Around The Nation: Dec. 5

DURHAM, N.C. – It wasn't the prettiest basketball game of the year but Green Hope held on to get a big road win over Durham Jordan. Up in D.C., Montrose coach Stu Vetter had some nice things to say about sophomore Tristan Spurlock. Plus, Demarcus Cousins had another nice game.

The Durham Jordan-Green Hope contest was to feature a pair of Division I junior wings. Justin Watts of Jordan and Tavares Speaks of Green Hope. However, it was a senior that set the tone early for Green Hope.

Elon-bound big man Daniel Watts scored 12 points (all mid-range jumpers) in the first half. He finished with 16 in the game. Speaks was held in check with 8 points and missed significant action after being poked in the eye. He did have two key drives late in the ballgame.

Watts scored 18 points, including a number of big hoops down the stretch as he finally was able to get it going offensively in the 4th quarter.

Elon assistant coach Mike Preston was front and center watching Daniel Watts, an early signee.


  • Panther Creek and Holly Springs, a pair of first-year schools, now each own a win over the other. Tuesday night Holly Springs won in triple-overtime 94-90. A pair of Tar Heel State underclassmen were active in this one. C.J. Leslie led Holly Springs with a career-high 39 points. The 6-foot-7 freshman also had 9 rebounds. Meanwhile Earnest Ross continued his stellar play. Ross, a sophomore, poured in 32 points, 6 rebounds and 7 steals.

    Wake Forest and North Carolina were represented at the game. Pat Kelsey of the Demon Deacons made his second trip to see Ross and Steve Robinson represented North Carolina.

  • Fayetteville Jack Britt bested E.E. Smith 47-45. Junior wing C.J. Williams, an N.C. State commitment, had 27 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 4 steals. He's averaging 25.2 points on the season as his team is 5-1. Britt won the ballgame 47-45.
  • Charlotte Butler improved its record to 2-3 as it bested West Mecklenburg Tuesday night 70-66. Clemson signee Demontez Stitt pumped in 21 points to lead Butler which had to rally in the 4th quarter for the victory.
  • Charlotte Latin and sophomore David Chadwick came up short in their match with Gastonia Huss 65-58. Forward David Chadwick pumped in a game-high 27 points.
  • Cherryville and Burns hooked up in a scoring fest with Cherryville emerging 89-81. Junior post Justin Johnson went for 28 and guard Cameron Lovelace 27.
  • John Parker and rival Carroll got it on in Alabama last night. Carroll emerged with the gritty 56-54 win. Junior point guard Andrew Steele, a Top 50 player, went for 22 points.
  • Erwin took down Leeds in Tuesday action. As his team improved to 4-3 on the season, second-ranked sophomore Demarcus Cousins paced Erwin with 23 points and 13 rebounds. Erwin won the game 64-54.
  • Scottie Haralson's tear continued. After hitting up Oak Hill last weekend for 9 3s, he dropped a team-high 33 on Meridian Tuesday night. Provine won the game 77-64. Under the radar senior guard Demorris Summers had 24 of his own.

  • Last week, Northeast Lauderdale's Romero Osby scored 41 points in a game. Tuesday night he was at it again. Osby's team defeated Neshoba Central 70-47 as the junior had 24 and 13.
  • Norcross tuned up for its bout with Oak Hill later in the week by throttling Forsyth Central 68-28. Senior Gani Lawal recorded 15. Norcross and Oak Hill play Thursday night on ESPN2.
  • Chris Allen, a Michigan State signee, went for 26 points as Meadowcreek narrowly edged Whitfield 80-78.
  • Corey Law, an under the radar junior, nearly pulled one out against Norfolk Maury. Law, in his first game of the season, scored 36 points. He missed the last 4 minutes of the contest with cramps. Maury was able to hold on 61-56 as they outscored the Hornets 15-4 in the final quarter.


  • Jacob Pullen's bout with the flu ended Tuesday night as he dropped 27 points on Hillcrest. Proviso East won the game 65-52.
  • St. Patrick made it look easy against Brother Rice Tuesday night courtesy of one stellar game from a Bradley signee. Sam Maniscalco scored 15 of his game-high 39 points in the second quarter as the Shamrocks recorded their 4th win of the year.
  • Michigan State signee Durrell Summers dropped the hammer on Winans Academy as Redford Covenant rolled 66-50. Summers erupted for 35 points and 15 rebounds in his first game of the season.
  • Texas signee Gary Johnson led Aldine past Westfield 59-55. One of the nation's finest power forwards dropped 24 points in the win.
  • Kansas signee Cole Aldrich helped Bloomfield Jefferson to a key win over Lakeville North 59-52. Aldrich was the game's high scorer with 28 points.


  • Herb Pope led Ali quippa past Hopewell 87-80. Pope, a New Mexico State signee, scored 26 points for the victors, one below his senior season average. Pope's team is ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL Class AA poll.
  • Unsigned senior wing William Thomas of Shaw High, hooked up with Canton McKinley in a double-overtime thriller Tuesday night. Shaw succumbed to McKinley 74-71. However, Thomas went off for 35 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals and 5 turnovers in the contest. Shaw was beaten at the buzzer in front of 1,500 fans.

  • Montrose Christian was led by sophomore Tristan Spurlock as it defeated Freedom-Woodbridge 76-61 Tuesday night. Spurlock, a small forward, scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds. "He has a chance to be a great player," Montrose coach Stu Vetter told The Washington Post. Cameron Long, a George Mason signee, finished with 18 for Freedom.
  • Ohio State signee Dallas Lauderdale helped Solon narrowly edge Perry 58-57. The senior big man hit for a game-high 26 points. Junior center Kenny Frease, Perry's top weapon, went for a team-high 16.

  • Prep Charter took down Franklin Learning Center 66-64 as a pair of twins got it done for PC. The Morris Twins – Marcus and Markieff – combined to score 48 points in the win. Both are headed to Memphis.


  • Galena, in front of a strong crowd, topped Reno 59-56 in non-league play Tuesday. Talented forward Luke Babbitt was the big dog for Galena as he scored 19 points. Babbitt is a highly rated junior by
  • Oregon-bound wing Drew Viney had a big night on Monday. He led Villa Park past Don Lugo 95-74. The senior wing hit ‘em up for 31 points in the easy victory.

  • Phoenix St. Mary's defeated North 95-73. You-know-who led the way for the winning team. Jerryd Bayless, an early Arizona signee, scored 24 points for the victorious visitors.
  • Rivals Franklin and Garfield got after Tuesday night in Seattle. The winner was Franklin which took down its foe 95-74. Southern Cal-bound guard Venoy Overton had a monster game with 31 pints, 7 assists and 7 rebounds. The teams played in front of a big crowd which included Washington's Lorenzo Romar.


    Northview dropped a game Tuesday night and fell to 1-4 on the season. However, the team was without its star junior Xavier Gibson. In Friday's loss to Russell County, Gibson injured his hand. Apparently the team is waiting on a second opinion to see the return date for the standout with a chipped bone in his hand. … Eli Holman, an Indiana signee, was denied re-instatement by the CIF this week. Holman was suspended for 18 months four games into his junior season for pushing a referee. …

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