Mount Vernon 64, Chester 47 Scotch Plains 73, Amityville 72 (OT) Germantown Academy 68, Life Center 54 Our Savior 74, Penn Charter 52 Laurinburg 91, Marriott Charter 60 Bullis 52, Parkland 482004 Checklist
Tello Palacios, F, Our Savior: He came out with a lot of energy in the first half and raced out of the gate for 15 points. He cooled down in the second half as he didn't hunt his offense (finished with 23). Palacios, in previous games this season, had demonstrated an improved jumper, but didn't score a bucket outside of 5 feet in this one.
Longar Longar, C, Laurinburg: The future OU center had 22 points and 75% of them had to be dunks. He's the best prospect on the Laurinburg roster and the Sooners have themselves a guy more than capable of blocking shots. Again, his offense is starting to come around and he's more aggressive each time out.
Sean Singletary, PG, Penn Charter: The Quakers came out flat and Singletary wound up going 0-for-8 in the first half. He would finish with 10 points but it was a struggle for the entire Penn Charter team as they looked to be in a post-Christmas Day funk.
Aleks Maric, PF, Life Center: He went down with a hyper-extended knee in the second quarter and it was downhill from there for Life Center which blew a double-digit lead once he went to the bench to ice the knee. Maric was hustling and being his active self in the paint prior to the injury. Super addition for Nebraska.
Keith Benjamin, SG, Mount Vernon: He didn't start the game (reason unknown) but he made the most of his 22 minutes once he got in there. Benjamin smoothly scored 19 points. He really has command of jumper. He won't force 3s and is confident and comfortable shooting from a number of spots on the floor.
Benny Songondo, PF, Laurinburg: He's on his way back from a serious knee injury and his minutes are being monitored. In 9 minutes of action Friday night, he scored 5 points – including a 3 – and had four boards. He sports an extremely cumbersome knee brace and walks with a limp. Could need a red shirt because of strength but he's got some face up talent.
Brian Grimes, F, Germantown Academy: There's no doubt he was the reason for GA's win over Life Center. Grimes scored 26 points to go with 13 rebounds. He works inside to the perimeter where he's got a reliable mid-range jumper. At his size (6-5) he's got to bring energy and he did just that.
Derrick Caracter, PF, Scotch Plains: The monster took over in overtime. It took Scotch Plains the better part of four quarters to find a way to get him the ball, but they did in overtime and no less than three times he backed his man down and scored in the post. He's got a little bit of everything in his game – power and some finesse. 29 points and 16 rebounds later, Scotch Plains had the win.
Lance Thomas, F, Scotch Plains: It wasn't the statistics – 13 points and 12 rebounds – that made him look good, it was his presence on the floor. Thomas hasn't settled into a position yet but he thinks and feels the game well in a proportioned 6-7 athletic frame. He's a high-major prospect.
Darrin Govens, PG, Chester: He's a year away from really catching people's eyes. He's a long 6-2 and can make shots on the perimeter. No one finished for him (zero assists) so his numbers weren't great but he's a talented kid. He'll wind up with a long framed body like another former Philly guard named Mustafa.