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Inside the FAB 50: Scaling new Heights

2/15/2012

There’s been documented high school basketball games in Kansas for 101 years, and one of the state’s most hallowed records fell Tuesday night after POWERADE FAB 50 No. 10 Heights (Wichita, Kan.) defeated Bishop Carroll (Wichita, Kan.) 54-42.

With McDonald’s All-American and Kansas signee Perry Ellis scoring 19 points and pulling down 13 rebounds, Heights won its 60th straight game to break the previous state mark of 59 set in 1994 by Moundridge.

Ellis and teammate Terrence Moore have been involved in all of the 60 wins.

Coach Joe Auer’s team will now focus on trying to extend another streak by winning a fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship.

Winning streak notes on other FAB 50 teams

1. The 39-game win streak by No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.), which includes Monday's 75-69 victory over Quality Education (Winston-Salem, N.C.), is not a school record. The Warrior school record of 65 in a row was set from 2000-02, including a 33-0 mark by the 2001 national title team.

2. The 53-game win streak by No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) is not a school record, either. The Friars won 65 in a row from 1995-97, including a 31-0 mark in 1996 when they were crowned national champ. Both marks are far short of the state and national record of 159 consecutive wins posted by Passaic (N.J.) from 1919-25.

3. The 48-game win streak by No. 4 Chester (Pa.) is a school record, but is still 20 wins shy of the state mark of 68 posted by West Philadelphia (Pa.) from 1976-78. That included the 30-0 record that the 1977 team piled up on its way to being a mythical national champion.

McDonald's All-Americans lead FAB 50 teams

Nine FAB 50-ranked teams are anchored by McDonald's All-American Game selections.

No. 1 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) -- Tyler Lewis, a 5-foot-11 point guard and North Carolina State recruit.

No. 2 Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) -- Brandon Ashley, a 6-foot-9 power forward and Arizona recruit plus Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-7 uncommitted wing forward.

No. 3 St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) -- Kyle Anderson, a 6-foot-8 guard and UCLA recruit.

No. 5 Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) -- Marcus Smart, a 6-foot-4 guard and Oklahoma State recruit.

No. 10 Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.) -- Perry Ellis, a 6-foot-8 power forward and Kansas recruit.

No. 14 Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) -- Isaiah Austin, a 7-foot center and Baylor recruit.

No. 18 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) -- Shabazz Muhammad, a 6-foot-6 uncommitted forward.

No. 31 Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.) -- Gary Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard and Michigan State recruit.

2013 McDonald’s All-Americans on FAB 50 teams?

Not all the top teams are led by seniors, of course. Some juniors appear primed to star in the contest next year. Here’s some top Class of 2013 players representing FAB 50 ranked teams:

No. 4 Chester (Pa.)Rondae Jefferson, a 6-foot-6 forward

No. 6 Simeon (Chicago)Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward who is No. 1 in the ESPNU Super 60.

No. 13 Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)Julius Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward

No. 28 Olympic (Charlotte)Allerik Freeman, a 6-foot-4 guard

No. 29 Salesian (Richmond, Calif.)Jabari Bird, a 6-foot-6 guard

No. 40 Fort Bend Travis (Richmond, Texas)Andrew Harrison, a 6-foot-5 point guard, and his twin brother, Aaron Harrison, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard

Spotlight Player of the Week

Coleman Johnson, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)

The 6-foot-6 senior forward had a game to remember in a thrill-packed 85-83 double-overtime victory over Washington Catholic Athletic Conference rival Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.).

Johnson, a Fairfield University recruit who averages 11.8 points game, scored a career-high 33 points and collected 16 rebounds to power the Panthers. He nailed his first career 3-pointer, which tied the game with six seconds left in the first overtime, then added the go-ahead basket in the second extra frame.

Johnson's 33-point effort also boosted his career total past the 1,000-point mark. He was named the team’s MVP last season as a junior.

The victory was the 11th straight for the Panthers and helped keep them at No. 9 in this week’s rankings.