HM Prep Classic Day 3 Recap
Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, Boston College head coach Steve Donahue, Providence head coach Ed Cooley, and Butler head coach Brad Stevens headlined a group of college coaches on hand for the third and final day of the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic. Here’s a recap of the action:
Lee Academy 79 Mont Clare 66
Coming off their run-away victory on Saturday morning, Lee Academy completed their perfect weekend with another convincing win, this time coming against Mont Clare. Charles Foster continued to lead the way offensively, turning in his third consecutive strong offensive outing with 19 points. Vermont bound point guard Kiefer Douse contributed 11 of his own while Rashad Andrews and Felipe Teixeira slashed their way to 13 and 11 points respectively.
New Hampton 60 Vermont Academy 58
Vermont Academy came out of the gates ready to go and opened up a double digit first half lead that they would maintain until mid-way through the second half. Travis Jorgenson would step up to lead the New Hampton run, playing his best basketball down the stretch of an exciting and dramatic game, while Noah Vonleh would make a variety of little plays along the way. Jorgenson and Vonleh would finish with 22 and 17 respectively while FIU bound guard Daquein McNeil would put on an offensive show with a 27 point performance. Ultimately, the game came down to the final possession when a Dimitri Floras (10 points) three-point attempt went half way down before popping back out.
Brewster Academy 84 Worcester 82
After the thrilling finale of the New Hampton and Vermont Academy game, it was only fitting that Brewster and Worcester delivered an equally entertaining 40 minute battle. Brewster opened the game with a commanding run as Chris McCullough flew above the rim and Ron Patterson got going early. Worcester would come right back as their interior tandem of Matt Cimino and Thomas Rivard would both turn in strong first half performances. Rene Castro was the story in the second, showing his full arsenal of offensive skills en route to a 32 point performance. Ultimately, this game too would come down to one final shot too and that belonged to Kevin Zabo who drilled an elbow pull-up with 0.8 seconds on the clock to give Brewster the win. McCullough would finish with 17, Patterson 16, and Zabo 10 while Kyle Washington added 11 points along with a number of blocks and rebounds.
Tilton 89 Bridgton 74
Bridgton spread the ball around to open up a double digit first half lead but Tilton would come storming back in the second. Wayne Selden showed a versatile floor game, not only putting up a game high 27 points but also going hard to the glass, finding his teammates with his passing ability, and doing a nice job of leading his young squad. Lee Messier put up 15 points in his return to his home state while Chester Victor continued to show well with a number of smooth jumpers and 14 points. Andrew Guerrero had his best game yet for Bridgton, mixing in some sneaky drives to match his marksmanship from downtown for a team high 21 points. Massachusetts native Chris Lee had his best game yet in the prep ranks, scoring 17 points and showing renewed aggressiveness on the glass.
Cushing Academy 61 Wilbraham & Monson 41
Rhode Island native Andrew Chrabascz played 32 minutes of inspired basketball while the backcourt tandem of Kaleb Joseph and Jalen Adams both made a series of big plays to lead Cushing to the win. With his future head coach at Butler, Brad Stevens, looking on, Chrabascz seemed to relish the challenge of playing against Wilbraham’s highly touted frontline. The Rhode Island native showed some fancy footwork to score 18 points going over both shoulders while pulling down a number of rebounds. Joseph matched the 18 point output while acting as the primary facilitator in the backcourt and Adams added 15 of his own. Wilbraham & Monson was led by Kerem Kanter who showed his intriguing inside-out skill set to finish with 15 points while freshman phenom Mustapha Heron added 13 points on a series of outside jumpers and tough pull-ups.
St. Andrew’s 77 Salisbury 73
The home team came out with a burst of momentum in order to build up a commanding first half lead, but a resilient Salisbury team refused to give in and fought all the way back to make it a one possession game in the final minute of regulation. Tom Hunt was the story for St. Andrew’s in the first half, scoring 16 of his 18 points, while Bonzie Colson would take over in the second, scored 11 of his 17 points after halftime including the go-ahead bucket with 7 seconds left in the game. Salisbury junior guard K.J. Lee relentlessly attacked the rim for 16 points while fellow junior Mackenzie Morrison had an equally impressive debut with 16 points of his own including a number of big threes in the second half. Fellow newcomers Evan Hole and Isaiah Robinson also impressed in their Salisbury debuts with 13 and 11 points respectively.
Putnam Science 87 Notre Dame Prep 64
Putnam Science Academy capped the 2012 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic by delivering a surprising upset on Sunday night. Once again it was the backcourt duo of Dayshon Smith and Jemal Mosley who led the way for PSA. Smith went for 23 along with a handful of assists coming off his dribble drives while Mosley continued to score in high volume with a 25 point performance. Jonte Rutty provided a huge spark from behind the three-point line, going six of seven from long range to finish with 20 points of his own. Jarrel Marshall led Notre Dame with 15 points one night after starring with their second team, while Roger Moute a Bidias and Jamel Artis both had 11.