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Day 4 Predictions

Game 1: Edison 68 Cathedral 62

I don’t think Cathedral has anyone to stop Edison’s young guns on the perimeter. But I don’t think Edison has anyone to guard Frankie Eteuati. This one should be close, but I feel that Edison outside shooting (Batts, Walker) should be the difference in the end.

Game 2: SLO 52 Pioneer Valley 35

SLO has already beaten PV once this season. Joe Agbo and Josh James should be able to get points on the perimeter, while Sean Mullen cleans the glass inside. The Tigers should be able to sufficiently shut down Jordan Jones and the Panthers’ offense.

Game 3: Mission Prep vs. Campolindo

N/A – Conflict of Interest

Game 4: Washington Prep 70 Sylmar 60

Washington’s team speed is too much for Sylmar. The Michaelyn Scott show rolls on, and Washington’s guards should run Sylmar off the floor. Sylmar has enough size, with Alex Moreno and DeAndre Roberts, inside to get buckets. JB Walker and Earnest Cooper have enough toughness to bang inside with Sylmar, and enough speed on the offense end to create mismatches.

Game 5: Eldorado 59 St. Joseph’s 56

This one should be a great game. If Eldorado can break St. Joseph’s press, then I think the SunDevils will win it. Curtis Stewart and Ariel Bagget should be able to control the tempo, and I’m not sure St. Joseph’s can run with them. Nolan Adlesh and Jacob Cano will come to play, but we’ll see which Bebe Vargas shows up.

Game 6: Pasadena 66 Campbell Hall 63

Pasadena’s guards need to use their tenacity advantage over Campbell Hall’s young perimeter players. As long as they continue to play great team defense, and Shares, Toyma, and Bridges hit their shots, Pasadena should prevail. McBroom and Johnson always show up big for Campbell Hall. Should be a fun one.

Game 7: Rio Americano 60 Birmingham 57

Abe Leibovitz and Zach Nathanson lead a ruthlessly fundamental squad of Raiders against an athletic Birmingham squad. If Rio can contain Sahdi Odu inside, then they have the advantage on the perimeter with court savvy and jumpshooting. Excellent guard matchup in this one with Renee Reyes and Nathanson.

Game 8: Taft 75 Ballou 66

Bryce Jones vs Donte Thomas on the wing. DeAndre Daniels vs Marquis Gentry inside. Landon Drew vs Zalmico Harmon at the point. Spencer Dinwiddie vs Antwan Pitman. Great matchups all around. Taft’s defensive effort and impressive depth of talent is too much in the end.

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  1. mally
    December 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    How does the guard from birmingham patriots look? Derrick Carter from philadelphia

  2. mpchristmasclassic
    December 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    He had 7 points in the win over Campolindo, but was held scoreless vs St. Joseph’s. I’ll look out for him during today’s game and get back to you.

  3. Ben
    December 22, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    I appreciate your blogs…I can’t help but notice that Rio Americano has a chance to repeat, would back-to-back titles move them up a bracket? Or is by school size? Their backcourt is truly fun to watch….

  4. mpchristmasclassic
    December 22, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks Ben.

    Rio Americano does have a chance to repeat. Last year, their victory was almost shocking. I kinda felt like Fremont and Eldorado were the two best teams in the Elite Bracket last year, and Rio Americano was definitely help by the injury to Tony Freeland (ankle). But with that said, they are a great team with solid fundamentals. This year, as long as their somewhat undersized bigs play solid inside, I think they’ll win.

    The two brackets typically have to do with school size, although exceptions have been made (to the best of my knowledge). Rio would at least be competitive in this year’s National Bracket. I doubt they would get moved up for next year, and they lose plenty of seniors.

    And yes, their backcourt is really fun to watch. Abe is an old school type player with a nice shot. Nathanson really works hard. Three Rio players also used the “Dream Shake” ball fake move, popularized by Hakeem Olajuwan. Fun to watch, indeed.

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