Stellar performances by Indiana signee Matt Roth and Top 100 juniors Jordan Prosser and Leslie McDonald
By Van Coleman
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The Friday evening games opened with a barnburner, then Matt Roth put on a shooting clinic in his home gym at Washington High.
Memphis, TN Briarcrest 46 - Eureka, IL 44
The first game of the evening was a game of spurts with Eureka jumping out to an early 11-3 lead as 6-foot-8 junior big man Jordan Prosser dominated around the hoop early.But, Briarcrest closed to within three at the buzzer on a long three by 6-foot-4 Leslie McDonald to only trail 15-12 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter opened with Briarcrest going on a 13-2 run to take a 25-17 lead as McDonald scored 10 points during that stretch.Eureka righted the ship in the late going to go into the locker room down just six at 27-21.
The second half started out all Eureka as Prosser and 6-foot-6 Jim Tharp combined for 10 points to lead a 14-2 run that put the Hornets up 35-29 with 2:40 to play in the third.Briarcrest answered with a time-out, reset the gears, and closed the quarter with a 7-2 run to only trail 37-36 at the end of three periods.
Eureka started the fourth quarter scoring five points to stretch their lead to 41-36 when they called a time-out with 6:19 to play.Briarcrest came out with a full court press that seemed to unnerve Eureka as the Hornets didn't score another bucket until just before the final gun as Leslie McDonald & his Briarcrest teammates came from behind once again to eek out a 46-44 decision.
Briarcrest's top gun was No. 17 ranked 2009 prospect Leslie McDonald, who finished with 19 points (13 in the first half).He received solid support from 6-foot-2 junior Gregg Wooten, who finished with 16 points, and 6-foot-7 junior Johnny Williams, who added eight points but also grabbed 10 boards.
Eureka's top gun was No. 74 ranked 2009 prospect Jordan Prosser, who ended the game with 19 points and 14 boards.Jim Tharp added 10 points and Jerrod Eigsti chipped in with 12 points in the loss.
Washington, IL 72 - Dothan, AL Northview 51
The night cap was close early on with Washington holding a slim 10-8 lead with 3:15 to play in the opening quarter when 6-foot-11 Xavier Gibson picked up his second foul and had to go to the bench.That lit a fire under 6-foot-3 Matt Roth, who would score 10 of the next 12 points as part of a 13-2 run that opened up a 25-16 first quarter advantage.
The second quarter saw both squads trade buckets early, as Northview was forced to bring Gibson back with 3:38 to play.His presence seemed to calm his teammates as they closed the gap to 35-31 at the half.
However, the second half opened with an impressive run by the home squad from Washington as they ran off a 19-4 advantage in the first six minutes, then traded buckets to end the third up 60-41.Roth and 6-foot-1 Dyricus Simms-Edwards lit up the Northview guards in the third stanza.The final period didn't see any serious challenge from Northview as Washington cruised to a 72-51 victory.
Washington was led by the sharpshooting Indiana signee Matt Roth, who finished with 30 points including 8 of 15 from beyond the arc.He got solid support from Dyricus Simms-Edwards, who added 16 points in the win.
Northview was led by Florida State pledge Xavier Gibson, who finished with 17 points, 9 boards, and 5 blocks.He received solid support from 6-foot Joe Coachman with 12 points and 6-foot-5 Anrico Bighems with 11 points in the loss.
Notes from the Pekin Gym:Richmond (VA) Benedictine, led by No. 10 ranked senior and North Carolina recruit Ed Davis, pulled away late in the third quarter to upend a solid Morton squad by a 64-42 margin.On Saturday morning, Benedictine plays Chicago Hales Franciscan, led by Oregon recruits Matt Humphreys and Josh Crittle.It should be a good one!