War On The Shore, Day Three
Life Center 67, West Nottingham 50 Hargrave 90, Brewster 85 Our Savior 71, National Christian 51 St. Thomas More 83, Milford Academy 54 Notre Dame Prep def. New Hampton Worcester 81, Bridgton 66 Laurinburg 76, Winchendon 68 (OT)
Bracket Winners: Kent County Bracket (Notre Dame Prep); Sussex County Bracket (St. Thomas More); Mason Dixon Bracket (Worcester Academy); New Castle County Bracket (Laurinburg).
Regis Koundjia and Keith Blanks, Laurinburg: Together, they are the most athletic pair of wings in the country bar none. Koundjia showed some savvy with a few crucial boxouts and defensive plays down the stretch in the win. He also got to the rim with speed when needed. Blanks' athleticism allows him to sometimes play in a different stratosphere. He can hang in the air with the best of them. He made 9 of his 12 FTs and scored 22 points. Regis had 18.
Quincy Douby, SG, St. Thomas More: It was one of those days for Douby. A prolific 3-point shooter, Douby torched Milford for 5 3s. He shot 10-for-14 from the field and handed out 5 assists. He had it rolling in the route of Milford and it was quite enjoyable to watch him showcase a scoring package that includes a sweet mid-range game. Awesome performance.
Alexander Johnson, PF, Bridgton: We tend to forget about him since he signed with Georgia last year but right now him, Brandon Bass and Linas Kleiza appear to be the top unsigned bigs in the country. Yes, he can step out and play on the perimeter but he knows where his bread is buttered and that means some nasty work in the paint. He explodes to the rim and goes strong all the time hunting the dunk. He pins, seals and competes harder than he did as a high school senior. He was terrific all weekend long. He has a chance to make money playing this game one day.
Steve Hailey, SG-PG, Worcester: The Boston College-bound guard had his stroke going on Sunday. He hit for 25 to lead his team past Bridgton. He went 4-for-5 from 3-point land and 7-for-8 from the line. He also completed some tough drives in a superb effort.
Dwight Brewington, SG-PG, Worcester: He's all about energy and competing and we think Providence signed a gem. He's a great athlete for a guard and his offensive game. He had 23 today and it was a diverse 23-point outing. If he continues to improve he'll be in line for a super career under Tim Welsh.
Femi Ibikunle, C, New Hampton: Well, Louisville coach Rick Pitino had to be disappointed. He took a plane to Delaware to watch Ewing and Femi only to see the latter ejected minutes into the game against Notre Dame Academy. Ibikunle was frustrated with a call early in the game and let his emotions get the best of him and he was regulated to spectator duty.
Mike Cook, SF, New Hampton: The native of Philadelphia went for 18 today. He's a power wing player who likes contact. He makes you foul him. He'll shoot 3s, long 2s and short jumpers. He knows how to score. High-majors are going to recruit him and plenty of mids are interested as well. Where he winds up could determine on what he does the rest of the season. The guy works so hard that he sweat through his jersey in warm-ups.
Hassan Fofana, C, Hargrave: He doesn't receive nearly enough touches in the Hargrave offense and that's not his fault at all. Plus, he's been a little banged up all year. However, we'd like to see him create more chances and that means more than one rebound in 22 minutes of action in two games. He's too good a player, with enough offensive skill to just settle for those numbers.
Gerald Brown, SG, Hargrave: For Mike Preston's team to win, Brown must stay aggressive on offense. Today, he did just that with a sweet 29-point outing.
Tello Palacios, PF, Our Savior: Nationally, he's at worst at Top 25 player. Today, he nailed 3s (2-for-2) and ran the floor well. He's lost some weight and his game continues to improve. Terrific offensive power forward.
Norm Plummer, SF, Brewster: He went for 32 points today. He's a pretty good athlete who scores from the perimeter and off drives. The more you see him, the more you like him.
Off The Dribble:
Arnaud Dahi scored 28 points in his final game of the tournament. … It's going to be a long year for National Christian head coach Trevor Brown if his guards can't take better care of the ball. … Rick Pitino caught a private plane to watch Patrick Ewing. While his team got routed, he scored 14 points. Will it be enough for the Cardinals to tender an offer? Stay tuned. …
Boubacar Coly hit some big shots from the perimeter for Laurinburg. He had 9 rebounds, including for big offensive ones. … Winchendon's Dominick Stefanik has a way to go but he should be a good player at Northeastern. The foreign forward likes the perimeter and though he didn't shoot a high percentage this weekend, you can see the skill. … We think Texas A&M signed a nice player who can help the Aggies in Marlon Pompey. He's really athletic inside and a good leaper and rebounder. …
We like Siena's pickup of Joel Green. He makes plays for Hargrave and is good athlete. … Quinnipiac signed a hard nosed kid in Van Crafton of St. Thomas More. The point guard has a big time stroke. …
Rick Pitino came to see Ewing and Palacios. Texas assistant Russell Springman was also in attendance for Palacios on Sunday. … Siena received a commitment from Tezmar Caldwell, a 6-7 forward from Morristown, N.J. Caldwell was not a participant in this tournament but he'll now count in Siena's class. … Marquette assistant Dwayne Stephens was in the house for the second day in a row checking on Mike Cook. …
Rutgers-bound guard Quincy Douby begins his official visit to Rutgers on Sunday night. … Tournament Director Bobby Jacobs has a reputation for sparing no expense when it comes to his events and the War On The Shore is no exception. Jacobs spent around $5,000 for just over 20 crystal vases. They were the best high school trophies we've see at an event.
Inside The Numbers:
Gerald Brown was a smooth 10-11 from the free throw line, many of them clutch tosses down the stretch. … Oumar Sylla was a smooth 5-for-7 from downtown today en route to 21 points. … Winchendon fell in overtime to Laurinburg despite out rebounding its opponent 56 to 36. …
Josh Boone finished off the tournament with a 14-point, 20-rebound effort against Life Center. His 20 rebounds are a single-game record at the War On The Shore. … Oumar Sylla had 8 assists and Curtis Stinson (Winchendon) and Darryl Gladden (Life Center) had 7 each today. …