Title chasers are beginning to heat up from coast to coast. In fact, some guys like Brandan Wright claimed their while Oak Hill Academy couldn't seal its national title hopes deal. Dorenzo Hudson and Forest Hills came up a game short.
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Tywon Lawson and Oak Hill will likely not capture their second national championship in as many years. Over the weekend, Lawson and Oak Hill were defeated by Kevin Durant and Montrose Christian 74-72. Durant led all scorers with 31 and Lawson went for 26 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. However, junior wing Adrian Bowie stole the show as he scored the game-winning bucket as time expired in front of a crowd of 4,000.
Brandan Wright is now a four-time state champion. Wright led Brentwood Academy to its 4th consecutive title as the Eagles dropped Evangelical Christian 68-44. Wright had 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 blocks as his team won its playoff games by an average of 22.6 points.
Lance Storrs and Jeremy Price helped Decatur (Ga.) Columbia to a state championship last weekend. Price scored 16 points and Storrs 12 as Columbia rattled off 31 wins in a row after dropping a season-opening contest to East Hall. Storrs will announce his college choice this week and Price is committed to Georgia.
Spencer Hawes was named the tournament MVP as Seattle Prep knocked off O'Dea to capture the Washington 3-A state championship 47-37. Hawes scored 15 points and had 9 rebounds in title game tilt.
Chase Budinger led La Costa Canyon to its first San Diego section title last weekend. The 6-foot-8 Arizona-bound wing scored 50 points in his team's 85-73 win over Eastlake. 5,712 specators (a few hundred over capacity) were on hand to watch one of the areas top all-time high school talents. Budinger shot 17-for-28 from the field, including 6-for-9 from behind the arc.
South Oak Cliff, in state title run mode, defeated Seagoville 72-63 to capture the 4-A region championship. S.O.C. was paced by senior all-american Darrell Arthur who went for 30 points and 15 rebounds. Texas A&M-bound guard Donald Sloan scored 29 points.
Javaris Crittenton is an all-american and now a three-time state champion. Crittenton scored 26 points as Southwest Atlanta Christian defeated Whitefield Academy 76-71. En route to winning the title, SAC defeated Randolph-Clay which had been riding a 90 game winning-streak.
Daequan Cook and Dayton Dunbar won a sectional final over the weekend as it bested Alter 61-52. The Ohio State signee hit for 28 points. Dunbar is now 21-2 on the year.
Deon Thompson's bid for a state championship will likely begin on the road. Colony defeated Torrance 80-71 as Thompson was outstanding in the loss. The UNC-bound big man scored 25 points, had 16 rebounds and blocked 9 shots.
Norcross completed its run to the state championship as it defeated Beach 66-49. The win marked the first time the school could call itself basketball state champions. Jodie Meeks, Norcross' Kentucky-bound guard scored 32 points and had 6 rebounds for the winners. Teammate Gani Lawal, a junior committed to Georgia Tech, had 18 and 13.
Jamie Skeen, a Wake Forest signee who missed 15 games this year with a knee injury, has his North Mecklenburg squad in striking position of its second state championship. Skeens' 14 points, 8 boards and 3 blocks helped North Meck knock off Vance 57-49. North Meck will play Raleigh Wakefield for the state 4-A title.
Greensboro Dudley will play in its 3rd consecutive state title game. Dudley soundly defeated Northeast Guilford 81-58 in the eastern region finals and will battle Concord for the state title next weekend. William Graves, a UNC signee, scored 23 points for Dudley in the contest.
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Scout.com caught the N.C. 2-A eastern region state playoff game Friday night where Forest Hills defeated West Henderson 60-45. Leading the way for Forest Hills was 6-foot-4 junior wing guard Dorenzo Hudson. Running mate J.T. Thompson, saddled with foul trouble, finished with 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Wake Forest head coach Skip Prosser was in attendance evaluating Hudson and Georgia assistant Desmond Oliver was representing the Dawgs who are recruiting both Forest Hills juniors.
Hudson is a strong, athletic wing player. He's able to create space for himself and shoots the ball not only from behind the arc but from mid-range with confidence. In Friday's game, Hudson hit for 24 points (10-for-20 FG, 2-4 3s) to go with 6 boards.
In the second half, Hudson's offense sparked Forest Hills and he played the passing lanes on defense, coming up with 3 steals. Forest Hills was knocked out of the tournament the next night but Thompson rebounded with 22 and Hudson followed up with 18 points.