Lance Stephenson

Primetime Shootout Day 1 In Trenton, NJ

On Saturday the Primetime Shootout moved over to the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ for the first of two days of action. The day was packed with elite prospects taking the floor in Trenton along with some big time match-ups team wise. The standout performances of the day were led by junior Lance Stephenson (pictured), (Lincoln, NY), senior Greg Monroe (Georgetown, Helen Cox, LA), junior Maalik Wayns (Villanova, Roman Catholic, PA), senior Kevin Jones (West Virginia, Mt. Vernon, NY) and junior Lamont “MoMo” Jones (Louisville, American Christian, PA).  

Recap of each game

Game 1 – Academy New Church (PA) vs. Timber Creek (NJ) Final 72-58

This game started out with each team making little runs at each other until ANC went on a 9-0 run to close out the 1st quarter. ANC led 18-12 going into the second quarter and continued to hold their lead throughout increasing it to a 36-24 lead going into halftime behind an 11-3 run. Sam Givens (Drexel) and Larry Loughery each had 13 points apiece for ANC. Timber Creek got a big half from junior Montez Blair who led all scorers with 14 points.

The second half belonged to ANC as they came out fast with a 10-4 run to blow the game wide open. After that they coasted to an easy victory 72 to 58. Sam Givens led ANC with 20 points and 8 rebounds he got help from Larry Loughery with 19 points and his younger brother Shannon Givens who finished with 13 points. Timber Creek received solid efforts from Marquise Smith with 19 points, Montez Blair totaled 16 points (only 2 in 2nd half) and Collin Johnson chipped in 14 points in defeat.

Game 2 – Hun School (NJ) vs. St. Augustine (NJ) Final 76-56

In the second game of the day it started close for most of the first quarter until Hun School made a 9-0 run near the end of the quarter. Giving them an 18-12 lead going into the second quarter. The second quarter went much like the 1st with the Hun School making a huge run to blow the game open headed into halftime. The Hun School really controlled the quarter taking a 41-23 lead into the half.

St. Augustine never really was able to make a run in the second half to close the gap. The Hun School was able to cruise to a 76-56 win. They got a great effort from the whole team and were led by Sterling Melville who had 16 points, Doug Davis totaled 12 points (only 2 in 2nd half) and Lance Goulbourne (Vanderbilt) along with Anthony La Lota added 10 points each. The Hermits got a big time performance from freshmen guard Isaiah Morton who finished with 19 points including three from behind the arc in the 4th quarter. Senior Josh Thompson added 16 points in the loss.

Game 3 – Mt. Vernon (NY) vs. Roman Catholic (PA) Final 74-73

This game was the most exciting of the day so far with each team being led by their star players. Each team started out quick with a big opening quarter. They traded baskets most of the first quarter with the lead flip flopping back and forth. Each star lived up to the hype turning in huge quarters with Kevin Jones (WVU) totaling 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 blocks for Mt. Vernon and Maalik Wayns (Villanova) finishing with 15 points on 5-6 from behind the arc. The game was tied at 22 apiece going into the second quarter. In the second quarter both players cooled off a bit and the game seemed to slow down. Roman Catholic took a 36-35 into halftime.

The second half was back and forth which each team holding a lead in the third quarter until Mt. Vernon took a two point advantage into the fourth quarter. Leading 56-54 at the start of the 4th quarter Mt. Vernon hit to quick buckets to take a six point lead but Roman fought right back tying it at 60 apiece. The lead continued to switch hands until was tied at 71 all with 1:32 left in the game. Mt. Vernon went up 73-71 on a basket from Kevin Jones but Roman Catholic came right back with two free throws by Will Kirkland. The game was won by freshmen Jabarie Hinds went he made one of two free throws to give his team a lead with 3 seconds to play. On the inbounds Mt. Vernon was able to hold on for a hard fought victory. The standout players in the game were Kevin Jones (WVU) 27 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks along with Sherrod Wright adding 22 points in the victory. Roman Catholic got a great effort by standout guard Maalik Wayns who had 26 points including seven 3 pointers also contributing nicely were the Kirkland twins Wes 13 points and Will 11 points in a tough loss.

Game 4 – American Christian (PA) vs. Rancocas Valley (NJ) Final 73-48

American Christian came out of the gates quickly hitting six 3 pointers in the first couple of minutes of the quarter. They held a 18-10 lead at the end of the first and continued to push the pace adding to their lead making it 24-12 early on in the 2nd quarter. Then Rancocas Valley made a 12-4 run behind guard Andre Byrdsong to cut the lead to four. Lamont Jones hit a big and one shot as the buzzer sounded send American Christian into the locker room with a 35-29 lead.

The second half belong to Lamont “MoMo” Jones and American Christian as he scored 16 points in the third quarter alone. This sweet shooting by Jones helped American Christian build a 57-38 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Coach TB as his is known cleared his bench as his team coasted to an easy win. Lamont Jones was the standout on the day for his team totaling a game high 25 points including seven 3 pointers. Jeremiah Kelly added 14 points along with star recruit Tyreke Evans who an off night only finishing with 7 points. Andre Byrdsong was the main producer for Rancocas Valley in the loss finishing with 22 points. He didn’t receive much help from his teammates.

Game 5 – St. Benedict’s (NJ) vs. Our Savior New American (NY) Final 77-63

This game started out a little slow before St. Benedict’s went on a 11-2 run expand their lead from 10-7 to 21-9. The run was sparked by lead guard Tamir Jackson and big man Samardo Samuels who helped their team hold the lead in the second quarter with each squad trading basket and St. Benedict’s heading into the half with a 35-25 lead. Samardo Samuels had 12 points in the half to lead St. Benedict’s also helping was Tamir Jackson with 10 points. OSNA were led by Gerardo Suero 9 points and Rayner Moquette 8points.

St. Benedict’s held onto their 10 point lead through the third quarter going into the fourth with a 53-43 lead. They were able to blow the game wide open at the beginning of the final quarter with a 9-3 run giving them a 62-46 lead that they would increase on way to a victory. St. Benedict’s got big games from Tamir Jackson who 26 points, Samardo Samuels totaled 23 points and Greg Echenique who chipped in 12 points. OSNA was led by game high scorer Gerardo Suero with 29 points and Rayner Moquette had a solid game with 17 points in defeat.

Game 6 – Helen Cox (LA) vs. Whitney Young (III) Final 62-58

In this game everyone was anxious to see Greg Monroe who some consider the #1 player in the class of 2008. He sometimes doesn’t play up to his tremendous ability leaving some to think that he might not be the top player in his class. He definitely showed why he is considered #1 in this game playing one of the most complete games I have seen him play. The other big name in this game was Marcus Jordan and yes he is the son of Michael Jordan. He is a 6’6 wing player from the class of 2009 who is an athletic player who finishes well on the inside. In this game though he didn’t have his best game having a off night.

 Whitney Young started quickly jumping out to an 8-2 lead in the first couple of minutes of the game. Then Helen Cox answered with a 14-4 run headlined by star player Greg Monroe who started to impact the game scoring 8 out of the 14 points on the run. Helen Cox took a 16-12 lead into the second quarter. Their offense slowed a little after a quick run to start the quarter and Whitney Young fought almost all the way back cutting the lead to 26-23 at the half. Greg Monroe led the cougars in the half with 14 points and 3 assists. Ahmad Starks led Whitney Young with 11 points in the first half.

In the second half Helen Cox was able to dominate on the inside with their size advantage on the boards getting easy inside points off put backs. They continued to build a decent lead heading into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter used a full-court press to fight their way back into the game. The pressure defense forced Helen Cox into turnovers letting them tie the game at 56 apiece. Then Helen Cox was able to force a big turnover and convert on two baskets to go up 60-56 with 21 seconds left. Helen Cox then gave Whitney Young a chance to force the game into overtime by missing 3 out of 4 free throws in the final 21 seconds.  The cougars of Helen Cox earned a hard fought victory over a quality team 62-58.

This was the most complete game of the year for Greg Monroe who finished with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. He showed all aspects of his game scoring from all areas of the floor along with his ball handling skills pushing the ball on the break at 6’10 and looking very smooth doing it. Trevon Flores and Calvin Thompson added solid performances for Helen Cox also with Flores totaling 18 points along with a handful of rebounds and Thompson finishing with 10 points. Whitney Young got a big game from Ahmad Starks who totaled 21 points including 5 from behind the arc also he was on the receiving end of passes from A.J. Rompza who totaled 12 points with a handful of dishes. Marcus Jordan was held to 7 points and never really seemed to get comfortable on the offensive with twin towers Monroe and Flores.

Game 7 – Lincoln (NY) vs. Rice (NY) Final 75-68

This game was a rematch of the New York’s Class AA state title game from last year which Lincoln came away victorious. The game also matched up two of the top teams nationally and rivals in New York this season for a big game on a big time stage. Lance Stephenson aka “Born Ready” came to prove to everyone he is the best player in the class of 2009 on this night.

Lincoln came out fast starting the game on a tear led by elite guard Stephenson who helped his team start on an 18-4 run. At the end of the quarter Lincoln led 20-9 behind 15 points from Stephenson who scored in a variety of ways. Rice fought back in the second period to cut into the lead going into halftime Lincoln got a big bucket at the end of the quarter by Stephenson giving them a 36-29. Lance Stephenson led all scorers in the half with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Rice was led by Kemba Walker (Uconn) who had 13 points.

The second half had Rice trying to turn the game into a full court run and gun show. They made a run in the third quarter behind solid play from Walker and Scott with pressure defense. Lincoln had a 53-46 lead going into the fourth quarter. Rice made another run in the fourth quarter closing to within two at 61-59 with 3:39 to play. Lance Stephenson then responded with two quick baskets to give Lincoln a 69-63 lead they would hold onto hitting key free throws down the stretch to seal the win. Lance Stephenson led all scorers with 33 points and 17 rebounds he got support from Buddha Ellis who totaled 14 points in the victory. Rice got big games from Kemba Walker who finished with 23 points and Durand Scott totaled 17 points.

Game 8 – St. Patrick (NJ) vs. Oak Hill Academy (VA) Final 63-54

This was a match-up of two of the elite programs in the country who always seem to be ranked in the top tier teams. St. Patrick was coming off a tough loss from the night before against rival St. Benedict’s at the “RAC”. Oak Hill Academy came into the game after a blowout victory the night before at the “RAC” against Piscataway. So one would believe it would be St. Pat’s that would come out a little   sluggish but instead it was OHA who started slow.

St. Pat’s was able to make a big run in the first quarter to open a close game and have a 21-10 lead going into the second quarter. They were able to hold Oak Hill off for the second quarter taking a 34-23 lead into the intermission. The Celtic’s got a big half from Dexter Strickland (UNC) 7 points and Paris Bennett 10 points. Brandon Jennings (Arizona) totaled 7 points for Oak Hill Academy.

The third quarter belonged to Brandon Jennings who scored 12 points to help Oak Hill fight almost all the back cutting the lead to 47-45 going into the fourth quarter. Oak Hill continued to stay close to St. Pat’s in the first couple minutes of the fourth quarter until St. Pat’s went on a 10-0 run after the T.V. timeout.  The Celtic’s were able to hold on for a big win over powerhouse Oak Hill Academy 63-54. The Celtic’s were led by Paris Bennett who finished with 19 points, Dexter Strickland who totaled 17 points and freshmen standout Michael Gilchrist who had a great game with 10 points and a handful of rebounds. He also had a few key blocks. Oak Hill got 27 points from Brandon Jennings in the loss but he didn’t get much support from his teammates. He also wasn’t able to step up and take the game over when his team was needed him to on this night like he has so many times. Pe’Shon Howard added 7 points also for Oak Hill.