Around The Nation: Feb. 3

AROUND THE NATION – Joe Jackson put on his Superman cape and delivered a sensational 4th quarter performance. White Station reeled Melrose back in and won Tuesday night.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal documented the game of the night featuring White Station against Melrose.

Joe Jackson's mom left the gym with her son's team down 13 points with four minutes left. She should have stayed.

Melrose coach Jermaine Johnson said "Jackson went Kobe" on us and scored 18 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, leading a furious comeback by White Station who won the battle 80-78. Melrose junior Chris Jones went for 23 points and Adonis Thomas hit for 22. White Station junior Andre Hollins pumped in 15 points.

Jefferson and Terrence Jones bested Kentwood and Josh Smith 42-39 in a TV game. Jones went for 20 points and four rebounds. Smith, who isn't in peak condition following an injury, had 9 points, 11 rebounds and 9 blocks.

Eric Atkins and Mount St. Joe clinched the Baltimore Catholic League regular season championship after defeating St. Frances 69-68. Atkins scored 19 points and forward Riley Beaumont added 17 for the winners. Dante Holmes had 23 for St. Frances.

United Faith went up early and held on against Victory Christian, 71-66. Senior Ian Miller scored 29 for the winners. Victory Christian unsigned senior post Josh Clyburn countered with 18 and 10. Paris Roberts scored 15 for UFA.

Houston Yates hung another 100 on an area team. The club beat Sharptown 107-66. Joe Young pumped in 27 and Brandon Peters, a Western Kentucky signee, went for 17.

Reggie Bullock had a career night. The senior wing hit for 39 points as Kinston thumped North Pitt 72-53. Bullock connected on seven 3-pointers in the contest.

Ames forward Harrison Barnes averages 27.3 points and had 22 in his team's thrashing of Lincoln. Doug McDermott led the way with 24 points.

Bruce Ellington delivered down the stretch for Berkeley as it nipped James Island 55-52. The South Carolina signee went for a game-high 27 points. It was his first game back since jamming a finger the week before.

Over the weekend, Deshaun Thomas pumped in 37 points but Bishop Leurs fell to No. 1 Bowman 90-81. Leurs lost back-to-back games last week.

Neumann-Goretti is now 16-1 on the season. Tony Chenault scored 21 points in a 42-point win over Egan. In the same game, Daniel Stewart had 17 and 11. Tyreek Duren had 21 in Tuesday's route of West Catholic.

Taft and DeAndre Daniels edged Serra 71-64 late last week. Daniels scored 28 points, including 4 3-pointers.

New Egypt big man Desmond Hubert has been hot lately. He's got three triple-doubles in a row, his latest coming in a win over Steinert. Hubert had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocks.

Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points as St. Andrews bested Worcester Academy. Billy Baron led Worcester with 21 points.

Also last week, Cal signee Allan Crabbe dumped 38 points on Crenshaw as Price won 90-86.

Anthony Stitt hit for a game-high 28 points but Butler fell to Ardrey Kell 45-44. High Point signee Justin Cheek had 11 for the winners and hit a lay-up at the buzzer for the win.

Illinois commitment Tracy Abrams punched the clock Tuesday night. He had 23 points as Mount Carmel thumped St. Rita by 23.

Lamarque wasn't challenged at all as it beat Santa Fe 97-52. Texas commit Julien Lewis went for 27 points.

Dajuan Coleman and senior Will Regan hooked up last weekend. Coleman went for 17 points, nine rebounds and a pair of blocks in his team's 71-66 win. Regan, a Virginia signee, worked his way to 25 points and 19 rebounds.

Sophomore J.P. Tokoto paced Menomonee Falls with 17 points and his team won by 21 points against Sussex Hamilton.

Andre Drummond scored 15 points and teammates Tre Bowman and Dominique Langston combined for 30 as St. Thomas More held off Rise Academy 100-89.

Cincinnati Country Day scored a 5-point over Christian. Guess who led them in scoring? D.J. Wingfield stepped up and knocked in 27 points.

Keith Appling missed Tuesday's game with an abscess on his tonsils. Juwan Howard picked up the slack and scored 27 for Pershing in a win. … Terrence Ross, according to the Washington Post, is leaving Montrose. Really? How does this happen at this point in the season? This is not good news for the Terps and could have implications as far as Ross qualifying. …

Here's an excellent story about the relationship between Knight and Rivers and how it will affect Florida's recruiting of the pair. …

Junior wing Terrence Williams, a one-time UNC-Wilmington commitment, went for 33 points in West Meck's Tuesday night win. … We check the boxscores of Perry Jones religiously. The Duncanville senior consistently gets 12 points which is kind of mystifying. For a guy who blew up in the summer, you'd think the numbers would be more in the 20s. Stats are not the be all, end all, and this one probably bears from research. Sometimes teammates can get a little jealous. Could this be happening to Jones? Jones had 12 Tuesday night. …

Jeff Capel was caught on camera at Terrence Jones' game. BTW, what's up with the sparse crowd at Kentwood High for a TV game? …

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