Around The Nation

Thanksgiving weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the high school basketball season. Scout.com catches you up on what happened Tuesday night around the nation.

SOUTH

Monta Ellis, Scout.com's No. 2 prospect in America, had it working against Meridian and Arkansas recruit Cyrus McGowan (Top 100). The 6-foot-3 Ellis pumped in a season-high 51 points for Lanier which won the game 70-69. McGowan was limited to just 9 points.

Ellis is gearing up for his annual trip to the Marshall County Hoopfest where last year he hit up Oak Hill for a big number and drew national recognition for taking the Warriors to the limit.

Tasmin Mitchell (No. 17) and Tyler Hansbrough (No. 7) will meet Thanksgiving night in what should be a classic. However, on Tuesday evening Denham Springs warmed up with Dutchtown and defeated them 70-33. The 6-foot-7 Mitchell scored a team-high 18 points.

The best sophomore in Raleigh is Broughton guard Brock Young. The 5-foot-10 Young led his squad past Athens Drive, 62-45 Tuesday evening. Young scored a game-high 18 points. Broughton has been home to some elite level players in the past including Pistol Pete Maravich and Shavlik Randolph.

Junior Stanley Robinson put together a nice outing Tuesday evening. Huffman defeated Woodlawn 59-47 behind 18 points and 17 rebounds from the Class of 2006 power forward. During a decisive third quarter run, Robinson pumped in 13 points.

High scoring senior Tyler Smith of Giles County scored 20 points Tuesday evening. The 6-foot-6 Smith, ranked No. 45 in the country by Scout.com, helped lead his team to a 69-47 win over Lawrence County.

Junior power forward Matt Gwynne had a big night for Raleigh (N.C.) Ravenscroft. In a one-point loss to Wake Christian Academy, the 6-foot-8 Gwynne scored 29 points. Ravenscroft lost the game 75-74.

MIDWEST

Julian Wright's team is now 2-0. Homewood-Flossmoor knocked off Kennedy 87-32 in action Tuesday night. Wright, Scout.com's No. 5 player in the country, scored 8 points in the win.

DeAndre Thomas led a spirited Westinghouse bunch past Chicago Crane 83-45 Tuesday night. Thomas, an unsigned senior power forward, went off for 22 points and 15 rebounds in the win.

Brandon Ewing helped Julian secure a rather easy victory of Farragut. Ewing scored 18 points as Julian rolled 78-55.


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