Austin leads Arl. Grace Prep past Prestonwood
December, 16, 2011
By Travis L. Brown | ESPNDallas.com
LEWISVILLE, Texas -- Want a formula for ending a game against the No. 42 team in the nation?
Ask Arlington Grace Prep forward Isaiah Austin to whip one up.
The future Baylor Bear threw down two monstrous dunks on national TV to take back any momentum Julius Randle and Plano Prestonwood had gathered in a 79-64 Grace Prep win Friday night on ESPNU.
Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.com Isaiah Austin scored a game-high 18 points for Alrington Grace Prep against Prestonwood Christian.
Midway through the fourth quarter, Austin took an alley-oop dish from point guard Emmanuel Mudiay on a two-on-one and slammed it home to electrify a sold-out crowd at Lewisville High School.
“It gets you hype, especially when you make a big play and your fans go crazy," said Austin, who tied Mudiay with a game-high 18 points. "It’s a fun environment.”
Grace Prep started the game hot from outside, hitting four 3-pointers in the first half and numerous jumpers from distance.
Prestonwood’s man defense had to respect Grace Prep’s hot shooting, which opened up the lane for a constant flow of drives to the hole.
“They had to respect our jump shots,” Austin said. “We were just screening. All of our ball-handlers can drive and dish, so that’s what we did.”
It was a tough task against Randle, the No. 3 recruit for the class of 2013, and Kansas commit Zach Peters. Randle lead Prestonwood with 15 points.
Grace Prep finished the game with six 3-pointers, and Austin said his team didn't have any trouble ignoring the hype surrounding a nationally-televised game.
“We didn’t pay attention to it," Austin said. "We took every practice like a regular game. We just played our game.”