Around The Nation: Jan. 6 Results

<b>AROUND THE NATION –</b> Rudy Gay scored 27 points as Archbishop Spalding needed two overtimes to win on Tuesday night. Across the pond, Oak Hill captured a major tournament in Spain.


Oak Hill Academy, the nation's top-ranked team, staked a claim to the title of best junior team in the world this week as it rolled to a championship of the CB Hospitality Junior tournament in Barcelona, Spain.

In the semifinals of the event, Oak Hill was matched up with CSKA, the top junior team in Europe, based out of Moscow, and handled them easily. In fact, Oak Hill was never challenged as it played the role of intimidator en route to four wins. In one contest, point guard Rajon Rondo scored 55 points.


No. 10 senior Rudy Gay dunked with 50 seconds remaining to give Archbishop Spalding an overtime win against Cardinal Gibbons. The 6-8 Gay scored 27 points in the win as Spalding ran its record to 10-1 on the year. Spalding needed two overtimes to defeat Cardinal Gibbons 71-70.

6-1 junior guard Josh Thornton of Caesar Rodney High scored 20 points and helped his team roll past Sussex Central 69-42. The sharp-shooting guard had company for the game. Tennessee and Kansas sent assistant coaches to watch as Chris Ferguson of the Volunteers and Norm Roberts of Kansas took in the game.

Gonzaga College High School out of D.C. opened up league play with a comeback win Tuesday night over St. John's, 63-60. Junior forward Paul Johnson was stellar in the game as he dropped 28 points and 10 rebounds on St. John's. Rhode Island has already offered Johnson and reportedly Notre Dame will be in to scout him on Friday evening.


Senior guard Archie Miaway led Norcross with 25 points as it upset South Gwinnett 62-60 in Georgia. A crowd of over 2,200 took in the game as the top-ranked team fell. Junior shooting guard Louis Williams led South Gwinnett with 25 points.

The nation's top-ranked prospect was on display Tuesday evening in Atlanta. 6-10 Dwight Howard dropped 23 points as Southwest Atlanta Christian rolled over Greenforest Christian 107-48. Last week, Howard was the MVP of the Slam Dunk To The Beach in Delaware.

If the Atlanta Journal Constitution is correct, then Landmark Christian defeated Mt. Zion Carroll 87-7 Tuesday night to improve to 9-5 on the season. Leading the way for Landmark Christian was 6-11 senior center Randolph Morris who finished with a game-high 35 points.

Auburn signee Toney Douglas dropped 29 points Tuesday night but Jonesboro dropped a game. Stockbridge High knocked off Jonesboro 65-55 in Peach State action.

Mount Zion continues to roll. On Tuesday night in Durham, the Warrior sprinted past Bonner Academy of Raleigh 97-77. Senior Cincinnati-bound small forward Roy Bright paced his team with 23 points. Top five junior Brandon Rush, a small forward, pumped in 16 points of his own as five Warriors scored in double-figures, including 14 points by Shawn Taggart.

Portland (TN) High dropped a tough contest Tuesday evening. Martin Luther King beat Portland 64-63 as it fell to 8-7 on the season. Senior Top 20 winger Corey Brewer, a Florida signee, dropped 24 points in the loss.

The University School of Nashville was on the losing end of contest with powerhouse Brentwood Academy. Top five sophomore Brandon Wright scored 31 points and blocked 12 shots as Brentwood Academy, the alma mater of Colorado star David Harrison, rolled 83-59. Sophomore guard Josh Bone also scored 15 points in the win.

Tasmin Mitchell, our pre-season top-ranked junior in the nation, scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in an important win for Denham Springs. His team knocked off the defending state champions 71-42 in action on Tuesday night.


Before a packed crowd, rivals Crockett and Renaissance locked horns in Detroit and it wasn't pretty. A halftime skirmish broke out, 3 technical fouls were assessed in the opening minutes of the game and Renaissance didn't shake hands after the game but the Detroit power avenged 3 losses from last season at it blasted Crockett 77-48. Senior guard Joe Crawford led the way with 28 points and small forward Malik Hairston scored 13 as Renaissance improved to 7-0.

One of the nation's top junior guards had an excellent game on Tuesday evening. 6-5 Chris Douglas-Roberts of Cass Tech in Detroit led his team to the 67-34 win over Detroit Western. Douglas-Roberts scored 25 points and dropped 8 rebounds in the win.

Eastern Michigan-bound guard Darryl Garrett had a big game Tuesday evening in Detroit. Garrett pumped in 21 points to go with 10 rebounds as his Denby squad ripped Kettering 52-35.

Rutgers signee center Dan Waterstradt had a huge game for Redford Central Catholic as it defeated Harper Woods Notre Dame 66-48 on Jan. 6. Waterstradt scored a game-high 31 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in the win.

Senior guard Jamarcus Ellis helped his Westinghouse team improve its record to 9-1 as they defeated Young 72-68 on Tuesday. Ellis, an unsigned senior, scored 15 points in the win.

Rutgers signee Ollie Bailey helped Farragut run its record to 8-2 on the year. Tuesday night, Bailey scored 17 points as Farragut ran past Austin 71-56.

Wesley Clemmons scored 20 points and Kent State signee Michael Scott 15 but it wasn't enough as Northwest of Indianapolis fell on Tuesday night. Tyke Cockerham scored 20 points as Indianapolis Cathedral won 71-66.

6-11 Greg Oden, the nation's top-ranked sophomore, scored 20 points in a game on Tuesday evening. Oden paced Lawrence North past Franklin Central 73-43. Sophomore teammate Mike Conley, the son of the former Olympian and a big time 2006 prospect in his own right, scored 9 in the win.

Cincinnati Moeller is showing no signs of slowing down. Moeller ran its record to 9-1 by virtue of a 74-45 whipping of McNicholas. Moeller's top three players put up good numbers in the game. N.C. State-bound forward Andrew Brackman was the high scorer with 24 points. Akron-bound guard Bubba Walther chipped in 16 and Josh Duncan had 12 of his own.


Rice signee Rodney Foster, a point guard, scored a game-high 28 points, but it wasn't enough as Katy Taylor knocked off Mayde Creek 66-65. Taylor's Matt Gommel made a pair of free throws with no time on the clock to seal the upset win.

Cedar Hill defeated Midlothian 49-34 in action around Dallas Tuesday evening. Missouri signee and Cedar Hill point guard Jason Horton went for a team-high 13 points in the win.

Georgia Tech signee Jeremis Smith, a senior forward, scored 17 points Tuesday night in a win by Ft. Worth Dunbar. His team knocked off Wyatt 70-59 to run its record to 19-1 on the season.


Bakersfield High and Top 10 center Robert Swift led by as many as 40 points late in the game against West. Bakersfield would go on and win the game 76-65. Swift hit for 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Mater Dei improved its record to 13-2 as it knocked off Nogales 87-52 Tuesday night. Oregon State-bound senior small forward Marcel Jones scored 14 points and had 8 rebounds. Junior point guard Mike Gerritty helped the cause with 13 points of his own.

At Durango, junior guard Lamar Falley scored 26 points, and Houston Power added 20 points and five assists to lead the Trailblazers past the Wildcats. Stanley Copeland led Las Vegas with 20 points.

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