High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 21)

This weeks edition of the High School Basketball Notebook focused on the holiday events. Derrick Favors was among the top performers, as he went off at the Pangos Dream Classic.

Favors Continues Dominance At Pangos

Derrick Favors, Scout.com's No. 1 ranked prospect, continues to show the country why he's one of the best prospects in high school basketball, regardless of class.

The South Atlanta standout traveled to Los Angeles for the Pangos Dream Classic and took on Jrue Holiday and his Campbell Hall squad. In what turned out to be one of the best games of the year, S.A. picked up a 78-77 double overtime win.

Favors, a 6-foot-9 junior, scored 32 points, grabbed 29 rebounds and blocked 8 shots, while Holiday, Scout.com's 3rd ranked prospect, scored 35 points, snatched 17 rebounds and tossed out 7 assists.

The Pangos Dream Classic also consisted of a pair of other games. Dominguez, led by Jordan Hamilton's 35-point, 14-rebound effort, beat King 68-60 and Winward knocked off Cabrillo 75-54, behind a 30-point outing by Darius Morris.

Stars Shine At HoopHall Classic

The HoopHall Classic consisted of a few solid performances on Sunday. Among the best efforts came from Damier Pitts, who scored 22 points and handed out 11 assists in Hargraves 22-point win over South Kent.

Mark Lyons, who is headed to Xavier, scored 23 points and Givon Crump knocked down five three-pointers during Brewsters slaughtering of the Chinese Junior All-Stars.

Apparently there was quite a guard match up during the Patterson/Winchendon game. Courtney Forston, a future Razorback, scored 21 points, while Larry Anderson scored 24.

Henry Sims, of St. Joseph, nearly upset perennial powerhouse, Oak Hill. Sims, who is headed to Georgetown next year, scored 32 points in the loss. The Warriors were led by Brandon Jennings' 32-point effort.

Sundays Scoreboard
Brewster 111, Chinese Junior All-Stars 47
Benedictine 69, St. George School 49
Patterson 68, Winchendon 67
Oak Hill 73, St. Joseph 70
St. Benedict 75, DeMatha 41
Hargrave 90, South Kent 68
St. Benedict 70, St. Thomas More 58

CTK Takes The Crown

Ryan Pearson had it going in the championship game of the Tournament of Champions. The 6-foot-5 senior dropped 35 points on LeFlore and led Christ The King to their fifth TOC title with a 73-71 overtime victory.

Walker Gets MVP
Despite the loss, DeMarcus Cousins certainly made his presence felt in the championship game. The talented 2009 prospect put up 38 points and 12 rebounds.

Although Pearson hit the game winning free throws and scored a team high, Erving Walker was named the tournament MVP. The future Gator went for 24 points in the championship.

The third place game in the Tournament of Champions went to Waynesville as they beat Kickapoo 65-64. Waynesville was led by Dominique Long, who scored 23 points in the win.

Greg Monroe showed why he's such a highly regarded prospect in the fifth place game. The future Hoya went for 21 points, 10 rebounds and 7 steals, as Helen Cox knocked off Pace by a score of 67-64. Ray Shipman led Pace with 21 points, while Rakeem Buckles chipped in 13.

The seventh place game went to McCluer North, as they beat Verdell Jones and his Champaign Central squad 67-52. McCluer North's three headed monster of Torres Roundtree, Femi John and Anthony Booker combined for 56 of the teams points. Jones scored 17 in the loss.

All-Tournament Team
DeMarcus Cousins – LeFlore
Nick Williams – LeFlore
Ryan Pearson - Christ the King
Greg Monroe - Helen Cox
Alex Hall - Kickapoo
Femi John - McCluer North
Dominique Long - Waynesville
Dusty Allen - Kickapoo
Ray Shipman - Monsignor Pace

MLK Classic Sunday Recap

Dion Dixon, who is one of the better senior shooting guards still available, helped Crane get a win over South High with his 20 point-outing during the MLK Classic at Whitney Young.

Among the other top scorers of the day were Tavaris Herron (21 points for Washington), Joel Wright (21 points for Jefferson), John Taylor (24 points for North Lawndale) and Wayne Blackshear (scored 15 point for Curie).

Sundays Scoreboard
Marshall 84, Milwaukee Vincent 65
Berkley 65, Brooks, 50
Simeon 57, Webster Grove 41
Jefferson 74, Washington 70
Crane 58, South High 57
Hyde Park 67, North High 54
North Lawndale 82, Curie 61
Robeson 55, Mather 44

Miscellaneous Notes

Drew Gordon is out for the rest of the season. The 6-foot-9 big man broke two bones in his left foot on Friday night. The talented power forward will play his college ball at UCLA next season.

In front coaches of USC and UCLA, Renardo Sidney, a 6-foot-10 power forward, went off for 36 points and 19 rebounds on Friday night, as the Lions beat Westchester 68-63.

Following the game Jeff Goodman, of FOXSports.com, spoke to Sidney and he said that he would likely attend college in the state of California. USC has been involved from the beginning and UCLA has recently stepped up their efforts.

Bud Mackey returned to the court this past weekend at the Flyin' To The Hoop event in Dayton. The 6-foot-4 guard, who was charged with one count of trafficking a controlled substance within 1,000 yards of the school, is playing for Harmony Prep. Mackey scored 13 points in his first game with his new team.

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