NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Ironically, all four of the teams that won their pools with perfect records in opening-round play lost in the quarterfinals on Monday night at the Nike Peach Jam Tournament.
In the most entertaining game of the night the "heart attack kids," Team California Supreme, overcame a four point deficit with 12 seconds remaining to beat the Illinois Warriors 92-91. After 6-2 2G Darius Smith (Chicago/Marshall) sank two free throws to give the Warriors a 91-87 advantage with just 12 ticks on the clock, California Supreme's outstanding combo guard 6-2 Justin Cobbs buried a 3-pointer to make the score 91-90. Then inexplicably against very intense defensive pressure, the Warriors threw the inbounds pass away. California Supreme, a team that had fought to the end in all five previous games, had one final chance with six seconds left. Cobbs missed on a drive to the hoop, but the ball fortuitously bounced out to 6-8 PF Andy Brown (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei), who sank a 10-footer at the buzzer to give California Supreme the victory.
The top performers for California Supreme were Justin Cobbs with 23 points, 5 assists; impressive 2010 player, 6-2 PG Gary Franklin (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) with 18 points; Andy Brown with 15 points, 8 rebounds; and gifted athlete, 6-5 G/F Jamaal Franklin with 14 points, 12 rebounds. The leaders for the Illinois Warriors were Darrius Smith with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, and 6-6 WF Drew Crawford (Naperville, Ill./Central) with 22 points, 9 boards.
It should be noted the Warriors played without two of their starters, Illinois commit, 6-3 2G D.J. Richardson (Peoria, Ill./Central) and 6-3 guard Jeremy Jones (Chicago/Simeon), both of whom had to depart Monday afternoon to attend summer school. They obviously were missed.
Other quarterfinal results
In still another hard-fought game BABC nipped Team Texas 81-80. Unheralded, but talented 6-5 WF Preston Whitely, a move-in to Frisco, Texas from Nebraska, nailed a 3-pointer to cut BABC's lead to one at 81-80 with eight seconds remaining. However, BABC successfully ran out the clock to advance to the semifinals to face the California Supreme Tuesday.
BABC was led by Tilton (N.H.) School duo 6-6 WF Jamal Coombs-McDaniel, Connecticut commit, and 6-4 2G Gerald Coleman, each with 20 points. Superior 2010 floor-leader, 5-9 PG Phillip Pressey (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy), was truly the difference-maker, controlling the ball and getting 17 points and 7 assists. Top 50-rated wing Roger Franklin (Duncanville, Texas) paced Team Texas with 24 points and 10 rebounds; 6-2 2G Vertrail Vaughns (Mesquite, Texas) added 23 points and 7 boards; and Kentucky commit K.C. Ross-Miller had 12 points and 5 assists.
In a back-and-forth contest with multiple lead changes, the Boo Williams All-Stars prevailed over the Georgia Stars 70-61. The Stars had a 10-point lead with 10 minutes remaining when coach Boo Williams removed three already committed starters, 6-9 C/F Deshawn Painter (Florida), 2010 PG Kendall Marshall (North Carolina) and 2010 6-5 G/F Andre Dawkins (Duke). Williams replaced them with playmaking lead guard 5-11 Jontel Evans (Hampton, Va./Bethel), 2008 prospects 6-8 C/F Ricardo Ratliffe (who will attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., next year), and Oklahoma recruit, 6-4 G/F Steve Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./ Atlantic Shores Christian). The results were immediate; the Boo Williams All-Stars took control of the game and rolled to the semifinals.
The top players for Boo Williams were Ricardo Ratliffe with 20 points and 9 rebounds; 6-7 PF Marshawn Powell (Charlottesville, Va./The Miller School) with 14 points and 8 rebounds; Steve Pledger with 14 points; and 6-6 G/F Tristan Spurlock (Rockville, Md./ Montrose Christian) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Jontel Evans passed for 6 assists.
The leaders for the Georgia Stars were Georgia Tech's 6-8 PF Kammeon Holsley (Sparta, Ga./Hancock Central) with 18 points and 10 rebounds; talented 6-5 2G Adrien Coleman (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) with 15 points; and hardworking Tennessee commit Kenny Hall (Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan) with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
In the final quarterfinal matchup, the Houston Hoops cruised past Louisiana Select 74-66. Houston Hoops was again led by the stellar point guard play and team leadership of 5-10 Tommy Mason-Griffin (Houston, Texas). Mason-Griffin had 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. Also, New Mexico commit, 5-11 PG Jamal Fenton (Houston/Chavez) added 13 points and 4 assists; massive 6-9, 325-pound center Keith "Tiny" Gallon (who formerly at Oak Hill Academy but is not expected to return) dominated with 12 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks; and superb athlete, 2010 prospect, 6-3 guard Brandon Peters (Houston/Jack Yates) had 12 points, including four rim-crashing dunks. Houston Hoops will play the Boo Williams All-Stars on Tuesday.
For the previously undefeated Louisiana Select top performers were Texas A&M commit, 6-9 C Kourtney Roberson (Arcadia, La.) with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks; talented 6-9 PF Eddie Ludwig (Metairie, La./Country Day) with 15 points and 6 rebounds; and jet-quick athlete, 6-3 2010 guard Langston Galloway (Baton Rouge, La./Christian Life) with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
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