AROUND THE NATION - From a 70 game home winning streak to 39 from Kevin Love, we've got you covered in this installment of "Around The Nation."
Huntington High remained unbeaten as it defeated South Charleston 80-61 in front of a crowd of no more than 800 spectators. Why so few eyeballs? South Charleston's gym holds 743 people and they Huntington was given only 25 tickets, creating a decided home court advantage. O.J. Mayo had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Patrick Patterson did his damage to the tune of 15 points, 13 boards and 3 blocks.
The longest home winning streak in the Southern Section is toast. Anaheim Canyon dealt Villa Park a setback 68-36 as it made 11 3-pointers. Senior wing Drew Viney did not play due to a stress fracture in his right foot that stemmed from a December injury. Viney averages 27 points and nearly 10 rebounds. Villa Park's last home loss was in 1999.
Keegan Bell, a Vanderbilt signee, scored 17 points to lead Hazel Green past rival Sparkman 59-57. Bell also dropped 9 assists and made a free throw to give his team a 2-point cushion.
North Central fell at the hands of Lawrence North 70-63. Sophomore Stephan Van Treese, a member of the 3-time defending state champs, pulled down 12 boards to go with 20 points. Gordon, the lone double-figure scorer for his team, scored 24 points. Lawrence North advances to take on Franklin Central which won courtesy of 22 points and 6 blocks from Purdue-bound center JaJuan Johnson.
Towson Catholic made short work of McDonough beating them 74-61. Towson Catholic, which features a pair of high-level signees, received 24 points from guard Malcolm Delaney, a Virginia Tech signee. Syracuse signee Donte Greene (Scout.com No. 7) chipped in with 16 points.
Cole Aldrich appears to be hitting his senior stride. The Kansas-bound center turned in a monster effort in Jefferson's 57-54 win over Eden Prairie. Aldrich chimed in with 26 points and a big time 23-point rebound effort.
Christ School senior Malik Cooke, a Nevada signee, led the way in his team's win over Charlotte Country Day 75-66. Cooke scored a game-high 25 points. Underclassmen Miles Plumlee scored 13 points.
Plano High standout John Roberson had a huge night on, especially at the free throw line. Plano won a double-overtime game against Wylie. Roberson, a Texas Tech signee, scored 25 points and sank 15 of 16 from the charity stripe.
Mike Singletary turned a missed throw into a converted opportunity and in turn led Kingwood past Port Arthur Memorial 56-54. Singletary rebounded his own miss and hit a jumper to give his Mustangs the victory. He finished with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Junior J'Covan Brown, who accounts for 26 points a game, scored a game-high 19.
Chase Stanback had a monster game for Fairfax. The UCLA signee poured in 35 points and 12 boards as Fairfax dismantled L.A. University 86-44.
Kyle Singler and junior Michael Harthun teamed up to give South Medford a 9-point win over Sheldon on the road. The senior led the way with a game-high 23 points while Harthun contributed 16 for the victors.
Lake Oswego's 28-1 run to begin the game sank any hopes Redmond had for the upset. Lake Oswego rolled to the 102-42 win behind 39 points out of its horse, center Kevin Love.
Washington signee Justin Holiday didn't take a vacation in his team's 98-48 win over Crossroads. Baron Davis' old high school was hit up for 28 points and 12 boards by the senior small forward.
Milwaukee Vincent staked its claim in the state of Wisconsin as it defeated Washington 54-52. Diante Garrett, an Iowa State recruit, hit a pair of pivotal free throws late to give his team the 54-51 lead. Garrett finished with 23 points. Bryquis Perine had 13 for the winners.
Junior Sean Mosley, a Scout.com Top 50 prospect, tuned up Calvert Hall for 24 points as St. Frances won the game 62-52. Maryland signee Braxton Dupree dropped a game-high 27 in the setback.
Greg Monroe punched in at the office Tuesday night. Helen Cox rolled past Country Day on the road 71-37. How'd they do it? Well, it would appear the nation's top-ranked junior had something to say in the win. Monroe rolled up 18 points, 11 rebounds and dropped 6 assists.
Damier Pitts and his hot winter streak remains intact. The Charlotte Christian point guard scored 23 points and the team knocked off Forsyth Country Day 64-41. Junior Seth Curry chipped in with 11 points.
Dallas South Oak Cliff, the top-ranked team in Texas, defeated Adamson 69-53 for its 18th win of the year. Junior center J'mison Morgan had 12 points, 8 rebounds and blocked a whooping 13 shots.
Score one for Paul Williams. The Renaissance junior helped keep Redford senior Corperryale Harris in check (7-for-28) with 20 points. Renaissance won the game 65-50 behind. Williams scored only 2 points but can hang his hat, according to local newspapers, on the defensive job he turned in on "Manny." Michigan coach Tommy Amaker attended the game.
There's a buzz around Port Huron Northern forward Jay Thamas. On Tuesday he came to play giving Warren Fitzgerald a loss 71-58. Thames, who is starting to attract offers, scored 20 points and hauled in a game-high 20 rebounds.
Junior Andre Jones of Nansemond River connected on his 1,000th career point. His club took apart Western Branch 80-48. Jones, a highly regarded combo guard, finished off the game with 24 points.
Nasir Robinson appears to be back in action. Chichester bore the brunt of Chester's wrath as it fell 85-49. Robinson scored 15 points for the victors.
Georgetown commitment Jason Clark led O'Connell past Gonzaga Tuesday night 66-45. Clark stroked 11 field goals en route to a game-high 27 points. Maryland coach Gary Williams was on hand scouting a number of players, including O'Connell's Frank Ben-Eze who did not score and got into foul trouble3 early. Clark is averaging 26 points on the season.
Briarcrest Christian held on to defeat Christian Brothers 73-71 in a hotly contested ballgame in Memphis. Sophomore Leslie McDonald, one of the best at his position, scored 25 points for the winners. McDonald made a pair of free throws late in the game that iced it for Briarcrest.
Jarell Eddie, one of the elite underclassmen in the state of North Carolina, dropped 27 points on First Assembly Tuesday night. Cannon defeated the team 83-57. Senior guard Dominick Reid also scored 23.
Javarris Barnett, a senior who heated up his recruitment during the final days of the year, scored 11 points but Victory Christian lost to Providence Day 55-54. In the last 2 weeks he's received offers from Furman, Miami, Richmond and St. Bonaventure. Andrew Cornelius led the way with 22 points for Victory Christian. … Fremont-Oakland wing Jeremy Franklin missed his 7th game this season. The holdup? A transfer from San Leandro and a policy meeting according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
''I would say right now [Evan Turner] is the best player in the state,'' Garrett Leffelman said of his St. Joe's teammate. ''Evan is just having a great year. [Simeon guard] Derrick Rose is a great player but right now Evan is carrying this team.''
(quote from the Chicago Sun Times). Leffelman scored 23 and Turner had 21 in a win over Evanston