College Basketball News' Top Ten Prep Poll
Bradshaw leads #10 White Station
Bradshaw leads #10 White Station

Posted Feb 24, 2003

The College Basketball News’ top eight teams remained the same as many teams had light schedules as they prepare for the playoffs or had games affected by the snowsotrms in the East. Minneapolis North fell out of the top ten, while Memphis (TN) White Station moved up.

1. Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (17-1*)

The Irish’s final regular-season game was postponed Sunday because of bad weather. The school said the game against Toledo Scott might be rescheduled as the school is working with Toledo Scott to see if the game can be played on Monday. However, the Toledo area got 9 inches of snow over the weekend with more expected. Toledo Scott is scheduled to play its first playoff game on Wednesday, so the game could go unplayed.  6-9 LeBron James, who was sitting out the game as part of a two-game suspension, was to have his jersey retired.


The Irish will face the winner of Medina Buckeye and Akron Kenmore on Saturday at Barberton High School. James is averaging 32.1 points per game.


2. Indianapolis (IN) Pike (20-0)

The Red Devils defeated Brebeuf Jesuit 80-60 as junior Courtney Lee scored 21 points and Xavier recruit Justin Cage added 15. Senior Parnell Smith had twelve points and Devon Thomas added eleven off the bench. Pike used a full-court, pressing defense to force the Braves into 21 turnovers.


They clinched their third consecutive Conference Indiana championship with a 113-60 rout of Martinsville (13-6) Friday. The Artesians entered the contest allowing just 49.1 points per game. The Red Devils had six players reach double figures. Cage and Lee scored 15 points each. IUPUI signee David Barlow had 13 points and six assists and senior Darren Yates scored 12 points. Pike scored 26 or more points in each quarter.


Pike shot 60.3% from the field (38 of 63) and 61.9% from the three-point range (13 of 21) and outrebounded Martinsville 36-23. They committed just six turnovers compared to 18 for the opponent.


Pike jumped out to a 26-8 lead in the first five minutes and was up 32-15 after one period.


Vaden is averaging 13.1 points per game and Cage is adding 12.6 points. Cage is shooting 62.5% from the field and 75% from the line. Barlow is averaging 5.0 assists per game.


Pike is averaging 74.6 points per game and allowing just 47.5 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 face #2 Lawrence North (17-1) Tuesday in their final home game of the season.


3. Columbus (OH) Brookhaven (20-1)

The Bearcats defeated Independence 62-57 in the City League Championship that was previously cancelled due to inclement weather. Oklahoma signee Andrew Lavender scored a game-high 22 points. 6-6 sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley had 14 points and 6-6 forward Brandon Foust had twelve.


They routed Columbus South 108-44 Friday in the first round of the Division I playoffs at the Columbus Fairgrounds Coliseum. The Bearcats jumped out to a 34-3 lead and led 55-10 at halftime. Foust had 19 points to lead six players in double figures. Lavender had 13 points and Cornley added twelve.


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.


The Bearcats face Marion Harding (3-14) Thursday. 


4. Beamount (TX) Ozen (29-0)

The Panthers opened postseason play with a 48-46 win over Killeen Harker Heights.

Senior center Kendrick Perkins made two free throws with 34 seconds left for a 47-45 lead, then forced a turnover with two seconds remaining to preserve the victory. Keena Young missed two free throws with 14 seconds left that could have sealed the game. Ozen guard Tony Ward was called for an intentional foul after becoming entangled with Harker Heights' Jejuan Plair, but Plair made only one of two attempts. Heights retained possession with six seconds, but did not get a shot off as Chris Pritchett lost possession of the ball as Perkins moved across the lane to block the shot.


The Memphis signee finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots. Fellow Memphis recruit Young led the Panthers with 21 points and 16 boards.


The Panthers face Brenham Tuesday. Brenham advanced with a 69-42 win over West Orange Stark.


5. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (27-2)

The Monarchs defeated Gahr (12-17) Friday in the first round of the CIF-SS Boys Division II-A Bracket. Princeton recruit Harrison Schaen led all players with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Minnesota recruit Wesley Washington and Maryland signee D.J. Strawberry added 18 points each. Sophomore point guard Mike Gerrity added eleven.


Washington is leading the team with 13.7 points per game. Strawberry is scoring 13.4 points and junior Marcel Jones is contributing 10.9 points per contest. Schaen is averaging 10.0 points and 8.6 rebounds per game


They face Hacienda Heights Wilson Tuesday. Wilson defeated Garden Grove 49-45.


6. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (20-0)

McQuaid Jesuit defeated Hilton 84-56 in the first round of the Section V Class A playoffs as West Virginia signee Tyler Relph had 24 points and ten assists. 6-8 Penn recruit Ryan Pettinella had 19 points and ten rebounds and 6-7 Marty O’Sullivan, who will play at Fairfield, added 18 points for McQuaid.


Relph, who was just named New York’s Mr. Basketball is averaging 21.1 points a game. O’Sullivan is averaging 17.7 points and Pettinella is contributing 17.3.


They will face #4 seed Irondequoit, who defeated Greece Olympia 63-49 on Monday.


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

The Mustangs had the week off after they extended their winning streak to 13 straight. Senior forward Linas Kleiza, one of the top unsigned seniors, is leading the team in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. The Mustangs are averaging 69.7 points per game. Their game versus Townson Catholic, scheduled for the 18th was rescheduled for the Thursday. Their contest against Spingarn on the 20th was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Mustangs face Takoma Academy Tuesday for Senior Night and Oak Hill Academy Saturday at the University of Virginia.  Their lone loss was to #9 Fairfax in the Iolani Classic.


8. Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy (29-3)

The Warriors defeated Ocala Shores Christian and Our Savior New American 78-66. Virginia signee J.R. Reynolds scored 24 in the win over Ocala Shores Christian. 6-2 junior guard Isaiah Swann, had 22 points and Connecticut recruit Marcus Williams had 17 points and eleven assists. Unsigned senior Dion Dacons added 16 points.


Their three-guard attack combined for 50 points in the victory over Our Savior New American. Reynolds had 23 points and Swann added 17. Williams had ten points and ten assists.


They face #7 Montrose Christian Saturday in Charlottesville.


9. Orlando (FL) Edgewater (30-1)

The Eagles defeated Apopka 83-56 in the Class 6A, District 3 semifinals as junior guard Darius Washington scored 37 points as he made 14 of 24 shots from the field. He had 21 by halftime and made four three-pointers. Demetrius Scott held Apopka’s leading scorer Dwayne Foreman to just two field goals. He also finished with 15 points. Jerome Boyd grabbed 19 rebounds and had ten points.


Edgewater bested Evans 80-65 in the Class 6A, District 3 championship as Washington had 40 points and eight steals. He had 17 of those points in the first quarter, as Edgewater jumped out to a 27-9 lead. Boyd had 14 points and eight rebounds and Scott scored 11.


The Eagles (30-1) will host Oak Ridge in Thursday's regional quarterfinals and could face Evans for a rematch in the regional finals.


10. Memphis (TN) White Station (27-2)

The Spartans beat Overton 70-63 as Tennessee signee Dane Bradshaw scored 18 points.

Dartmouth recruit Leon Pattman had twelve points and Jonathan Ball scored ten.


They won the Class AAA MIAA City Championship game 61-45 over Fairley. Pattman had 19 points, including four three-pointers. Travis Strong finished with 13 points and three three-pointers. Bradshaw had eight assists and four steals and Ball added five assists. Quinton Marion had four assists and nine points. White Station made 23 of 41 shots (56%) in the win.


Their third state title in four years is within reach. The Spartans will move onto the District 15, Region 8 playoffs.

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