Trey Hopkins, SG/PG, Dr. Phillips: The unsigned senior was responsible for the finest show of marksmanship in the tournament. He finished with 29 points and made 7 3s in an 11-for-16 effort from the field. Hopkins' stroke provided Dr. Phillips with a working margin and as he continued to get progressively hotter the lead grew exponentially. It was thought that Dr. Phillips would have no answer for Derrick Caracter but in the end, Hopkins was the shooting star of the day.
Gabriel Pruitt, PG, Westchester: When the season's over, he might be the biggest riser in our Top 100. He put 21 on Reserve Christian in the first half and was drilling jump shots from all over. He would finish with 30 points and did all he could to avert the upset.
Roy Bright, SF, Mount Zion: This might have been his best game of the year as he led the Warriors to their 11th win of the season. Bright played well in both halves and went 3-for-5 from downtown. The stroke was on and he did work going to the basket. He had 20 and he's got big game.
Jason Rich, SG, Dr. Phillips: With the crowd hawking him the entire game, Rich played his usual poised floor game, hit big shots when he needed to and really provided the leadership. Recognizing that it was Hopkins' night, the star unselfishly deferred and made sure his teammate got the ball in scoring position.
Walter Sharpe, PF, Parker: This was his best game we've seen in the last two weeks (remember, he was in Florida last week). Sharpe was the aggressor against Dickey and Breeden. He was able to get himself some good looks down low and finished plays. This is the kind of performance the colleges recruiting him had been hoping for. His best move of the day came in the post when he hammered one down right on top of Dickey. Finished with 23 and 11.
Tello Palacios, F, Our Savior: Only one man scored in double-figures for victorious Our Savior. Palacios, with 22 points, was that man. Nearly half of points came from the line where he went 9-for-11.
Chris Moore, C, St. Edward: Tough kid. He really competed his way to 16 points this morning. He's a fine mid-level prospect who already signed with Santa Barbara.
Devon Moffatt, SG, St. Patrick: He made half of the 3s he took including one that looked like the game-winner late. He's St. Pat's best offensive weapon and likely a low-major prospect. He finished with 20 points.
Chris Matthews, SG, NCA: The JMU-bound shooter made five 3s as National Christian took the lead early and never relinquished it. Four NCA players scored in double figures and teammate Deron Washington had 17 and 15 in the end-to-end game.
C.J. Anderson, SF, Laurinburg: It was his kind of game as it went end to end. Anderson went 7-for-13 from the field for 17 points and a baker's dozen rebounds.
Cassan Breeden, SF, Marlboro County: This was a much better outing for him than his first game. Breeden did a better job of staying active, getting tips and making shots. He really passed the ball well and finished with 16 points and 5 assists.
Derrick Caracter, PF, Scotch Plains: He took 14 shots and made 7 of them. Fanwood had trouble getting him the ball for extended stretches and as a result, Dr. Phillips took it to them.
Birmingham Parker's Walter Sharpe is one of the gifted passers in the class. He's got a real feel for the position. The knock on him has been consistency and if he gets that ironed out he's an even better prospect. … Ra'Sean Dickey finished with 11 rebounds in the loss to Parker. …
Let the kids play. An official blew a whistle with 2 seconds left in the St. Pat's-Timpview game that was simply an embarrassing call. The call basically decided the game and that's not fair to either side. …
It's been a rough event for Timpview's Chris Miles. First he runs into Dwight Howard and on Monday got himself into more foul trouble. He's yet to break double figures and finished with 9 and 9 before fouling out. …
Chris Roquemore of Heritage Christian notched the double-double again as he scored 11 and pulled down a dozen boards. … Why did NCA beat Laurinburg? A major reason was that NCA turned it over just 11 times compared to the 20 Laurinburg had.
Mohamed Tangara had 12 rebounds and a mid-range jumper. … Mount Zion's Tasheed Carr deserves a lot of credit. In his two seasons in Durham, he's really progressed as a point guard. He takes better care of the ball, is a more complete passer and has a better understanding of his position. He's much improved. … Sammy Hernandez of Arlington Country Day has improved his short and mid-range touch in the last year.
News & Notes
Laurinburg head coach Chris Chaney used an interesting motivational tactic with his team. Chaney took their away their Washington Bullets replica jersey and made his team play in their practice uniforms and won't give the jerseys back until they play better. … Alabama assistant Orlando Early was here to Walter Sharpe of Parker. …
Reserve Christian forward George Brozos is getting interest from Birmingham Southern and Furman. … Dr. Phillip's guard Trey Hopkins is hearing from High Point, Birmingham Southern and South Florida. … UNC assistant coach Steve Robinson was in the building the entire day. …