Beach Ball: Day One Rundown

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The first day at the Beach Ball was no classic but a few guys were able to find the range. Daequan Cook had a big one in a setback and Scott Reynolds had it dialed in from downtown.

Daequan Cook, SG, Dunbar – Dunbar is going to wish they had this one back because a superior effort was squandered by the Airmen. Cook scored 27 points (12-for-22) and was the lone player on the roster to hit double-digits. Cook wore it out from mid-range on the left side of the court. More impressive than his 27 points were the 14 boards he was credited with. A strong game by Cook wrecked by 21 Dunbar turnovers.

Scott Reynolds (pictured), PG, Herndon – For his high school team he's cast in pretty much a do-it-all role but on Monday, he reverted back to shooter and had it rolling pretty good. The future Sooner bombed away from 3-point land to the tune of 8-for-15 from downtown; 8-18 overall. Basically, his 3-pointers were the difference. When it was over, he scored 24 and Herndon extended its margin late in the second half. Reynolds said he was about "65%" and is hobbled by a bruised pelvis.

Mike Jones, PF, Lower Richland – Every now and then you just need a "do over." Jones simply couldn't buy a bucket – despite a series of close range looks – against Herndon. His 4-for-17 from the field will be his worst offensive game of the year and it happens every now and then. Sure, he's got to tighten up his shot selection but he's a better player than the stats bear out. To his credit, he stayed active on the glass and really pursued – and blocked – his share of shots. Finished with 16 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks.

James Dews, SG, Lakota East – Yikes, these guys came from Ohio and found themselves involved in knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out good old fashioned 15-8 halftime game. The teams combined for 63! Dews couldn't find his range (4-14, 0-6 3s) but got "hot" in the second half to finish with 14.

Delvon Roe, F, St. Edwards – Give the young man credit, he's made strides with his game since the summer plus he's sprouted up to 6-foot-7. This is a kid who embraces his role as power forward first and potential small forward on a part time basis. His length and the innovation to use it both defensively and offensively are his top assets. He busted out with 21 points and 10 boards and was very impressive. He was active, athletic and confident and made it happen. Plus, he played strong perimeter defense on Pace's best player.

Tournament director John Rhodes is adding a new title to his empire. For the next four years he'll be the official mayor of Myrtle Beach as he was the victor in a recent election.

December 26th is a quiet period on the NCAA calendar. No college coaches were permitted to be in attendance. That changes on Tuesday as the assistants hit the pavement once again across the country. ….

Michigan and Illinois are dogging Delvon Roe already. Michigan State, Ohio State and Louisville are tossing their hats into the ring. More will come and with greater intensity. …

Ridgeway's Martino Brock, a 6-5 bouncy sophomore, is an athletic specimen who is capable of using his live body to get things done. However, his minutes are always up and down when we see him with this squad and he's probably a year away from beefing up his production. … Toss Anthony Wooten's name onto the Division I radar. The Ridgeway junior guard had 14 and owns a decent perimeter stroke. …

Rayford Shipman should be a high-major player largely in part for his ability to find the bottom of the net. He had 16 points against good defense and showed he can find a few different ways to score it. He's a strong bodied kid. …

"Even the cheerleaders look confused."

  • Press row wag comment when it was 6-2 with 5:30 left in the first half of the Lakota-Socastee game


  • Memphis Ridgeway 51, Dayton Dunbar 46
  • St. Edwards 72, Monsignor Pace 62
  • Herndon 64, Lower Richland 49
  • Lakota East 36, Socastee 27

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