It was another exciting and long day at the National Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College. Nine games took place with some of the best prep school teams in the nation battling it out. The day started with Lee Academy (ME) edging CJEOTO (NJ) 57-54 as Kiefer Douse scored 15 points. NetScouts Basketball Player of the Game Gunnar Bjornson came off the bench to score 14 points including some big free throws down the stretch.
The Robinson School then edged La Jolla Prep 57-55 as Dawan Lightly scored 21 points on 5-of-8 from long distance. Cleveland State recruit Darnell Harris scored 20 for La Jolla on 6-for-12 three’s. New Hampton Prep (NH) then topped St. John’s Northwest Military Academy (WI) 61-53. Notre Dame signee 6’9 Zach Auguste had one of the better performances of the event with 16 points and 19 rebounds. 6’8 Aaron Ross led St. John’s with 16 points.
The next contest was a TV game with Notre Dame Prep running away from Canarias (Spain) 89-70. 7’0 Steven Adams (Pitt) looked even better today scoring 20 on 9-for-12 shooting, pulling down nine rebounds and blocking three shots. Myles Davis (Xavier) led the winners with 21 points. The crowd increased for the next game featuring South Kent’s Ricky Ledo (Providence). South Kent beat NIA Prep in the contest 62-52 as Ledo went for 21 and 12. 7’0 center Laimonas Zhatkeviciu (Kansas State) added 15 for the winners.
St. Thomas More then had no problem taking care of Mont Clare Academy 94-64 as player of the game A.J. English scored 17 points on 3-for-4 from outside the arc. Rodney Sanders led the winners with 19 points. Rene Castro scored 34 points in the performance of the day as Worcester Academy beat Phelps School (PA) 77-70. The 6’0 junior also had seven rebounds and four assists. The PG is drawing high major interest from Stanford, Georgetown, Seton Hall and others. Winchendon School then gave an offensive clinic in defeating Vermont Academy 68-46. 6’5 Nicholas Victor registered a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. In the final game Bridgton Academy edged New Hope (MD) Academy 75-69 behind 23 points and 15 rebounds from 6’7 Marcus Crider.