11. Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach (6-2)
The Vikings lost two times in the Academy National Invitational, falling from the number one spot. New York (NY) Rice defeated Seattle (WA) Rainier Beach 51-49 in the third place game as the Raiders rallied from a seven point deficit with four minutes left in the game. 6-10 junior center Chester Giles led Rainier Beach with 13 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. He made five of eleven shots from the field. 6-7 senior Josh Love made five of nine attempts to finish with ten points and six boards. Lodrick Stewart had ten points, but was just three of eight from the field. He added four rebounds and five assists, but also had five turnovers. Rodrick Stewart was only two of eleven from the field in a nine-point effort. He had four rebounds, four assists, but had four miscues.
The Vikings were just three of 12 from three-point range and were zero for 23 in the two previous contests.
Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy defeated the Vikings 69-65 in the semifinals. Rainer Beach led the entire first half and went into halftime with a 35-30 lead. However, they had four players with three fouls at the break, which would prove costly. Rodrick Stewart led the Viking with 20 points. 6-3 senior widebody Matt Dance made six of seven shots to score 12 points and Giles added ten points and eight rebounds. Lodrick Stewart finished with eight points.
They defeated Winston-Salem (NC) R.J. Reynolds 36-34, despite Rainier Beach finishing the game, making just 15 of 48 shots (31.3%) from the field. The Vikings missed all twelve three-pointers and were just six of 13 (46.2%) from the line. The Vikings will play O’Dea (4-3) on Saturday.
12. Springfield (MO) Kickapoo (10-0)
The Chiefs defeated Cameron 78-55 to win the Cardinal Division of the Bank Midwest Holiday Classic at William Jewell. Southwest Missouri State signee Deven Mitchell had 24 points and Missouri recruit Spencer Laurie had 21. Creighton recruit Anthony Tolliver added eleven points. They previously defeated Kansas City Central 108-56 as Mitchell and Tolliver had 21 points each. 6-6 senior Brandon Argo finished with 19 points and Laurie scored 15. They defeated Independence-Truman 65-44 in the semifinals as 6-10 center Landon McCarter 17. Tolliver had 13 points, Mitchell scored 12 and Laurie added ten.
13. Miami (Fla.) Christian (11-2).
They won the National Power series championship at the Slam Dunk to the Beach with a 58-52 victory over Bergen (NJ) Catholic. Miami of Florida signee Guillermo Diaz scored 22 points and grabbed eleven rebounds. He was named the National Power series MVP. Jesus Verdejo had 18 points and Carlos Berrocales added ten points and seven caroms.
Diaz had 18 points and Verdejo scored 17 as they defeated Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins. They led 37-21 at halftime, but Diaz had to play the hero scoring the final two baskets of the game. They defeated Reno (NV) High 76-61 in the first round. Diaz scored 22 points on eleven of 15 shooting. Verdejo had 19 points and Raul Orta scored 16. Sammy Hernandez added ten points and eight rebounds. They face Fairfax at the California Hoop Challenge.
14. Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins (6-0)
The Royals finished third in the Slam Dunk to the Beach National Power Series division as they defeated Starksville (MS) High 66-56. Duke recruit Kris Humphries had 24 points and ten rebounds and Boston College signee Dan Coleman finished with 14 points and ten boards. St. Louis recruit Darren Clarke added 15 points and seven caroms. They lost for the first time this season to Miami Christian 50-48 in the semifinals. Humphries had 20 points and ten boards and Clarke added twelve points. However, Coleman was just three of 15 from the field in a six-point performance.
The Royals pasted Eleanor Roosevelt 80-47 in the opening game as Humphries had 21 points and eleven rebounds in just 19 minutes. Coleman had 14 points and Clarke added 13. Junior forward Mitch Henke finished with ten points and inne rebounds. They face Minneapolis North on Saturday.
15. Westchester, Los Angeles (11-1)
The Comets defeated Winston-Salem R. J. Reynolds 41-36 to capture fifth place at the Academy National Invitational. The Comets held R. J. Reynolds to just 28.9% shooting (13 of 45) and forced 23 turnovers. 6-0 senior guard Robert Brown, who is considering Oregon State and Long Beach State, led the Comets with eleven points. UCLA-bound Trevor Ariza had ten points and six rebounds and Kent State recruit Scott Cutley added eight points, nine rebounds and four steals.
They had a second round 63-58 overtime win over Westbury Christian. 6-4 junior Robert Tolliver scored 17 points as he made seven of 13 shots from the field. Cutley had 14 points and eleven rebounds and Ariza finished with 13 points and nine caroms.
Russell Robinson's off-balance jumper with 11.1 seconds left pulled New York (NY) Rice to a 52-51 win over the Comets in a matchup of previously unbeaten teams. Scott Cutley's three-point attempt with three seconds left was wide left and the Raiders were able to run out the clock. Ariza led all scorers with 22 points as he made ten of twelve from the field. He added six rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots. Brown scored 13 for the Comets and Cutley had eight points.
16. Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax (12-1)
The Lions lost for the first time as they fell to Oceanside (CA) El Camino 58-56 in the finals of the Torrey Pines National Prep Classic. Junior Josh Shipp scored 20 points in the loss. They beat Dominguez 64-61 in the first round, De La Salle 47-44 and host Torrey Pines 54-36 in the semi-finals. They face Miami Christian in the California Hoop Challenge.
17. Orlando (FL) Edgewater (13-0)
The Eagles won the Hooters Holiday Classic as they defeated Louisville (KY) Male 81-61. Stnadout junior guard Darius Washington, who was named the tournament MVP, scored 23 points in the championship game and had 122 for the tournament. They trailed top-ranked 4A St. Petersburg (FL) Lakewood 13-5 in the semifinals, but would go on a 16-0 run to win 82-64. Washington scored 42 in the game. The Eagles defeated Eustis 74-45 in the second round as Washington finished with 28 points and five assists. He had 31 points in their first round win over previously unbeaten St. Petersburg.
18. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (10-0)
McQuaid Jesuit defeated Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell 65-57 in the Beach Ball Classic finals. Tyler Relph, the Beach Ball Classic Most Valuable Player, had 18 points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals. Ryan Pettinella finished with 17 points and Marty O'Sullivan scored 11. They advanced to the finals with come-from-behind 61-58 victory over Seton Hall Prep (NJ). Relph, who signed with West Virginia, scored a game-high 21 points as he made seven of 15 from the field, including five of seven from behind the 3-point arc. Marty O'Sullivan added 20 points and seven rebounds and Ryan Pettinella scored 14 points.
The Knights bested defending Beach Ball Classic Champion White Station 66-63 in the second round. Pettinella had 22 points on nine of eleven shooting from the field. Relph added 13 points and six assists. They shot 59.5% from the field for the game and made 71.4% in the first half.
They defeated Socastee in the opening round. Pettinella connected on 11 of 17 from the field for a game-high 22 points and Tyler Relph added 19 points and five assists.
19. Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell (11-1)
The Knights lost for the first time, falling to Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit 65-57 in the Beach Ball Classic finals. Brian Johnson, the 2002 Beach Ball Classic Most Outstanding player paced Bishop O'Connell with 20 points and 20 rebounds. The 20 rebounds ties Johnson for fifth on the BBC's single-game record list with Danny Ferry, who had 20 as a DeMatha High School senior in the 1984 tournament.
They opened the tournament with a 70-37 win over Myrtle Beach High. Fred Stanback led Bishop O'Connell with 15 points, while Erik Smith and Johnson added 13 points each. The Knight won 66-42 over St. John Neumann (PA) in the second round as Johnson had 19 points and ten rebounds. Erik Smith added 15 points and Marcus Ginyard scored 13.
They advanced to the finals with a 59-47 victory over Christ the King (NY). Johnson had 31 points and 13 rebounds. Erik Smith added 19 points and five assists and Fred Stanback scored 13 points.
20. Detroit (MI) Redford (4-0)
The Huskies routed Farmington Hills Harrison 89-26 in the Coca-Cola Holiday Classic. 6-3 shooting guard Dion Harris, who signed with Michigan, scored 19 points and Jamaal Lock had 18 They face Harper Woods Notre Dame tonight. They are averaging 79.8 points per game and are allowing just 47 points per contest. Harris is averaging 24.8 points per game.