Blue Ridge 86, Dudley 74 Arlington Country Day 53, Gulf Shores 52 St. John's College 65, Miller School 47 Capital 91, Martinsburg 67
Chris Wright, PG, St. John's: When you shoot 16-for-22 from the field and 6-for-10 from downtown for 41 points you pretty much had a career day. One night after a pounding at the hands of DeMatha, Wright turned things around and led his team to a win. Credit a terrific stroke and a hot start for maybe the most complete game we've seen by a guard this year. The competition level wasn't great but that shouldn't take away from what might be the signature effort of his young high school career. When Wright wasn't scoring he was putting guys in position to score and had total command of his team. Just for kicks, the 6-foot guard dunked for his 40th point!
Gerald Green, SG, Gulf Shores: A tournament tested Arlington Country Day squad just nipped them in a tight game where Green hit for 27 points on 9-for-23 shooting, including 6 3-pointers. Overall for the event, Green shot 41% from the field but an impressive 43% from downtown where he did most of his damage. He had 10 rebounds and 2 blocks in a pair of games. For a 6-foot-8 wing, Green has big time range and confidence from behind the 3-point arc and you absolutely have to get in his grill or he'll just let it fly right over smaller guards.
Kevin Swinton, PF, Dudley: He's proved himself as one of the most efficient power forwards in his class. Take the 10-for-15 and 25 points and 7 rebounds as proof. He's always shot a great percentage. Swinton's got his bounce back and he'll face you and shoot a short jumper or attack the rim from the same position. He'll be a nice compliment to Eric Williams in Deacon Land.
Laurynas Mikalauskas, C, Blue Ridge: For the second night in a row he put up impressive numbers. His work was done right at the rim where he finished with great success and wouldn't be denied. He did an excellent job of staying out of foul trouble and that was one of the key reasons for the Blue Ridge win.
Josh Miller, PG, Capital: Guys like "Cookie" are an acquired taste. You have to want to play with a 5-foot-6 point guard or you can't sign him. Basically, this guy is jet quick, sees the floor with uncanny vision and then throws darts to his teammates. Taking his size out of the equation, you have a terrific passer, excellent athlete and big time playmaker wrapped into a pint sized body. He could possibly play, for the right coach, at the mid-major level. Now, the unfortunate side of this equation is that he'll likely need junior college.
NEWS & NOTES
Vlad Moldoveanu, a sophomore small forward for St. John's, did not play due to a knee injury. …
Colleges In Attendance: VMI.
Chris Wright is a pure shooter and rarely forces shots. One of the reasons, aside from his release, for the accuracy is that he does an excellent job of squaring his shoulder at his release point. … It was a tough weekend for Gulf Shores guard Jovan Adams who went 5-for-28 from the field and just 4-for-24 from long range. …
Blue Ridge guards Tony Lewis and Trey Mines (appropriately named) are excellent shooters. Mines had 27 in the win and could be a football prospect but Lewis, a lefty, is a perimeter ace and could receive mid-major attention. Both are juniors. … Dudley's William Graves shot just 5-for-16 in the loss to Blue Ridge. … Sami Hernandez made the game-winning free throw against Gulf Shores with 2 seconds on the clock. …