High-SchoolBoys-Basketball: winning streak
December, 3, 2011
By Ronnie Flores | ESPN.com
Matt Strasen/ESPNHSFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) defeated Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) 47-39 in the showcase game of the Throwdown in D-Town Classic in Lancaster, Texas, ending Marcus' 42-game winning streak.
Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas) entered Saturday night's showdown with national basketball power Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) riding the nation's second-longest reported winning streak at 42 games.
Last season, Findlay Prep ended a long winning streak. In fact, when the Pilots defeated Yates (Houston), 95-69, it snapped the nation's longest winning streak at 66 games.
Make it two years in a row that Findlay Prep snapped the long winning streak of a highly-regarded Texas team on the road, as the Pilots downed Marcus 47-39 in the showcase game of the Throwdown in D-Town Classic at Lancaster High School.
Marcus Flower Mound, ranked No. 5 in the preseason POWERADE FAB 50, had a 20-18 halftime lead, but No. 8 Findlay Prep converted just enough field goals and made clutch free throws in the fourth quarter to hand the defending Texas Class 5A state champions its first loss this season after opening up with eight victories.
Matt Strasen/ESPNHSMarcus' high scorer was Marcus Smart, left, with 14.
Mr. Basketball USA candidate Anthony Bennett paced Findlay Prep with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
"The refs let a lot of clutching and grabbing go... it was a real physical game" said Findlay Prep associate head coach Todd Simon. "They packed in their man defense pretty tight and they had to come out and extend a bit more than they probably wanted to.
“Anthony did a great job on the offensive glass. He was a man out there today.”
Junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss was named game MVP with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists. He also guarded Marcus guard Phil Forte the majority of the game, limiting the Oklahoma State recruit to two points.
Marcus’ leading scorer with 14 points was ESPNU 100 No. 11-ranked prospect Marcus Smart, another OSU recruit and Mr. Basketball USA candidate.
The nation's longest reported winning streak belongs to No. 11 Wichita Heights (Wichita, Kan.), which opened its 2011-12 season on Friday against North (Wichita, Kan.). Heights won its 45 consecutive game, 71-54, behind Kansas commit Perry Ellis' 21 points and six rebounds.
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