Day two of the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic featured match ups big and small,
but mostly showcased why this event has been happen four fourteen years now, and
why it'll go on for far more than fourteen to come.
** In the National division defending champ El Camino trailed Clovis West at halftime 55-43 but used the one/two attack of Gyno Pomare (30 pts) and James Daniels (22 pts), coupled with furious pressure on the Clovis backcourt to come back and win easily 84-69.
** In one of the more highly anticipated tilts Compton Dominguez squared off against De La Salle. DLS played the Dons dead even for three of the four quarters, but the 2nd period saw Dominguez, and sophomore guard Dezon Otis in particular, apply incredible pressure on the DLS guards and outscore the Spartans 20-8, and those 12 points would be the difference as Dominguez prevailed 69-57. The key for Dominguez was keeping DLS' Kyle Roemer in check as they held the talented forward to just nine points. Meanwhile the Dons had four players in double figures, led by junior Bryan Harvey with 23.
** Host Torrey Pines played the late game on their home floor but Flanagan took it to the host school, winning easily 67-35. The Falcons controlled the game from the opening tip, with senior forward Andre Beauford ripping the nets to the tune of 20 points while junior F/C Adrian Thomas finished with 16 including two thunderous dunks in the fourth frame.
** Bishop O'Dowd came to San Diego looking to prove they could play with the SoCal squads, but St. Anthony's of New Jersey isn't from SoCal and thus didn't care what kind of mission the Dragons were on. The junior on junior big man match up of St. Anthony's Barney Anderson and Bishop's Jesse Byrd proved a wash as both played tough defense and rebounded well. Unfortunately for the Dragons Byrd was the only one hitting the boards. Though Bishop shot better from the field, turned the ball over less, and hit their free throws, St. Anthony's dominated the glass, getting 24 second chance points in route to a 68-42 victory. Tommy Arnold came off the bench of Bishop and led the team with 9 points while senior sensation Otis Campbell led the Friars with 21.
** The two Arizona entries into this year's tournament both stayed winners as Dobson (Mesa, AZ) snuck past Palisades and their junior leader D'Andre Bell 63-60 in the Governor's Cup bracket despite Bell scoring 30 points. Meanwhile Salpointe (Tuscon, AZ) and their Texas Tech bound big man Damir Suljagic rolled over Rancho Buena Vista 73-46 in the American Bracket behind 26 for Suljagic and 22 (including 4 threes) for the aptly named Trey Clarkson
** University of San Diego High School guard Enrico Tucker was quicker, stronger and more skilled than any player on the court Saturday against Ocean View, and it showed as he put up 37 points in route to a 74-61 win. Though Tucker, who is headed to the Big 10 and Minnesota, dominated he wasn't the only D1 player on the court as Ocean View's Matt Sargeant (Ivy League bound after picking Princeton over Yale and Penn) dropped 27 including 5 for 9 shooting from behind the arc. After the game Sargeant said, "Our team defense just broke down. I've been playing against Enrico (Tucker) for years, and he's a great player. No one guy stops him, but five guys should be able to." When asked about his commitment to Princeton Sargeant said, "It's the best education you could possibly ask for, and it's a basketball system that fits me well, and I fit well into. I'm looking forward to it."
All teams take Sunday off to rest, but when things pick back up on Monday there will certainly be some games to look forward to. Among them.
Will St. Anthony, whose only weakness might be a lack of size in the middle, be able to handle big man Adrian Thomas and Flanagan?
Defending champs El Camino might need more than just Gyno Pomare against a tall and athletic Dominguez team coming off a confidence boosting win over De La Salle. If El Camino has hopes of repeating as champions they'll have to find an answer for the Dons' Bryan Harvey.
Rancho Bernardo's balanced scoring and strong inside game anchored by Zach Miller and Justin Kisner will provide the toughest test yet for Arizona's Dobson. Will Chris Taylor and Matt McConnell continue to show that the AZ boys deserve more respect on the national level?
Will 6'4" and rising freshman Chris McNay continue to make the scouts salivate as L.A.C.E.S matches up with Jordan?
The action picks up Monday and PrepCA.com will be there.