St. Edward 60, Wilcox Central 40 Marlboro County 62, Parker 54 Timpview 43, St. Patrick 42 Our Savior 66, Heritage Christian 35 National Christian 91, Laurinburg 75 Dr. Phillips 69, Scotch Plains 51 Southwest Atlanta Christian 65, Arlington Country Day 62 (semifinals) Mount Zion 67, Penn Charter 55 Reserve Christian 79, Westchester 76 (semifinals)
Semifinal No. 2: Reserve Springs Major Upset
Any given Monday. That's what happened in the second semifinal game at the Slam Dunk. Trailing by 10 points heading into the fourth quarter, Reserve went on a 14-0 run fueled by senior forward George Brozos, a native of Greece, and defeated No. 2 ranked Westchester by three points.
Brozos kicked it into another gear and something came over him because he was all over the place, hitting 3s, getting steals … you name it, the kid was in a zone. He finished with 22 points and earned the respect of everyone in the building. Reserve Christian outscored Westchester 23-10 in the fourth quarter.
For the Comets, the game couldn't have started any better. They raced out to a 49-34 halftime lead on the strength of 21 points from Gabriel Pruitt. Rodgrick Craig would chip in another 22 but it wouldn't be enough.
Brozos' heroics and major contributions from Demond Carter, Marlon Brumfield and Kevin Branch helped Reserve Christian spring the upset.
Semifinal No. 1: Howard Gets 23 and 26
You know the fans at the Slam Dunk got their monies worth when Dwight Howard puts up 26 rebounds and 23 points as he did against Arlington Country Day. Howard's team very much had to earn the win over an upstart bunch of youngsters. At first, things weren't going SWAC's way. Howard wasn't scoring the basketball regularly in the first quarter as the 7-2 Jason Bennett at least provided a slight reprieve from the mighty Howard. But, the fouls mounted on Bennett and as could be expected, Howard found his grove.
With 10 minutes to go in the ballgame, Howard already had 20 rebounds and 20 points but Arlington was far from finished. Savvy junior shooting guard David Huertas – playing with a broken thumb on his shooting hand – hit a pair of big time floaters over Howard and it was definitely on.
A driving Javaris Crittendon layup out of a timeout was the game-winner after a Huertas 3 at the buzzer wouldn't go down. Still, in a year so far when Class of 2005 super performances have been few and far between, Huertas (21 points, 3-7 3s) stepped up in a big time game and deserves tons of credit. Pencil his name in as one of the best shooting guards in his class.