Monday, November 28, 2011
Quick Shots: Thanksgiving tourneys wrap
By Jason Jordan
Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh. N.C.) combo guard Rodney Purvis, a senior, and Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) forward Julius Randle, a junior, had been engaged in some friendly trash talk about their head-to-head matchup this season ever since the Boost Mobile Elite 24 back in August.
Matt Jones was on his game at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest last weekend.
This past weekend the two settled the score at the Thanksgiving Hoopfest in Dallas.
But who earned bragging rights for the year?
We checked in at the Hoopfest and a few other holiday tournaments around the country in this edition of Quick Shots.
Westbury Christian (Houston) point guard L.J. Rose picked Yates’ (Houston) trademark full-court press apart, dishing out 14 assists plus scoring 17 points and snagging 10 rebounds in a 97-80 win for the Wildcats, who are ranked No. 37 in the POWERADE Fab 50.
Rose, a Baylor signee, said now that he’s 100 percent healthy he’s back to having fun on the court.
“I haven’t felt this good since my sophomore year,” he said.
Bull City Classic (N.C.)
DeShawn Freeman led Rocky Mount Prep (Rocky Mount, N.C.) with 17 points to knockoff Northern Durham (Durham, N.C.) 79-72 in the Challenge III title game. Freeman, a junior forward, dropped 30 points in the semifinals.
Regional Elite Development Academy (Canada) held off a pesky Christian Faith Center Academy (Creedmoor, N.C.) squad 75-71 to claim the Challenge V title. Gentry Thomas, a senior guard, led REDA with 21 points. Conquerors' guard Eric Crawford, a sophomore, pumped in 25 points, Dennis Green, a senior guard, added 21 points and Damon Harge Jr., widely regarded as the country’s No. 1 sixth grader, scored 10 points for CFCA.
Thanksgiving Hoopfest (Texas)
DeSoto (Texas) shooting guard Matt Jones, a junior, lit up Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.) for 29 points on just 12-of-16 shooting to give the Eagles the win. Douglas (Oklahoma City) combo guard Steve Clark, a junior, may have taken the loss against Kimball (Dallas), but not before he pumped in 42 points, scoring from nearly every spot on the court. Keith Frazier, a junior shooting guard, scored 17 points in the second half to lead Kimball.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison, twin junior guards, did all they could to try and lead No. 15 Travis (Richmond, Texas) past No. 16 Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas), but Isaiah Austin, a senior center who is signed to Baylor, overpowered the Travis frontcourt to the tune of 16 points and 13 rebounds and Jordan Mickey, a junior forward, scored 29 points to help Grace Prep take the win. Aaron scored 24 and Andrew scored 21 for Travis.
Rodney Purvis' 23 points weren’t enough to outlast his friend Julius Randle and Prestonwood Christian. Randle scored 18 points in the win.