Lincoln 75, Southwest Atlanta Christian 72 Mount Vernon 60, Rice 48 Oak Hill Academy 62, Cardinal Dougherty 57 Montrose Christian 57, Simon Gratz 37 Amityville 72, Christian Brothers 40 Our Savior 76, Mount Zion 44
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Lincoln: The flashy floor leader showed how clutch he has become when he knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer from the left wing with four seconds left in a win against Dwight Howard and Southwest Atlanta Christian. Telfair finished with 30 points and got the first game-winner of his career.
Dwight Howard, C, Southwest Atlanta Christian: The 6-11 big man was double and triple-teamed virtually all game and still managed 24 points and 17 boards. Not his best outing of the season, but still dominated in the paint and on the glass.
Tello Palacios, F, Our Savior: In a game that was decided by halftime, the Columbian big man was the biggest reason. Palacios finished with 24 points with a versatile offensive game that featured dunks, follows, mid-range shots and also a three-pointer. He showed great touch around the rim and also pulled down eight boards.
A.J. Price, G, Amityville: The UConn-bound senior has wasted no time making up for lost time after he missed most of the first half of the season after a suspension for an altercation after school. Price was unconscious from long range and finished with 30 points in the win over Greg Paulus' Christian Brothers Academy squad. In one sequence, Price came down on three successive possessions and swished trifectas.
Mark Tyndale, WF, Simon Gratz: Played his usual in-your-face, hard-nosed style. Led the team with 17 points – with most of his damage coming from mid-range and in the paint. Academics are a concern for the unsigned 6-4 Tyndale, who is getting looks from Temple and St. Joe's.
Greg Paulus, PG, Christian Brothers: Not his best outing of the season, but still plays hard all the time and makes his teammates better. Unfortunately, his ‘mates were unable to finish in the paint and Paulus missed his share of shots also. Paulus finished with 18 points and six assists. Did a nice job getting into the lane and also connected on a pair of trifectas in the loss.
Shane Clark, WF, Cardinal Dougherty: A big-time steal for Villanova. Clark finished with 22 points, including a trio of big-time three-pointers, to put Dougherty in a position to knock off Oak Hill. Can really stroke it from the outside and also can put it on the floor with ease.
Curtis Kelly, BF, Rice: Still getting back into shape after missing the first part of the season due to academics, the long sophomore scored 12 points – most of them in the paint. Runs the court well on both ends. Needs to continue to get stronger and add a couple low-post moves to his game.
News & Notes
It was Telfair's first game-winner at any level. "It's not that I usually pass it," he said. "I usually miss them." … Mount Zion's Albert Weber (Alabama) was ejected late in the game when he punched an Our Savior player out of frustration. … It was Mount Zion's first loss after starting the season 20-0. Most of the team packed it in after a 33-18 halftime deficit. Glen Dandridge (Missouri) led the team with 11 points. … Oak Hill coach Steve Smith said the last time he could remember trailing by double-figures at the break was when he went up against Khalid El-Amin's Minneapolis North team back in 1996-97. …
Shane Clark had some help from DeSean White (Providence) and Kyle Lowry (Villanova) in a tight loss to Oak Hill. White had 22 points and 10 boards while Lowry only had 10 points, but had 7 boards and 7 assists. … Mount Vernon's Keith Benjamin (Pittsburgh) sat out with a sprained ankle he suffered in warm-ups last week. He is expected to return this week. … Montrose junior big man Uche Echefu led Montrose with 17 points in the win over Simon Gratz. … Rice (N.Y.) 6-9 sophomore big man Curtis Kelley scored 12 points in his third game back after missing most of the season because of academics.
Palacios is in the stages of setting up two or three official visits. He said he'll pick from Indiana, FSU, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky and Georgia. FSU assistant Stan Jones was in attendance for Our Savior's big win. … Oak Hill's Josh Smith is 6-8 and up to 220 pounds. Expect him to be taken in the top five in this year's NBA Draft and it's not out of the question that he and his summer teammate, Dwight Howard, are selected with the first two picks. … Seven-foot junior Bamba Fall came to Oak Hill weighing 160 (no, that's not a misprint) and is now up to 180 pounds. FSU head man Leonard Hamilton came in to take a look at Fall a few weeks ago. …
Mount Vernon (N.Y.) 6-6, 230-pound versatile sophomore Jonathan Mitchell likes UConn, Duke, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Kansas and Georgia Tech. He finished with 10 points. ... Louisville assistant Reggie Theus was in attendance to watch Telfair, Brian Johnson and Palacios. … Celtics GM Danny Ainge and Portland boss John Nash were among the numerous NBA types in attendance. There were far more NBA guys than college coaches.