All-Tournament Team: Wendell White, Redondo; Nate Robinson, Rainer Beach; Rodrick Stewart, Rainer Beach; Matt Walsh, GA; Lee Melchinni, GA; Daniel Horton, Cedar Hill (MVP).
Daniel Horton, PG/SG, Cedar Hill: Terrific first half in the title game led to Cedar Hill's romp over GA. He's a McDonald's quality player.
Rasheed Al-Kaleem, SG, Charlestown: He rebounded from a so-so performance with a vengeance on Saturday. He was nearly flawless in a 26-point effort against Dublin Coffman. He was 10-for-13 from the field for the game including a smooth 6-of-8 from deep. The difference this game from his last was turnovers. He took much better care of the basketball this time around and there's a reason why. He didn't try and do too much off the dribble, which was a problem area for him the other day. He's a shooter and that's what he did today. He made 3s off the catch and off the bounce. That's exactly what the Gators will ask him to do.
Kevin Bookout, PF, Stroud: The second most efficient performance of the year, bested only by Eric Williams' 18-for-19 effort a few weeks ago. Bookout hit 15-of-17 field goals and snatched 18 rebounds. But, his team kinda forgot about him down the stretch and his touches were limited otherwise it's a 40-point night. Catch, turn and score; he does it with the best of them.
JJ Redick, SG, Cave Spring: The Duke-bound senior went out and got himself 34 despite his jumper failing him from downtown. What continues to be impressive about him is the way he's handling the basketball and finding open teammates. His mid-range game, which has always been good, continues to be a nice go-to move for him, especially off the bounce.
Curtis Sumpter, SF, Bishop Loughlin: If Loughlin hadn't turned it over 25 times, his 25 point, 10-for-15 effort wouldn't have been wasted. His 9 rebounds negated the bigs for Benedict's who had better games against St. Vincent-St. Mary's the night before.
Jason McKinney, PG, Inglewood: While we'd still like to see him value the basketball better and commit less turnovers, he's having a nice showing. 21 points against Redondo is his high for the event. He made 3s today (5-6) and even rebounded it. He's fast, unsigned and since coming off an injury last season, he's playing pretty well on a national stage.
Ricky Soliver, SG, All Hallows: Finally, some shots went down for him in Lewes. He tried to work the magic like he did in Florida, but a 3-pointer to send it into a second overtime would not go down. He hit 5-of-11 treys and was 8-for-16 overall. Defensively, he was a pest and while he was "officially" credited with three steals, you might as well double that number for accuracy.
Wendell White, SF, Redondo Union: He didn't start Redondo's first game here and we aren't sure why. Since then, his performances have gotten progressively better. He went for 21 points today on 8-for-19 from the floor. He's a talent with an ability to shoot it medium-in off the bounce.
Art Bowers, SG, St. Benedict's: Like the day before, he scored it well and went 7-for9 from the line. Chipped in with 4 assists. He's a big-time scoring guard.
Rodrick Stewart, SG, Rainer Beach: Arguably his best effort in three outings. Offensively, he's best when the pace is quick as he plays constantly in attack mode. Too good of an athlete to not be more aggressive on the boards. He had 20 on 8-for-16 shooting with 6 boards and 3 turnovers.
Kojo Mensah, G, Bishop Loughlin: The stat line wasn't great but there's something about his game that attracts you to him. He's not a great shooter by any means and that's not his game. What he does is make sound passes, occasionally the spectacular assist, and is always in the mix. Six turnovers is too many, but the 6 assists aren't bad either.
Darian Townes, PF, Archbishop Carroll (DC): Transferred to Carroll from T.C. Williams, the school which was the setting for the film "Remember The Titans." You have to see him more than once to appreciate the potential and talent. He is going to be a big-time shot blocker at Georgetown once he fills out. He exerted himself against Memphis East at both ends but did miss a chippy in regulation that led to the two overtimes. Regardless, he displayed a soft touch and is always an active shot blocker. 17 and 11; not to shabby.
Marcus Hammond, SG, Memphis East: He was the difference in the overtime and late in regulation as Memphis defeated Carroll in the seventh-place game. No one wanted to finish last in the main draw, and Hammond's performance insured that didn't happen. It was his best outing of the event and he made some jumpers and got himself to the rim.
Darryl Lodge, F, Charleston: He's ultra-aggressive and as a result is going to be a fine rebounder. Right now, his game overall is raw, but being a wildman on the court compensates for a lot of things when you are as young as he. Unfortunately, he probably broke his wrist (compound break) when he tried to brace himself while falling.
You are a professional public address announcer when you resign during a high school basketball tournament. That's what happened on Friday when microphone troubles were severe enough for the P.A. guy to tender his resignation following the day's action. … East's Deon Lawson says he's receiving interest from Memphis, Arkansas and Mississippi. … Robert McIver scored 17 in Carroll's loss and while he was perfect from the line (7-7) he handed out 8 assists but turned it over 9 times. …
The score after one quarter of the Troy-Christ The King game: 17-0 CTK. Ouch. It didn't get much better as Troy could muster just 8 points in the second quarter and 25 for the game. … On Sunday, Blair Academy junior forward Charlie Villanueva will make an unofficial visit to Villanova. … Iona was in attendance, likely hoping to make an impressive on Ricky Soliver. His only visit in the fall was with the Gaels. … Redondo Union and Inglewood traveled thousands of miles to play in the fifth-place game. They could have settled the score a lot cheaper and waited until later in the month when they play two league games back in California. …
DeAngelo Collins told the News Journal that his goal next season is to be the NBA Rookie of the Year. Can't do that if you are in college, can you? But then again, there seems to be no interest from him in playing on the collegiate level. … They say the first thing to go is your legs when you are tired and that's not good news for a jumpshooting team like All Hallows. The Gaels, arguably the best team here, couldn't put together the same kind of performances like they did in last week's City of Palms event. Six games in 11 days over the holidays will take its toll. …
Stroud senior shooter Derek Morris hit 6 3s in his team's loss to Cave Spring. He's one of the better shooters here. He hit one while falling out of bounds and getting fouled. …
Roll Call (colleges in attendance):
Joe Jones (Villanova), Sean Kearney (Notre Dame), Devin Smith (St. Peter's), Jeff Ruland (Iona), Darren Tillis (Clemson).
St. Elizabeth's 64, Milford 42 Memphis East 81, Archbishop Carroll 79 (2OT), - 7th place game St. Benedict's 66, Bishop Loughlin 61 Christ The King 74, Troy 25 Inglewood 62, Redondo Union 59 – 5th place game Rainer Beach 65, All Hallows 62 – 3rd place game Cave Spring 75, Stroud 67 Charlestown 75, Dublin Coffman 72 Cedar Hill 76, Germantown Academy 52