Brandan Wright, Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson fell on Tuesday. Deon Thompson hurt an ankle and Thaddeus Young went for 28. The duos of Jai Lucas and Isaiah Rusher won big as did Eric Wallace (pictured) and Marshall Moses.
Brandan Wright and Brentwood Academy hadn't lost to an in-state opponent since the 2003-04 season. That steak ended on Tuesday evening when Shelbyville improved to 4-0 by virtue of the 65-64 win. Barry Stewart and DeQuan Twilley combined for 54 points to lead Shelbyville. Wright, the future UNC star, went off for 35 points but it wasn't enough as Brentwood Academy dropped its first game of the season. Unsigned Twilley is averaging 18.7 points this season thru four games.
Norcross is going to have a big season. The Atlanta area squad ripped Collins Hall 90-61 Tuesday night behind UK-bound senior guard Jodie Meeks, a Scout.com Top 100 performer. Meeks had a game-high 21 points. Junior Gani Lawal wasn't too shabby either. The transfer scored 19 points to go with 4 blocked shots.
Surely this wasn't the way Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson anticipated beginning their senior season. The future Tobacco Road standouts were on the losing end of a game with Abington Friends. Andrew Jones (Penn State) and Jason Love (Xavier) combined for 40 points and 23 rebounds. Ellington scored 23 and Henderson 27 but it wasn't enough as the Churchmen lost 64-58.
The Memphis Mitchell machine had it cranked up again. Thaddeus Young led his boys to a 75-66 victory over Kirby. Predictably, Young led all scorers with a game-high 28. Chipping in, as he admirably always does, UF-bound guard Brandon Powell hit for 21.
Unsigned senior small forward Paul Guede helped Sanford (N.C.) Grace Christian to a 62-55 win over Gospel Light. Guede, who opted not to sign with Nevada, UW-Milwaukee or Chattanooga – each of which pursued him hard – scored a game-high 28 points.
Arlington Country Day made short work of Providence as the Apaches rolled 63-45. Top 100 senior guard Josue Soto, an FSU signee, led the charge with 16 points. Top 50 selection Jason Bennett posted a game-high 13 rebounds. Bennett did not sign during the early period.
Deon Thompson didn't hang around to see the end of Torrance's 88-27 victory over Crossroads. The 6-foot-9 big man left the game in the 3rd quarter with an ankle injury. Prior to getting hurt, Thompson accounted for 14 points, 4 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Future Trojan Dwight Lewis led Katy Taylor with 26 points as they beat Cypress-Fair 56-45 Tuesday night. Sophomore forward Corbin Ray, a skilled big man, went for 11 points in the win.
Miami-OH signee Alex Moosman had it rolling in St. Louis. His Borgia team knocked off Festus 70-48. Moosman pumped in 28 points on 10-for-16 from the field.
Scout.com's No. 28 junior, center Jeremy Price, was the key trigger man in Columbia's 68-47 win over Southwest Dekalb. The 6-foot-8 Price went for a game-high 28 points; he's already committed to Georgia.
One of the biggest risers in the South is Meadowcreek guard Chris Allen. The 6-2 Allen helped his team to a 2-point win over Starr's Mills 68-66. Allen led all scorers in the game with 21. Allen's pre-season leader is the Michigan State Spartans.
So far so good for Lake Howell (Fla.) junior guard Nick Calathes. The Top 40 prospect helped his team move to 2-0 with a 70-45 win over New Smyrna Tuesday night. The future Gator hit for 26 points and 10 rebounds while teammate Chandler Parsons also doubled up with 18 and 11.
Alexis Wangmene, a 6-foot-8 native of Cameroon has 8 games under his belt this season in San Antonio. Unfortunately, his Central Catholic team is just 3-5. They lost Tuesday evening to Harndale 56-49 but Wangmene did hit for a team-high 17 points.
Junior guard Isaiah Thomas, one of the leading scorers in the state of Washington, got out of the gates quickly in his season opener. Curtis soundly defeated Spanaway Lake 88-36. The 5-foot-8 point guard went for a team-high 26 points.
James Hickson and Wheeler opened region play by rolling up Sequoyah 96-64. The 6-foot-9 Hickson went for 28 points to go with 8 boards and 4 blocked shots.
Houston Bellaire is going to win a ton of games this year and Jai Lucas and Isaiah Rusher are going to get their numbers. Against Madison they combined for 48 points in the 99-62 win. The speedy Lucas, son of the former NBA guard, hit for a game-high 28 points. Rusher supported his running mate with 20 of his own in the win.
The powerful tandem of Eric Wallace and Marshall Moses is off to a strong start in Winston-Salem. The juniors combined for 39 points in a season-opening win over Reynolds 74-56. Moses, the power forward, scored 20 and small forward Wallace followed it up with 19 of his own. Moses transferred in from the Palmetto State this fall.
Junior Ryan Harp helped Cooper knock off Brownwood in Texas action Tuesday night, 75-53. Harp finished with a game-high 39 points, many of which came on 3-point buckets. In fact, he canned 6 3-pointers.
JaJuan Johnson out of Franklin Central was on the losing end of a 54-41 tally against Columbus East. The Top 100 caliber prospect led his club with 15 points but Franklin Central mustered just 10 points the entire second half.
Sub-six-footer Randy Culpepper, one of the best scorers in the South, had a big evening for Sheffield but his team fell 66-51. In the upset, the dynamic Culpepper hit for a game-high 35 points.
Scout.com's No. 4 sophomore, guard Travis Releford, was in action on Tuesday. The Kansas City Central 6-foot-3 star helped his team get past North East 61-54 in K.C. action. Releford hit for a game-high 26 pointers including a 3-pointer.