Brandon Rush, SF, Mount Zion: We didn't see the game but a little box score chasing and we found out that he went for 30 in helping Mount Zion advance to the title game.
Jessie Sapp, SG, National Christian: The New Yorker did all he could to keep his team in the game as he went for a game-high 29 points. For Sapp, not a noted shooter, the 3-for-8 from downtown was a good night. He went to the line a workman-like 20 times, making 14 of them. Superb effort that came up just short against Our Savior. Sapp was the primary ballhandler for his team most of this game.
James Tchana, C, Our Savior: Simply stated, this was the best game we've ever seen him play. Tchana came out with a fire and worked his tail off inside finishing plays and grabbing tough rebounds. If he can replicate his effort in the title game it'll be a huge help against Mount Zion.
Doneal Mack, SG, Statesville Christian: He didn't have a very good game shooting the basketball but you can see the skill level in him from the perimeter. At 6-foot-5, the lefty has gifts with his stroke and is a nice athlete. He had 21 points despite shooting 3-for-13 from the outside. CAA and elite level mid-majors will be in hot pursuit but they'll do so knowing that because of his skill level the high-majors are likely to come knocking on the door of this reclassified junior. p>
Jimmy Graham, PF, Charis Prep: The young man with the biggest afro in high school ball helped his team rally late. He made his biggest impressions with a series of loud blocks. He shot 71% from the floor to accumulate 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks. The Miami recruit, in order to crank his game up to the next level (which he's capable of doing) needs to rebound out of his area more and he'll pad those solid board statistics.
Anthony McClain, C, NCA: Foul trouble and an injury assured that we didn't see his best game but when a 7-footer with a body like his comes into the gym you take notice. There's work to be done but this kid has a chance to be legit plus his high school coach has done nice things with big men in the past.
Daye Kaba, PG, Our Savior: When you go to the line 16 times it means you've been very aggressive and aren't afraid of contact. Kaba has a big point guard's body and made 11 of his 16 free throws and finished with 13 points and 4 assists.
Olu Ashalou, SF, Community Christian: This freshman plays really hard all the time. Right now he's a power wing player who wants to drive it when he can and have the ball in his hands, kind of in a point forward role. On Friday he went for 20 points and 9 rebounds; 6 offensive.
News & Notes
Auburn assistant John Cooper was in the house watching Jarvis Hill of Mount Zion. … Virginia Tech assistant Stacey Palmore stayed late to watch Jessie Sapp. The Hokies and Georgetown, according to NCA head coach Trevor Brown, are recruiting Sapp the hardest. Sapp mentioned Virginia as well. … UNC-Wilmington staffers Bill Donlon and Byron Jones were in attendance watching Our Savior guard Javon Parris. …
Capital Tip Off (Saturday)
Bull City Classic championship (Saturday night)