Around The Nation: Dec. 12 Edition

Our weekly jaunt through America's high school sports sections wasn't exactly earth shattering. However, we did stumble upon a few guys like Catalin Baciu who put up significant numbers. Plus, we've got links to the injury status of Delvon Roe and Lance Stephenson.

Ridgeway 62, Craigmont 57: Senior Sampson Carter scored 18 points as Ridgeway won a spirited contest. UTEP signee Jason Jones tossed in 13 for the winners. Mississippi signee Terrico White couldn't get it going in the 4th quarter though he did toss in 27 points.

Serra 85, Campbell Hall 72: With UCLA coach Ben Howland on hand earlier this week, Jrue Holiday scored 39 points. However, Holiday's club was upended by wing Demetrius Walker and his 35-point outing.

Veritas 82, Asheville 68: Veritas Christian was powered by Clemson signee Catalin Baciu. The big man scored 41 points and hauled in 19 rebounds. Baciu became the second Clemson signee in a week to go for 40; point guard Andre Young topped the mark last week.

Santa Margarita 76, Cabrillo 38: Yes, you read that score correct. Led by Washington State signee and helped by a running clock in the 4th quarter, Santa Margarita won a laugher at the Best In The West tournament. Klay Thompson scored 20 points and had 6 rebounds as his team improved to 5-0.

King 69, Northwestern 67: Flenard Whitfield's game-winner with 4.5 seconds sealed the thriller Tuesday night. Whitfield finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Point man Eric Evans scored 35 for Northwestern.

Norcross 77, South Forsyth 30: Wake Forest was in the house watching its signee Tuesday night. Al-Farouq Aminu scored 24 points as Norcross improved to 4-0.

Berkmar 61, Alcovy 43: Unsigned forward Wesley Witherspoon has been consistent with his production this season. Witherspoon dropped 27 in his team's lopsided win.

Benedictine 60, Blue Ridge 44: Ed Davis has his winning machine at Benedictine cranking out victories. Against Blue Ridge, the UNC signee poured in 20 points, 15 rebounds and swatted 5 shots.

North Crowley 94, Granbury 34: This one was a no contest. Top 25 prospect Willie Warren led the 60-point win with a game-high 28 points.

Oregon City 66, Westview 56: Pepperdine and Gonzaga often recruit against each other. This time around, it was a pair of signees going head to head – Pepperdine came out on top. Guard Brad Tinsley scored 20 points to lead Oregon City over Andy Poling (28 points) and Westview.

BT Washington 61, Granby 57: Deshawn Painter's season has been a little up and down but on Tuesday night with Florida's Billy Donovan in the house, Painter was tough. The junior big scored 24 points (6-for-15 FG) and pulled down 15 rebounds. The Top 10 junior also blocked 6 shots.

Rainier Beach 98, Seattle Prep: 82: Aaron Dotson did it on the offensive and defensive ends. The Beach junior wing went off for a game-high 27 points.

McKeesport 63, Woodland Hills 46: Junior center Zeke Marshall, a young, developing big man, had a double-double Tuesday evening. The 7-footer scored 11 points and hauled in 14 rebounds.

Duncanville 63, Irving 58: Shawn Williams and Co. went up early but had to hold on late for the victory. Irving closed the 4th quarter outscoring Duncanville 24-18. Williams scored 18 and small forward Roger Franklin 16.

John Carroll 54, Towson Catholic 51: John Carroll defeated one of the top teams in Baltimore Tuesday night. Isaiah Philmore, a Top 75 prospect, scored 14 points and hauled in 10 rebounds to go with 3 blocks.

Ravenscroft 75, Friendship 28: Don't look at the score, look in the stands. Assistants from Virginia Tech and Stanford were on hand to see junior Ryan Kelly score 16 points.

Cannon 75, Hickory Grove 44: Ryan Harrow, a 2010 point guard, paced Cannon in an easy win. Harrow poured in a game-high 26 points. Teammate Jarrell Eddie had 12 as his team cruised after going into the locker room up 14 points.

Westchester CD 57, O'Neal 50: Freshman Deuce Bello went for another big number. The wing man busted 25 points and 6 boards in an overtime win.

  • Word out of Ohio is that Top 10 prospect Delvon Roe may have injured his knee last week in a game against Jrue Holiday. St. Edwards coach confirms something isn't right and will be looked at.

  • Lance Stephenson isn't healthy and this NYC paper lists him as "day to day."

  • Luke Babbitt, according to his hometown paper, is now Nevada's 4th all-time leading scorer. He's averaging 31.4 points this year and has 2,197 career points.

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