Champlain St. Lambert 70, Massanutten 63 Worcester Academy 104, Life Center 68 Brewster Academy 81, Our Savior 78 Laurinburg 99, Bridgton 77 Fork Union 73, St. Thomas More 70 Hargrave 79, South Kent 75 Notre Dame Prep 73, Coastal Christian 65 Philly Lutheran, Winchendon, late
Sam Young, F, Hargrave: Like we said the day before, Young is a second half star. With Hargrave trailing by 15 at the break, Young came out smoking. He went off for 31 points and 18 rebounds in what was the most significant performance of the tournament to date. He had traffic rebounds, blocks, steals and created for himself and others. He had back to back 3-point plays coming directly out of the locker room to fuel a second half 15-4 run.
Kareem Cooper, PF, Laurinburg: He's shed the extra pounds and it's really helped him elevate his game. Always blessed with a sweet lefty touch from the perimeter, Cooper is changing ends better and fulfilling the promise we knew he always had.
Laurinburg: The talk around the event is how many games this crew would win in the NCAA's? Seriously, this is an extremely talented bunch and Shawne Williams and Crew are flat out hammering good teams.
Andray Blatche, PF, South Kent: The big fella came out with 13 first half points but was held scoreless during a significant part of the second half. Once again, the NBA guys were in attendance and he was very good on Saturday but he still hasn't wowed the guys who hold the keys to his professional future.
Weyinmi Efejuku, G, Brewster: He only had 9 points in the win but it's important to talk about him because of the type of player he is. This is a unique guard. The kid gets to the rim, has body control and pushes the tempo. Not much of a perimeter shooter, but a kid who is a change of pace type of player for the Friars.
James Baron, SG, Worcester: One of the most impressive offensive performances of the tournament. The son of the URI coach made 8 3-pointers. He's a decent athlete with basketball smarts and he's going to be an asset to the Rams. He's got some intangibles, shoots it off screens and curls well and understands the game.
Chris Lutz, SG, Brewster: It was his hot shooting touch that pretty much carried Brewster to the win. He made the big 3 late. Expect him to be a specialist from long range for the Boilermakers. Good night in front of his future coach Matt Painter.
Fabrice Tafo, PF, Massanutten: He's emerging as a unique mid-major recruit. With 16 points and 5 rebounds, Tafo's athletic ability and hustle seemingly stood out. Slightly undersized at the four spot, he's a really nice mid-major player.
Javon Parris, SG, Our Savior: The 6-foot-3 guard made his case as a solid mid-major prospect. The speed is the difference and he's a smart passer who seemingly isn't afraid to play in traffic.
Tyrone Appleton, PG, Bridgton: He continues to win over admirers here. He loves to play in traffic and is a strong finisher. The mid-majors are hoping to keep him all to themselves. He had 18 against Laurinburg.
Rob Thomas, F, South Kent: There is only one player in the entire tournament who has gone for at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in back-to-back games and that's Thomas. He's the 2006 version of Sam Young and the pair combined for over 60 points and probably 25 boards in their matchup.
William Archambault, SG, Champlain: He's been struggling with his shot this year but the confidence to keep firing away remains. After getting shutout in the first half, Archambault didn't stop firing and hit for 17 in the second half, including 4 3's.
Daye Kaba, PG, Our Savior: He didn't play the point at last month's Apple vs. Empire game but that's his position. He's a drive and kick kind of guy who takes good care of the value and has a strong body for his position.
Off The Dribble
Philip Onkoma of Worcester had a nice game with a handful of mid-majors in the gym. He's a long, athletic kid who can run. … Kyle Swanson made 5 3's and hit for 21 points against Life Center. … Maurice Joseph had 17 for St. Lambert. … Give Antonio Pena 21 more points. However, St. Thomas More lost a close one to Fork Union. . .. A.D. Vassallo hit a series of big shots for Hargrave. We're talking about a future all league player at Richmond. … Chester Frazier had 14 points and 5 assists in his team's win. He also played good defense on Eric Price for the entire first half. …
News & Notes
Michigan State sent assistant Mark Montgomery down to track Maurice Joseph. … Lorenzo Romar was in the house watching Roburt Sallie, Harvey Perry and Justin Dentmon on Saturday. After playing on Friday night and flying coast to coast, Romar deserves some credit for the long journey. …