HIGHLIGHTS: The Power of Chriss
WESTLAKE, Calif. -- 2015 four-star forward Marquese Chriss -- who said this weekend that he's hearing the most from California, UCLA and Washington (where he'll take an official visit on Jan. 9) – has had an up-and-down weekend at the Holiday Hardwood Invitational, but he has a chance on Monday to finish off the tournament on a high note.
In the opening round, Chriss filled it up in the first quarter, but went cold in the second, going 0-for-3 from the field and 1-for-2 from the free throw line, though he added seven boards and a big block of Santa Monica (Calif.)'s New Williams.
Chriss finished the game 2-for-11 after hitting his first three shots, though he did manage a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.
After the opening-round loss to the Vikings, Chriss has led the Eagles all the way back through the loser's bracket to a chance at the consolation crown at 2:30 p.m. on Monday at Westlake, starting with Friday's resurgent win against Granada Hills (Calif.).
Chriss had just two points on 1-for-4 shooting when he was pulled with just under a minute to go in the first quarter with two quick fouls, and when he came back, he played for just two minutes before getting his third foul, trying to clear out on a defensive board. Visibly frustrated that his height – which should be an advantage – simply played the heads of the shorter opponents at elbow-swinging level, Chriss sat down and left with the game tied, 13-13. At the half, the Highlanders held a narrow, 20-18 lead over the Chriss-less Pleasant Grove.
Once the second half dawned, though, Chriss came back with a head of steam, fueling an 11-2 run out of the locker room to surge ahead, 44-30. Chriss tallied three slam dunks after the break and didn't miss a shot for the entire third quarter. By the time the dust had cleared, the Eagles came away with a 62-54 win, and Chriss finished with 23 points – including 19 after halftime.
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