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<b>AROUND THE NATION –</b> Russell Robinson turned in his best game of the year as Rice rolled. Bad weather, especially in the East took reduced the number of games while Tyler Smith and Brandon Wright tangled in the south.

EAST Rice defeated Archbishop Malloy easily Tuesday night as senior guard Russell Robinson had his finest game of the year in the 74-57 win. Robinson scored 36 points and had 6 steals.'s Summer Player of the Year went 6-for-9 from downtown.

Senior power forward Arturo Dubois missed the game as he was vacationing with family so Robinson's effort was much-needed. Robinson has been playing well since a gas leaked in his apartment which had often made him light-headed, was found earlier this month.

Rice is now 16-2 on the season.

Andre Blatche did it again. The 6-10 senior led Henninger to a 69-54 victory of Oswego on Tuesday. Blatche, who is in our Top 50 but is not qualified, scored a game-high 24 points in the victory.


Two of America's premier underclassmen did battle again in Tennessee. For the second time this month, Giles County defeated Brentwood Academy 72-70 Tuesday evening. Leading the way for Giles County was none other than Tyler Smith. The junior small forward scored a team-high 28 points in the game. Meanwhile, Brentwood Academy sophomore power forward Brandon Wright was again equally sensational. Wright finished with a game-high 29 points, including a 3-pointer.

Tennessee head coach Buzz Peterson was in attendance and Kansas sent an assistant to the game.

Three future Georgia Bulldogs would lace them up on Tuesday evening, but only two would come away victorious. South Gwinnett, which sports a pair of Georgia commitments, defeated Brookwood 64-58.

South Gwinnett junior shooting guard Louis Williams went off for 33 points. Brookwood senior guard Channing Toney had 28. Williams' teammate Mike Mercer finished with 22 points. South Gwinnett improved to 20-2 on the season. Georgia assistant Ken McDonald was in the crowd.

Miami Senior freshman guard Edwin Rios lit up the scoreboard again but it wouldn't be enough as Jackson edged Miami 79-77 behind 35 points from Quintel Parker.

Rios' scoring outbursts have been commonplace for Miami this season, especially since he ran roughshod at the City of Palms in Fort Myers last month. Junior power forward Dwayne Collins, an outstanding prospect in his own right, scored 13 points for the Stings in the loss.

Terrance Farley, a 6'10 University of Louisville signee had a monster game against Atherton Tuesday night. Farley finished with 27 points, and 18 rebounds to lead PRP in a rout over the Rebels.


Brother Rice out of Chicago locked up in a nail biter with Marist and won the game 54-51 in front of an overflow crowd of more than 2,000. Marquette head coach Tom Crean was among those in the stands presumably watching junior shooting guard Bobby Frasor.

Frasor, Brother Rice's standout, scored 10 points in the game, including 5 during a crucial late-game run.

Sophomore shooting guard Jon Scheyer was big time Tuesday night as his Glenbrook North team knocked off Prospect 59-56.

The shooting guard scored a game-high 30 points and was clutch in the fourth quarter. With the game on the line he made a pair of 4th quarter 3s and two crucial free throws to seal the win.

Junior center Anthony Sparks, a 6-9 prospect out of Murray-Wright, helped him team defeat Detroit Central 67-56 to improve to 11-2 on the year. Murray-Wright avenged a 14-point setback from earlier in the year.

Sparks meanwhile scored 17 in the win.

Top five sophomore Ramar Smith of Detroit King had possibly his finest night of the season against Detroit Northwestern in his team's 77-45 win.

Smith, a 6-3 shooting guard, pumped in 25 points to go with 10 rebounds. He nearly had the triple-double when he finished with 9 assists. King improved to 10-4 on the year.

For maybe the first time all season long someone not named Malik Hairston or Joe Crawford led Renaissance in scoring. Senior Terry Shelton dropped 18 points on Detroit Commerce as Renaissance rolled to the 91-34 win.

Renaissance standouts Hairston and Crawford split 32 points as their services weren't needed in the blowout win. Renaissance is undefeated.

Redford Central Catholic smoked Birmingham Brother Rice and a Rutgers signee played a huge part in the win. Senior center Dan Waterstradt had one of his biggest games of the season.

Waterstradt, who signed early with the Scarlet Knights, went for 20 points and 17 rebounds in a massive double-double.

Farragut (Ill.) 6-7, 225-pound senior big man Ollie Bailey, who has signed with Rutgers, scored 22 points and grabbed 16 boards in a 72-65 win over Crane on Tuesday night. Farragut improved to 16-2.

Miles Webb, a 6-3 shooting guard out of Brooklyn Park (MN) Park Center scored a season-high 38 points, but it was not enough as the Pirates fell 86-78 to Blaine, who is ranked #8 in Class AAAA. Webb signed with Minnesota in the early signing period. Park Center fell to 9-5 with the loss.


Senior center Lamarcus Aldridge must be feeling fine these days because he continues to post good numbers after a December knee injury. On Tuesday against Kimball, Aldridge paved the way for the win with 34 points.

Seagoville defeated Dallas Kimball 60-56 to improve to 15-7 on the year.


Robert Swift led his Bakersfield team past an overmatched bunch from Highland, 78-35. The senior center recorded 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bakersfield ran its record to 19-2.

Freshman sensation Kevin Love out of Lake Oswego returned from illness but his squad was beaten by Oregon City 53-50 Tuesday night. The 6-8 Love, who came in averaging 21.8 points, had 17 on 8-for-16 shooting. His 17 were a team-high.

Snohomish, which features one of the top power forwards on the west coast, beat Oak Harbor by 13 points, 76-63, Tuesday night. Junior power forward Jon Brockman had a game-high 32.

Deer Valley junior forward Lawrence Hill played Tuesday night against Trevor Browne but his team lost 84-71. Hill spent time over the weekend in the emergency room where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. He wasn't 100% for the game and made just 5-of-14 shots. Meanwhile, TB senior forward Ty Morrison finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Deer Valley super soph guard Christian Polk finished with 24 points.

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