Hargrave 77, St. Thomas More 59 Philly Lutheran 85, South Kent 77 Laurinburg 101, Notre Dame Prep 69 Worcester Academy 65, Champlain St. Lambert 44 Bridgton Academy 98, Life Center 47 Brewster Academy 74, Coastal Christian 73 Fork Union 85, Winchendon 72
Laurinburg: Chris Chaney's boys run 14 deep and they were strong in their opener. They were so impressive that the team scored 101 points and only 3 players – Jamel White, Nikola Stevanovic, Roburt Sallie – reached double-figures. Basically, it was a team effort dismantling of Notre Dame Prep.
Harvey Perry, SF, Brewster: The UDub recruit set the tone for the evening by coming out and defending hard early. He was the leading scorer with 17 points in the best game of the night. This guy could wind up being a key stopper on the defensive end in college. He's a point forward type in college.
Mason Woolridge, PF, FUMA: The Air Force Academy signed a guy that plays its style, that's for sure. On Friday night, Woolridge and Co. carved up Winchendon in scoring the easy win. Woolridge cut, passed and outsmarted defenders to the tune of 20 points.
Sam Young, F, Hargrave: He's a second half specialist. When guys tire his motor cranks up. The double-double is a given and went for 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Maurice Thomas, F, Lutheran: The UTEP Miners have themselves a player capable of helping them win a lot of games. Thomas was good on the perimeter with his mid-range stroke and made things happen on the glass. He had 19 in the win.
Andray Blatche, PF, South Kent: When you're trying to make the leap you get held to a different standard. In the upset loss, Blatche seemed more interested in playing on the perimeter and when that happens, he's more apt to turn the ball over. Not a bad stat line with 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with 13 boards. Had 4 turnovers and a so-so night at the line but he's going to have to show more to really impress the NBA guys who were in attendance.
Jerome Johnson, C, Hargrave: Watch his recruitment heat up big time this spring. Johnson is progressively getting better and it's because of his assertiveness. He looks like a confident block player and scored off two jump hooks in the paint. High-majors looking for a big man must take a hard look at Johnson because he's good enough.
Shane Clark, SF, Hargrave: It was a flashback to the Shane Clark of old in the first game. The Philly native came out aggressive and played in attack mode. He hung 18 points and 8 rebounds on St. Thomas More.
Maurice Joseph, SG, Champlain St. Lambert: The future Spartan gutted out 24 points but the reality is that his team is extremely young in a tournament laced with older players and it's going to be tough sledding the next two days. Joseph has a lot of responsibilities on this squad.
Tyrone Appleton, G, Bridgton: He's a guy to keep an eye on as he caught everyone's attention in his opener. With 15 points and 4 assists, he was the leading scorer for Bridgton.
Rob Thomas, F, South Kent: Big game in the scoring column with 31 points and 12 rebounds. The New Yorker did his damage inside where he seems to hang around and make plays. He's one of those guys who continues to work and never gives up on a play. He's a max effort kid.
Antonio Pena, PF, St. Thomas More: Slightly undersized but nevertheless he's a battler. With good hands and a work ethic to match, Pena fought his way to 11 rebounds. He missed his share of conversions inside and was just 2-for-10 from the field but the effort was there.
Off The Dribble
Sam Young is the consummate energy guy. He wants to attack the rim each time out. At the next level, he's going to have to develop some sort of mid-range game that can bail him out when he can't get all the way to the rim. … 2006 shooter Edwin Ubiles of St. Thomas More is a confident kid from the perimeter and a promising prospect. …
The Chattanooga Mocs landed a very good mid-major player. Khalil Hartwell didn't care that he was playing against Andray Blatche. He just continued working inside. … South Kent sophomore Matthew Bryan-Amaning is going to be a player. He's got size to be a PF and instincts to rebound and block shots. He's one to watch. … Vernon Goodridge simply wasn't a factor at all today; he didn't score. That's kind of strange because even if he's not scoring he's usually reliable as a rebounder and rejector. …
Chester Frazier is the primary ballhandler for Notre Dame Prep and he didn't have a lot of help today in handling the Laurinburg pressure. Frazier finished with just one field goal and 3 points. He's a drive and kick point man who also had 6 assists. …
Chris Cornelius made 1-of-2 free throws with 3 seconds remaining to seal the win for Brewster Academy. … Cheick Diakite passed his first test as a possible mid-to-high major power forward prospect. He's going to get a final exam Saturday against Laurinburg. ... Eric Price led Coastal with 24 points. ... Leo Criswell was held to just one bucket and 4 points in the Coastal setback. ...
News & Notes
Hargrave's Bilal Benn is sitting out this weekend with an ankle injury. … Phil Martelli was in the stands watching Edwin Lashley. … St. John's and Pittsburgh had assistants watching Antonio Pena. … Jerome Johnson has four visits remaining and he say claims that he's "wide open" in terms of who can get involved. …
Laurinburg started four kids who signed with Memphis. That's pretty amazing AND Memphis had a big time recruiting class. …
Colleges In Attendance
Auburn, Georgetown, Youngstown State, LaSalle, South Carolina, Southern Cal, George Mason, UTEP, Arizona State, UT-Chattanooga, Miami, DePaul, St. Joe's, DePaul, Pittsburgh, St. John's, VCU, Cleveland State, Arkansas-Little Rock, UMKC, JMU, UNC-Greensboro, Texas A&M, Providence, Wichita State, Rutgers, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Rice, TCU, Villanova.