National Academy Invitational (Texas)
Hal Pastner's tournament, which features a national bracket consisting of eight teams and a local bracket of eight more, has been as advertised.
Fairfax (Calif.) knocked off fellow California powerhouse Mater Dei in the semifinals, 78-63, behind 25 points from UCLA-bound Josh Shipp to reach the championship game, where it will face local draw Milby (Texas) and its future Pac-10 star, Jawaan McClellan.
McClellan scored 24 in a semifinal victory over Montrose Christian (Md.) and had 19 points and 10 boards in the opening round against Hightower High.
In the local bracket, Kingwood will face Jesse Jones High and Texas-bound guard Daniel Gibson, who scored 26 in a 71-53 victory over Aldine in the semis.
GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Basketball Tournament (N.C.),
This should be a good test for top-ranked Oak Hill Academy in the title game. The Warriors had no problem with their opening-round opponent, Lee County, and then took care of Georgetown Prep and its trio of towers – 7-2 Roy Hibbert, 6-9 Aris Williams and 6-8 Davis Nwankwo – without any difficulty.
Brackman is coming off a 33-point, 14-rebound performance in the semis, a 76-60 victory against DeMarcus Nelson's Sheldon (Calif.) High squad. Nelson finished with 28 points and 11 boards.
Beach Ball Classic (S.C.),
This field was loaded and Cardinal Dougherty (Pa.) and Edgewater (Fla.) will battle for the title.
Dougherty, which has suffered just one blemish – without the services of all-everything floor leader Kyle Lowry in the season opener – has gotten key contributions from just about everyone in their starting lineup. Balance will be on display here against Edgewater star Darius Washington, who had 32 in the semis against Cedar Hill (Texas).
Cardinal Dougherty knocked off a nationally ranked Rufus King (Wis.) team, 72-68, in the semis with DeSean White (Providence) coming up huge with 32 points and nine boards and Lowry adding 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Other Tourney News
Tyler Smith and Giles County (Tenn.) will face Bradley Central (Tenn.) in the semifinals of the Arby's Classic, but whoever wins will get a big-time test if they go up against undefeated White Station in the title game.
Smith has scored 24 points in consecutive tournament games while White Station was led by Coutney Pigram's 19 points in a semifinal victory over Bartlett (Ak.) and its junior guard, Mario Chalmers, who is averaging 23 points in a pair of tourney games.
Simon Gratz (Pa.), led by unsigned senior Mark Tyndale's 33 points, knocked off Rice to win the DWI Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y.
St. Anthony's has breezed to the championship game of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic. Coach Bob Hurley won his 800th career game in a victory against Flanagan in the semis.
Two Kentucky powers, Lexington catholic and Mason County, will vie for bragging rights in the title game of the Fifth Third Bank Kentucky Holiday Classic. Mason County's Chris Lofton had 25 in the semifinal win over DeSales while Lexington Catholic's Harrison Morton scored 30 in a 86-59 victory over Apollo.