Bullis School 63, Laurel 46 Germantown Academy 74, St. Edward 72 (OT) National Christian 79, Life Center 51 St. Augustine 57, Marlboro County 51 Parker 56, St. Lambert 47 Marriott Charter 52, Our Savior 43 Scotch Plains-Fanwood 65, Hillcrest 51 St. Benedict's 78, Heritage Christian 63 Laurinburg 57, Penn Charter 52 Mount Zion 70, Chester 59
Showcase Match Up: Caracter vs. White
Old vs. Young. East vs. South. Senior against sophomore. For a half, D.J. White and Derrick Caracter played each other to a virtual standstill in a game featuring two of the best prospects over 6-8 in the country. Each had 13 points at the break and the rebounding total was close. In fact, they scored against each other, rejected each other's shot and played well within the team concept.
In the second half, Caracter's team began to pull away and the nation's No. 2 sophomore went to work. After White recorded a pair of sweet, athletic tip-ins, Caracter exerted himself as well. On three occasions he showed his versatility with blow bys from the wing; twice getting a chance for "and one's." He's nimbly athletic and such an outstanding passer. In fact, it was his vision and overall contributions that set him apart in this one. He hit teammate Lance Thomas with a behind-the-back bounce pass that was right on the money to the cutter.
In the end, a pair of high school all-americans both showed why they are highly regarded, with Caracter taking the team win and individual battle. Caracter 19 points (7-14), 12 boards. White 15 points (7-13) and 8 rebounds.
Sean Singletary, PG, Penn Charter: You just knew Singletary would a better ballgame than his opener and he did. Singletary came out fired up and very intense, much like he did against Mount Zion during the Thanksgiving break. His play in the first half was the reason why PC held the halftime lead. He finished with 22 points.
Tello Palacios, F, Our Savior: He came out like a gangbuster to start the game as he accomplished much from the wings off a few drives. It's time to start thinking of him as a small forward on offense because he's successfully reworking his game, even though he's struggled somewhat from the perimeter in Delaware. Once, he went coast to coast and put it behind his back for a sweet layin. Finished with 19 and 9 in the loss.
Longar Longar, C, Laurinburg: 12 points and 11 rebounds against Penn Charter and he was a formidable presence inside. If he wasn't blocking a shot he was certainly altering attempts inside.
Alex Galindo, SF, St. Benedicts's: He's got a way about him. He's a legit 6-7 now and is smooth in a number of areas. He's got pace and feel and a beautiful stroke. The stats weren't that great, but they didn't need to be. UTEP has a gem.
J.R. Smith, SG, St. Benedict's: The cooler air in Delaware might have slowed him down because he was on a big time hot streak in Florida last week. He had 12 points but to be honest, the outcome was never in doubt and St. Benedict's shared the scoring column well.
Rob Kurz, PF, Penn Charter: The Notre Dame-bound senior fought against a huge Laurinburg frontline before getting into foul trouble late. The stat sheet had him with a game-high 19 rebounds to go with 18 points.
Deron Washington, SF, National Christian: The future Hokie got off to a fast start and raced out to a 15-point first half with his college coach in the stands. We've been waiting for him to take charge like he did in the first half against Life Center. He was active, made some jumpers and used his athleticism to get things accomplished. Finished with 19 and 13.
Ra'Sean Dickey, PF, Marlboro County: Things didn't begin well for Dickey as he scored just 2 points to go with 4 boards in the first half. He put it together in the second half and finished with 16 and 11 but MC fell to St. Augustine. There's so much talent there but all the pieces just haven't come together yet.
Richard Dorsey, PF, Laurinburg: His presence and athleticism were key in Laurinburg's comeback. Dorsey muscled his way to 10 points and 7 rebounds despite playing with foul trouble.
Anthony Farmer, SG, St. Augustine: The guy can flat out score. He hit up Marlboro County for 23 points on 9-14 shooting. The guy can get into the lane and make things happen.
Brian Grimes, F, Germantown Academy: He's had two good games in Lewes. He finished with 26 points and 8 rebounds in the overtime win.
Chris Roquemore, PF, Heritage Christian: As far as we're concerned, this was his signature performance. His presence inside was felt at both ends and his team made runs when he was in there. The sophomore showed a variety of things inside but really it was his determination and finishes inside that stood out the most. He had 20 and 10 in one of the best performances by an underclassman in the tournament.
Kevin Durant, SF, National Christian: After a very slow first half, Durant got it going late and demonstrated his talents. He's so long and athletic. He can play small forward on offense and guard a power forward at the other end. He's got big time tattooed on his forehead and can really fill out a stat sheet.
Cordell Pope, SG, Parker: Talk about an improved performer since last week! At the City of Palms, Pope struggled to find his shooting rhythm. On Sunday night, he couldn't have been much hotter as he went 5-for-6 from downtown for 20 points.
Lance Thomas, SF, Scotch Plains-Fanwood: For the second game in a row, he was impressive. This time he led the team in scoring with 21 and had 10 boards. It was a little struggle from the line for him again (9-for-17) but he's a high-major sophomore with a great presence on the floor.
AROUND THE GYM
LEWES, Del. – Wilcox Central's Mike Williams isn't playing at the Slam Dunk. He was injured prior to his team's departure. More on Williams and the latest news from the Slam Dunk.
News & Notes
Wilcox Central all-american Mike Williams did not make the trip to Lewes with his team. Apparently, Williams sprained an ankle prior to the team's departure and he's back home in a boot for the foreseeable future. The injury occurred in a game one day prior to the team's departure for Delaware. Right now, the Texas recruiting class is banged up with Lamarcus Aldridge's knee keeping him out of action. …
Virginia Tech's Seth Greenburg was the first head coach to appear at the tournament. Greenburg was scouting juniors and watching signee Deron Washington play. … Eugene Harvey, a sophomore with St. Benedict's is already hearing from Pittsburgh and Kansas; both have been in to see him. … Life Center's Aleks Maric did not play on Sunday due to injury. …
South Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech were in the building scouting Cassan Breeden, the 6-8 junior out of Marlboro County. … Thad Fitzpatrick of Indiana was in Florida last week watching Parker's Walter Sharpe. He turned up today in Delaware. Could IU be turning up the interest level with Sharpe? Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia were also here. …
Oklahoma assistant Jim Shaw was in the house watching Laurinburg's Longar Longar. The Sooners are also among the growing numbers who are trying to recruit Tello Palacios. … Albert Weber did not play for Mount Zion the other day because he missed a flight and couldn't get to the gym. …
Props to D.J. White. In his two trips to the Slam Dunk he's been in a pair of signature matchups. Last year he locked up with David Padgett in one of the all-time best the Slam has seen. This year he and Derrick Caracter gave the fans their money's worth. …
Germantown Academy's Ryan Ayers has a nice stroke from downtown (3-for-3 on Sunday). GA runs a lot of plays to get him looks and he'll penetrate and likes to kick. If he ever became comfortable pulling up in the lane he'd have another weapon. …
Our Savior 7-2 junior Kevin Mormin does something surprisingly well for a kid his size: he's a good passer. Whether it's from the high-post or out of a double-team, he'll find you if you're open. … Some have wondered about Derrick Caracter's athleticism. OK, so he's not an explosive, high-flying type. But, he does moves extremely well laterally and is quite light on his feet. He missed a 3, got his rebound while falling out of bounds and still managed to fire a laser pass to an open teammate on the wing for a jumper. …
Trent Morgan, a sub-six-footer out of St. Edward is a potential low-major guy. He can create shots, is left-handed and handles it. … Speaking of potential low-majors, Bullis forward Travis Lay has scored 25+ each time out here. … Life Center and National Christian combined to turn it over 59 times. … Jerome Habel of Marriott has the short hook shot down to a near science. …
Georgia Tech is one of the hardest-playing teams in America. Having said that, Ra'Sean Dickey's biggest challenge next season will be raising his intensity level to meet that of the Yellow Jackets. He and junior forward Cassan Breeden combined for just 3 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. … Before fouling out, Walter Sharpe went 1-for-6 for 5 points and 5 rebounds. …
In the final game of the evening, Mount Zion used a balance scoring attack to defeat Chester. Brandon Rush led the way with 14 points, Roy Bright had a dozen, Tracy Smith scored 11 and Albert Weber chipped in 10. Junior guard Devon McClendon had 24 for Chester. …
Props to Joe McCray of Laurinburg. Known for his shooting, the guard had a pair of tough drives for buckets against Penn Charter. …