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December 30, 2008

San Diego semis

SAN DIEGO- Jeremy Tyler had a third straight monster night Monday at the Maxpreps Holiday Classic, but it wasn't quite enough beat a scrappy Eisenhower (Calif.) team led by Andrew Bock.

Semifinals: Eisenhower (Calif.) 67, San Diego 58

Eisenhower sandwiched Tyler inside with at least two players throughout the entire game, but Tyler was still able to muster up 34 points. He didn't have the help around him, however, to win the game. Instead it was Bock who shot 6-8 from three in the first half to set the tone for Eisenhower, and then his teammates picked up the slack in the second half to secure an impressive win.

Andrew Bock- (26 points on 9-17 shooting, 6-9 from three, 2-2 from the line, one rebound, three assists, two turnovers)

Does Creighton ever have a good one on the way next year. Once again, Bock controlled the game with his poised, skilled play. His marksmanship from deep along with his team's scrappy defense won over the crowd. His fearless play gave his team the confidence to finish off the game. Bock is slight of build and needs to get stronger for the college game, but his slender frame carries the heart of the champion. And when it comes to making plays with the basketball, there can't be many out there better than Bock.

Jeremy Tyler- (34 points on 14-24 shooting, 0-4 from three, 5-9 from the line, ten rebounds, three blocks, two assists, two turnovers)

In the first quarter, San Diego had success lobbing the ball up to Tyler in the low post with no one over 6-foot-3 to guard him. In the second quarter, however, Tyler appeared to grow tired of the pesky, physical defense of Eisenhower and drifted out to the wing. He wasn't as effective there and that is when Bock took over the game to give Eisenhower a 13 point halftime lead. In the second half, Tyler posted up at the free throw line and was virtually unstoppable off the dribble. He did just about everything he could do to win the game, but the Eisenhower system was just too much to overcome.

Semifinals: Bellevue (Wash.) 60, Bishop O'Dowd 47

Bishop O'Dowd raced out to an 18-9 lead at the end of the first quarter behind its inside power game. But the next three quarters were owned by Bellevue as they outscored Bishop O'Dowd in each quarter. Leading the way for Bellevue was gritty point guard Aaron Bright.

Aaron Bright- It's hard to understand what the high majors are waiting on with this 2010 prospect. With only an offer from Eastern Washington, Bright is not just a high major prospect. He is a high major prospect who is a winner. Great going either direction, Bright is strong and quick with the basketball and guarding the ball. He gets the ball in the hole without being a high volume shooter. And he has the toughness and decision making abilities that make a team gravitate to his leadership.

He finished with 26 points on 8-13 shooting, 3-7 from three, 7-8 from the line, three rebounds, one steal, four assists and three turnovers.

Brandon Ashley- A freshman oozing with potential, Ashley only raised his stock in this game. At 6-foot-6 and still growing, he has all the tools you look for in a big man.

Before he picked up a couple ill advised fouls at the beginning of the third quarter and had to go to the bench, Ashley had 11 points on 4-4 shooting. He finished the night with 13 points on 4-4 shooting, 5-7 from the line, three rebounds, two blocks, four steals, one assists and zero turnovers.

Brendan Lane vs. Joe Burton

In a ridiculously lopsided win by Lane's Rocklin (Calif.) squad over Burton's West Valley (Calif.) team, Lane also did a number on Burton. After either scoring or assisting on his team's first 11 points of the game with Burton guarding him, Lane forced West Valley into a zone. Lane, who is headed to UCLA, didn't let up there, he continued to score all over the court and block shots. Lane, who missed out on most all fo the summer travel season due to injury, is due for a big rise in the rankings. He has a pure stroke, poise with the ball and above average athleticism at 6-foot-9. In fact he has the type of game with the potential to make money down the line.

Playing only a little over half the game, Lane finished with 28 points on 10-12 shooting, 2-4 from three, 6-6 from the line, three rebounds, six blocks, one steal, one assist and one turnover.

While Lane came to play with a competitive edge, Burton, evidently because guard Eric Lawton was out with an injury, came out with his Magic Johnson imitation. Rarely getting down into the low post, Burton, an Oregon State signee, spent his time on the perimeter over dribbling and high degree of difficulty passing. The result wasn't pretty.

Burton finished with two points on 0-4 shooting, 2-2 from the line, three rebounds, one steal, one assist and six turnovers in a little more than a half of play before being taken out of the game after receiving a technical foul.

Triple overtime thriller

In triple overtime thriller, Abdul Gaddy's Bellarmine Prep (Wash.) outlasted Terrell Stoglin's Santa Rita (Az.) squad 82-76.

Abdul Gaddy- (30 points on 12-25 shooting, 3-9 from three, 3-6 from the line, nine rebounds, four assists, five turnovers)

Gaddy was quiet in the first half, but in the third quarter with his team down one point, Gaddy exploded for 12 points on 5-7 shooting and dished out a couple assists which put Bellarmine Prep up nine points to start the fourth quarter. Then Stoglin went on a scoring from behind the arc to bring Santa Rita right back into the game. Then for the second game in a row, Gaddy sank a tough three-pointer at the buzzer to bring on overtime. This time Gaddy banked in a desperation 30-footer.

Neither Gaddy nor Stoglin had much of an impact in the overtime periods. Gaddy scored two points in the first overtime before fouling out. Stoglin only managed one point in 12 minutes of overtime play, missing all six of his field goal attempts.

Terrell Stoglin- (30 points on 9-29 shooting, 7-22 from three, 5-6 from the line, nine rebounds, five assists, two turnovers)

Obviously, Stoglin didn't have an efficient shooting game, but the junior's run in the fourth quarter was impressive. The lefty sank four three-pointers in a row to start the quarter to give his team the lead.

Stoglin, a stocky scoring guard from the point position, had several schools watching him, including Oregon State, San Diego, California and UNLV. Texas A&M, who Stoglin considers his leader, watched him earlier in the event. Along with Texas A&M, Stoglin lists Gonzaga, Maryland, Kansas State, San Diego, Wichita State, Georgia Tech, Oregon State and Penn State on his school list. Out of these schools Stoglin claims offers from Maryland, San Diego, Texas A&M and Penn State.

Wanting to play the point in college, Stoglin will have to improve his foot speed to play the position at a high level. He does, however have both a feel for getting his shot off from behind the arc and passing the ball in transition. Making things happen off penetration, however, is not his strong suit.

Five-star watch

Dominic Cheek and his St. Anthony team hit a huge bump in the road in San Diego when they were blown out by Boshop O'Dowd in their opening game. But St. Anthony bounced back with a couple wins, and Cheek had a solid game on Monday against Bellarmine (Calif.).

In approximately three quarters of play, Cheek went for 21 points on 8-13 shooting, 3-7 from three, 2-4 from the line, five rebounds, two steals and three turnovers.

Look for Cheek to play a spot up shooting role as a forward for Villanova next year.

Underclassmen

Host school Torrey Pines has a impact six man in freshman Joe Rahon. The 6-foot guard has a chance to be better than his older brother James Rahon, who is a freshman at Santa Clara. The younger Rahon has a solid build, good feel for the game and a solid all around skill package. California high majors are already tracking him.

Jonathan Davis, a 6-foot-6 sophomore for Simi Valley (Calif.), is a promising prospect as a combo forward. Long and athletic, Davis is comfortable with the basketball as a slasher and passer but does need to improve as a shooter. Playing center for his high school team, Davis scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in a loss to Don Bosco Prep (N.J.).


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