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James leads Irish toi #1 ranking
James leads Irish toi #1 ranking

Posted Mar 25, 2003


The College Basketball News' top ten saw some change as previous #3 Columbus Brookhaven and #5 Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit lost in the state tournament. Akron (OH) St. Vincent- St. Mary secured its number one ranking with its third state title in four years. #2 Indianapolis (IN) Pike is in the Indiana state finals this weekend.

1. Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (25-1*)

The Irish defeated Kettering Alter (18-9) 40-36 to win their third state title in four years. as senior star LeBron James had 25 points and eleven rebounds.

 

They had previously defeated Canton South 74-41 as James had 19 points and nine rebounds. He made eight of 16 shots from the field and added six assists and three steals. Akron signee Romeo Travis added 16 points and Dru Joyce III added 15.

 

They defeated Ottawa-Glandorf (22-4) 69-59 to advance to the state tournament as James scored 25 in the win. Joyce had four three-pointers as he scored 19 points. Travis added twelve points and Corey Jones had ten, including two three-pointers

 

The Irish rolled to an 82-32 win over Tallmadge as James had 19 points and nine assists. However, he suffered a torn fingernail on the index finger of his right shooting hand when he hit the finger on the rim while blocking a shot. Akron signee Romeo Travis scored 15 points and grabbed five rebounds. Dru Joyce III and Corey Jones added 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Irish shot 57.4% from the floor.

 

James averaged 31.5 points, 10 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.4 steals during the regular season.

 

2. Indianapolis (IN) Pike (28-0)

The Red Devils advanced to the 93rd Indiana high school boys basketball State Finals with a 79-56 semistate victory over No. 8 Evansville Harrison on Saturday at Southport Fieldhouse.

 

Senior Justin Cage had 21 points and junior Courtney Lee added 14. Fellow junior  Robert Vaden had 13 and senior Parnell Smith added off the bench as the Red Devils reached next Saturday's finals for the third consecutive season and fourth time in six years. They will face #4 DeKalb (26-1), a 66-51 winner over Merrillville.

 

Pike, who was the 4A state championships in 1998 and 2001 and was the 4A state runner-up a year ago, could join just six other teams that have captured unbeaten titles since Indiana began conducting a boys basketball state tournament in 1911. The last undefeated champion was Marion in 1985.

 

Pike previously won its third consecutive regional title and fourth in five years with a 65-52 victory over Indianapolis Ben Davis (15-9).

 

Junior forward Vaden scored a team-high 15 points on five of six shooting and senior Justin Cage added 14. Junior Courtney Lee had ten. Pike struggled from the outside, making just four of 19 three-pointers.

 

They previously defeated Lawrence North in a Class 4A high school boys basketball regional semifinal game at Hinkle Fieldhouse 55-47 as senior Justin Cage, who signed with Xavier, scored 17 points. He was the lone double figure scorer for the Red Devils.

They made six of twelve three-pointers and outrebounded their opposition 35-29. Junior forward Robert Vaden and senior Darren Yates, who signed with Ball State, scored nine points each. Courtney Lee and Parnell Smith added seven points apiece.

 

Vaden is averaging 13.2 points per game and Cage is adding 13.1 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds. Cage is shooting 62.5% from the field and 75% from the line. 6-4 junior Courtney Lee adds 11.3 points. 6-2 Yates adds 8.9 points and 5-11 senior David Barlow is averaging 8.3 points and 5.0 assists per game.

 

Pike is averaging 74 points per game and allowing just 48.9 points per contest. Devils' top six players return from last season's 24-4 team that reached the state championship game before losing to Gary West 58-55.

 

3. Santa Ana (CA) Mater Dei (35-2)

The Monarchs defeated Roseville Woodcreek 70-49 as Minnesota recruit Wesley Washington had 12 points. Princeton recruit Harrison Schaen had twelve rebounds and Maryland signee D.J. Strawberry had 11 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.

 

They previously defeated Inglewood 88-54 as they outscored their opponents by more than six points in every quarter. Washington scored a game-high 19 points and added 15 rebounds and four assists. Schaen had 17 points and sophomore point guard Mike Gerrity and junior Marcel Jones scored 15 each. Strawberry added eleven points in the win.

 

The Monarchs previously outscored Mayfair 45-18 in the second and third quarters in a 70-59 win. Mayfair (23-9) led 13-7 after one quarter of play before the state's top-ranked team went to work, taking a 26-17 halftime lead and extending the margin to 21 after three quarters.

Jones and Strawberry scored 14 points each to lead a balanced Monarch attack. Trevante Nelson hit four three-pointers and finished with 13 points, as did Schaen. Schaen had 11 rebounds and Strawberry 10 to lead Mater Dei to a 38-24 advantage on the boards.

 

The Monarchs also defeated Highland Bakersfield 81-44 as Washington had 19 points and nine rebounds. Nelson had 16 points and Schaen and Strawberry added ten points each. Schaen grabbed eleven rebounds and Strawberry hauled in ten caroms. Gerrity had eight assists

 

Washington lead the team with 15.3 points per game. Strawberry scored13.1 points and junior Jones added  10.9 points per contest. Schaen averaged 10.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

 

Mater Dei have won 17 section boys basketball championships since 1983, five in a row, and eleven in the past 12 years.

 

4. Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian (20-1)

The Mustangs ended their season with a 43-34 win over Townson Catholic.

 

Senior forward Linas Kleiza, one of the top unsigned seniors, is leading the team in scoring, averaging 20.4 points per game. He is considering Missouri, Connecticut and North Carolina State. The Mustangs are averaging 69.7 points per game.

 

Their lone loss was to Fairfax in the Iolani Classic in Hawaii.

 

5. Memphis (TN) White Station (36-2)

The Spartans won their third state title in four years with a 55-39 victory over Bradley Central. Dartmouth recruit Leon Pattman led the team in scoring with 18 points. Bradley Central (36-3) shot just 22.9% (11-of-48) from the field and just 2-of-18 on three-pointers. Dane Bradshaw was named tournament MVP as he had twelve points and eleven rebounds. The Spartans held Bradley to 15 first half points.

 

They advanced to the finals with a 72-58 win over Columbia. Bradshaw led five White Station players in double-figure scoring with 17 points. Leon Pattman scored 12 points and Travis Strong, Quinton Marion and Reiley Ervin each scored 10 for the Spartans

 

6. Springfield (MO) Kickapoo (30-1)

Kickapoo defeated Raytown South 65-42 to win the Class 5A championship at the Hearnes Center. It’s the first boys’ state title in school history and first by a Springfield boys’ team since Hillcrest won the Class 4A title in 1984.

 

Kickapoo lead 26-23 at halftime, but went on an 11-2 run to start the second half and Raytown South (26-5) got no closer than nine points the rest of the way. Raytown South star senior Tyrone Young picked up his third and fourth fouls with the Chiefs up 23-19 and he was forced to sit out the rest of the half

 

Southwest Missouri State signee Deven Mitchell led all scorers with 16 points. 6-6 senior Brandon Argo added 15. Kelly Byrne 14 and Creighton signee Anthony Tolliver added eleven.

 

Kickapoo ends its season on a 16-game winning streak and with a 27-0 record against Missouri teams. They defeated Poplar Bluff 76-65 in the semifinals.

 

Missouri recruit Spencer Laurie led the Chiefs with 17.3 points, 6.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game. He holds the city record for three-pointers in a career with 233 and Kickapoo record for steals in a season.

 

Argo averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, shooting 64 percent from the field. He is getting looks from Evangel, College of the Ozarks and other NAIA and NCAA D-II schools. He went over 1,000 points for his career this weekend

 

6-5 forward Mitchell averaged 14.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting 65.2 percent from the field. He finished his career as the city’s all-time leader in games played (112) and Kickapoo’s career leading rebounder and second leading scorer.

 

6-9 Tolliver averaged 15.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game, shooting 47 percent from three-point range and 64 percent from the field.

 

7. Baton Rouge (LA) Woodlawn (39-0)

Woodlawn defeated Brother Martin (31-7) 80-63 to register their 54th straight victory and a second straight Class 5A state title as the Panthers outscored their opponent by 19 (27-8) in the final period. The victory makes Woodlawn the first public school team to go unbeaten in the Louisiana's top class since Baton Rouge did it in 1968. It also became the first to repeat as Class 5A champion since the start of 5A in 1991-1992.

 

Most Outstanding Player RoShon Jacobs, a University of Louisiana at Monroe football signee, scored a game-high 21 points for Woodlawn.. The balanced Panthers also got 15 points from J'Quincy Jones, 14 points and 11 rebounds from 6-7 LSU signee Darnell Lazare, 13 from reserve Chijuan Mack and 11 by 5-9 point guard Ledell Eackles.

 

Panthers are led by Lazare, who averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game. Jacobs  (14.0), 6-7 center Kentrell Gransberry (13.2), Eackles (12.4), Jones (9.6) and Mack (6.7) complete the rotation for Woodlawn.

 

8. Fort Worth (TX) Dunbar (37-1)

Dunbar completed their season. They defeated Beamount Ozen in the Class AAAA championship game 65-54 as Tournament MVP 6-5 junior forward Jeremis Smith had 26 points and nine rebounds. Senior guard Lance Jackson added 22 points for Dunbar.

 

9. Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy (31-4)

The Warriors ended the season with their most losses since going 30-5 in 1996-97. They lost their season finale to Montrose Christian 73-65 at the University of Virginia.

 

10.  Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick (24-4)

The Celtics face Camden Catholic (Cherry Hill) in the Tournament of Champions final Tuesday night.

 

They previously defeated Beat Paterson Catholic 76-64 as Jason Patterson scored 22 points and center Grant Billmeier, who signed with Seton Hall, scored 14 points and grabbed 12 boards. Point guard Michael Nardi scored ten as the Celtics survived Marquis Webb scoring 25 of his 40 points in the fourth quarter.

 

They also defeated St. Anthony's 50 - 46 at St. Peter's College in the North Jersey Parochial B semifinals. Villanova signee Michael Nardi led the team with 18 points. 6-5 senior Robert Hines had eleven points and Seton Hall recruit Grant Billmeier added nine.

 

They previously bested Newark Academy (Livingston) 97-37 in the North Jersey Parochial B quarterfinals.

 

6-8 freshman Derrick Caracter transferred to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. He is a native of Scotch Plains and is considered the top freshman in the country. Caracter was suspended in January for academics. The Celtics recently added the service of Devon Moffatt, who transferred from Clifton, where he averaged 19 points per game. They lost to Oak Hill Academy, New York Rice, Life Center and Blair Academy.

 

11. Los Angeles (CA) Westchester (32-3)

12. Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach (26-3)

13. Las Vegas (NV) Cheyenne (31-1)

14. Peoria Central (31-1)

15. Milwaukee Rufus King (25-0)

16. Fort Lauderdale Dillard (32-1)

17. Columbus (OH) Brookhaven (26-2)

18. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (27-1)

19. San Diego Horizon (32-1)

20. Brooklyn Lincoln (31-4)


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