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Reporter Mike Sullivan has story on Morris twins and their play at IS8 today ...

SOUTH JAMAICA, N.Y. -- IS8 announcer Pete Edwards bellowed out several times, "The twins, headed to Kansas..."

Edwards, famous for his dry sense of humor while instructing players and coaches not to cry over foul calls, belted out this phrase a few times yesterday as Marcus and Markieff Morris helped the Unique All Stars to a playoff victory at IS8 yesterday.

"I don't get tired of hearing it," said Markieff with a smile after shaking the hands of his opponents, Mount Vernon High School. "You feel proud hearing it."

And then there was another phrase Kansas fans will love. "Twin to twin, back to twin, score it..."

The Morris twins work well together. No surprise there. And it's no shocker about the pride factor. Kansas is a traditional powerhouse with name recognition. And a National Championship this season certainly gives the twins something to shoot for when they are freshmen next season.

"It was exciting to watch," Marcus said of the title run. "It's going to be fun to play next season there. The fans have always been into the team and the game."

Markieff scored 16 points and Marcus added 15 in Torrel Harris' team's victory. The Unique All Stars compete in a playoff game this morning, the quarterfinal round. The head coach was very pleased to have more size and talent to surround his son, sophomore Tobias.

"It certainly helps our chances here to go far in the playoffs," Torrel Harris said.

His son, a highly regarded 2010 prospect from Long Island, New York, was equally satisfied. "It helps me where I'm not the only person that needs to score," Tobias said. "They are big and can score around the basket. It makes it easier."

The competition yesterday for the Morris twins was West Virginia recruit Kevin Jones, who managed to drop in 25 hard-earned points. Markieff did a nice job pushing Jones off his favorite spots near the basket, making Kevin's perimeter game a little less effective. Markieff also had a few blocks, suffocating any inside movment by the Mount Vernon guards.

"I just try to do anything I can to help the team win," Markieff said.

Today, his effort, along with his brother, was good enough to help his team advance. It's also likely Edwards' booming voice today at IS8 will deliver those beautiful words Jayhawk fans love to hear, "...headed to Kansas..."

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