Saturday Super Slamfest
Oak Hill 56, Highland Springs 55 Nansemond River 67, George Wythe 55 Montrose Christian 52, Benedictine 51 Notre Dame Academy 82, Meadowbrook 60 Varina 68, Salem 64 Miller School 70, Caroline 41 Collegiate 47, Tucker 32
J.R. Reynolds, SG, Oak Hill: He led the charge for Oak Hill with a team-high 16 points.
Jamar Fleming, PG, Highland Springs: The 6-0 guard scored a game-high 27 points and each was impressive. The little guy has a nice handle and an array of scoring moves. He was big time in the game for the Springers and it was a crime that with seconds left on the clock he wasn't able to get a touch for a game-winning attempt; his play in the contest earned him the right to fire away one last time but it didn't happen as a Springers reserve's shot went well off the mark.
Vern Hamilton, PG, Benedictine: The little guy played with tremendous heart. He got out of the gate quickly and hung 21 on Montrose in the first half. He seemed to tire in the second and scored just 4 in the final two periods. He did a great job of getting to the rim and scoring points. Likes to play in attack mode and use his speed.
Linas Kleiza, PF, Montrose Christian: One thing was certain; Benedictine couldn't handle Kleiza once he touched it. The problem Stu Vetter faced was keeping the Lithuanian in the game. He picked up 3 fouls early in the 2nd quarter and became a spectator. Bombale Osby's speed and quickness on the blocks caused a lot of the early fouls. He finished with just 12 points to go with a limited amount of playing time.
Gordon Johnson, F and Marcus Sikes, F, Notre Dame Academy: We talk about them in tandem because they seemed to both be successful on Saturday by chipping via a variety of ways. Both did some rebounding, stayed active and helped out. Johnson, the JMU-bound senior scored 20 points.
Rich Baker and Fred Robinson, Montrose Christian: The two were responsible for a game-winning play against Benedictine. Rich Baker acrobatically stole the inbounds pass and passed it ahead to a streaking Fred Robinson for the game-winner. This came after Benedictine's Vern Hamilton buried a free throw line jumper to give his team the 51-50 lead with 1:40 remaining.
Isaiah Swann, SG, Oak Hill: Swann probably would be willing to admit that he didn't have the greatest shooting night, but he made the money shot. With 1:19 remaining, Swann drilled a 3-pointer to give Oak Hill the 56-55 margin of victory. Highland Springs would turn it over two times in the final minute and then fight to get off a shot to win the game as Oak Hill held on. Swann, one of the nation's finest 2004 shooting guards, scored 10 points and had 7 big rebounds.
Marquie Cooke, PG, Nansemond River: Statistically, he's had better outings. However, down the stretch Cooke commanded the ball like a star player should, got himself to the line and made free throws; 6-for-6 down the stretch. He finished with 19 points (4-20 FG), 4 rebounds and 4 assists. So, how did he get the 19 points? Good question. He went an efficient 9-for-10 line overall but as we said, he was a man when it was on the line.
Tyree Evans, SG, George Wythe: It wasn't a good night for Evans, a noted shooter. Tyree scored just 9 points and went 2-for-13 from the field, including 0-for-6 from 3-point range. Good shooter, but not his evening.
Bambale Osby, PF, Benedictine: He was listed at 6-7, we thought he might be anywhere from 6-5 to 6-6. Regardless, he was able to get some things accomplished. For instance, he helped get Kleiza into foul trouble by using his speed and countering with strength inside. One observer likened him to VCU forward Johnny Story, an applicable comparison. Now, because of his height, he'll give up baskets like he did to Kleiza inside, but he's a bull on offense. He had 7 and 10 rebounds.
Donte Stith, PF, Salem: He's a mid-major deluxe. First of all, Stith put together a fine line against Varina. He scored 16, had 7 rebounds, 7 blocks and 3 assists. He loves to come out and challenge shots and use his length.
Devin Johnson, PG, Meadowbrook: He led his team with 17 points and for a freshman he's very poised, under control and can be a factor on offense. He dunks with ease and he's easy to like as a prospect. We understand he was going to pop into Chapel Hill for the Heels game on Sunday.
Off The Dribble
Oak Hill center Byron Joynes had a few shining moments in the first half of the Warriors game. For a couple of minutes, he played with intensity, got on the glass and made things happen. He wasn't able to sustain the energy throughout the game. … Notre Dame Academy shooting guard Joe Posey looks like a reliable option for coach Larry Culinane from 3-point range. … Oak Hill started power forward Jarvelle Scott but he didn't score. Reportedly, Mississippi is in tight with Scott. …
When Kleiza got into foul trouble, we thought Tunji Soroye and Michael Freeman really stepped in and did a nice job. Soroye was active, aggressive and blocked some shots. Freeman did some dirty work inside. … Linas Lekavicius, an American signee, led The Miller School with 25 points. … Varina's Brian Henderson recently committed to Old Dominion. The top asset he'll bring is his 3-point range. … Salem head coach Bill Cochrane has been patrolling the high school sidelines for 31 years! … Anthony Greene was key for Wythe as he scored a game-high 23 points in defeat. …
Colleges in Attendance:
Dave Odom, South Carolina; Thad Matta, Xavier, Dennis Wolff, Boston U.
Assistants: Norfolk State, Clemson, Old Dominion, James Madison, Richmond,