Markieff had just finished an emotional game with his Huntington Warriors team, a physical contest with Team California. With just 2:48 remaining in the first half, Markeiff's twin brother Marcus, got tangled up with 6-foot-3 Team Cal guard Armon Johnson. A scuffle occurred and Marcus threw a backhanded that was more of a shove than a punch but landed squarely on Johnson's mouth causing it to bleed. Marcus was ejected and escorted from the building.
"Marcus and the other player were both tangled up. They were both pushing," said Markieff, "Marcus was just trying to push the guy away. He did not mean to hit him."
With Marcus gone, Markieff stepped up his game, scoring 16 points and pulling in 8 rebounds and blocking four shots, leading the Warriors to victory.
"Markieff played a very solid game today," said Warriors coach Gregory Wright, "even though they are twins, their games are pretty different. Markieff is the post guy, and he bangs it out with the best of them in the paint."
Marcus is more of a small forward. He handles the ball better than his brother and has a nice three point stroke. "People assume that Markeiff is a center and Marcus is a power forward because their size is similar," Wright said, "but Marcus is a pure three. He'll take the ball to the hole with authority but he will not mix it up inside like Markieff.
Rumors swirled around the press tables that the Morris twins were destined to go to school together around the Pennsylvania area, but the coach says not necessarily. "At first I think that may have been their goal. But over time, I think they are more and more interested in spreading their wings a little and playing outside Pennsylvania."
"We've been hearing from Kentucky," Markieff said, "They call us all the time. We have not yet scheduled a visit. I am not sure when we will do that or where exactly we will decide to visit, but it's very flattering to be offered scholarships by Kentucky. You know, there is a lot of tradition there. I think they need big players."
"Oklahoma has really been coming on strong," Markieff said when asked who had been pursuing them the hardest. "Also Indiana too."
Sean Evans, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Philadelphia and teammate of the Morris twins, was very impressive today as well, scoring 10 points in the final five minutes of the first half to help give the Warriors the lead. Evans finished with 18 points. "Sean has really been coming on," coach Wright said, "he has improved as much or more than anyone on the team. He is aggressive and strong – very tough around the basket."
Steffphon Pettigrew has continued his strong summer play for the Derek Smith All Star team. The 6-foot-5 Elizabethtown product seems to have improved his shooting since the Kingwood tournament in April. He also appears a little leaner.
Ty Profitt, the 6-foot-3 South Laurel High School product from London, Ky. Twisted an ankle Sunday and left for the rest of the game, a nice win for the All Stars. Coach Robert Van Hoose said, "I am not sure what the status is there, but is sure didn't look so good when he left." We will check for an update Monday.
Speaking of injuries, Michigan Mustang's Josh Southern also hurt his ankle, forcing him to sit out in the Sunday afternoon action, but he is expected to be back on the court on Monday.
Former UK Assistant coach and current head coach of Tennessee Tech, Mike Sutton, reached a recovery milestone by attending the adidas Super 64 Tournament. Coach Sutton appeared thinner and has still not regained all of his mobility, but was otherwise in great spirits. "I will be on the bench this season," Sutton said, "tell everyone back in Kentucky that their thoughts and prayers for me were very touching and very much appreciated." Will do coach. Good to see you back in action.