Hickson finished as the game's leading scorer, totaling 29 points on 13-of-19 shooting from the field. He connected on 1-of-2 3-pointers and 2-of-4 from the free throw line. Hickson also added nine rebounds, a block, and a steal, but did record five turnovers.
Wheeler had advanced to the quarterfinals after beating Grant 94-84 in the tourney opener. Hickson tallied 32 points and 12 boards in that contest, and he is averaging 30.5 points and 10.5 boards in the tournament.
Through eight games, Hickson is now averaging 25.8 points and 14.6 boards.
With the loss Wheeler (6-2) falls to the losers bracket and will play Oregon City today at 5:30 p.m. (PST).
A consensus top 25 player, Hickson is rated the No. 3 center prospect in the country by Scout.com. The network has also tabbed him a five-star prospect and the No. 21 player overall in the class of 2007. He is expected to be a McDonald's All-American this spring.
Other top teams and players in the tournament include: No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Julian Vaughn: FSU, Nolan Smith: Duke, Alex Legion: Michigan, Brandon Jennings: USC), Lake Oswego (Kevin Love: UCLA), and South Medford (Kyle Singler: Duke).