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December 23, 2008 4 comments

St. Joseph 48 Mission Hills 39

Jeremy Ford continues his high scoring output with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Grizzlies. Rodmer Lomboy paced the Knights with 13 points, and KJ Cusack added 11 points. The Knights take 7th place in the Elite Division, while Mission Hills finishes in the 8th place spot.

Kentwood 51 Los Osos 49

Kendall Williams had 20 points for Los Osos, who lost the game in the 4th quarter while being outscored 14-6. Josh Smith had 18 points for Kentwood and Tre Tyler added 10 of his own.  Kentwood takes 7th place in the National Division while Los Osos settles for 8th. 

Campolindo 64 Mission Prep 43

Robbie Souza had 20 points for Mission Prep but it wasn’t enough to overcome the team effort by Campolindo led by Chris Dyer and Kellen Ito. Campolindo captures 5th place in the Elite division and Mission Prep, who had tournament record of 2-3, takes 6th place.

Sylmar 71 Sheldon 61

Spartan forward Tyler Honeycutt had 14 points and 6 blocks, while guard Gary Hicks added 15 points of his own, to lead Sylmar.  Darius Nelson, Ramon Eaton, Marcus Jackson had 19, 17, and 11 points, respectively, for Sheldon. Honeycutt was the tourney leader in block shots. Sylmar takes 5th place in the national division, and Sheldon falls to the 6th spot.   

Taft 55 Campbell Hall 46

Campbell Hall’s Deuce Johnson had 13 points to lead the Vikings, but the team defense of Taft was too much to overcome. Toreador guard Michael Williams and forward Justin Hawkins each had 17 points. Taft finishes as the 3rd place team in the National division and Campbell Hall takes 4th.

El Dorado 86 LACES 43

Sean Butler had 23 points and was once again the high scorer for LACES. El Dorado guard Mitrell Clark had 17 points and forward Charles White added 15. With the blowout victory, El Dorado, who had 50 points at halftime, finishes in 3rd place in the Elite Division, while LACES ends up in 4th. 

Rio Americano 62 Fremont 46

Mardell Johnson exploded for 25 points and Kyle Odister added 16 to lead Rio Americano to the Elite Division Championship. Fremont star Tony Freeland did not play due to an ankle injury, and his presence was missed greatly. Ryan Smith had 14 points for the Pathfinders in the loss. The Raiders take home the 1st place trophy and Fremont finishes 2nd.

National Championship 

Bishop Montgomery 65 Bishop O’Connell 58

Minnesota signee Justin Cobbs put up 23 points to lead Bishop Montgomery to the National Championship. Guard Michael Panaggio added 16 in the win. Junior UNC commit Kendall Marshall had 19 in the loss. Senior wing David Eismeier had 10 points for the Knights, who were outscored by 7 in the final period. Montgomery wins the Championship, with Cobbs winning tournament MVP, while O’Connell has to settle for 2nd best.

Thanks to all who commented. I’ll have my personal analysis up later as well as personal awards.

 

Also I was pretty putrid today going 2-7 with predictions.

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Final Day Predictions

December 23, 2008 4 comments

Day 5 Predictions:

Disclaimer for all predictions: The views expressed in this blog does not necessarily represent the opinions of the directors of the MPCC. 

Elite 7th Place Game

St. Joseph’s vs Mission Hills

Grizzlies’ Jeremy Ford is just too big, strong, and skilled for anyone on St. Joes to handle. I expect him to have a big game in a bit of a sloppy win. Game will have plenty of turnovers, and Jacob Cano will probably lead the low-scoring Knights. Prediction: Mission Hills 59 St. Joseph’s 42

National 7th Place Game

Los Osos vs Kentwood

Kentwood should have the huge advantage inside if Josh Smith can stay out of foul trouble and Los Osos should have the advantage on the wings with Kendall Williams and Chinedu Amajoyi. Tre Tyler needs to step up and hit some big shots if Kentwood is to win here. I see too much of a more mature Kendall Williams here, with 20+ points and solid defense on Tre Tyler. Josh Smith plays limited time due to fouls. Prediction: Los Osos 61 Kentwood 49

Elite 5th Place Game

Mission Prep vs Campolindo 

*No Prediction, Conflict of Interest*

National 5th Place Game

Sylmar vs Sheldon

This should be a very interesting game. Darius Nelson and Marcus Jackson have been scoring machines for Sheldon. Jackson is a do-it-all guard who finds way to score the rock. Nelson is a big-bodied sophomore who has an arsenal of moves and a buttery jumper. They key for them is Ramon Eaton. Another long, lanky sophomore, if he can contribute on the offensive end I see them winning. Sylmar’s Gary Hicks really shoulders the scoring load while Tyler Honeycutt does everything else and keeps the team flowing. If Hicks shoots as he normally does and Honeycutt can increase his scoring output then Sylmar takes this game. Prediction: Sheldon 63 Sylmar 61

National 3rd Place Game 

Campbell Hall vs Taft

I think Michael Williams has really emerged as a top-flight scorer for Taft. Hawkins and Carter need to show the leadership that I know they have and rally this talented team to win this game after their heartbreaking double overtime loss to Bishop Montgomery. Campbell Hall needs to rebound after being shut down completely  by Bishop O’Connell. This is a big game for both squads. Keegan Hornbuckle brought his game to the BOC showdown, but he needs to have it again if they want to beat Taft. It’s really whichever team’s Big Three plays harder, McBroom, Hornbuckle, and Johnson or Williams, Hawkins, and Carter. Prediction: Taft 57 Campbell Hall 50

Elite 3rd Place Game

El Dorado vs LACES

El Dorado wins by double digits. I think LACES vs Mission Hills turned out to be a weak opening round which kind of skewed the brackets. LACES is very fast team, with some solid shooters, and a lot of hustle. I mean a lot of hustle, their coach demands it and they give all the effort. Sean Butler will be their top scorer once again. Mitrell Clark, a fast ballhandler and adept shooter, and Marcus Moreland, a dynamic wing with size, will be too much for LACES. Not to mention the Sundevils have a huge size advantage at nearly every spot on the floor. Prediction: El Dorado 67 LACES 48

Elite 1st Place Game

Fremont vs Rio Americano

In my mind this game pretty depends on the status of Tony Freeland’s ankle, which he injured when he was fouled on a breakaway dunk vs El Dorado. If he is playing at close to 100%, this game is Fremont’s. Josh Manning and Kelvin Smith are solid as is, but if Freeland is a go, it puts them over the top. Kyle Odister needs to show up huge and Mardell Johnson needs to be lights out shooting the ball if Rio Americano is to win this one. Prediction (w/ Freeland): Fremont 61 Rio Americano 50….Prediction (w/o Freeland): Fremont 57 Rio Americano 51

National 1st Place Game

Bishop O’Connell vs Bishop Montgomery

An impressive run by Montgomery to get here, but I see them being stopped by O’Connell. Montgomery has a lot of heart, speed, and shooters. But I don’t think it will be enough to get by O’Connell, who has a great inside presence with a few strong post players and smart guards, headed up by Kendall Marshall. The key for BOC is their defense, which I expect to once be top-notch although Justin Cobbs’ speed will provide problems. BOC can take the Tournament Championship Trophy back to Virginia, and Kendall Marshall can take home that MVP trophy too. Prediction: Bishop O’Connell 59 Bishop Montgomery 50

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Scouts at the Classic

December 22, 2008 2 comments

 

Ben Howland

Ben Howland

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Scouts at the Classic

Scouts at the Classic

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Day 4 Predictions

December 22, 2008 5 comments

Day 4 Predictions:

Disclaimer for all predictions: The views expressed in this blog does not necessarily represent the opinions of the directors of the MPCC. 

9:30 AM Game

Loser of Game #13 Sheldon vs. Loser of Game #15 Kentwood

Sheldon is very talented, with big bodies inside and athletes everywhere. Super sophomore Darius Nelson will have to go toe to toe with Kentwood big man Josh Smith. Kentwood may have that advantage but aside from stud guard Tre Tyler on the wing, they aren’t close to matching up with Sheldon anywhere else. Smith has to dominate and Tyler has to be on fire for Kentwood to win this one. But I just see too much depth from Sheldon, especially when Marcus Jackson continues to score. Prediction: Sheldon 71 Kentwood 62

11 AM Game

Loser of Game #10 Sylmar vs. Loser of Game #11 Los Osos

Los Osos has a very young roster with a studly junior class headed by elite scorer Kendall Williams and dynamic wing Chinedu Amajoyi. Sylmar’s stars are seniors, with Tyler Honeycutt doing a little bit of everything and Gary Hicks hitting the shots from outside. This one should be very close, but I expect Sylmar to prevail even though both teams are very wild and uptempo. Prediction: Sylmar 73 Los Osos 70

12:30 AM Game

Loser of Game #8 St. Joseph vs. Loser of Game #12 Campolindo

Jacob Cano and Zach Perron lead the charge for the Knights. Chris Dyer is the top player for Campolindo. Both teams have struggled thus far, but whoever can win the turnover battle should win this one. Both teams play very scrappy, and have streaky shooters so this one could go either way. Prediction: Campolindo 64 St. Joseph 61

2 PM Game

Winner of Game #8 El Dorado vs. Winner of Game #12 Fremont

Both of these teams beat up on weaker competitions in their 1st round games, so it is tough to tell what they are made of. The Sundevils have athletes across the board and a trio of superb scorers in Mitrell Clark, Marcus Moreland, and Charles White. Fremont is led by DePaul signee Tony Freeland, who is an athletic inside presence. Josh Manning is very adept at running the point and gets his points. Savion Udeh and Ryan Smith provide more depth for the Pathfinders, who I expect to prevail in the high-scoring affair. Prediction: Fremont 75 El Dorado 69

3:30 PM Game

Winner of Game #10 Bishop O’Connell vs. Winner of Game #11 Campbell Hall

Well Campbell Hall already made me look like a fool with my upset prediction. This is definitely a tougher matchup for them though. McBroom has to matchup with UNC commit Kendall Marshall, and James Johnson must go against a tandem of Kevin Jones and Larry Savage. Keegan Hornbuckle needs to show up big for Campbell Hall to win this one. Another tough game here and I think it comes down to whoever comes up bigger on the wing, O’Connell’s David Eismeier or Campbell’s Hornbuckle. Tough call, regardless Campbell Hall can take this blog and use it as some motivation again, but I gotta take Bishop O’Connell for now. Prediction: Bishop O’Connell 62 Campbell Hall 61

5 PM Game

Loser of Game #9 Mission Hills vs. Loser of Game #14 Mission Prep

*No prediction, Conflict of Interest*….but I will say that this is a rematch of last year’s Elite Division Title Game.

6:30 PM Game

Winner of Game #13 Taft vs. Winner of Game #15 Bishop Montgomery

Bishop Montgomery is fast and athletic, but Taft is fast and athletic and big and a defensive minded team. That’ll be the difference in this one, the focus on defense that Taft brings to the table every game. I think Terran Carter will straight up overpower Richard Solomon inside. Justin Cobbs, Brandon Bivens, and Chris Miller will be scorers on the outside for Montgomery but I think Justin Hawkins and Michael Williams will do plenty to countermand them. This will be a close one because of Montgomery’s speed and explosiveness. Cobbs could take over but I don’t see it happening, and Michael Williams is just too good a shooter from outside. Taft moves on to play Bishop O’Connell in the National Division Title Game. Prediction: Taft 74 Bishop Montgomery 63

8 PM Game

Winner of Game #9 LACES vs. Winner of Game #14 Rio Americano

LACES is small but fast, and hustles everywhere. Do-it-all guard Sean Butler makes this team click. With that said I don’t really expect this one to be too close. Too much Kyle Odister penetrating and too much Mardell Johnson shooting for LACES to beat Rio Americano in this one. Rio Americano will face Fremont in the Elite Title Game, although I feel like the two best teams in the Elite division are El Dorado and Fremont (earlier semifinal). Prediction: Rio Americano 68 LACES 60

So this leaves my National and Elite title games as Bishop O’Connell vs Taft and Fremont vs Rio Americano, respectively. 

This makes the 3rd place games, Campbell Hall vs Bishop Montgomery and LACES vs El Dorado.

 

Thanks guys see you tomorrow.

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Tournament Analysis

December 21, 2008 8 comments

Austin McBroom is special. He has amazing speed, quickness, great moves, and court vision. A bit of a funky jumper, but easily the team leader as a sophomore. Keegan Hornbuckle hasn’t impressed me but Deuce Johnson has looked good when he isn’t in foul trouble.

Kendall Williams may be the best shooter I’ve seen at this tournament….ever. He mans up and hits all the shots his team needs, but he and his coach need to get on the same page. A true scorer with a scorer’s mentality.

Justin Cobbs has a team full of incredible athletes. They all run and jump well. He looked good as a leader, doing whatever it takes, including hitting some big buckets driving in the paint.

Taft has incredible team speed. They are very well coached and able to anticipate on defense. Hawkins has looked like the most well-rounded player at the tourney, a very cerebral player. Michael Williams is money from deep. Terran Carter is menacing in the paint.

Ramon Eaton and Darius Nelson have all kinds of potential for Sheldon, and we’ll see more of them in the next two days. I was impressed with how that whole team just went after Taft.

Tony Freeland is a solid forward for Fremont and he should do well at DePaul….but he needs to work on his free-throw shooting. Kyle Odister is strong with ball and has a nice jumper but nothing spectacular so far. He teams lacks a real inside presence so we’ll see how he does.


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Day 3 Games

December 20, 2008 11 comments

El Dorado 84 St. Joseph’s 51

This game was 33-30 El Dorado with 2 minutes left in the 2nd quarter, then the Sundevils exploded finishing with a 30 point advantage from that point. El Dorado’s big three of Charles White, Mitrell Clark, and Marcus Moreland finished with 26, 24, and 19 respectively. St. Joe’s Zach Perron once again led the way with 15 points.

LACES 76 Mission Hills 72

Jeremy Ford and Hunter Moore of Mission Hills combined for 58 (38 and 20 respectively) of their team’s 72 points. Sean Butler has 25 points for LACES, and John Moore added 12 of his own. LACES had the lead for the majority of the game but with 5 minutes left in 4th Mission Hills took a lead only to have LACES reclaim it with under 2 minutes left. Jeremy Ford had 24 1st half points and was on track to break the Christmas Classic scoring record, but he fell off in the second half.

Bishop O’Connell 54 Sylmar 49 

A 1-point game at the end of the 3rd quarter, O’Connell’s discipline led to a 5 point victory. Devin Cole led the way with 13 points and Kendall Marshall (committed to UNC) added 11 points. Gary Ricks handled the scoring with a game-high 22 points and UCLA signee Tyler Honeycutt has 8 points, 8 boards, and 6 blocks. 

Campbell Hall 73 Los Osos 67

With the Grizzlies leading after the third,  the Vikings of Campbell Hall came back and won with an impressive 22 fourth quarter. James “Deuce” Johnson led Campbell Hall with 27 points, most of which came in the paint. Keegan Hornbuckle (committed to Colorado) added 14 points for the Vikings. Los Osos junior point guard Kendall Williams (UCLA) scored 26 points, only six coming in the second half, as he sat the last three minutes due to an altercation with his coach.

Fremont 64 Campolindo 23

The Pathfinders of Fremont had control all 32 minutes. DePaul signee Tony Freeland’s dominant performance inside and flamboyant dunks powered Fremont over Campolindo. Freeland finished with 18 points and 6 blocks. Chris Dyer led Campolindo with 8 points.

Taft 64 Sheldon 60 (OT)

Toreadors’ sharpshooter Michael Williams was deadly from deep with 22 points with 15 coming from three pointers. UNLV signee Justin Hawkins came up big with all 14 of his points coming after halftime and 7 in overtime. Marcus Jackson and Tramiane Moore had 20 and 15 points, respectively. Super sophomore Darius Nelson added 13 for Sheldon which shocked Taft early and stuck with them forcing the game into overtime on the last possession.

Rio Americano 60 Mission Prep 53

Mardell Johnson and Cal Poly signee Kyle Odister led the Raiders with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Robbie Souza had 18 for the host Royals, while Jerry Casey had 15 points. Mission pulled within 2 points twice during the 4th quarter but Rio Americano held them off with clutch free throw shooting.

Bishop Montgomery 57 Kentwood 48

Mike Panaggio and Justin Cobbs led the way for Montgomery with 15 points each. The #1 junior in the country Josh Smith was held to 10 points so wingman Tre Tyler led Kentwood with 20 points. After trading leads for the majority of the game, Montgomery pulled away in the final quarter.

Cody Terry of Taft won the Dunk Contest, but Tyler Honeycutt of Sylmar (committed to UCLA and the #29 Senior in the country) threw down the more impressive dunks in the Dunk-Off.

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Day 2 Games and Day 3 Predictions

Day 2 Games:

Los Osos 58 Mission Hills 50

Los Osos jumped out to a 35-17 halftime lead. But in the second half, Mission Hills fought back and put 25 points in the 4th quarter to pull within 8 at the end. Mission’s leading scorer Jeremy Ford had 19 of his 34 points in the 4th quarter. Kendall Williams, the UCLA-bound guard fresh off a 27 point performance last night, had 26 points for Los Osos, who played the majority of their bench players in the second half. 

Bishop Montgomery 92 LACES 52

The Knights, led by Minnesota recruit Justin Cobbs who initiated the offense, jumped out to a 24-9 1st quarter lead and never looked back. Montgomery had 5 players in double digits, led by Richard Solomon with 13 points. Sean Butler had 10 points for LACES.

Sylmar 70  St. Joseph’s 47

Interestingly enough, UCLA commit Tyler Honeycutt did not start and sat the entire 1st quarter for what would appear to be disciplinary reasons. The Spartans’ Gary Hicks leads all scorers with 15, and Honeycutt scored 12 points in about 2 quarters of action. Zach Perron led St. Joe’s with 10 points. Sylmar controlled the game with ease and took the opportunity to rest their starters for the 4th quarter.

Campbell Hall 72 Campolindo 54

Campbell Hall sophomore Austin McBroom led all scorers with 17 points and Colorado-bound senior Keegan Hornbuckle added 12. Kellen Ito and Chris Dyer had 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Campolindo who competed early on but couldn’t stay with the Vikings.

Taft 71 Mission Prep 28 

The Toreadors, the #43 team in the country, played a solid defensive game the entire night. Using their incredible team speed they were able to anticipate on defense and get easy fast-break buckets. UNLV recruit Justin Hawkins led all scorers with 13 points and CSU Northridge bound forward Terran Carter controlled the paint all night. Junior Kevin Laird led the host Royals with 10 points.

Day 3 Predictions:

Disclaimer for all predictions: The views expressed in this blog does not necessarily represent the opinions of the directors of the MPCC. 

El Dorado 74 St Joseph’s 47

Marcus Moreland, Charles White, Mitrell Clark will lead the scoring for the Sundevils. I expect them all to be over 15 points and use their team athleticism to beat the Knights in transition. Zach Perron will likely lead the scoring for the Knights inside with Jacob Cano doing some damage from the perimeter.

Mission Hills 70 LACES 60

With another team effort led by top scorer Jeremy Ford (projected: 30 points), I expect the Grizzlies to prevail over the Unicorns in part because of their size advantage. Sean Butler will run the show again for LACES but it will be a close game because I don’t expect the size differential to be as much of a factor. I just feel Mission Hills is a more disciplined team.

Bishop O’Connell 76 Sylmar 65

The Knights are the #47 team in the nation, led by UNC bound junior PG Kendall Marshall. They have already upset two other Top 50 teams this year. I expect this to be a good game early because both teams are filled with great athletes, but O’Connell will pull away in the end because of their discipline and team play, which UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt and his Sylmar squad can’t match.

Los Osos 68 Campbell Hall 66 (Upset)

Kendall Williams shows up big here with 30 points. Frankly I wasn’t overly impressed with Campbell Hall’s win last night and if Keegan Hornbuckle and Deuce Johnson don’t show up to play they will lose this one. McBroom will get his points but uses up plenty of shots. It’ll be a close one in my opinion.

Fremont 72 Campolindo 61

Campolindo impressed me with how they stuck with Campbell Hall and this game should be closer. But I still expect Tony Freeland to have a big game (15 points and 10 boards) for Fremont and pull away with this one.

Taft 77 Sheldon 65 (better game than most expect)

Powerhouse Taft will play an up and coming Sheldon team with a dynamic roster. I expect another well-rounded defensive effort from the Toreadors but they will have to shut down all the Huskies athletes led by super sophomore Darius Nelson. Sheldon does have a size advantage but Taft is so fast and physical that it wont matter. Taft’s Justin Hawkins will lead the team but Michael Williams will cash in from the outside again. 

Mission Prep vs Rio Americano (No Prediction, Conflict of Interest)

Kentwood 70 Bishop Montgomery 64

I really know nothing about Kentwood other than they may have the most dominant big man in the country. Bishop Montgomery has beat up on 2 much weaker opponents, so we’ll see what they are made of here.

Dunk Contest will be tomorrow around 10 pm

 

Peace.

 

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