January 22, 2018

National Hoopfest central: Scores, stories, highlights and more

National Hoopfest, established in 2011 as the Penny Hardaway Classic, is considered as one of the top high school basketball showcase events nationally. Over six years, the tournament has hosted 10 events, including Memphis, Las Vegas and Tampa. A 2015 game featuring Oak Hill Academy versus Hamilton High School (Memphis) was ESPN’s highest rated high school game of the year, reaching nearly six million viewers. The tournament has produced over 100 Division I scholarship athletes, including five NBA lottery picks.

This year, the National Hoopfest stop in the metropolitan area attracts some of the best locally and in the country. Luckily for you, MSA has it covered with recaps, stories, updates on recruits and more. Here’s your one-stop shop:

Friendship Tech (D.C.) 70, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) 51

Kenneth Tyree and Malik Miller both registered 17-point performances as Friendship Tech cruised past Cesar Chavez in the opening set of the National Hoop Fest at DeMatha Catholic High School, 70-51.

The game was tied at 15-15 after the first quarter, but Friendship Tech broke things open with an 18-6 second quarter to lead 33-21 at the half. Chavez brought it to 49-41 entering the fourth, but Friendship Tech closed the deal by outscoring its D.C. foe 21-10.

Friendship shot 47.9 percent from the floor (23-for-48) and 9.1 percent (1-for-9) from deep. Miasiah Brown paced Chavez with 14 points and four rebounds, which shot 31.1 percent from the floor as a team (19-for-61) and 25 percent from deep (5-for-20).

Rasheed Dupree added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists for Friendship. Tyree pulled down 11 rebounds to give him a double-double.

IMG Academy (Fla.) 96, McNamara 60

Behind Jahm’ius Ramsey’s 33 points, six rebounds and six assists, IMG Academy throttled Bishop McNamara in the second game of the day, 96-60.

The contest was never close as the Ascenders hung 27 points in the first quarter and led by 15 after eight minutes. IMG Academy put up 29 more in the second quarter and led 58-28 at the half. Josh Green, a 4-star recruit in the Class of 2019, posted 20 points, nine assists and six assist, and Silvio De Sousa (Kansas) recorded a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Darius Days (LSU) also had a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Garrett Kirkland paced McNamara, which shot 33.3 percent (20-for-60), with 12 points. IMG Academy shot 62.1 percent (36-for-58) and converted 7 of 15 shots from deep.

No. 9 Georgetown Prep 79, Westtown (Pa.) 77

Duke commit Cameron Reddish dropped 35 points, but Jared Bynum rose to the occasion to lead No. 9 Georgetown Prep to a staple win. Read the story below.

Jared Bynum leads No. 9 Georgetown Prep to staple win against Pa. power Westtown

USA Today Top 25 match-up: No. 11 Paul VI (Va.) 75, No. 21 Weslyean Christian (N.C.) 68

Paul VI, powered by Brandon Slater’s 24 points, dug out of an early deficit to down Weslyean Christian on Saturday night at DeMatha Catholic High School, 75-68.

The Panthers were down 14-3 off the bat, but outscored the North Carolina power 30-18 the rest of the first half to take a 33-32 lead into the break. Weslyean Christian regained control going into the final frame, 52-49, before Paul VI sealed the win with a 26-16 fourth quarter.

Slater (Villanova) added four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Sophomore Jeremy Roach had a 20-point outing on 8-for-17 shooting for Paul VI, which shot 50.9 percent (27-for-53) and 38.1 percent (8-for-21) from deep.

Aaron Wiggins (Maryland) paced Weslyean Christian, which shot 56.5 percent (26-for-46), with a game-high 25 points on 11-for-19 shooting.

No. 1 DeMatha 84, Oak Ridge (Fla.) 69

Justin Moore, recovering from an ACL tear, shines as No. 1 DeMatha routs Oak Ridge (Fla.)

About Kyle McFadden 388 Articles
Kyle McFadden is a graduate from Linganore High School's Class of 2014, a sports junkie and general news-hound. He got his start as a sports writer in January 2014 for Linganore's student-run newspaper The Lance, where he wrote 13 articles. McFadden then launched his own blog in October 2014 called The Beltway Dispatch covering collegiate, local high school and professional sports. Formally known as The Beltway Dispatch, McFadden and Evan Engelhard merged respective platforms in June 2015 to make what is now Maryland Sports Access. With baseball, basketball and golf experience, McFadden brings ample knowledge to the helm of MSA. McFadden covers a wide variety of sports in football, baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer and specializes in the collegiate and high school levels. McFadden volunteers his time at Damascus Road Community Church -- serving as a mentor to the youth, basketball coach at the varsity and junior varsity levels, and leads a small group of high school sophomores every Wednesday night. Although he's only been around journalism since January 2014, he's a high school sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun and freelancer for The Frederick News-Post. McFadden's work has also appeared in DMV newspapers The Aegis, The Capital Gazette, The Daily Times (Delmarva Now), The Hometown Observer, Howard County Times, Germantown Pulse and The Towson Times. He's also won two Mike Powell Excellence in Journalism awards and has appeared on The Best of SNO, which showcases top student work of high school and college journalists. McFadden currently studies at Frederick Community College and plans to transfer to the University of Maryland in the fall of 2018 to work on a bachelor's degree in journalism with aspirations to be a national college basketball writer.
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