Prep Recap: Quarterfinals

The NEPSAC quarterfinal round is always entertaining. Guys like Rashad McCants and Alexander Johnson have stepped up in recent years. This year featured some major surprises.

The quarterfinal round of the NEPSAC Class A playoffs are in the books – with plenty of surprises.

WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD

South Kent 95, Brewster 86

New Hampton 68, Winchendon 61

Notre Dame Prep 86, St. Thomas More 73

Bridgton 80, Maine Central Institute 64

SEMIFINALS – FRIDAY

South Kent vs. New Hampton, 6 p.m.

Bridgton vs. Notre Dame, 8 p.m.

2005 CHECKLIST

Harvey Perry, G, Brewster: Better-known for his defensive prowess, the Washington-bound guard, a native of Las Vegas, was basically the only reason that Brewster stayed in the game. He finished with 33 points, including six trifectas, and also grabbed a half-dozen boards. Still needs to work on his decision-making with the ball in his hands.

Chris Lutz, G, Brewster: The Purdue-bound sharpshooter was off the mark, missing on all seven of his long-range attempts. Despite his off-night, Lutz is a solid pickup for the Boilermakers because of his ability to shoot from 3-point land.

Jeff Adrien, BF, Brewster: Overmatched against Andray Blatche and Rob Thomas, the tough UConn-bound Massachusetts native gave everything he had. He just didn't have enough help in the paint, but he kept going at Blatche & Co. Adrien finished with 22 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.

Andray Blatche, C, South Kent: Not his most impressive performance, but the thing we like is that he's able to control his emotions much better than in the past. Even when he struggled, he keeps his composure. Shot a couple of nice mid-range fadeaways, controlled the glass, was unselfish and passed it well. Looks more and more like a first-round pick.

Mike Evanovich, BF, South Kent: The jury is still out on the Iowa State-bound face-up power forward. Likes to shoot it from the perimeter, but he misfired on all five of his long-distance attempts. However, he had a key three-point play to give South Kent a 75-64 lead.

A.J. Hawkins, WG, South Kent: The unsigned Oklahoma native knocked down a pair of trifectas, but his bread and butter is getting to the basket in transition. Needs to be more assertive on the offensive end.

Chester Frazier, PG, Notre Dame: In just his second game back after returning from an injury, the Illinois-bound floor leader didn't miss a beat. He was a bit slow defensively, but he sank a trio of 3-pointers, got to the basket and played the passing lanes well.

Cheick Diakate, BF, Bridgton: Native of Mali who has gotten better each time we've seen him this year. May not put up spectacular numbers, but he runs the floor extremely well, works hard and blocks shots. Hit a couple of nice jump hooks and has also displayed decent touch from mid-range.

Derrick Nelson, BF, Bridgton: Nice pickup for Oakland. Just gets stuff done. Tough, hard-nosed and plays bigger than his size.

2006 CHECKLIST

Radar Onguetou, WG, New Hampton: Only had 12 points, but plays as hard as just about anyone – and gets a lot done. Rebounds well for his 6-5 size, passes it and is extremely physical.

Rob Thomas, F, South Kent: Still not fully recovered from an ankle injury that forced him to miss 10 games, Thomas showed glimpses of what makes him so successful – but it was in spurts. Knocked down a 3-pointer, but his two best moves were baseline dunks around Adrien.

Mohamed Hadidane, C, Winchendon: The native of Tunisia isn't overly athletic, but he's extremely skilled and is one of the best passing big men around. Finished with 8 points. He'll be a guy to watch this spring and summer.

Lazar Hayward, WG, Notre Dame: The Buffalo native will return for another year under Bill Barton. He's been arguably the best scorer in the prep ranks over the past month. His outside shot wasn't falling, but he found other ways to score – and led the team with 21 points.

Edwin Ubiles, F, St. Thomas More: Long and lean, he gets a lot done. Finishes well around the basket, runs the court well and thrives in transition. Underrated on the national level.

Antonio Pena, BF, St. Thomas More: Had trouble finishing in the paint, but he's still not 100 percent after missing some time with a knee injury. He'll be a big-time Big East recruit.

HOT NEWS Southern Illinois was in attendance to watch future Saluki Chris Cornelius of Brewster Academy. … San Antonio Spurs personnel guy Sam Presti, an Emerson College grad, took a look at Blatche. … South Kent 6-11 Croatian senior Filip Toncinci is looking at Virginia, Florida Atlantic, Hartford and St. Bonavenure. … South Kent's A.J. Hawkins mentioned Providence as his leader – with Baylor, URI and St. Bonaventure in the mix. … Winchendon guard Lorenzo Keeler is planning on returning for another year. … St. Thomas More's Edwin Lashley (St. Joseph's) was planning in just his third game since missing two months with a shoulder injury. … St. Thomas More guard Whitney Coleman, a Connecticut native, is getting looks from Vermont, Farleigh Dickinson and UMass-Lowell.

QUOTABLE "It's the biggest win in the history of Notre Dame Prep basketball." – Notre Dame coach Bill Barton after his team's victory against St. Thomas More


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