National Prep Showcase Saturday Recap
The action was fast and furious throughout the day as a crowded gym was treated to seven highly competitive and hard fought games. Here’s a rundown of the action:
Bridgton Academy 57 Fork Union 52
In a battle between two of the oldest and most historic prep programs on the east coast, Bridgton was able to outlast their counterparts from Virginia. Evan Orzolek stood out in an otherwise balanced Wolverine attack, connecting on four long balls and finishing with a team high 18 points. But ultimately, defense would be the key to this game as Fork Union would find their normally potent motion offense stifled in the second half.
St. Thomas More 85 Fishburne Military 76
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, St. Thomas More and Fishburne traded blows for all 40 minutes before Kuran Iverson would drill a step-back three-pointer to force overtime. Iverson and Zach Lewis, again combined to lead the way for Fishburne from start to finish, ending with 24 and 18 points respectively, including one highlight alley-oop that delighted the local crowd. Duane Notice put up his second consecutive big performance for STM, finishing with 21 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor while Gabe Levin was huge with 20 points of his own. Marquis Moore came alive late, sparking the Chancellor offense in the extra period, as they pulled away once and for all in the final moments.
Massanutten Military 85 Notre Dame Prep 76
Jaylen Brantley was, once again, the offensive catalyst, going for 21 points on 9 of 13 shooting from the floor while knocking down 3 of his 6 attempts from behind the three-point line. Jarvis Garrett provided an equally effective running mate in the backcourt with 14 points on 6-7 shooting from the floor while Roger Moute a Bidias and Matthew Atewe showed well on the interior with 12 and 10 points respectively. Ultimately though, the story of this game was Massanutten guard DeAndre Burnett, who put up 40 points on an incredible shooting performance, going 16-19 from the floor.
New Hampton 74 Hargrave Military Academy 73
The future Louisville backcourt of Anton Gill and Terry Rozier combined for 49 points, but Noah Vonleh was the story of this game. The recent Indiana pledge dominated the paint to the tune of 27 points and 18 rebounds, and absolutely took control of the game in the final moments, ripping off every major rebound and following his own misses around the rim. While Vonleh dominated the paint, New Hampton’s backcourt of Travis Jorgenson and Lincoln Davis more than held their own, finishing with 13 and 12 points respectively. Ultimately, the game was decided in an appropriate manner as Vonleh ripped the final rebound off the rim to secure the victory.
Lee Academy 73 St. John’s NW Military 65
In the game’s most physical battle which could be most accurately described as a slugfest between two hard-nosed squads, Lee was able to hold on down the stretch. With Kiefer Douse sidelined by injury, unsigned guard Charles Foster stepped up with a game high 25 points while Stefan Zecevic and Marcos Oliveira both made steady contributions on the perimeter. Mohamed Bah had a lively game inside the paint for Lee while Marc Seylan finished with a team high 16 for St. John’s.
Kiski 79 Brewster 77
In a surprising upset, Kiski School came back from a double digit first half deficit to score a dramatic late game victory. The Bobcats had their typical offensive balance with five players finishing in double figures. Chris McCullough led the way with 17 points while Kevin Zabo had 12, Robert Champion had 11, and Jared Terrell and Martez Harrison both finished 10. Kiski’s Rashad Richardson stole the show though, finishing with a game high 29 points while Satchel Prince, Major Canady, and Daniel Camps also finished in double figures.
South Kent 96 Vermont Academy 90 (OT)
Vermont Academy came out of the gate strong, building up a quick lead, but South Kent would answer the call to build up an 18 point lead late in the first. The Wildcats would come out of the locker room with renewed intensity, and chip away at the deficit until they tied the game in the final moments. Shane Rector scored a go ahead bucket with 30 seconds left only to see Marcel Owens tie the game with a tip-in after a Daquein McNeil steal. Overtime would see South Kent eventually pull away as Rector finished with 28 points and Reggie Agbeko would finish with his second consecutive big performance in the paint with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Dusan Perovic would finish with 17 and Kamall Richards 15, including a number of big shots. McNeil was the story for Vermont, finishing with a game high 31 points while Dimitri Floras had 22 and Richard Williams 21.