College Basketball News' Top Ten Prep Poll
Kleiza leads #7 Montrose Christian
Kleiza leads #7 Montrose Christian

Posted Feb 11, 2003

The College Basketball News’ top nine remained the same as Akron (OH) St. Vincent- St. Mary, Columbus (OH) Brookhaven, Rochester (NY) Mcquad Jesuit and Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy won their games in the Prime Time Shootout. Lanier (MS) High dropped from their #10 spot as they lost St. Raymond's in Trenton. Orlando (FL) Edgewater moved into the top ten as they won their lone game this past week.

1. Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (15-1*)

The Irish defeated Los Angeles (CA) Westchester 78-52 at the Prime Time Shootout. 6-8 star LeBron James scored a career high 52 points as he made six three-pointers and several crowd-pleasing dunks and drives to the hoops. James had 31 of the team's 41 points at halftime as the Irish led the Comets 41-24. He had 18 of Irish's 20 points in the first quarter and had 47 points after three periods. He left game with 2:25 to go as the Irish led 78-45. The Comets made a three-point at the buzzer to give them 52 points. James is averaging 31.9 points per game.


The Irish face Zanesville Friday and Kettering Alter on Sunday. The game versus Kettering Alter will be televised on ESPN2.


2. Indianapolis (IN) Pike (17-0)

The Red Devils defeated Columbus North 102-48 to remain unbeaten. Junior forward Robert Vaden is averaging 13.1 points per game and Xavier recruit Justin Cage is adding 12.6 points. Cage is shooting 62.5% from the field and 75% from the line. IUPUI signee David Barlow is averaging 5.0 assists per game.


Pike is averaging 72.4 points per game and allowing just 45.5 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 at Bloomington North (15-1) Thursday in perhaps their toughest matchup of the season. . 


3. Columbus (OH) Brookhaven (18-1)

The Bearcats won three games last week. 6-6 small forward Brandon Foust, who signed with Oklahoma, scored off an inbounds play with 19 seconds left as Brookhaven rallied from nine points down for a 53-51 win over Our Savior New American in the Primetime Shootout. Foust finished with 21 points and eight rebounds and Teammate Andrew Lavender, who also signed with the Sooners, added 15 points.


Lavender hit two free throws with three seconds left as Brookhaven defeated Beechcroft on the road 69-67. Brookhaven trailed 58-53 midway through the fourth quarter but rallied to tie the score at 67 with about a minute left on a basket by 6-6 sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley, who led his team with 19 points.


The score was tied until Lavender was fouled about 30 feet from the basket and then hit his two free throws.


The Bearcats defeated Linden McKinley on Senior night 100-65.


The Bearcats play in the City League Championship Saturday.


Foust is averaging 17.5 points per game and Lavender is contributing 17.2 points and 9.6 assists per game. Foust is shooting 70.7% from the field and is adding 10.7 boards per game Lavender is shooting 61.4% from the field, 48.2% from three-point range and 87% from the line. Cornley is averaging 11.7 rebounds per contest and is shooting 61.4% from the field.


4. Beamount (TX) Ozen (27-0)

The Panthers defeated Beaumont Central 39-36 and Little Cypress-Mauriceville (Orange) 55-45. Ozen star center Kendrick Perkins, who signed with Memphis, was diagnosed with a shoulder strain Saturday morning and should be OK for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs. He left Friday night's game at Little Cypress early in the second half with an injury some feared might be a shoulder dislocation and did not return.


The 6-foot-11 Perkins went up for a rebound and came down in a pile of players. He got up with his right shoulder hanging limply and went immediately to the Panther bench. They were already without starting guard Rayburn Morris, who was out with a previously injured ankle.


Ozen will complete the regular season Tuesday when they host Port Neches-Groves.

They don't begin play in the Class 4A playoffs until an area round game the weekend of Feb. 20-22.


5. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (24-2)

The Monarchs defeated Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita) 86-50 and Servite (Anaheim) 106-48. They had five players reach double figures in the win over Servite. Minnesota recruit Wesley Washington had a game-high 20 points and Marcel Jones added 19. Chris Henry had 14 points and nine caroms. Harrison Schaen added twelve points and 13 rebounds and Maryland signee D.J. Strawberry finished with eleven points.


Mike Gerrity had 17 points and eleven assists in the win over Santa Margarita. Jones had 13 points and Schaen added eleven.


The Monarchs play St. John Bosco Wednesday and Servite Thursday


6. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (18-0)

McQuaid Jesuit defeated Rochester East 79-68 and Harrisburg (PA) High 73-60 at the Prime Time Shootout to finish the school’s first unbeaten regular season. Harrisburg trailed by 15 points at halftime, but cut the lead to 60-58 before the Knights pulled away. 

6-6 Marty O’Sullivan had 19 points for the Knights. Ryan Pettinella scored 18 and West Virginia signee Tyler Relph had 16 points. Senior guard Jack Leasure had 13 points.


Relph had 25 points and six assists against East. Pettinella had 12 points, 8 rebounds and five blocked shots and O’Sullivan finished with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Leisure added 16.


7. Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian (17-1)

The Mustangs extended their winning streak to 13 straight. They defeated Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro) 57-53 in overtime and Mercersburg (Pa.) 70-41. Senior forward Linas Kleiza is leading the team in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. The Mustangs are averaging 70.5 points per game. They face Springarn on the 20th. Their lone loss was to #9 Fairfax in the Iolani Classic.


8. Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy (26-3)

The Warriors defeated St. John Neumann (Philadelphia) 69-57 and Paterson (N.J.) Catholic 64-55 at the Prime Time Shootout. Paterson Catholic led 14-13, but the Warriors went on a 17-0 run to take a 35-20 halftime lead and they were never seriously challenged.  Oak Hill was led by 6-2 junior guard Isaiah Swann, who is the team's leading scorer, with 16 points. His first half dunk electrified the crowd. Virginia signee J.R. Reynolds and 6-6 senior Dion Dacons, the lone returning player for the Warriors,  had 14 points each. Connecticut recruit Marcus Williams scored eight points and Ohio State signee Ivan Harris had five.


Williams led with a game-high 16 points against St. John Neumann. Dacons had 15 points. Swann and Reynolds had twelve points each.


9. Minneapolis (MN) North (17-1)

The Polars defeated Totino Grace 67-44 Park Center 89-59 as senior Kevin Henderson had a game-high 17 points and 7-0 senior center James Davis added 16.


The Polars are averaging 81.5 points per game and are allowing just 63.3 points per contest. Davis is leading the team with 17.5 points per game. He is also averaging 15 rebounds per contest. Wisconsin signee Kammron Taylor and Justyn Burgess are contributing 17.2 points per game and Henderson is averaging 17.1 points. The Polars face Minneapolis Southwest Tuesday, Minneapolis South Friday and Minneapolis Patrick Henry Monday at the Target Center.


10. Orlando (FL) Edgewater (25-1)

The Eagles defeated Winter Park 80-30. They have three regular season games left this season.

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