A showdown a prep powers, U-High's Glen Davis scored 22 points ungunning Episcopal's David Gomez, who scored 19, as the Cubs ran past EHS 60-46 in a batlle of Class 2A's top two squads. Davis, along with teammate Garrett Temple, are headed to LSU while Gomez has signed with Tulane.
Gomez is a tenacious defender, huge blocked shot early on…. Garrett Temple much more physical than expected, good ball handler, maybe a bit better than brother CT3 …. Shawn Bridgewater not much of a scorer, very physical, great defender… Davis runs the floor pretty well, slow sometimes down the floor, good ball skills, missed some easy shots, banged an elbow early, affected shot, AIRBALL, crowd really on him….. Gomez big three-pointer, nice shot and form, outstanding player….. U-High much more athletic than Episcopal, but Gomez makes up for what EHS lacks… U-High more a gang of athletes than basketball players….. Collis and Elliot Temple courtside along with Brad Bridgewater, Collis Temple Jr. sitting with Brady courtside seats… plus Tasmin Mitchell… Davis quick first step under goal, just struggle making easy shots (layups)…. Slow scoring, 9-9 end of first quarter, sloppy play, but great athleticism on both sides.
Bridgewater very physical inside, gets good positioning in the paint…. Gomez soft touch from the three, so far, best player on the floor, why is this guy going to Tulane…. Temple nice steal over the middle, brings both Collis and Elliot to their feet…. Gomez goes air, U-High fans return fire… Temple clutch three after Davis steal at midcourt, brings congratulations from bro Collis…. 24-15…. Davis, quick to the basket, goes left hand in front of Gomez for a finger roll…. Sweet…U-High 28, Episcopal 19 Half
Gomez great free throw stroke for a big man, looks like he's 6-5, but measures 6-7….. Blown attempt at an ally-oop dunk for Davis, bangs off backboard, a moment of excitement fizzles with a charging foul instead….. Big dunk, one-handed slam by Anwar Johnson, a rather smallish guard that threw it down from out of nowhere, accelerated past defender for the jam to rousing applause….. Gomez strong to the hole around Bridgewater only to have ball swatted away by Davis…. U-High 34, Episcopal 23.. Bridgewater packs Gomez's three-point attempt, very impressive, runs the floor only to have dunk attempt hacked away by Gomez, a hard foul pushing Bridgewater into the goal, Bridgewater makes one of two free throws…. Temple a long-range bomb, Collis now gone, but Elliot and Brad raise arms in celebration…. Gomez powers past Bridgewater and Davis for a nice, strong layup, pace is picking up, U-High 40, Episcopal 29…. Anthony Kimball, a Stanford football signee at wide receiver, running one-hander, no foul call but basket good, U-High up 44-29, looking like it is heading to a lopsided rout…. End of third quarter.
Holy cow, the entertainment between the quarters is, well, something!…. a young man dressed in all black, just re-waxed the PMAC floor with some rather shifty dance steps…. That's robotic… Kimball opens fourth quarter with a high-arching trey… this one headed to the books, U-High 47-29…. Episcopal goes to the press, U-High breaks through it, but passes bounds over Bridgewater's head out of bounds, 47-33…. Gomez cuts it to 11 with another three-pointer, 47-36, he can go inside and out, again why is this guy going to wear SKY BLUE AND GREEN…… Davis appears to tire midway through the fourth, fails to complete three-point play baning free throw off front rim….. Kimball is sooooo athletic grabbing a steal and takes defender one-on-one to the hole….. 51-36….. No matter how long its been since I was in high school, the cheers never seem to change, R-E-R-E-B-R-E-B-O-U-N-D… REBOUND!!! I find myself mouthing the words….. U-High by a dozen with 3:30 left to play, oops make it 14, a slightly winded Davis busts through the middle for a quick finger roll…. U-High 55-41… They might be getting creamed, but Gomez brings Episcopal fans to their feet, grabbing a ricocheting ball and throws it down with two hands…. Someone says it ain't over yet, but, yep, it is….. Again, EHS presses, again U-High breaks it and spreads the floor, it will come down to free throw shooting…. Temple makes the first – and the second…. 57-43… Episcopal's Gomez gets the steal to cut it to 10, but a turnover follows, it's all over but the obligatory fouls…. A brief sit-down with coach John Brady, seems very happy with what he sees…. Davis scores with under 30 seconds left 60-46 U-High. Put this one in the books….. It's a final… U-High 60, Episcopal 46.