For Rose, the night was over. The nation's second-ranked point guard behind O.J. Mayo needed only 8 shots to impact the game. Actually, he had 9 points, 6 rebounds and a Marshall County-record 12 assists in three quarters of action.
Simeon emptied its bench in the final quarter and a 30-point blowout of Central was officially on the books. The 11th annual Hoopfest event had seen better days and matchups in its illustrious history.
The outcome of the featured contest was never in doubt and really heading into the game it was understood and expected that Rose would come out smelling like the player he is. The real question was how would Champaign Central's junior Verdell Jones fare in his baptism by fire on the big stage?
Outside or Rose's wizardry with the ball in his hands, the other subplot was Kevin Johnson. Simeon's power forward stuck mid-range jumpers and was a beast inside. His 20-plus point game was notable as he was a major problem for Central.
Jonathan King, a sophomore who we first eyeballed at last year's Hoopfest, is a potential Division I player for Trigg County. The shooting guard had 15 points, augmented by a pretty shooting stroke. He's got to get stronger to insure his spot. …