Prime Time Shootout, Day Three
St. Benedict's 69, Reynolds 55 St. Vincent-St. Mary's 78, Westchester 52 Brookhaven 53, Our Savior 51 St. Raymond's 71, Lanier 69 McQuaid Jesuit 70, Harrisburg 60 Penn Charter 64, Lake Clifton 57
LeBron James, SF-SG-PG, SVSM: 52 points, a career high. There's absolutely nothing else that can be said. If you were in the building you know how special the night was. If you weren't you'll have to take our word for it. The final tally: 52 for Westchester, 52 for LeBron.
Louis McCroskey, SF, St. Raymond's: At the buzzer, his jumper sunk Lanier. With 6 seconds left, after a turnover, he calmly squared up and knocked down the game-winner. He had 24 in the game and did a great job making plays. He had 15 in the first half.
Trevor Ariza, SF, Westchester: He scored 12 points but it was a long night for the Comets. Ariza got off to a great start by actually shaking and baking past James. However, once James started feeling it there was little he or his team could do but watch.
Andrew Lavender, PG and Brandon Foust, SF, Brookhaven: We talk about them in tandem because they succeed in tandem. Foust, go figure, used his athleticism to get 21 points and the game-winning dunk. Meanwhile, Lavender scored 15 and hit the game-tying free throws.
Tyler Relph, PG, McQuaid Jesuit: One of the toughest kids to play the point position in his class. Today he was gritty, smart and determined. He made a clutch pass down the stretch, popped some FTs and was every bit the leader John Beilein hopes he'll be next season. He had 16 points versus Harrisburg.
Tavon Nelson, PF-SF, Lake Clifton: He's headed to a prep school for a fifth season and you can bet his recruitment will start at the A-10 level next season. He's athletic, bouncy and has a nose for the ball. The lefty will keep you honest from mid-range.
Isaac Wells, PF, Lanier: The junior was a man-child on the glass at 6-5 ½. The guy was all over the paint making plays. He hustled, blocked shots, played bigger than he is and was just impressive.
Tello Palacios, PF, Our Savior: Man, this guy gets better every single time out. It's not so much about the 14 points he had but it was the manner in which he scored them. The soft medium jumpers and the sweet hook shot were impressive.
Charles Thomas, PF, Lanier: The Charles Oakley look-a-like and play-a-like had a nice second half. He does a lot of different things. He passes well and gets his nose dirty inside. He likes to play some on the perimeter but man he can make a difference on the glass.
Rob Kurz, F, Penn Charter: Long and lean, he appears to have grown an inch since the summer. Kurz isn't where he'll eventually be strength wise but he's got a touch from the perimeter, will mix it up on the blocks and plays hard. There are reasons why the high-majors are knocking on his door. He had 17 today.
Sean Singletary, PG, Penn Charter: The little man has a strong body and good temperament for his position. He made a few 3s today but wasn't happy with his performance. His own self critique was that he turned it over too many times in the game. He finished with 17 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5 turnovers. Very good player.
Artie Bowers, SG, St. Benedict's: He paved the way for the Gray Bees with a game-high 20 points in typical Artie fashion.
Monta Ellis, PG, Lanier: Once he really got it rolling in the second half his talent level began to really show. The kid has offensive talent oozing from him. He had 25 points and went 11-for-12 from the line.
Off The Dribble
Penn Charter 3-point ace Matt Ryan is a good player with a fine stroke. He's headed to Boston College to play quarterback. … Penn signee Ryan Pettinella had 18 points against Harrisburg. Teammate Marty O'Sullivan had 19. … Best wishes to Brookhaven coach Bruce Howard who did not make the trip and is recovering from an illness. … Lanier's Robert Clark has interesting tats. He wears No. 15 and has a #1 on his left calf and the matching #5 on the other. Interesting and stylish at the same time. Here's to hoping he can keep the digits throughout his career. …
Monta Ellis sported a North Carolina headband in the first half of his team's game against St. Raymond's. … "Give him all the jerseys he wants," was the cry of an impressed fan from the stands. … JR Smith showed some diverse offense and his super athletic body. He had 11 in the game. … Future Tar Heel Reyshawn Terry had 13 in his team's second loss of the weekend. … Stanley Branch had his moments tonight. When he's out in space and running the floor he looks like a big timer. … We've said this before, but it's worth noting. Konimba Diarra continues to improve. In our opinion, he's the team's second best prospect behind Palacios. … Major props to Lanier's Isaac Wells. The power forward played his tail off on Saturday. …
James sported the Gary Payton Hyperflights and he sported them well. … St. Ray's Daon Merritt did not play on Saturday. …
Faces In The Crowd
Al Jefferson, forward, Prentiss High School. … Brian Lesher, outfielder, Tampa Bay Devil Rays. … Matt Doherty, head coach, North Carolina. … Cleveland WR Kevin Johnson. … Sebastian Telfair was in the house. …