Around The Nation: Dec. 5 Edition

AROUND THE NATION - Luke Babbitt acted like an all-american Tuesday night as his team won a city showdown against its rival. Plus, big games from Peyton Siva and Derrick Favors in this tour of the country.

Galena 63, Reno 59 -- Luke Babbitt made sure he put the state back on alert Tuesday night. Galena, the reigning state champion, outlasted its counterpart as Babbitt and Czyz, two of the state's most decorated recruits in years, squared off in front of a big crowd. In the first half, the pair combined to go 5-for-26 but Babbitt would get it going in the second. Babbitt rallied to finish with 34 while the Duke-bound Czyz tallied just 4 points and finished 1-for-14 from the field.

Northview 86, Enterprise 73 - Everybody who's ever seen Xavier Gibson knows this: he's quite the prospect. On Tuesday, the Florida State signee showed more production than potential as he hit the triple-double. Gibson scored 34 points, blocked a dozen shots and pulled down 13 rebounds. A cherry on top? How about 5 dunks in the game? Nice work, big fella.

Dunbar 67, Beavercreek 55 - Dayton signee Josh Benson is hot. Last Saturday he scored 48 points and he was at it again Tuesday night. He posted 25 points and 12 rebounds and appears to have gone from prospect to player in the span of a year.

Perry 62, St. Vincent-St. Mary's - It would have taken a cameo by LeBron James to save STSM Tuesday night because Kenny Frease was in the house. The Xavier-bound big man scored 30 points, pulled down 9 rebounds, had 6 assists and blocked 4 shots. Frease put the cherry on top when he stroked his only 3-point attempt of the night.

Berkmar 84, Chattahoochee 41 - The top unsigned small forward (Terrelle Pryor doesn't count, he's going FB) was on display Tuesday night. Wesley Witherspoon needed just 3 quarters to score 22 points, grab 5 boards and hand out 4 assists. He was 9-for-12 from the field.

Oakridge 82, Harvest Christian 44 - Unsigned senior Chris Babb, one of the top perimeter threats on the board, led the way with a game-high 29 in Tuesday's thrashing of H.C.

Village Christian 66, St. David's 50 - Texas Tech signee Tyree Graham, a Durham native, poured in 26 points to lead his team. Croatian junior big man Antonio Kalpich had 15 himself.

Pleasant Grove 53, Mountain Brook 26 – Unsigned senior center Corey Smith led the way as Pleasant Grove crushed Mountain Brook. Smith, who needs to shore up his academics, led the way with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Northwestern 71, Crockett 55- Point guard Eric Evans keyed the offensive attack for Northwestern as he flirted with the triple double – 25 points, 7 assists, 7 steals.

Washington 79, Metamora 30 -> Here's one to watch. IU signee Matt Roth is 32 3-pointers shy of the state record 371. In a blowout, Roth tallied 25 points, connecting on 4-for-10 from downtown. The countdown is officially on!

Renaissance 78, Douglass 57 - Dayton signee Paul Williams paced the attack with a game-high 30 points for the high school that kicked out a pair of McDonald's All-Americans three years ago. Williams also tossed in 11 rebounds.

Cypress Springs 81, Strake Jesuit 50 - New Mexico signee Phillip McDonald, a Top 100 prospect, watched as his team raced out to a 36-6 lead and never looked back. McDonald finished with a game-high 30 points.

Harvard Westlake 61, Granada Hills 59 - Renaldo Woolridge, a Top 100 senior, put up 24 points and 14 boards in his team's win.

South Atlanta 80, North Clayton 46 - Life is good for's top-ranked player in the Class of 2009. S. Atlanta's Derrick Favors, depending on which unofficial scorer you talk to, posted a triple-double Tuesday night. The local paper credited him with 27 points, a manly 19 rebounds and 9 blocks. We've been doing this long enough to know somebody missed a block. That's a triple-double in our book!

North Meck 71, Butler 52 - The 1-2 junior punch of Kyle Gaillard and Andre Marhold got it done again for one of the state's powerhouse clubs. Fresh off a 27-point effort, Gaillard went to work again. He hit up Butler for 22 and Marhold was his usual self with 19 more. Butler freshman Anthony Stitt scored 6 and is a name to watch for in the state of N.C.

Charlotte Latin 62, Hunter Huss 60 - Power forward David Chadwick's strong recent run continued. Chadwick, the son of a former UNC standout, pumped in 23 points to lead the way. Latin is coached by Lane Odom, a former collegiate assistant and son of South Carolina's Dave Odom.

Collegiate 65, Norcom 52 - If Tuesday was a look into what's to come, then the future is bright for Donte Hill. Collegiate's junior wing erupted for 26 points and 14 rebounds as Collegiate sprung the local upset.

Glen Mills 85, Lamberton 45 - We've got our eyes on junior big man Aaric Murray. After spotting him at the Eddie Griffin Challenge he's peaked our interest. Tuesday night the junior insider poured in 28 points.

Richland 100, FW Christian 72 - Richland went into the locker room up 19 and never looked back. Top 25 junior Nolan Dennis was on target and dropped 25 points for the winning side.

LaSalle 61, Roger Bacon 58 - Danny McElroy, a Cincinnati signee, scored a game-high 19 as LaSalle needed overtime to get the win. Roger Bacon played with an emotional edge as it honored former coach Bill Brewer who died of a heart attack November 1.

Duncanville 75, Coppell 43 - Will anyone challenge Duncanville? It didn't happen Tuesday night as youngsters Roger Franklin (18 points) and Shawn Williams (13) probably didn't see much second half action.

DeMatha 68, Coolidge 66 - Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Roger Mason and Andray Blatche were in the stands as the teams opened play. Junior Naji Hibbert scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Stags. Sophomore guard Josh Selby pumped in 18 of his own.

Bell 61, Keller Central 60 - Bell junior guard Marshall Henderson is a young man we're watching closely this year after a strong summer in Las Vegas. His Bell club outlasted Central and he

Loyola 89, South Gate 55 - Georgetown commitment Hollis Thompson, one of the elite small forwards in the Class of 2009, put up 20 points in his team's lopsided win this week.

Waukegan 57, Glenbrook South 53 - Sophomore Jereme Richmond, an Illinois commitment, helped his team to its third win of the year. Richmond dropped 24 points for the victors.

Atlantic Shores 92, Portsmouth Christian 62 - Andre Dawkins is likely to be one of the highest recruited players in his class. After ripping off 11 points in the third quarter, Dawkins finished with 32. Teammate junior Stephen Pledger knocked in 27 of his own.

O'Connell 71, Woodson 52 - UNC commitment Kendall Marshall scored 15 points and added 7 assists. Teammate Jason Clark (Georgetown) scored 14. Harvard's Frank Ben-Eze added 9 and played limited minutes because of a stress fracture in his right knee.

Lutheran 81, Brown Deer 63 - Forward Flavien Davis got it done in non-conference action Tuesday night. One of the Midwest's best prospect scored 25.

Franklin 85, Garfield 70 - Youth was not served Tuesday night in Seattle. Freshman sensation guard Tony Wroten scored 29 points but his team came up short against junior Peyton Siva, the latest in a long line of Franklin stud guards. Siva scored 22 and handed out 10 assists.

Wesleyan 49, Westchester Academy 48 - One of the more talented kids in N.C.'s Class of 2011 is Deuce Bello. "Deuce" scored 15 points in his team's loss Tuesday night and he's a name to watch for.

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