College Basketball News' Top Ten Prep Poll
Lavender leads #3 Brookhaven
Lavender leads #3 Brookhaven

Posted Jan 28, 2003


The College Basketball News’ top ten saw perennial powers Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy and Elizabeth (NJ) St. Patrick's moved back in as Orlando (FL) Edgewater and Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell lose last week.

1. Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (14-0)

The Irish won three game as they improved to 14-0. They defeated crosstown rival Akron (OH) Butchel 82-71 as 6-7 star LeBron James had 25 points for the Irish. Akron recruit Romeo Travis scored 20 and Corey Jones added eleven

 

James scored 30 points on Senior Night as the Irish rolled to a 98-46 win over Walsh Jesuit. James was ten of 17 from the field and made all eight free throws. He added five rebounds and eight assists. The Irish had 13 three-pointers in the win. Fellow Akron signee Dru Joyce III added 17 points and Travis had 16. Jones and Sian Cotton, who committed to Ohio State to play football had eleven points each.

 

A state record 16,220 people watched James and St. Vincent-St. Mary's defeat Winston-Salem (NC) Reynolds 85-56 at the Greensboro Coliseum. James scored 32 points, had nine rebounds and blocked two shots in his team's rout. They face Canton McKinley at the James A. Rhodes Arena on Sunday.

 

2. Indianapolis (IN) Pike (13-0)

The Red Devils defeated Perry Meridian Decatur Central 70-48. Senior Justin Cage, and junior forward Robert Vaden each scored 17 points. Junior Courtney Lee added ten points in the win. Pike is averaging 69.8 points per game and allowing just 46.0 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. They play 7-4 Indianapolis (IN) Ben Davis Wednesday and 3-8 Southport Friday. Both games are at home. 

 

3. Columbus (OH) Brookhaven (13-1)

The Bearcats won all three games this past week. 6-6 small forward Brandon Foust, who signed with Oklahoma, scored 21 to lead the Bearcats to a 69-59 win over Miami (FL) Northwestern in the Bright Future Star Shootout at Central Florida University. Teammate Andrew Lavender, who also signed with the Sooners, added 20 points and 6-6 sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley scored 15.

 

Foust scored 28 to lead the Bearcats to a 102-52 rout over Columbus (OH) Centennial. 6-5 Everett Spencer had 22 and Cornley and Denzel Lyles added eleven.

Cornley had 20 points in the Bearcats’ 78-62 over Columbus Whetstone. Lyles had 16 points and Foust added 15. Spencer scored ten in the win Thursday. The Bearcats will

4. Beamount (TX) Ozen (24-0)

Memphis recruit Kendrick Perkins had 17 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots as he led the Panthers to a 48-26 win over (17-6) West Orange. They held the Mustangs to just nine of 44 shooting from the field. Rayburn Morris had 13 points and 6-foot-7 Keena Young adding ten points and ten boards.

 

5. Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax (16-1)

The Lions won two conference games as they defeated Venice 82-46 and Los Angeles 80-38. Forward Alex Bausley had 20 points and seven assists in the win over Venice. He had 20 points and eleven rebounds in the win over Los Angeles. Guard Kevin Bell, who signed with Louisiana-Lafayette next season added 18 points and twelve assists.

 

6. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (20-2)

The Monarchs rolled to a 96-41 win over Westminster as five players reached double figures. Jonathan Gunderson and Rahbie Haynes each scored 20 points in the win as the Monarchs as Mater Dei used their bench. Pat Joyce had 15 and Daniel Markus added 14 points and ten rebounds.

 

The Monarchs play St. John Bosco (17-4) Wednesday. St. John Bosco has won seven straight games. They play Antelope Valley at Azuzu Pacific University Saturday.

 

7. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (17-0)

McQuaid Jesuit Beat local teams School of the Arts 86-57 and Wilson Magnet 91-69. West Virginia signee Tyler Relph scored 26 points in three quarters in the win over School of the Arts. Marty O’Sullivan scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half for the Knights. Ryan Pettinella had 28 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks versus Wilson Magnet. 



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