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Day 4: Tournament Championships!

Here we go with Day 4.

Game 1: Campbell Hall 71 vs. San Luis Obispo 60

The dynamic duo of Holiday (#11, pictured below) and Huff combined for 59 of the Vikings’ points in their battle against local product San Luis Obispo. Gritty guard Matt Moore had 14 points for the Tigers who were up after the 1st quarter but couldn’t hold off the potent offensive attack of Campbell Hall.

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Game 2: Dillard 51 vs. Washington Prep 40

Terrance Smith (#44, pictured below), once again, was the leading scorer for Dillard 14 points as the Panthers sped away from the Generals after a fairly even 1st quarter. Ralph Harvey Jr. led all scorers with 15 points for Washington Prep who finishes the tournament with four losses in four very competitive games.

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Game 3: Miramonte 53 vs. Bretnwood 52

In this consolation thriller, the Matadors were down by 10 points entering the 4th quarter but clawed their way all the way back in this one. Sophomore wing Joey Goodreault (#24, pictured below), 15 points, drilled a transition 15-footer along the baseline with 2.7 seconds left to put Miramonte ahead for good. Forward Kiran Shastri added 13 points (10-10 from the charity stripe) for the Matadors. Brentwood’s junior post player Leland King scored 20+ points for the 4th consecutive game at this year’s tournament, finishing with 24 today. The Eagles appeared to have a commanding lead for the majority of this game, but they couldn’t quite put Miramonte away. Quality looks at the basket and some timely turnovers keyed the Matadors’ comeback.

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Game 4: Righetti 58  vs. San Joaquin Memorial 56

Righetti had three scorers in double figures led by sweet-shooting two guard Hunter Walker (#23, pictured below) with 18 points. The Warriors packed their defense in against 7′ center Robert Upshaw and made enough shots down the stretch to claim this victory. SJM’s Upshaw still managed 21 big points along with several rebounds and blocks.

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Game 5: JW North 68 vs. Santa Clara 39 (Elite 3rd Place Game)

JW North outmuscled Santa Clara from the tip in this one. Sophomore guard DeShawn Taylor (#23, pictured below) piled up 18 points while big men Dorian Butler and Aaron Peck contributed 12 points apiece. Santa Clara couldn’t quite match up with the physical, athletic squad from Riverside as their leading scorer, DeAndre Jones, was held to 7 points. JW North claims 3rd place in the Elite Division.

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Game 6: Seattle Prep (WA) 53 vs. Desert Vista (AZ) 40 (National 3rd Place Game)

Post man Mitch Brewe (#21, pictured below) fought his way in the interior for 28 points and a handful of boards. Even thought star junior wing DJ Fenner did not play, Seattle Prep outplayed a very good Desert Vista squad. Multitalented forward Danny Powell had 15 points in defeat for the Thunder. Seattle Prep claims 3rd place in the National Division.

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Game 7: Cypress Bay (FL) 66 vs. Mission Prep 45 (Elite Division Final)

Cypress Bay’s Ben Antoine, the Elite Division MVP, showed up big with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Lightning-quick guard Shea Jones added 14 points and 4 assists. For the host Royals, wing Connor Woolpert had a great shooting night totaling 18 points while forward Zach Allmon finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Mission Prep could never recover after Cypress Bay caught fire from the field in the 2nd quarter. Cypress Bay wins the Elite Division crown.

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Game 8: Taft 58 vs. La Costa Canyon 52 (National Division Final)

LCC jumped out to a big 12-point halftime lead with a flurry of surprising fastbreak points. Taft ratcheted up the defensive intensity considerably in the 2nd half, closing up the halftime deficit in the blink of an eye. Quality free throw shooting down the stretch ensured Taft’s impressive comeback victory. The Mavericks’ super two guard Matt Shrigley battled against an incredibly athletic defense for 19 points while guard David Travers impressed with 13 points of his own. Forward Brandon Perry, the National Division MVP, was a beast inside for Taft with 16 points and 12 boards. Lanky swingman Anthony January led all scorers with 20 points tonight. He and Shrigley went head-to-head all night long.

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Analysis to come tomorrow. Check back then.

-Ray

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Day 3: Semifinal Games!

December 19, 2011 12 comments

Let the 3rd day of MPCC play begin.

Game 1: San Joaquin Memorial 40 vs. Dillard (FL) 37  (National Division Consolation)

SJM had the lead for the majority of this game, but Dillard refused to give in tying the game at 37 with under a minute left. Wing Royshown Snowden hit a game winning three for SJM as center Robert Upshaw and senior guard Kellen Hackett each had 9 points. Senior Forward Terrance Smith (#44, pictured below) continues to impress scoring 24 of Dillard’s 37 points in the loss.

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Game 2: Brentwood 73 vs. San Luis Obispo 67 (Elite Division Consolation)

Leland King (#32, pictured below), 31 points, and Tra Holder, 18 points, put on a show early for Brentwood. Great shooting from Chandler Torres, 21 points, and Scott Inman, 15 points, kept SLO close throughout but the Eagles made just a few more plays down the stretch. San Luis drained 11 three pointers in the contest, including five from hot hand of Torres.

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Game 3: Righetti 58 vs. Washington Prep 56 (National Division Consolation)

In this back and forth battle, Washington Prep held a small halftime lead over Righetti. But the Warriors exploded out of the locker room to not only take the lead but run away with a double digit advantage in the 4th quarter. Local talent Hunter Walker finished with 19 points to lead Righetti. Washington closed the gap in a hurry at the end of the game with a flurry of jumpers and some timely putbacks. After being recently cleared to play, wing Isaiah Hicks (#21, pictured below on defense) continues to improve as he piloted the Generals with 16 points in the loss.

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Game 4: Miramonte 83 vs. Campbell Hall 63 (Elite Division Consolation)

Miramonte stayed poised in the this foul-ridden battle and pulled away in the second half. CH’s Aaron Holiday made a run at the Christmas Classic single game scoring record with 39 points but it was a decidedly inefficient day from the field. He and Cole Huff combined for 54 of the Vikings’ 63 points. Not to be outdone, the Matadors had three double digit scorers led by Kiran Shastri (#21, pictured below) who poured in 36 points of his own. Senior forward Ross Anderson had 18 points.

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Game 5: Cypress Bay (FL) 48 vs. JW North 44 (Elite Division Semifinal)

Shea Jones (#1, pictured below) came to play in this one, totaling 21 points to help Cypress Bay hold off a hard charging JW North squad. Cypress Bay jumped out to an early lead behind some quality shooting and even better defense. JW North, led by sophomore guard DeShawn Taylor and his 13 points, came all the way back but couldn’t quite get over the hump against a gritty Florida team. Cypress Bay advances to the Elite Finals.

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Game 6: Taft 54 vs. Seattle Prep (WA) 46

Lanky Taft forward Anthony January (#34, pictured below) played his first game of the season after being cleared to play for the Toreadors. He didn’t disappoint coming up with 12 big points and providing some interior size to counter Seattle Prep’s frontcourt strength. Toreador guard Kris Yanku piled up 23 points while wing DJ Fenner led the Panthers in defeat with 13 points. Taft advances to the National Finals.

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Game 7: Mission Prep 65 vs. Santa Clara 56

Hometown star Zach Allmon (#23, pictured below) showed up big with 29 points and 23 rebounds. Point guard Andy Rowley also played well, adding 18 points of his own. Santa Clara spread the ball around on the offensive end and junior wing DeAndre Jones finished as the high scorer for them with 13 points. After being down 23-7 at the end of the first quarter, Santa Clara charged way back only to have Mission pull away once again in the latter part of the 2nd half. Mission Prep advances to the Elite Finals.

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Game 8: La Costa Canyon 63 vs. Desert Vista (AZ) 52

Matt Shrigley (#40, pictured below) had another sizzling game piling up 27 points as the Mavericks pulled away from one of the top teams in Arizona. Jeff Lowery, 14 points, and Danny Powell, 22 points, both fought hard as DV was able to tie it up late after being down throughout. La Costa Canyon turned on the jets at the very end to distance themselves on the scoreboard. LCC advances to play Taft in the National Finals.

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Day 2 Games: Bracket Play begins!

December 17, 2011 19 comments

Game 1: Desert Vista (AZ) 73 vs Santa Clara 63

Forward Danny Powell (#4, pictured below), who has committed to Eastern Washington, led the way for the Thunder with 20 points as they put together an impressive offensive display. Powell outmuscled the undersized Santa Clara post players inside while guard Jeff Lowery (10 points) controlled the tempo from his point guard spot. DeAndre Jones put 16 points in defeat for Santa Clara. This was the last challenge game before bracket play starts.

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Game 2: Cypress Bay 54 vs. San Luis Obispo 36 (Elite Division)

Junior forward Ben Antoine led all scorers with 14 points and senior guard Matt Edenburg had 12 points of his own. This game was very tight early on but the SLO went cold from the floor and fell behind late. Scott Inman had 1o points for SLO High in the loss. Cypress Bay moves on to the Winner’s bracket while SLO High will be in the Consolation bracket.

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Game 3: JW North 55 vs Brentwood 52 (Elite Division)

Brentwood big man Leland King (#32, pictured below) followed up his 20 point performance yesterday with 25 points in today’s outing. But, it wasn’t enough as JW North had three players in double figures, led by senior forward Aaron Peck who tallied 16 points. JW North moves on in the Winner’s bracket and will face Cypress Bay and Brentwood will match up with local team San Luis Obispo.

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Game 4: Desert Vista (AZ) 61 vs. Washington Prep 57 (National Division)

In Desert Vista’s second game of the day, forward Danny Powell had 21 tough points for the Thunder. Senior guard Jeff Lowery added 15 points of his own. Washington Prep was up early in this one, but Desert Vista stormed back to take the lead only to have Washington Prep tie it up in the final minute. In our first overtime game of the tournament, the Thunder outscored the Generals 8-4 in the extra period to pull away.  Isaish Hicks (#21, pictured below) had 22 points in defeat for Washington Prep. Desert Vista plays Monday in the Winner’s bracket while Washington Prep will play in the consolation bracket.

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Game 5: Seattle Prep (WA) 48 vs. Dillard (FL) 40 (National Division)

In the most physical game of the tournament thus far, Seattle Prep pulled it out in the 4th quarter. Forward Terrance Smith was the high scorer for Dillard with 21 points. With Staphon Blair in serious foul trouble throughout, Seattle Prep took advantage on the interior. USCB-commit Mitch Brewe tallied 11 points while wing DJ Fenner (#15, pictured below) led Seattle Prep with 22 points. Seattle Prep will play in the winner’s bracket Monday while Dillard move on to the consolation side.

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Game 6: Taft 52 vs. San Joaquin Memorial 44 (National Division)

Kris Yanku (#4, pictured below) went off with 25 points for Taft and fellow guard Steve Jones added 11 points of his own. Big man Robert Upshaw had 18 points for SJM, including a few thunderous dunks. But once again Taft’s team speed and defense was too much to overcome as the Toreadors downed SJM. Taft plays Seattle Prep (WA) Monday in the Winner’s bracket while SJM will face Dillard (FL).

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Game 7: Campbell Hall 45 vs. Santa Clara 48 (Elite Division)

Freshman sensation Aaron Holiday had 4 fouls before halftime and did not play in the 3rd quarter. He still finished with 12 points in limited time before fouling out. Nevada-commit Cole Huff (#1, pictured below) carried Campbell Hall with 25 points in the loss. DeAndre Jones shouldered the scoring load with 16 points for Santa Clara who had contributions from up and down the lineup in this 4th quarter comeback victory. Santa Clara moves on in the winner’s bracket while Campbell Hall enters consolation play.

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Game 8: Mission Prep 62 vs. Miramonte 42 (Elite Division)

Mission Prep came out firing on all cylinders on their home court as point guard Andy Rowley led the Royals with 18 points. Freshman Quinton Adlesh added 13 efficient points of his own, while dunk contest winner Zach Allmon followed with 12 points. In a losing effort, Miran Shastri poured in 23 points for the Matadors.

Game 9: La Costa Canyon 62 vs. Righetti 52 (National Division)

SDSU-commit Matt Shrigley looked impressive in putting up 17 points while guard David Travers added 10 points for the Mavericks. Righetti star Hunter Walker was also superb while totaling 21 points as he battled with Shrigley all game long. La Costa Canyon will face Desert Vista while Righetti plays Washington Prep next.

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Day 1 Games: Challenge Day

Here we go with Day 1 at the 2011 MPCC!

Game 1: Dillard (FL) 47 vs. JW North 33

Staphon Blair, committed to the University of Central Florida, led the way for Dillard with 16 points as the Panthers sprinted out to 24-9 halftime lead. Riverside-area school JW North kept pace in the 2nd half as DeShawn Taylor had 11 points, but they were never able to pull within reach. Senior forward Terrance Smith added 10 points for Dillard. JW North plays Brentwood at 12 pm tomorrow in the Elite Divsion bracket while Dillard plays Seattle Prep (WA) at 3 pm in the National Division bracket.

Game 2: La Costa Canyon 68 vs. Campbell Hall 51

SDSU-bound two guard Matt Shrigley (#40, pictured below) totaled 27 points for the Mavericks who ran away with a huge 2nd-quarter outscoring Campbell Hall by a score of 20-6. High-scoring freshman Aaron Holiday (younger brother of Justin and Jrue) and Nevada commit Cole Huff combined for 42 of the Vikings’ 51 points in the loss. Campbell Hall will play tomorrow at 6 pm against Santa Clara in the Elite Division bracket while La Costa Canyon will play vs local school Righetti High at 9:30 pm in the National Division bracket.

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Game 3: Taft 57 vs. Cypress Bay 47

Taft forward Brandon Perry (#42, pictured below), committed to CSUN, led all scorers with 25 points as the defending National Division Champions held off a feisty Cypress Bay squad. The Toreadors jumped out a quick 1st quarter lead but the Lightning refused to give in. Senior guard Matt Edenburg had 9 of his 14 total points in the 2nd quarter as Cypress Bay pulled it the game to a 26-24 halftime deficit. Junior forward Ben Antoine had 15 of his 17 points in the 2nd half as the Lightning continued to trade buckets with Taft. However, the Toreadors’ team speed and defense helped them pull away in the end. The point guard battle was fun to watch as Taft’s Steve Jones and Cypress Bay’s Shea Jones went at it all game long.

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Game 4: San Luis Obispo 58 vs. Washington Prep 52

After SLO High got out to an early 10-0 lead, Washington Prep picked up the pace considerably and pulled ahead as 11 different players scored for the Generals who had a 34-30 halftime advantage. The Tigers shot their way back into the game as Blake Shapazian had 13 points. Guard Matt Moore (#21, pictured below) put up 17 points including a fast break layup at the end and two free throws that iced it. Jihad Parker put up 14 points for Washington Prep in the loss. Washington Prep will play tomorrow at 1:30 pm vs. Desert Vista (AZ) in the National Division bracket while SLO High plays at 10:30 am vs. Cypress Bay (FL) in the Elite Division bracket.

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Game 5: Righetti 59 vs. Miramonte 50

Hunter Walker (#23, pictured below) led four Righetti scorers in double figures with 16 points as the Warriors held off the Matadors. Junior forward Kiran Shastri had 20 points in defeat for Miramonte. Righetti will play tomorrow at 9:30 pm vs. La Costa Canyon in the National Division bracket while Miramonte will play host Mission Prep at 7:45 pm in Elite Division bracket.

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Game 6: Brentwood 55 vs. CVC 41

Sophomore guard Tra Holder (#0, pictured below) put on a show for Brentwood. He totaled 22 points while junior forward Leland King added 20 of his own. Stanford-bound forward Grant VerHoeven was held 9 points in a losing effort for CVC. Brentwood plays tomorrow at 12 pm vs. JW North in the Elite Division bracket.

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Game 7: San Joaquin Memorial 49 vs. Mission Prep 38

SJM pulled away late after being down at halftime behind a powerful second half from KSU-bound 7′ center Robert Upshaw (#30, pictured below). Connor Woolpert tallied 13 points for the host Royals in the loss. Upshaw and Royshown Snowden had 15 and 14 points respectively for the Panthers who outmuscled Mission Prep in the 4th quarter.

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Mission Prep’s Zach Allmon took home the dunking crown, but professional dunker Myree Bowden stole the show. Check out Ballislife’s YouTube channel for highlights.

See you all tomorrow.

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Welcome Back to the 2011 MP Christmas Classic!

Happy Holidays to everyone as Challenge Day at the Classic kicks off from beautiful San Luis Obispo, CA.

Please check out mpchristmasclassic.com for Official Tournament Schedule and Brackets.

 

 

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