NPS Day 2 Recap
Day two of the National Prep Showcase brought an equally entertaining day of excitement. Here’s a rundown of the action.
Fork Union 82 St. Thomas More 62
The script was flipped on Saturday as Fork Union recovered from a disappointing Friday loss to turn in a high level performance while STM couldn’t return to quite the same level they showed a day earlier. Kamau Stokes capped his huge weekend with 28 points, including 5-6 from three-point territory, and 5 assists while Khyri Thomas was equally efficient with 15 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor. E.J. Crawford was the bright spot for the Chancellors, scoring 16 points while knocking down all three of his attempts from downtown. Sterling Taplan added 12.
Notre Dame Prep 80 Fishburne Military 71
Notre Dame punctuated their big weekend with their second consecutive win. Jared Wilson-Frame was extremely assertive offensively, scoring 27 points on 20 shots from the field, while Patrick Welch and Jarrell Brantley finished in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively. Fishburne was led by Chris Shields’ 20 points while Jeremy Harris was impressive for the second consecutive day with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
NMH 100 Hargrave Military 76
The first-half was back and forth the entire way but NMH gradually pulled away in the second, even after Daquon Ervin went down with an injury, joining Josh Sharma and Jackson Donahue who were in street clothes all weekend long. Aaron Falzon couldn’t have been much more efficient with 28 points, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists while a variety of others stepped up as well. Ian Sistare had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists while Chris Sullivan matched those 20 points, hitting a number of big second half threes. Jashanti Allen also ran the show for 25 minutes, against constant full court pressure, without committing a single turnover. Hargrave got 22 points out of Danjel Purifoy and 11 from Tyrone Taylor.
Elev-8 85 New Hampton 79
In what was perhaps the best overall game of the day, Elev-8 held on for a narrow win over New Hampton. Kobe Eubanks was tremendous with 37 points including a perfect 13-13 from the free-throw line, many of which came in the last 45 seconds of the game. Caleb Tanner made a variety of big shots and finished with 17 points for Elev-8 as well. John Crosby led four New Hampton players in double figures with 24 (along with a team high 7 rebounds) while Eddie Ekiyor finished with 13, Tyler Lydon 11, and A.J. Turner 10.
Brewster Academy 81 St. John’s NW Military 64
The defending national champions proved their depth in their NPS opener. Joe Sherburne was a surprise star, scoring 14 points while going 4-4 from behind the three-point line and making seemingly every right play. David Crisp scored a team high 16 points on five three-pointers plus a free-throw while Jalen Adams had 14 points on just 7 shots while running the point. St. John’s was led by the three-headed monster of Ahmad Caver (22 points), Marquise Jackson (20 points), and Raymond Doby (17 points).
MMG Academy 66 Bridgton Academy 55
A battle of two legendary prep coaches in Chris Chaney and Whit Lesure brought back fond memories for many longtime prep basketball fans. This most recent round would go to Chaney as MMG road the back of Oregon State signee P.J. Bruce, who delivered 23 points. Simi Socks scored 14 points while Trey Foster had 11 points along with 8 boards from the guard spot.
IMG Academy 83 Lee Academy 72
The game went back and forth for the first 30 minutes until IMG looked to be pulling away down the stretch but Dusan Majstorovic had other ideas as he dropped deep three after deep three to make this one interesting, finishing with 27 points and seven three-pointers. Maine commit Ilija Stojiljkovic had 17 while Rudolfs Stradnieks added 14. JaQuan Lyle was a monster for IMG, going off for 35 points with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and two assists looking on.