<b>U.S.A –</b> Brandan Wright and Tyler Smith tangled again in Tennessee while Lakota East and West got it on in Cincinnati. Here are some brief from action Tuesday night.
In front of what local newspapers referred to as a celebrity laced crowd, No. 4 junior Brandan Wright and Top 50 senior Tyler Smith tangled again. The Giles County vs. Brentwood Academy tilts are almost folklore in the area and 6,000 people watched as Brentwood defeated Giles 67-62. Wright scored 18 points and Smith finished with a game-high 22. UNC's Roy Williams was in attendance, so was a Louisville staffer.
Arlington Country Day continued its backyard dominance and took command of its district with a 50-39 win over Providence in Jacksonville, Fla., Tuesday evening. Leading the way was 6-foot-5 senior power forward Sammie Hernandez who is headed to George Mason and scored 20 points.
He's like clockwork. Memphis Mitchell junior Thaddeus Young was at it again Tuesday night. In front of another big crowd of 2,500 Young went for 24 points in his team's 98-97 win.
I.C. Norcom roasted Wilson 114-53 Tuesday night in Tidewater action. Of course the No. 4 junior in America was at it again and Vernon Macklin scored 13 points in the first quarter. "Big Ticket" finished with 27 points.
D.J. Augustin had the stroke working early and raced out to 15 first half points. His total was enough to help Brother Martin get past Jesuit 56-31 in New Orleans. Augustin finished the game with 17 points. He's the No. 19 prospect in Scout.com's Class of 2006 rankings.
Southern Durham knocked off host Oxford Webb in Durham area action Tuesday night. Leading the way for Southern was sharp-shooting guard Tyree Graham. The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard came out red-hot making his first 5 shots and had 20 points in the first half. In the second, the 165-pounder didn't score but we saw enough to know he's a talented player. Plenty of schools are mailing him and he's got a chance to be a player as he gets stronger. A good sign is that last season he was 5-foot-8 and has grown 3 inches in the last year not to mention he's got size 13 sneakers. Time will tell, but he's one to watch!
A pair of big time sophomores tangled in Chicago on Tuesday and Julian, led by forward Nayal Koshwal, defeated Simeon and Derrick Rose (Scout.com No. 8) 74-65. Koshwal went for 18 points and 10 rebounds while Rose had 22. Julian has beaten Simeon twice this month.
Sherron Collins, a 5-foot-10 junior point guard out of Crane in Chicago, led his team past Austin 63-48. Crane Tech's 14th win of the year came courtesy of 25 points.
The boys from Lakota East and West got it on Tuesday night in Ohio. This time, Lakota East defeated its neighborhood rival 61-50 behind 22 points from junior guard James Dews. The East win took center stage over a career-high performance of Josh Chichester from West who scored 25 points.
Chris Douglas-Roberts' return to the hardwood was foiled by a tough Detroit King squad. Douglas-Roberts, playing in his first game since transferring from Cass Tech to Northwestern, had his shot blocked with a few seconds remaining in the game and King prevailed 50-48 behind 20 points from No. 23 junior Ramar Smith.
St. John Neumann-Maria Goretti is rolling. On Tuesday they defeated St. Joe's Prep in Philly. Leading the way was 6-foot-5 swingman Earl Pettis who knocked down 14 points. Derrick Rivera, another top notch junior had 13 and Reggie Redding, a junior wing from the Prep had a game-high 20.
N.C. State signee Ben McCauley had a big night and inched closer to a personal milestone. The 6-foot-8 McCauley is just 22 points shy of the 2,000 point mark after he dropped 35 points and 17 boards on Belle Vernon. His Yough team won the game 68-58.
Martell Webster and Seattle Prep improved to 13-0 in league play by virtue of its 56-54 win over rival O'Dea. Webster, who had a good day, scored 30 for the winners. Spencer Hawes, Scout.com's No. 10 junior, had 8 points and 11 rebounds. Stanford-bound guard Mitch Johnson led O'Dea with 22 points.