This past weekend I spent a couple of days at Villanova University covering two high school showcases promoted by Primetime Shootout and Scholastic Play by Play. On Friday night the Primetime Shootout featured three nationally ranked teams in St. Benedict’s (NJ) # 3, Chester (PA) # 6 and American Christian (PA) # 3 in the prep poll. This event also included Jeannette (PA) who has the # 1 football recruit in the country Terrelle Pryor.
The headliners did not disappoint with standout seniors Tyreke Evans (American Christian, PA) finishing with a showcase high 33 points in defeat, Karon Burton (Chester, PA) totaled 32 points in a victory and Samardo Samuels (Louisville, St. Benedict’s, NJ) dominated with 27 points and 17 rebounds in a big win.
Here is a recap of Friday night’s action at Villanova.
Game 1 – The Hotchkiss School (CT) vs. Our Savior New American (NY) 72-58
In this contest The Hotchkiss School jumped on Our Savior New American from the start opening the game on a 12-2 run. This quick start was led by freshmen Derrick Wilson who had 7 points in the 1st quarter and was able to get his team into their offensive sets effectively. They led 22 to 14 at the end of the 1st quarter. Also adding a spark in the 1st quarter was Jason Morris an athletic wing from the class of 2010.
The 2nd quarter started just the same as The Hotchkiss School was able to expand their lead and really frustrate the Our Savior New American team. The play of the game also came in the 2nd quarter when sophomore Jason Morris took it right down the lane for a monster jam in traffic. His team led 45 to 27 at halftime.
Our Savior New American came out of the locker room with some answers to their first half woes holding The Hotchkiss School to only 6 points. The Pioneers outscored (THS) 16 to 6 in the 3rd quarter cutting the 18 point halftime lead to just 8 points going into the final quarter.
That was as close as the Pioneers would get before losing to the Bearcats by 14 points.
The game MVP’s for each team were Jason Morris for the Bearcats he finished with 20 points and 4 blocks. He showed a tremendous amount of upside with his athletic ability he is a prospect to keep an eye on. The other MVP was Gerardo Suero from the Pioneers who finished with a game high 22 points and 4 rebounds. He seemed to be the only offensive spark for the Pioneers.
Game 2 – Timber Creek (NJ) vs. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (PA) 55-52
This game went back and forth for a while before Timber Creek took control of the game in the 2nd quarter and continued their dominance for much of the game. Plymouth-Whitemarsh had a chance to send the game into overtime on a 3 point attempt by Anthony Scott but it didn’t fall for them.
The Colonials came back from 14 points down in the 4th quarter showing their never stop fighting attitude. Their comeback came up a little short never being able to recover from their sluggish start to the game.
The game MVP’s were Collin Johnson for Timber Creek who finished with 18 points and Allen Williams for Plymouth-Whitemarsh totaled 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Game 3 – Chester (PA) #6 vs. Jeannette (PA) 80-70
Chester High is one of the more exciting teams in the country to watch live with their pressure defense and up-tempo style of play. This was the 5th or 6th time I had seen Chester play this season and each time I watch them they impress me more. They jumped out quickly like usually taking a 24-17 lead at the end of the 1st quarter.
The 2nd quarter seemed be no different for Jeannette as Chester increased their lead to 15 points at halftime and outscored them 20 to 12 in the quarter. Karon Burton had 14 of his game high 32 points in the first half. He was unstoppable getting in the lane and creating baskets for teammates along with finishing strong inside. Terrelle Pryor had 8 points in the 1st half for Jeannette.
Karon Burton continued his hot offensive hand in the beginning of the 3rd quarter and got some help from Pittsburgh signee Nasir Robinson who dominated on the inside finishing with a game high 17 rebounds. Chester took a 19 point lead into the final quarter.
Jeannette team made a big run in the 4th quarter but never got any closer than 8 points. Terrelle Pryor had 9 points in the quarter to lead the comeback.
The game MVP’s were Karon Burton for Chester who totaled 32 points and 3 steals along with Terrelle Pryor from Jeannette finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds.
Other players who had nice games were Nasir Robinson (Chester, PA) 18 points and 17 rebounds, Rhalir Jefferson (Chester, PA) 15 points, Moziah Harris (Jeannette, PA) 18 points, Shaw Sunder (Jeannette, PA) 14 points and Jordan Hall (Jeannette, PA) 13 points.
Coaches from Ohio State, Michigan and West Virginia football teams were in the house to watch star Terrelle Pryor. National Signing Day is February 6 on this day Terrelle Pryor is suppose to announce his college decision live on ESPN U.
Game 4 – St. Benedict’s (NJ) # 3 vs. American Christian (PA) # 3 77-70
This game was a huge match-up of two of the most talented teams in the country. It included top 5 players in the country Tyreke Evans and Samardo Samuels from the class of 2008. There was a tremendous amount of Division 1 talent on the floor between these two teams.
American Christian came out strong hitting three 3 pointers in the first 2:00 minutes of the game. St. Benedict’s was not able to get the ball inside where they clearly had an advantage in the early stages of the game. American Christian used a fast paced attacking style of play to control the game.
Lamont Jones and Jeremiah Kelly did most of their damage from beyond the arc. Tyreke Evans started slow but picked up the pace in the 2nd half. American Christian had a 41 to 34 lead going into halftime.
The Gray Bees took until the end of the 3rd quarter to take a lead in this game. In the 2nd half Samardo Samuels was able to dominate on the inside American Christian didn’t have an answer for him. Going into the final quarter St. Benedict’s had a 54 t0 50 lead after a buzzer beating shot by Tamir “Pop” Jackson.
The game MVP’s were Samardo Samuels from St. Benedict’s with 27 points and 17 rebounds along with Tyreke Evans from American Christian with a game high 33 points.
Other key players were Lamont Jones (Louisville, American Christian, PA) 21 points, Jeremiah Kelly (American Christian, PA) 12 points, Greg Echenique (St. Benedict’s, NJ) 15 points and Tamir “Pop” Jackson (St. Benedict’s, NJ) 18 points.
Tyreke Evans shot 14-34 from the field and might have shot his team right out of a chance to earn a victory.