War On The Shore, Day One
Blair 79, Our Savior 43 Notre Dame Prep 94, National Christian 53 West Nottingham 40, Life Center 38
Luol Deng, SF, Blair Academy: Here's a stat line for you: 25 points, 10-19 FG, 5-5 FT, 17 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 8 turnovers. Suffice it to say, Deng filled the stat sheet. He sees the court so well and is a superb team player. He's got a tremendous feel for the pace and flow of the game. He did into some trouble over handling the ball on the wing. Played through some legs cramps in the second half.
Charlie Villanueva, SF, Blair Academy: After getting saddled with two fouls early, Charlie found a groove in the second half. He completed a few post moves and went 7-10 from the line to finish with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Gary Ervin, PG, Notre Dame Prep: Played just 17 minutes against National Christian because his team went up and he's nursing a bum ankle. He did have 12 points, 4 steals and 3 assists. Notre Dame was able to put the polish on the win early and he was able to get some rest. Love his toughness.
Tello Palacios, PF, Our Savior: Against Deng and Villanueva, he drew some tough competition. After getting out of the gates slowly, he got Our Savior to within two points of Blair in the second half before they ran out of gas. Regardless, he aggressively took the action to both Deng and Villanueva and made things happen. The junior had 22 points and 6 rebounds in a very nice effort.
Off The Dribble:
Reggie George, Notre Dame Prep's center, could get major conference inquiries. He has the body for that level but plays in spurts and needs polish on offense. … Life Center's Mbania Narmbaye is in the same boat as George. He doesn't have great feel for his position but has value with his rebounding and size. With the shortage in big men, both may get recruited slightly higher… Life Center's Arnaud Dahi was aggressive on offense today when his teammates seemed tentative. He finished with 18. …
In the first game of the War On The Shore, it took West Nottingham and Life Center nearly 8 minutes to get on the scoreboard. Cheyenne Moore hit a deep 3 to break the scoreless tie. … Coastal Christian's Ray George signed with Georgia State this week. … Did you know Villanueva has 9 brothers and sisters? … Dahi was held up in the Ivory Coast by a rebellion in the country. His return to the States was delayed over a month. …
NBA teams are starting to show up fairly regularly at Blair Academy practices. On Friday, at least 11 NBA teams were represented. A handful left before completion of the Blair game. … Junior guard Josh Wright isn't here but we hear that he'll officially visit South Florida and Seton Hall shortly before the end of his junior season. …
Inside The Numbers:
National Christian's Abdullah Jollah was credited in the final stats with 10 turnovers and zero assists. … Deng recorded 17 rebounds. … Notre Dame Prep's Will Blalock had 12 points (4-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 3 assists and 6 turnovers. … Josh Boone led all players with 6 blocks on Friday. …Friday's Top Scorers: Deng 25, Palacios 22, Villanueva 19, Boone 18, Dahi 18. …