City of Palms: Day 4 Rundown

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Between a dramatic finish during the final game of the day and a 45-point outing by Austin Rivers it was a competitive day of hoops at the City of Palms Classic.

And then there were two at the City of Palms Classic.

Tuesday night a pair of teams sealed up wins and are headed to the championship, which will be played on national television. In the first semi-finals match up, Austin Rivers was too much for St. Benedict's, as he dropped 45 points and notched a 15-point win.

However, the other match up wasn't won so easily.

Down by one point, Fuquan Edwin hit a pull-up floater at 2.6 seconds to give Paterson Catholic a one point advantage over Montverde. But he lead wouldn't last. The following play P.C. fouled a Hauker Palsson on a three-point attempt. Palssoon hit two of the three freebies and then chaos ensued.

After the free throws a Montverde player came off the bench, taunted a P.C. player and was given a technical with .1 seconds left. Myles Mack approached the free throw line; buried one of two and the game went into over time.

That's where the excitement ended, as it was all P.C. in the extra frame. They knocked off Montverde 63 to 51. The championship between Paterson Catholic and Winter Park is set for 9:30 on Wednesday.

Tristan Thompson, PF/C, Findlay – It's hard to be more efficient than Thompson was against De La Salle. Although the Pilots jumped out on the Chicago based squad early, it was the Texas commit that set the tone for Findlay. He scored when he got the ball in the post, but also had the jumper working from mid-range, ran the floor for buckets and showed a strong motor. Thompson went 8-for-10 from the field going for 18 points and snagged 10 rebounds.

Marco Petrovic, SG, Findlay --- Yesterday it was Thomas Laerke that stepped in and hit three-pointers for Mike Peck's Findlay squad. On Tuesday it was Petrovic that buried deep jumpers. He shot 5-for-6 from three scoring 15 points in 14 minutes of action. He didn't do much by way of by of putting it on the floor, but it's obvious he's very good shooting the basketball off the catch.

Jordin Mayes, PG, Westchester – A big part of Westchester's win over Penn Wood was the way Mayes handled the game. He was steady with the ball, made good decisions and created opportunities for teammates. He also attacked the rim and was a constant at the free throw line. Mayes went for 16 points and five assists in the win.

Austin Rivers, PG/SG, Winter Parker – You'd be hard pressed to find a better performance the rest of the year. Rivers did it all against St. Benedict's, as he ripped off 45 points on 15-for-24 shooting. His scoring package is impressive, as he uses ball fakes, jabs, hesitations and changes of speed to create space and get shot opportunities. His game is incredibly advanced for a junior in high school and he's seemed to have mastered the floaters.

Julian Royal, PF, Milton – When a guy has a great game you always want to see how responds in the next one, and Royal certainly passed the test. The 6-foot-9 big man was an efficient 9-for-11 from the field scoring 20 points, just a day after going for 24 and 13. From mid-range jumpers to tip-ins and back to the basket moves, Royal had it working for the second night in a row.

Dai-Jon Parker, SG, Milton – After struggling from the field on Monday and for the first half of his game on Tuesday, Parker, a 6-foot-3 guard, got it rolling. He buried a trio of three-pointers and a nice floater in the lane and was a big reason Milton was able to knock off St. Frances in double overtime. Parker is an explosive athlete, with a strong frame and has already turned himself into a lock down defender. He finished with 20 points.

R.J. Williams, PG, St. Frances – When St. Frances needed something good to happen they usually called on this 5-foot-8 floor general. The quickster got in the lane, created for teammates and made big plays. Perhaps his best play was an acrobatic lay up as the buzzer sounded. He scored 22 points, tossed out eight assists, but also turned it over seven times.

Aaron Brown, SF, Pennwood – An emerging wing prospect in the 2011 class, Brown helped Penn Wood make a run at Westchester after trailing by double digits. The 6-foot-5 wing is a quality athlete that hunts and hits mid-range jumpers. Around the rim, he was efficient and can score with contact. His 16-point effort wasn't enough, but he still put together a solid effort.

Fuquan Edwin, SF, Paterson Catholic – Down the stretch Paterson Catholic needed someone to make a play and Edwin, a 6-foot-4 wing, was the guy that stepped up. He knocked down a floater with 2.6 seconds left to give P.C. a brief lead late in the game. He finished 7-for-15 scoring 17 points against Montverde.

Evan Nolte, PF/SF, Milton – The past two days, Nolte hasn't been able to find his stroke from long range. Regardless we know he can shoot, it was his desire to rebound and his passing ability that stuck out to us at the City of Palms. He corralled 11 rebounds and tossed out four assists in Milton's wing over St. Frances.

Julian Royal listed Wake Forest, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Ohio State, Maryaland, Northwestern, Oregon State and Virginia Tech. He said he likely wouldn't decide until next spring.

Dai-Jon Parker listed Virginia Tech, Northwestern, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Connecticut and Ohio State. He claims scholarship offers from all of them.

Evan Nolte is already hearing from college programs. He's heard from Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Northwestern and Clemson.

Cory Joseph was solid just as he has been all season. He finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Godwin Okonji was good for Findlay as well. He scored 11 point snad grabbed nine rebounds. With Fab Melo facing foul trouble, Will Sheehey tried to pick up the slack for Sagemont. He scored 16 points, but it wasn't enough as they feel to Fort Myers. Dante Holmes has the look of a talented scorer. He was better on Monday, but still showed an ability to put the ball in the basket. Greg Lewis had his moments for St. Frances too. He scored nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in the loss to Milton. Alex Foster went 5-for-8 scoring 12 points against Findlay. The southpaw maneuvered well inside and even knocked down mid-level jumper. Kareem Jamar went for 17 points and knocked down five three-pointers. He has shot it well off the catch here all week. Myles Mack pumped in 21 points for Paterson Catholic helping them advance to the championship. He's a knock down shooter and a guy that is steady with the basketball for P.C.

There weren't a ton of college coaches out on Tuesday. We did, however, see assistant coaches from DePaul, Miami, TCU, South Florida, Central Florida and Villanova.


  • Fort Myers 54, Sagemont 51
  • Findlay 78, De La Salle 47
  • Milton 71, St. Frances 68
  • Westchester 64, Penn Wood 62
  • Winter Park 75, St. Benedicts 60
  • Paterson Catholic 63, Montverde 51

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