Game 1: Fairfield Central 62 Ridge View 60
This one had a few marquee names coming in with Fairfield Central SG Mikel Trapp and Ridge View's Michael Green. Trapp is known for his shooting ability but had a pretty tough go of it on opening night. He went 5-15 overall from the floor and 3-10 from behind the arc to finish with 14 points. It was Trapp's last bucket, a three pointer at the buzzer that mattered the most as his game winner had the crowd going crazy.
One area where we did see an improvement was on the defensive end where he made 5 steals. We expect Trapp to be more comfortable his next game out and shoot it at a higher rate. Check out Trapp's profile on SCPrepNation.com to see some of his junior highlight video including some more game winners.
Ridge View's Michael Green has already verbally committed to Tennessee State University and the big man was very efficient on Friday night. Green didn't force the issue on the offensive end as much as we would have liked but he went 6-9 from the field scoring 12 points on the night. He made his presence known on the inside with 8 rebounds and 6 blocked shots however. Look for more of the same from Michael his next trip out on Monday morning.
The surprise thus far of the first day was Fairfield Central's Marquis Robinson who opened quite a few eyes. Robinson had his way inside to the tune of 24 points going 11-21 from the field and 2-2 from the charity stripe. Add the work he put in on the boards with 12 total and 4 of those coming on the offensive end and he had a nice buzz going for him on the first night. Robinson also had 3 blocked shots before fouling out late. Robinson appears to be in the 6'5 to 6'6 range but showed plenty of promise, heart, and determination on Friday night. We will continue to track Robinson moving forward along with his teammate Mikel Trapp.
Fairfield Central stands at 7-2 on the season while Ridge View dropped to 3-5 so far.
Game 2: Richland Northeast 63 Lower Richland 53
There was some intrigue in this one early as 2010 Tennessee State commit PF Malcolm Rhett transferred to Lower Richland this offseason from Richland Northeast. Facing his former team there were folks who were anxious to see how this one would unfold.
Rhett had a pretty solid night with 10 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots. He was 4-14 from the field and 2-2 from the free throw line but didn't have much effectiveness down the stretch as his former team pulled away for the win.
Lower Richland's Keith Johnson also had a nice showing with 15 points and 8 rebounds including 3-5 from behind the arc.
For RNE it was their balance that carried them to the victory. Jared Guest was a known commodity coming in and he's hearing from a number of schools currently. Guest would finish the night with 10 points and 5 blocked shots on 5-11 shooting. Coach Jason Powell's guard play was instrumental in their victory as Donald Tention and Ryan Quarles were highly efficient on opening night. Tention was 7-11 from the field and scored 16 points while Quarles was 5-10 and finished with 15 on the night.
RNE forward Travis Hammond also reached double figures for the Cavaliers with 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
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