National Prep Showcase Day Two - Night Games

Play picks up at Costello Athletic Center

Nov. 18, 2007

By Van Coleman



Van Coleman

Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
E-mail here!

LOWELL, Mass. - The National Prep School Showcase continued at UMass-Lowell and Saturday night had some huge finishes...


The play on day two at the National Prep School Showcase really started to pick up both individually and team-wise at the Costello Athletic Center, but the night cap had a shocker to end the evening as Findlay Prep goes for 63 in the second half vs. South Kent.  With that in mind here's a look at last night's action at the National Prep School Showcase...




Saturday Night's Games:


Northfield Mt. Hermon, Mass. 74, Champlain, Ontario St. Lambert's 61


The first game of the evening featured two squads with a number of young players as Northfield, Mass. Mt. Hermon went up against Champlain St. Lambert's from Ontario, Canada.  It was a close game throughout the first half as Mount Hermon used a balanced attack to overcome an 11 point half by 6-foot-4 Randy Dezouvre to take a slim 28-27 lead at the intermission.


The second half was all Mount Hermon as they used an early 10-2 burst to open up a double digit lead then coasted to a 74-61 win over St. Lambert's behind 18 points from 6-foot-4 David Rufful.  He received solid support from 6-foot-5 Simon McCormick who added 14 points while 6-foot-5 junior Mike Marra added 13 points in the win.  St. Lambert's was led by Dezouvre with 16 points while 6-foot-1 Jason Rodney added 13 points and 6-foot-2 Niko Cochran chipped in with 12 points in the loss.


Patterson School, N.C. 84, New Hampton School, N.H. 60


In the second game of the evening session, the Patterson School jumped out to an early 11 point lead at 23-12 over the New Hampton School.  New Hampton was able to cut the lead to five, but Patterson, behind Darius Johnson-Odom, put on a late spurt in the first half to go into the locker up by a 43-32 score. Patterson was led by 6-foot-9 Freddy Asprilla, a Florida International signee, with 10 points and 8 boards. New Hampton's top gun in the opening stanza was 6-foot-5 Antiquawn Beckham who also had 10 points.


Patterson came out of the half on fire, ripping off a 23-4 run behind a smothering press that took New Hampton out of its rhythm and put the game out of reach 66-36 with 12 minutes to play.  New Hampton never managed a serious charge in the second half as Patterson went on to win an 84-60 decision.


Patterson was led by Asprilla with 14 points ands 11 boards, while 6-foot-2 Varez Ward and Johnson-Odom both chipped in with 11 points each.  All three saw limited action in the second half.  6-foot-6 Muo Mathiang and 6-foot Chris Kupetz added 9 each in the win.  New Hampton Prep was led by Rhode Island signee 6-foot-9 Orion Outerbridge with 17 points while Beckham chipped in with 16 points in the loss.


Bridgton Academy, Me. 74, Summit Prep, Calif. 66


This one was close early on as they were knotted at 10-all when Bridgton went on a 13-2 run to open up a double digit lead at 23-12 over Summit Prep just 11 minutes into the first stanza behind the leadership of 6-foot-2 Cardell McFarland.  Bridgton maintained a double digit lead throughout the rest of the half heading to the locker room up 38-26 over the California squad.  Bridgeton was led by McFarland with 10 points, while Bridgton Academy's top gun was 6-foot-6 Nigel Ajere.


The second half started with Bridgton expanding their lead to 25 points at 66-41 before Summit Prep caught its second wind and made a real run down the stretch.  Summit Prep closed the gap to five points at 69-64 with just over one minute to play, but missed a couple jumpers on key possessions and had to foul.  Bridgton made three free throws and got a bucket by Hamid Ford to ice it in the final seconds of the game.


Bridgton Academy was led by McFarland who finished with 17 points and handed out 4 assists.  He got solid support by his perimeter mates 6-foot-4 Isaiah Wallace and 6-foot Hamid Ford who chipped in 11 and 10 points respectively.  6-foot-3 wing men Elliott Jones and Stacy Waters both added 9 points each in the victory.


Summit Prep's top gun was Ajere who finished with 15 points, while 6-foot-7 Konner Veteto added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.  The inside play of Veteto sparked the late run that Summit made in the second half.


Findlay Prep, Nev. 93, South Kent, Conn. 67


This was a real matchup of prep school heavy weights with ten division one talents on the floor when the game started and through most of the game.  It was very close in the early going as South Kent broke open a 24-all tie with a 11-2 run to take a 35-26 lead with just one minute left in the first half.  But, in the last minute, Findlay Prep bounced back with two quick buckets to close to within five at 35-30 at the intermission.  That momentum shift at the end of the half was a precursor to things to come.


The second half started just like the first ended with Findlay Prep quickly tying the game at 40-all in just the first two minutes of action, but they were just getting started.  Led by 6-foot-7 Clarence Trent, 6-foot-2 Jorge Gutierrez, and sweet shooting Deividas Dulkys the Findlay Prep squad went on a 34-13 tear over the next ten minutes to open up a 74-53 lead.  In all, Findlay scored an amazing 63 points in the second half to win an impressive 93-67 victory over a talented South Kent squad.


Findlay Prep featured a balanced attack with six players in double figures led by Trent who finished with 22 points (16 in the second half), while Gutierrez added 14 points and Dulkys chipped in 13 points.  6-foot-9 Brice Mussamba finished with 11 points while 6-foot-6 Kentucky signee DeAndre Liggins and 6-foot-10 Chris Lopez added 10 points each in the win.


South Kent was led by 5-foot-8 Washington commitment Isaiah Thomas who finished the night with 27 points, but his teammates didn't join him on the offensive end as only 6-foot-7 Maryland commit Jin Soo Kim got into double figures with 10 points. 6-foot-2 soph Dion Waiters and 7-foot Assane Sene added 8 points each in the loss.


We will have coverage of Sunday's games and a look at the top performers from the weekend right here at Generation Next.