Creek Stars, Others Gear Up For State Tourney

While most of the attention this weekend was on the play of Jordan Hulls, IU's other recruits continue to shine as well. Maurice Creek put together three straight big performances last week, while some of IU's other commits head into their state tourneys among the favorites...

Bobby Capobianco, 6-8, 230, Loveland (Ohio) H.S. – For the second straight week, Capobianco had a pair of double-doubles to lead Loveland (16-3) to a pair of wins. On Tuesday, Capobianco had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead his team to a 64-54 win over Withrow H.S. He then followed that up with a 10-point, 14-rebound, two-block effort in a 57-55 win over Milford. Loveland completes its regular season tonight against Anderson (12-5), and then plays the winner of the Anderson/Winton Woods game March 3 in its first state tournament contest. Capobianco continues to lead Loveland in scoring (17.5), rebounding (9.4) and blocks (1.6).

Maurice Creek, 6-4, 185, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy – Three games, three more wins for Hargrave, which improved to 23-1. Creek started off the week with a 102-82 win over the University of North Carolina's JV team, and Creek led the way with 26 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. He followed that up with a 15-point, eight-rebound, five-assist performance in a 83-53 win over American on Friday, and concluded his week with 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in a 90-55 win over Navy's JV team. Creek continues to lead a very talented Hargrave team in scoring at 19.4/game and is also averaging 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Derek Elston, 6-8, 210, Tipton (Ind.) H.S. – In Tipton's only game of the week, Elston scored 21 points to lead the Class 2A's second-ranked team to a 60-47 win over Frankfort. Tipton (18-2) plays at Cass H.S. Tuesday and at Western H.S. Friday to complete its regular season. Tipton hosts its sectional, and will play Oak Hill in the first round. Elston is now averaging 20.1 points, 11.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals.

Jordan Hulls, 6-0, 170, Bloomington (Ind.) South H.S. – In a game that HoosierNation.com covered Friday night, Hulls scored 27 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists to lead Class 4A No. 1 Bloomington South to a come-from-behind 73-67 win over Michigan's top-ranked team, Detroit Country Day. Hulls was 8-15 from the floor and 3-8 from behind the 3-point arc in the match-up between two top-five teams nationally. One night early, Hulls scored 14 in a 91-46 win over Perry Meridian. Hulls is now averaging 16.6 points per game, 4.6 rebounds and 5.3 assists. He's also shooting 51.3 percent (41-of-80) from behind the 3-point arc. South (19-0) completes the regular season Thursday at Decatur Central, and will then play the winner of Bloomington North/Columbus North in its first sectional game.

Bawa Muniru, 6-11, 250, Durham (N.C.) Mt. Zion Academy – Muniru is the starting center at Mt. Zion this season, although we've been unable to track down his statistics thus far.

Christian Watford, 6-7, 215, Birmingham (Ala.) Shades Valley H.S. – Watford's goal of winning a state title came to an end Friday night when his second-ranked team was upset by Vestavia Hills 53-50 in the Northeast region final. Held to 10 points for the game's first 30 minutes, Watford scored seven in the game's final two minutes. But he missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left that would have tied the game, and Shades Valley's season ends with a 26-7 record. To get to that game, Shades Valley had to go overtime to beat Thompston H.S. 71-67 three nights earlier. Watford scored 33 points in that game, including nine in overtime. Watford finished the season averaging 25.9 points and 13.2 rebounds.

Other Notables:
Class of 2011 commit Matt Carlino scored 20 points to help Arizona Class 5A Division I No. 1 Highland H.S. (26-3) to an 84-68 win over Chandler in the Fiesta Tournament region final. The night before, Carlino scored a game-high 21 in a 64-45 win over Hamilton H.S. Highland is the top seed among the 16 teams that remain in the state tourney pool, and it opens its state title march Thursday against Corona Del Sol (15-10)…Class 3A No. 2 Washington (Ind.) H.S. got only nine points and two rebounds from Cody Zeller in a 35-33 win over No. 7 Southridge, but they were big points – Zeller scored five of his points in the final two minutes, including a conventional 3-point play with 38 seconds left to turn a 33-32 deficit into a 35-33 lead. Washington could have to face Southridge again soon in the sectionals. Washington opens sectional play against Heritage Hills, and could face Southridge in its home gym in the sectional final…New Albany (18-0) got a career-high 31 from junior Donnie Hale to lead it to a 72-61 win over Indianapolis Arlington Saturday. It was the 41st consecutive regular season win for New Albany, which is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A behind Bloomington South…Terre Haute North sophomore Justin Gant was held to nine points in a 62-52 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral Saturday. Cathedral improved to 18-2, while Gant's THSN squad dropped to 8-13…Broad Ripple H.S. freshman Ron Patterson scored 14 to help his team to an easy 88-51 win over Crispus Attacks Saturday night, and had 21 in a 20-point win over Tech H.S. on Friday to get his team (10-9) over the .500 mark overall. Broad Ripple faces Lawrence Central and Indianapolis Washington H.S. this week before opening sectional play against No. 3 Lawrence North on March 4…Indianapolis Pike sophomore Marquis Teague had 18 points and five assists to lead his team to a 60-49 win over Franklin Central. Purdue-bound forward Patrick Bade scored 28 points in the loss…Avon sophomore Kendall Griffin scored 16 points and freshman Austin Burgett added eight in Avon's 71-67 overtime win over McCutcheon H.S…Freshman D'Vauntes Smith Rivera scored 15 to help North Central to a 77-61 win over Center Grove. The fourth-ranked team in Class 4A, North Central is 19-1 and will face Cathedral March 3 in the first round of the Arlington sectional. What is looming is a potential match-up with No. 3 Lawrence North in the sectional finale…Chesterton H.S. sophomore Mitch McGeary had 11 points and 10 rebounds in a 50-44 loss to Munster.


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