City of Palms, Day Four
Dunbar 58, Pahokee 57 Fort Myers 67, Corbin 58 Ouachita Parish 74, Creekside 71 Bartram 57, St. Andrews 55 St. Patrick 70, St. Raymond's 67 (OT) Rice 88, Mater Dei 76
Jason Patterson, SG, St. Patrick: His 3 fourth quarter hits from downtown helped St. Patrick slowly reel in the Ravens. It appears as though Fairleigh Dickinson has the inside track to land him and if that's the case, the Knights have themselves a quality deep shooter with plenty of confidence.
Wesley Washington, SF, Mater Dei: It seemed like he was the only guy on Mater Dei's team that was able to play with intensity and energy, at least in the first half. He was credited with 5 steals, 24 points and 9 rebounds. He did his best to keep Mater Dei in the game.
DJ Strawberry, SG, Mater Dei: It just wasn't to be for DJ. He fought his stroke the entire game and shot just 9-for-21 from the floor. He was part of the late rally, but his offense wasn't there from the tip. He finished with 15.
Louis McCroskey, SF, St. Raymond's: He scored 14 of St. Raymond's points after the half. McCroskey was big in the third quarter and overtime session when he got the Ravens off to a good start in the extra period by scoring their first 5 points. He had 11 rebounds.
Tre Kelly, PG, Dunbar: His assault on the scoring lead at the City of Palms continued on Saturday. He went for his usual 29 points, including 4 assists. It was his usual modus operandi as he drove and got to the rim; he went 0-for-3 from downtown. He's likely to finish as the event's leading scorer.
Shagari Alleyne, C, Rice: The big fella got going early and looked to be headed for a huge scoring night but then Robinson heated up and his touches went down some. Still, he was all about converting his chances and went 8-for-9 from the floor. He finished with 17, 2 blocks and 8 boards.
Jason Cain, PF, Bartram: Toss out his first game in which he was saddled with foul trouble and Cain's rebounded nicely. He tossed in 19 points to go along with 11 rebounds. He's stayed active and used his 6-9 frame to get on the glass. Bartram is 2-1 at the tournament because of him.
Demetris Nichols, SF, St. Andrews: He went for 23 points in the second half against Bartram. He's playing at a ridiculous level right now and he's rebounding and defending just for good measure. He did some things athletically in this game that we think he could pull off. He finished with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
Jay Jackson, SG, Ouachita Parish: The unsigned senior was a perfect 10-for-10 from the line en route to 33 points in the Parish's win over Creekside.
Russell Robinson, SG, Rice: A 3-pointer at the buzzer game him a tournament-high 42 points. The junior guard attempted a tourney-high 21 free throws and made 18 of them. He shot a lot of technical fouls and drove the basket hard to get himself chances. Toss in a 4-for-6 effort from downtown and Robinson was on his way. He finished with 42 points (10-15 FG) and 5 steals in an efficiently outstanding effort that got his team to the title game.
Robinson Louisme, PF, Fort Myers: He's seemingly grown as a player during the three games we've watched here. With each outing he's becoming more and more confident and by the end of the Corbin game he had accumulated 19 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. When he got touches there was a direct correlation in how successful Fort Myers was. This is a bonafide high-major prospect and this was his coming out party.
Derrick Caracter, PF, St. Patrick: For the second night in a row, youth was served in Fort Myers. Character came up with an 18-rebound effort to go along with 15 points. He got all the big time rebounds in the fourth quarter. He was clutch in traffic and just cleared the glass late in the game. Offensively, the baseline fadeaway was augmented by a few sweet post moves. The big fella can straight up score on the blocks right now and will be even scarier when he refines his steps and doesn't feel the need to dribble in the paint.
Off The Dribble
Pahokee's Zabian Dowdell cooled considerably since his first day here. On Saturday, he was credited with a 1-for-16 from 3-point range. His team overall shot just 3-for-30 from downtown and still managed to be in the contest with Dunbar. … Creekside senior Mike Woodard handed out 7 assists in his team's loss to Ouachita. …
Charles Jones hit the game-winning layup with 2.3 seconds remaining to beat St. Andrews…. St. Ray's helped St. Patrick by coming up with no points on an amazing 14 straight fourth quarter possessions. Making the fourth quarter even more painful was the fact that the Ravens were able to get some offensive boards and couldn't convert from close range. …
Sunday is a day off for high school basketball in Florida. … For the second day in a row, Dunbar guard Eric Price did not play. Reportedly he is nursing a sore knee. … Woodham guard Gary Tucker out dunked Demetris Nichols in the slam dunk contest. … St. Patrick guard Michael Nardi was taken to the local hospital after the game. He's been sick all week and appeared to be in quite a bit of pain in the semifinal game. …
Mater Dei usually starts Marcel Jones, DJ Strawberry, Wesley Washington and Harrison Schaen. However, the four did not start the game on Saturday and came into together with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter. Was there a curfew violation? "I don't know anything about it," one Mater Dei assistant said. … Richmond Spiders assistant coach Gary DeCesare was in the building. DeCesare left St. Raymond's to take a job with the Spiders at the start of the year. …
In The Stands: George Mason, Central Florida, Richmond.
Lehigh vs. Woodham Northwestern vs. Corbin St. Andrews vs Andrew Jackson Creekside vs. Pahokee Dunbar vs. Fort Myers Bartram vs. Ouachita Parish Mater Dei loser vs St Raymond's St. Patrick vs. Rice
We're headed home for the holiday and this concludes our coverage of the City of Palms Classic. We recommend you dial up www.news-press.com on Tuesday for more tournament coverage. Have a great holiday!