National Prep Showcase Friday Recap
The first day of the National Prep Showcase brought a capacity crowd and over 50 division I college coaches. Here's a recap of the action:
St. Thomas More 71 Fork Union Military Academy 56
After a first half that went back and forth for the full 20 minutes, St. Thomas More was able to wear Fork Union down with their unrelenting full court pressure and ultimately pull away in the second half. Canadian native Duane Notice scored a game high 24 points while Cane Broome chipped in with a big 12 points on the bench for the Chancellors. Gave Levin provided an equally big spark on the interior with 10 points, while also drawing three different charges on the defensive end.
Hargrave Military Academy 89 Notre Dame Prep 79
Notre Dame opened strong out of the gates but Hargrave quickly took control of the game and held a slim advantage deep into the second half until Notre Dame cut the defecit to just two points with six minutes to play. Hargrave responded with a 9-0 that would ultimately prove to be the difference. Jaylen Brantley had a big showing for the Crusaders with 26 points on 6-9 shooting from behind the arc while Roger Moute a Bidias was all over the rim with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Future Louisville point guard Terry Rozier turned in a starring performance for Hargrave with 21 points while future Wake Forest swingman Greg McClinton added 24.
La Jolla 69 Bridgton Academy 62
A balanced Bridgton attack kept them within striking distance up until the very last moment but ultimately the emerging prep program from California was able to hang on. The Wolverine backcourt of Josh Irving and Keenan Williams showed well with Irving setting the tone on the defensive end while Williams handled the majority of the playmaking. Bridgton had four players finish in double figures with Dorrell Foster (15), Irving (13), Williams (11), and Andrew Guerrero (10), but La Jolla got 23 points out of sharpshooter Gokul Natesan to seal the victory.
Fishburne Military 64 Northfield Mount Hermon 59
Kuran Iverson and Zach Lewis returned to their home state to lead Fishburne Military School to their first ever win in the National Prep Showcase. After trailing for most of the came, Fishburne would chip away in the final minutes before putting the ball in Iverson’s hands. The six-foot-nine swingman got to the stripe to convert four free-throws in the final 45 seconds, before Lewis iced at the game with more at the stripe. The duo led their team in scoring with 19 and 13 respectively while NMH was led by Josh Hearlihy and Skyler White who both finished with 14 points. With Zena Edosomwan and Pete Miller out of the line-up with injury, Sem Kroon stepped up with 10 points.
Wilbraham & Monson 58 Putnam Science 57
In the most exciting game of the day, Goodluck Okonoboh scored with one second left to give Wilbraham & Monson a come from behind victory. Okonoboh started the game by dominating defensively, recording 8 blocked shots in the first half. Neverthless, PSA was still able to open up a double digit lead behind the shot-making of Jemal Mosley, who finished with a game high 23 points and Mairega Clarke, who finished with 13. The second half was all about Kamali Bey and Dayshon Smith as the two seniors were the offensive catalysts for their respective teams. Bey finished with a team high 15, while Smith scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime. Ultimately the game came down to a loose ball, which was recovered by Wilbraham & Monson, who were then able to find Okonoboh for a quick score in front of the rim.
Massanutten Military Academy 72 South Kent 64
Massanutten Military Academy scored a hard fought come-from-behind victory over a talent South Kent squad to cap an exciting day of action. Shane Rector led a balanced South Kent offense with 14 points while Zach Brown and Dusan Perovic both chipped in with 12 each. Reggie Agbeko finished with 8 points, but turned in a solid two-way performance inside the paint that intrigued a variety of college coaches. Kansas bound point guard Frank Mason led the way with 18 points and 9 assists while D.J. Foreman came up huge in the second half with three different three-point plays.