National Prep Showcase Sunday Recap
The National Prep Showcase wrapped up on Saturday at Albertus Magnus College with five more highly competitive games. Here’s a rundown of the action:
Brewster Academy 78 St. John’s NW Military 63
The game went back and forth for virtually the entire first half, but the Bobcats were ultimately able to open it up in the second as Chris McCullough showed his freakish athleticism and talent on a series of high level plays en route to a 19 point performance. Kyle Washington turned in an inspired performance on both ends of the floor, finishing with a double-double, while Elijah Macon added 11 more inside and Kevin Zabo got 13 from the point. New Hampshire bound forward John Edwards was huge down the stretch on the defensive end, coming up with consecutive blocks and a subsequent strip.
New Hampton 82 Lee Academy 62
Coming off their big win on Saturday over Hargrave Military Academy, New Hampton continued to be sharp on Sunday, opening up an early first half lead and keeping the advantage in double digits throughout the second half. Rashad Andrews and Charles Foster finished in double figures for Lee with 12 and 10 points respectively but this one was all New Hampton for all 40 minutes. Mike Leblanc had a big game for New Hampton, showing his typical prowess from behind the three-point line but also mixing in some timely dribble drives. Leblanc was one of six players to finish in double figures for the Huskies as Travis Jorgenson and Lincoln Davis both finished with 14, Noah Vonleh had 11, and Tory Miller and Anthony Pate each had 10.
Northfield Mount Hermon 102 La Jolla 85
With Zena Edosomwan and Pete Miller still out of the line-up with injury, Skyler White stepped up to pour in an NMH career high 27 points to lead a short-handed NMH over La Jolla Prep. Aaric Armstead was equally impressive for the California based squad, going for a game high 29 points on a series of athletic drives. Ultimately though, NMH would have too many weapons as Josh Hearlihy had his second consecutive big game with 22 points and Sam Donahue got hot with six three-pointers and 20 points. Also impressive for NMH was sophomore point guard Daquon Ervin who ran the show for most of the way, finishing with 10 points.
Kiski 94 Tilton 86
Kiski completed an improbable 2-0 record with a hard fought win over Tilton School. Kiski pushed the lead to as many as 20 but the Rams wouldn’t go away without a fight and came charging back in the second half to cut the lead to just six with a minute to play. Kansas bound senior Wayne Selden finished with a game high 33 points while Lee Messier caught fire from behind the three-point line, connecting down six long balls for a total of 23 points. Unsigned senior Chester Victor was also impressive with a 15 point performance. Kiski was led by Rashad Richardson with 23 points and Satchell Pierce with 18.
Wilbraham & Monson 60 Blair Academy 47
Offensive balance and defensive execution were the themes as Wilbraham knocked off a highly disciplined and well coached Blair squad in Sunday’s nightcap, limiting them to only 17 first half points. Mustapha Heron led the team in scoring with 14 points while also handling a good deal of the ball-handling responsibilities. Kerem Kanter and Kamali Bey added 10 each while Goodluck Okonoboh had 9 along with another dominant effort on the defensive end with his shot-blocking ability. Blair was led by 2014 swingman Marial Shayok, who went for 14 points while showing his obvious upside. Wilbraham & Monson finished the weekend with a 2-0 record.