Lamarcus Aldridge: Game Report, Photo Gallery

DALLAS -- Despite a sizzling performance on perfect shooting by UNC target Lamarcus Aldridge, (11/11 fg and 4-4 from the free throw line), Dallas Seagoville (TX) fell, 71-64, to Dallas South Oak Cliff (TX) on Tuesday night in the Texas 4A regional quarterfinals. Seagoville ends their season at 26-7.

Aldridge had 26 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. All of the 6-10 post player's shots were from the five-to-seven-foot range as the lithe Lamarcus repeatedly finessed his way around the basket.

Facing a defense designed to stop Aldridge, Seagoville's guards had difficulty in reversing the ball and defeating the weak side help defense of South Oak Cliff. Aldridge managed nine points and six rebounds in the opening half, as South Oak Cliff built a nine point advantage going into the third period.

Seagoville began executing their offense early in the second half as the guards began feeding Aldridge in the post. Lamarcus had ten points in the quarter on 5-5 shooting as Seagoville pulled ahead 45-44 at 2:24 of the third period. A two-pointer by South Oak Cliff gave the Golden Bears a two point lead going into the final period, 53-51.

As the teams exchanged baskets in the fourth, Seagoville's last lead came on Aldridge's short jumper with 5:29 remaining in the game. South Oak Cliff closed the door despite two technical fouls in the quarter. A stall for the final 2:45 sealed the win for South Oak Cliff. Julius Hurd led the victors with 16 points.

Aldridge, only a sophomore, is already one of the Carolina staff's top targets and he proved again that the attention he is receiving is well-deserved. Added strength and weight added over the next two years, combined with his height, agility and strong fundamentals in the post, will bring him to the forefront of the class of 2004.

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