St. Augustine Seniors: Point guard Scott Greenman (Princeton) scored 14 points, Paps Mensah-Bonsu (George Washington) hit for 16 and Michael Haddix (Siena) scored 19. Paps used his athleticism, Greenman hit jumpers and Haddix was the presence inside. They trailed at the end of three quarters but the seniors combined to score 12 of the Hermits 14 fourth quarter points to seal the win.
Rice Backcourt: Steve Burtt (24 points) led the charge as Rice overwhelmed Camden Catholic, previously undefeated and overrated by one local newspaper who called them the No. 1 team in the state. Burtt, Keydren Clark and Jason Wingate were too much for the CC team to handle. They rolled in this one in typical Rice defensive pressure.
Hassan Adams and Brandon Heath: The Westchester duo scored 23 and 18 points, respectively, as the Comets beat All Hallows for the second time this year.
Shagari Alleyne, 7-2, C, Rice: The previously goggled big man no longer dons the eye protectors and is a little stronger than last year. He scored 13 points and demonstrated a nice touch around the rim while blocking his usual assortment of shots. It'll be interesting to see where he winds up in college considering how tons of programs have gone uptempo. Alleyne is a weapon and if he picks the right school, he'll be a force to deal with in the halfcourt set.
Tyler Relph, 5-11/160, PG, McQuaid Jesuit: The heart and soul of the Jesuit ballclub, Relph is a player. He scored 20 (6-11 3s) and dished out five assists. More importantly, he committed just one turnover against Lincoln. He's a terrific shooter with a good handle. He'll receive attention from lower high-major programs and is on the cusp of being a high-major point guard. He's certainly savvy enough and sees the court extremely well while being a very good leader with plenty of confidence.
Ryan Pettinella, 6-7.5/205, PF, McQuaid Jesuit: Mid-majors will be all over this hustling big man who uses both hands to finish at the rim. He runs well and battles. He has some problems finishing against contact, but the kid is a player. He's smart and is a very, very good passer. He scored 15 points on Saturday.
Herbe Courtney, 6-7/180, SF/PF, Hatboro-Horsham: Finished with 18 in the Hatters 4-point win. Fairly athletic and has scoring tools. Probably not more than 185 pounds but did make a three and observers say he's a combo forward who can swing to the three spot.
Bill Kurz, 5-10/170, PG, Shawnee: He scored 25 points and made five 3s. He's a low-major shooter with a sweet stroke.
Sebastian Telfair, PG, Brooklyn Lincoln: He scored 27 and was 8-20 from the field, including 4-12 from deep. The truth is that his performance was average until the fourth quarter. "Big boys finish big games," was the cry from a Lincoln assistant as the Railsplitters took the floor to start the fourth period. That's when Telfair flashed his star qualities. He made a few 3s and finished 7-8 from the line. He also converted a big-time drive in the closing minutes. The line: 27 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals and 4 turnovers.
Ronald Ramon, 5-10, G, All Hallows: The sweet-shooting sophomore hit 4 3s and scored 18 points. He's got a great stroke and is an excellent pure shooter. He had a look to win the game against Westchester and his 3 was ever so close to going down.
Fun Fact: Nike's George Raveling, a courtside spectator on Saturday, is the owner of a significant piece of history. Raveling was a security guard when Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous "I Have A Dream Speech." Raveling asked King if he could have the speech and retains possession of it to this day. Raveling said he was once offered $2 million for the document but passed and said he'll never sell. He said King actually adlibbed most of the speech and ran well over the allotted five minutes speakers were allowed to have.
Not Their Day: Westchester junior Trevor Ariza scored just four points and had 5 rebounds in Westchester's win over All Hallows. … Meanwhile, All Hallows senior guard Ricky Soliver (offers from St. John's and Iona but short on the test) scored just 12 points on 5-13 FGs. … Neptune guard TaQuan Dean scored just 10 in his team's game against Shawnee. …
Hatboro-Horsham 44, Raritan 39 Simon Gratz 53, Trenton 49 St. Augustine 55, Linden 51 Lincoln 69, McQuaid Jesuit 67 St. John Neumann 50, Middle Township 47 (OT) Westchester 65, All Hallows 64 Neptune 66, Shawnee 61 Rice 61, Camden Catholic 37
Next Up: Sunday is the day to be at the Prime Time. At 1:30 p.m., Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James match up head-to-head in a game sure to draw a few NBA types who are in Philadelphia for the league's all-star game. Get this: the word on the street is that, are you ready for this, James' flirtation with leaving for the NBA after his junior season is real. It would have to end up in court, but don't be surprised if the talk about James leaving the amateur ranks for pro ball heats up as the season draws to a close.