1. Akron (OH) St. Vincent-St. Mary (19-1*)
The Irish defeated Firestone 90-43 without star LeBron James in the lineup. However, 5-10 point guard Dru Joyce III scored 31 points, making 12 of18 shots from the field, including six of eleven from three-point range. He scored 24 points in the second quarter. in St. V-M's 90-43 victory over Firestone on Monday night at Rhodes Arena. Freshman Marcus Johnson came off the bench and scored 15 points and senior forward Romeo Travis added 13 points for the Irish. They played the game after their Sunday contest versus Toledo Scott was cancelled due to inclement weather.
The Irish defeated Akron Kenmore 84-30 as James finished with a game-high 30 points. He had seven dunks in the contest.
Dru Joyce III scored 14 points for the Irish. Travis had 12 points and Corey Jones finished with 10. They led 55-19 at halftime and 70-21 after the third quarter.
The Irish face #13 Akron Hoban Tuesday in the district semifinal at the Canton Fieldhouse,
James is averaging 32.1 points per game.
2. Indianapolis (IN) Pike (21-0)
The Red Devils defeated Lawrence North (17-2) 75-67 in overtime in the season finale. Lawrence North scored six straight points to tie it up at 58 with 25 seconds remaining.
Robert Vaden, who scored ten points, hit a turnaround jumper over 6-11 Greg Oden to put Pike up 60-58 with five seconds left. However, Pike's Courtney Lee (23 points) fouled Brandon McPherson and the sophomore guard hit both free throws to force overtime.
McPherson gave the visitors a 63-60 lead seven second into overtime with a three-pointer, but Pike went on a 10-2 run to put the game away.
Senior Darren Yates scored 15 points.
Pike opens sectional play Tuesday against North Central at Noblesville High School (Sectional 9).
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.
3. Columbus (OH) Brookhaven (20-1)
The Bearcats defeated Marion Harding (3-15) 79-24 in the second round of the Division I playoffs. They opened up a 36-14 halftime led and outscore their opponent 27-3 in the third period.
Oklahoma signee Andrew Lavender scored a game-high 18 points. 6-6 sophomore forward Jamelle Cornley and Denzel Lyles each had 16 points. 6-6 forward Brandon Foust, who also signed with Oklahoma, had nine points.
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 (32-0)
The Panthers had a 49-48 regional quarterfinal victory over Brenham (28-8) for their second close playoff win. They had previously defeated Killeen Harker Heights 48-46.
The Panthers, who normally shot 68% from the line, made just eight of 22 attempt and missed the front end of two one-and-ones in the fourth quarter. 6-11 Senior center Kendrick Perkins, who finished with a team-high 13 points, was held to just three points and one rebound in the first half. He made all five of his field goal attempts in the second half and finished with eight points and five rebounds in the third quarter.
Ozen led 45-35 with 6:05 to go, but Brenham cut the lead to 46-43 with 3:12 remaining. Forward Keena Young and guard Andre “Peanut” Boutte missed the front ends inside the final minute that could have sealed the win. Brenham made a three-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point game.
The Panthers bested Houston Kashmere (23-9) 68-47 in the Region III-4A semifinal game. Ozen, coached by Andre Boutte defeated his father-in-law, Walter Yates Sr. in the matchup. Kashmere had previously upset Angleton and Houston Jones, led by standout junior Daniel Gibson. Kashmere's depth suffered a blow when senior guard Terrance Harris required surgery for a broken jaw after the Rams' win over Jones Tuesday.
Perkins had 28 points, 19 rebounds and blocked eight shots. The Panthers got a boost from the return of guard Rayburn Morris, who has been sidelined most of a month with an ankle injury. Morris scored seven of his 11 points in the second quarter and joined Perkins, who had 14 points and 12 rebounds by half, in getting Ozen a lead as big as 17 points in the first half. Yates' grandson, Andre Boutte Jr. made just two of eight three-pointers, but helped the Panthers lead 34-19 at intermission.
Ozen dominated the glass, outrebounding their opponent 46-19. The Rams finished just 18 of 58 from the field and were only two of twelve from three-point range.
Senior forward Keena Young scored 12 of his 17 points after half
They defeated #4 Killeen Ellison (35-2) 54-45 for their third straight trip to the Class 4A state tournament. The Eagles had won 29 straight before falling to Ozen.
Perkins, who was named to the McDonald’s All-American game, had 20 points, 20 rebounds and 11 blocked shots. Perkins’ shotblocking and altering of shots had an effect on the Eagles as they shot just 23% (15 of 64) from the floor.
Ozen is 100-3 the past three seasons> They won the title in 2001 and lost to College Basketball News’ #1 team Dallas Lincoln in the finals last season.
They face San Antonio Houston 29-10 in the semifinals Thursday and the winner will face the winner of Fort Worth Dunbar/Dallas South Oak Cliff in the championship game Saturday.
5. Mater Dei, Santa Ana, Calif. (29-2)
The Monarchs defeated Hacienda Heights Wilson 92-48 as Minnesota recruit Wesley Washington had 33 points. Princeton recruit Harrison Schaen scored 20 points and Maryland signee D.J. Strawberry added ten points.
They best Victor Valley 89-59 as Washington had 16 points and Schaen and Strawberry added 15 points each. Trevante Nelson and Mike Gerrity had ten points in the win.
Washington is leading the team with 14.4 points per game. Strawberry is scoring 13.3 points and junior Marcel Jones is contributing 10.8 points per contest. Schaen is averaging 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
They face Redondo Union Tuesday in the semifinals.
6. Rochester (NY) McQuaid Jesuit (23-0)
Tournament MVP Marty O’Sullivan scored 30 points and West Virginia signee Tyler Relph added 26 as McQuaid defeated seventh-seeded Marshall 85-73 in front of a capacity crowd of 10,500 at Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial in the Section V Class A championship game.
McQuaid outscored the Jurists 28-11 in the fourth quarter and scored the final 13 points of the contest after trailing 73-72.
The Knights were 34 of 38 from the free throw line. Relph made all ten attempts and O’Sullivan converted 14 of 16. O’Sullivan scored 15 points in each half and was named MVP. Relph made four of eight from three-point range and junior guard Jack Leasure added 16 points.
Relph’s final three-pointer put the Knights ahead for good 75-73 with 3:07 to go. .
McQuaid Jesuit previously defeated Irondequoit 76-56 in the second round of the Section V Class A playoffs as O’Sullivan, who will play at Fairfield, had 27 points and 13 rebounds. He made 12 of 19 shots from the field. Relph had 20 points as he made four of eight from three-point range. Leasure added 12 points
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 6-8 Penn recruit Ryan Pettinella is contributing 17.3.
They plays East in Wednesday’s 8:45 p.m. state qualifier.
7. Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian (19-1)
The Mustangs defeated Oak Hill 73-65 at the University of Virginia.as senior forward Linas Kleiza had a game-high 28 points and 17 rebounds. Keliza felt that he was snubbed for the McDonald’s all-American Game and outshined Oak Hill's Ivan Harris, who went scoreless.
Montrose jumped pout to a 14-5 lead and never trailed. Kleiza scored nine of their 25 first-quarter points and the Mustangs extended its lead to 14 points late in the second quarter.
They previously defeated Takoma Academy 79-44.
Kleiza, one of the top unsigned seniors, is leading the team in scoring, averaging 19.6 points per game. He is considering Missouri, Connecticut and North Carolina State. The Mustangs are averaging 69.7 points per game.
They face Townson Catholic Tuesday. This game was originally scheduled for the 18th and 27th, but was cancelled due to inclement weather. Their lone loss was to #9 Fairfax in the Iolani Classic.
8. Orlando (FL) Edgewater (31-1)
The Eagles defeated Evans 80-65 in the Class 6, District 3 championship as junior guard Darius Washington had 40 points and eight steals. He had 17 points in the first quarter as Edgewater jumped out to a 27-9 lead. Jerome Boyd had 14 points and eight rebounds and Demetrius Scott scored 11.
The Eagles later defeated Oak Ridge 81-58 in regional quarterfinals and move onto the Region 1 boys basketball semifinals Tuesday night against Oviedo. Washington led the Eagles with 38 points, five rebounds and six steals. Scott was the only other player to reach double figures as he had ten points.
9. Memphis (TN) White Station (20-2)
The Spartans beat Overton 85-57 in the 15-AAA semifinals as Travis Strong scored 22 points to lead four players in double figures. Dartmouth recruit Leon Pattman scored 14 points and Jonathan Ball added eleven. Quentin Marion finished with ten points.
They later defeated Kirby 85-68 in the 15-AAA championship game as Pattman and Strong scored 17 points each.
The Spartans are going for their third state title in four years
10. Los Angeles (CA) Fairfax (26-2)
The Lions will face their biggest rival Westchester for the city title at the Forum Saturday. It will be the seventh meeting between the two schools in the last two seasons. Westchester has won four times, including last year's City final.
They advanced with a 53-49 win over Cleveland and 62-46 victory over Carson in the semifinals. Jamal Boykin finished with 15 points and Alex Bausley added 13 in the win over Cleveland.
6-6 Bausley scored 17 points and helped slow down 6-9 Maryland recruit Ekene Ibekwe to 15 points in the City Championship semifinal game over Carson. The Lions had three other players reach double figures, with Josh Shipp and Jason Gilzene having eleven points apiece and Boykin added ten. Fairfax led by 18 points at halftime, and Carson (23-4) never got closer than 12 points in the second half.