Rainer Beach arrived at their hotel at 4 a.m. Thursday morning. A mere 18 hours later, which isn't much time when you are traversing three time zones, they laced them up against Inglewood. A third quarter points flurry from point guard Nate Robinson (26 points) and more heroics in the 4th saved Rainer Beach in the end.
Robinson was terrific. He made clutch free throws down the stretch, came up with steals and rebounds and hit big time pressure hoops to close the 3rd quarter. Without him, Inglewood advances. Even with him, Inglewood came close to advancing.
DeAngelo Collins' 23 points and 18 boards weren't enough to lift Inglewood. For a stretch of the 3rd quarter, Inglewood forgot who its best player was and it just might have cost them in the end.
Rainer Beach survived a poor night from Lodrick Stewart (6 points) and an 11-for-24 evening by Rodrick Stewart (23 points).
Slam Dunk No. 3
Archbishop Carroll of Washington, D.C., was just too young for the main draw and Cedar Hill had them in sleeper until about 5 minutes left in the game when Carroll made a cosmetic run which drew the final score closer than it actually was.
The Longhorns won 78-69 behind a terrific performance by Michigan-bound guard Daniel Horton. Horton scored 17 in the first half and finished with 28 in the game. He'll be a little bruised up Friday morning as he took a beating in this one, especially on a layup when he was undercut. If Carroll wants to grab a win here, they'll need junior big man Darian Townes to get them much more than he did in this one. Townes is a good player needing an injection of confidence. He's headed to Georgetown as is junior teammate Robert McIver, a native of Georgia. Both need to be consistent and finish out the event strong.
Slam Dunk No. 2
Germantown scored 16 points in the second and third quarters and somehow still managed to defeat Memphis East, 55-40. Part of the reason why they won was because while they were bad on offense, they still weren't anywhere close to East which scored 12 and 3 points in the final two quarters, respectively.
East didn't have a single player reach double-digits and Brian Latham's 9 points all came in the first half.
It certainly wasn't pretty but in major December tournaments it's survive and advance and that's what Germantown managed to do. Matt Walsh led the way with 23 points and was 11-for-12 from the line. GA's search for a point guard continues and 8 assists and 16 turnovers aren't going to get it done as the event progresses.
Slam Dunk No. 1
Redondo Union could have stayed in California for an extra day because they didn't show up to play All Hallows. The New York team, coming off a second-place finish at the City of Palms, rolled up a 77-57 win.
It really wasn't interesting, at least after the first quarter during which Ricky Soliver banged a pair of 3s as his team rolled out to a big lead. It never got much closer than the 22-point halftime deficit and All Hallows went through the motions for their first win of the week.