Slam Dunk, Day Three
St. Benedict's 62, St. Andrews 58 (Slam Main Draw Semifinal) Archbishop Spalding 51, Cardinal Dougherty 47 (Slam Main Draw Semifinal) Miami Christian 50, Hopkins 48 Ozen 50, Wilcox Central 43 Oakland Tech 72, Laurinburg 51 Our Savior 68, Georgetown Prep 59 Reno 71, Landmark Christian 54 Lincoln 58, Bullis 37 Good Counsel 57, Oxon Hill 46 Spingarn 70, Amityville 67
Monday's Slam Dunk Championship: Archbishop Spalding vs. St. Benedict's
Game of The Day
Guillermo Diaz and Miami Christian scored a grand total of 13 points in the second half. The good news is that Diaz was able to score the final four points of the ballgame. After Hopkins forward Kris Humphries hit a leaner to give his team the lead, Diaz answered back with a shot of his own. Then, a Hopkins turnover gave Miami Christian one last possession and he burned Hopkins again. He hit a pull-up jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining to win it for the Victors.
Diaz scored 18 in the game and announced the caliber player he appears to be. On Friday all he did was go to the rim and he's great at that. On Saturday he showcased range and accuracy on his jumper. He tends to fade away from his shot but he's such a big time athlete that he creates space, hangs and hits. Guillermo, welcome to the national spotlight!
David Padgett, C, Reno: His first half against Landmark Christian was the best half we've seen a big man turn in this year. Padgett, the senior, gave Randolph Morris the junior, a clinic is post scoring. He went for 25 in the first half and did it every way imaginable. He put two fouls on Morris in 4 minutes and then just kept hammering away with skill moves, great hands and hustle. He finished with 29 and 10 boards. Morris, a fine prospect in his own right, was like a deer in headlights in the first half. We'll never produce another Top 10 list without Padgett's name on it.
Leon Powe, PF, Oakland Tech: The gaudy knee brace he sports prevents him from bending his knee backward and it affects his gate slightly, but he's still a warrior and a damn good athlete. He went off for 36 against a huge Laurinburg frontline on Saturday. He did it inside, mid-range, banged a 3, ran the floor and dunked like a super hero. His 13-for-18 from the floor was as impressive as his one-handed alley-oop catch. He's the tournament's leading scorer to this point.
Kendrick Perkins, C, Ozen: When you take 7 shots and make 6 of them, it's probably fair to say you didn't receive enough touches, right? We thought so. Perkins had a rather quiet outing for a player his size and Ozen made it interesting in the end but held on. We thought Yamene Coleman, a sophomore who is a player, did a nice job of just staying active around the big fella.
Jesus Verdejo, SF, Miami Christian: He scored big in the first half when he tallied 17 points. This is a guy who hunts his shot and likes to get a lot of chances. In the second half, he continued to hunt his shot but he didn't hit any of his 9 chances. We would have liked to see him get to the glass a little and maybe that could have gotten him going.
Kris Humphries, PF, Humphries: He almost had the game-winner but heroics from Diaz took that chance away from him. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in a consistent performance throughout. Extra credit for taking and making the big shot at the end of the game.
Oumar Sylla, SF, Our Savior: He shot 8-for-13 from the field and finished with a game-high 21 points. He was 3-for-4 from downtown.
Jerome Petticolas, SG, Spingarn: He paced the high-energy Spingarn boys with a team-high 25 points. It included a 5-for-8 effort from downtown.