There was little drama as to if Taylor King was going to break the all-time Orange County scoring record -- it was just a matter of when. Fans didn't have to wait very long on Thursday night as the Duke bound forward knocked down a jumper from the right baseline with just under three minutes remaining in the opening quarter of Mater Dei's 69-38 win over Anaheim Canyon in a semifinal of the Orange Holiday Classic. It was two of his team high 24 points on the night in addition to a team best 13 rebounds as the Monarchs moved into the championship game against No. 2 Artesia. Interestingly enough the teams are rated seventh and eighth in the latest USA Today National Poll. For his career, King has tallied 2,268 points.
Commitment Kyle Singler:
On the heels of a 34 point, seven rebound performance from their star in the 85-55 laugher to open of the Les Schwab Invitational, the South Medford Panthers' were in the driver's seat the entire afternoon. That wasn't the case in their second round match-up with Mountain View (Ariz.). Luckily for the Panthers, Singler was just as good on Thursday despite the much improved competition. Mountain View led by one after the first quarter and, despite a three point half time deficit, were back within one heading into the final quarter before Singler's brilliance became too much to overcome as the Panthers squeaked by 68-65. On the night Singler scored a game high 28 points (11-of-17 FG, 6-of-7 FT), grabbed nine rebounds, handed out a pair of assists, and blocked a shot. The win sets up a rematch of the Oregon State title game against Kevin Love and Lake Oswego in the semifinal round.
Commitment Nolan Smith:
Unlike Singler and South Medford, Nolan Smith's Oak Hill squad had no difficulty in reaching the semifinal round with a 98-71 victory over Oregon City. Just a three point game after the first quarter, soon became another Warrior blow-out as Oak Hill sprinted to a 25-12 advantage in the second to put the game out of reach by intermission. Duke's Smith scored 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and handed out seven assists, while logging four steals in the winning cause. Smith shot 8-of-16 from the field, but missed both three point attempts and did not attempt a free throw all night.