Chick-Fil-A Rundown: Day Two

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Christ School, for the second year in a row, owns the title at the Chick-fil-A Classic. The event's most talent-laded roster delivered as it bested Pinewood for the championship. Lakeem Jackson was named MVP.

In a rematch of last year's thriller, it was once against Christ School handing Pinewood Prep a loss in the championship game of the Chick-fil-A Classic.

Tournament MVP and local favorite Lakeem Jackson, a South Carolina signee, scored 23 points to pace a strong Christ School until. Super 6th man Tony Kimbro, a sophomore, continued his strong play with 13 off the bench and Dee Giger (3-3 3s) found the range from deep.

Pinewood's Milton Jennings had 25 and 14 boards while point guard Kenny Manigault kept pace with 20 of his own but it wasn't enough as Pinewood fell 73-63.

ACC Preview (Kelly vs. Booker): One of the early morning games was a treat. Duke's Ryan Kelly against Clemson's Devin Booker offered an early look at two guys heading to the same league. Different styles were on display and Kelly's team won 77-46.

Kelly's ability to face, make skills shots and mix it up inside when needed was too much. He finished with 30 points (14-22 FG) and 9 boards. He played solid interior defense in his best game of the event. Booker's the power guy who was giving up 2.5 inches. He played a solid game against a superior prospect and his energy level was up from yesterday; finished with 18 points (6-15 FG) and 6 boards.

Preston Blackmon, PG. Lower Richland: The last D-I point guard from LR was Ed Scott. However, Scott may have gone to Clemson but here's one record he won't have over Blackmon. The senior set the Chick-Fil-A record for made 3-pointers in a game with eight. He finished with 30 points and has 14 threes in as many games. In one game he shot 1-for-8 from deep.

Marshawn Powell, PF, Miller: When the game got close – and it was very close with a minute left – it was Powell who stepped up and commanded the basketball. As the top senior, that's his role and he accepted the responsibility. Has to tighten up his frame but light on his feet and when you slice him open you see the DNA of a scoring oriented post. The Arkansas signee recorded 24 and 14, which included 10-12 from the stripe.

Keith Clanton led Orlando Christian Prep past Myers Park in a close one 63-59. The UCF signee had 15 and 10 in his final game. Tournament MVP, guard Tyshawn Patterson chipped in with 23 and 5 assists. Junior Griffin Shaw led Myers Park with 21.

Madison Jones, a freshman point, got extended action here for Ravenscroft and delivered. A pass-first point, he shared the ball. Jones is long and is a young man worth opening a file on early. … Matt Wilson had one of his best games this season with 20 and 10 for the Ravens. …

One of the most impressive plays of the events was turned in by Miller junior Mychal Parker. He caught it on the wing, turned the corner and drove the middle of the lane. The final result was a serious dunk in traffic. … Keenan senior wing Ryan Norris has a shot at a lower DI school because of his stroke. …

Two aspiring juniors from S.C. played against each other. Michael Green had eight points and eight rebounds. NRE's Malcolm Rhett finished with eight and 11. Rhett a live body and would be an undersized, athletic four man with a shot at moving his game out. Green is more inside, especially on defense. …

Virginia Tech was in the house to see Mychal Parker. … Wichita State made the journey for Kenny Manigault. … Winthrop watched Marcus Rhett and the underclassmen. … Harvard was spotting Brice Kofane. … Western Carolina eyeballed Rhett and Michael Green. …


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