip it became a game of guards and once it got ugly, dumping it to the big man wasn't the first option. When he touched it, he scored: see 14 points on 7-of-9 from the field to go with 14 boards.
Kevin Branch, SG, Reserve Christian: He didn't look the least bit intimidated by a national team with size. The freshman has a stroke from downtown and he's 6-3 now but he's got one of those frames that looks like he's got more room to grow. High-major all the way.