National Prep Showcase Day Two - Night Games
Play picks up at Costello Athletic Center
Nov. 18, 2007
By Van Coleman
CSTV & Hoopmasters.com
Van is one of the nation's premier recruiting experts.
The play on day two at the National Prep School Showcase really started to pick up both individually and team-wise at the
Saturday Night's Games:
Northfield Mt. Hermon, Mass. 74, Champlain,
The first game of the evening featured two squads with a number of young players as
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
In the second game of the evening session, the
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 Prep featured a balanced attack with six players in double figures led by
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.