Event Recaps

Montrose Christian wins ESPN RISE NHSI Championship

After Oak Hill (VA) and Montrose Christian (MD) went into double-overtime in their first match-up earlier this season, it was no surprise that another double-overtime game was needed to decide the winner of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational (NHSI) as Montrose Christian beat Oak Hill, 71-64.

The game started off slowly for these two high-scoring teams as neither squad made a field goal in the first 4:41 to start the game. For most of the first quarter, there was a fast pace with teams committing turnovers however they were unable to score on the other end in transition. Both teams were consistently getting into the lane but were not able to score in traffic which caused them to get their shots blocked or throw up wild attempts that weren’t close. Getting the ball in the hoop was even a difficulty for Oak Hill guard and McDonald’s All-American Quinn Cook (Duke) and Montrose Christian forward Justin Anderson as they combined for just one field goal made in the first half. The two teams went onto score just 14 total points to end the quarter and headed into the second quarter with Oak Hill leading, 8-6.

The second quarter was a different story for both teams as they combined for 36 points and were able to convert on three-point attempts and second-chance lay-ups around the basket. Montrose Christian forward Michael Carrera epitomized the style of the game as more than half of his 10 points came off of second-chance opportunities as he added six rebounds heading into the half. Overall, Montrose Christian dominated the glass by accumulating a +15 rebounding advantage with Carrera, Anderson, and junior forward Kevin Larsen crashing the boards. However, they entered halftime with a two-point deficit, down 24-22, as they committed as many turnovers as they made field goals (eight) and were unable to contain Cook as he scored nine of his 11 points in the second quarter and had no turnovers.

The third quarter was the highest scoring quarter for each team as Montrose Christian guard Tyrone Johnson (Villanova) started hitting some shots along with dishing out assists and Carrera had his highest scoring quarter with seven points. Montrose Christian also continued their dominance on the glass which eliminated second-chance points for Oak Hill and limited them to one shot per possession. Oak Hill often wasted their one shot by taking contested three-pointers early in the shot-clock without slashing into the lane or even making passes. However, Oak Hill was able to get some easy transition points which gave them a 42-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Each team went back to their first quarter style of play as they combined for just 21 points and shot poorly from the field. It was close throughout the quarter and came down to the final minute of regulation as Montrose Christian had the ball with 40.1 seconds left with a two-point deficit facing them. However, a turnover by Montrose Christian led to Cook throwing a ½ court pass to Oak Hill forward Damien Wilson who slammed home the easy two, giving them a 52-48 lead. Momentum switch hands once again as Johnson hit two clutch free throws for Montrose Christian with 31.2 seconds left and then again when he hit a mid-range jumper with 17 seconds left to tie up the game, 52-52.  Oak Hill then held the ball for one last shot and had Cook, their star point guard, take one last shot. With four seconds left, he launched a long, contested three-point attempt which hit the iron and sent the game into overtime.

Heading into the first overtime period, Montrose Christian had all of the momentum after coming back in the final minute to tie up the game but Oak Hill refused to let their disappointing finish in the fourth quarter influence how they played in overtime. Each team continued to play to their strengths as Montrose Christian consistently out-rebounded Oak Hill despite their size disadvantage and Cook took over the Oak Hill offense by hitting numerous floaters and a three-pointer. Oak Hill again had the one-point lead and the ball with 16 seconds left when Johnson fouled Cook and sent him to the line for a one-and-one. Cook hit both free throws which gave Oak Hill a three-point lead and Montrose Christian the ball in the closing seconds. Oak Hill chose not to foul Montrose Christian, allowing Johnson to hit Anderson for a three-pointer which tied up the game with two seconds left. Cook missed a ¾ court shot in the remaining seconds which sent them game into double-overtime.

Montrose Christian blew out Oak Hill in the second overtime period as they outscored Oak Hill, 9-2. Key players for Oak Hill such as Wilson and guard Jordan Adams, who combined for 32 points in the game, shot poorly from behind the arc and on the wing which allowed Montrose Christian to run away with the game. Other than Johnson (21 points), Carrera (20 points and 13 rebounds), and Justin Anderson (15 points and 11 rebounds), big-man Kevin Larsen came up huge for Montrose Christian as he helped his team win the rebounding battle, 54-21, pulling down nine of his own and adding 10 points. Johnson ended up being the tournament MVP as he shot 11-11 from the free throw line in the game and hit clutch shots to keep Montrose Christian alive. He scored 55 points over the three-day tournament but was more important in his role as a facilitator as he made great passes giving his teammates easy buckets. Johnson played his best game of the tournament in the championship game and gave Montrose Christian the 71-64 win, in a double-overtime game that will surely be remembered for years.

Florida football commit Jacoby Brissett among standouts in first day of NHSI

With the first day of the ESPN RISE National High School Invitational (NHSI) over, it’s time to recap the quarterfinals and review how each team played. Below you can find notes on the whole day of games and stats including scores broken down by quarter and the points and rebounding leaders after the first day.


Florida football commit Jacoby Brisset was the second highest scorer today only behind #1 prospect Austin Rivers and shot close to 70% from the field while pulling down five rebounds too. He consistently knocked down tough pull-up jumpers on the wing and top of the key with a defender in his face which kept Dwyer in the game and eventually led them to a comeback victory over two-time NHSI Champ Findlay Prep. Brisset also did a good job on the defensive end by using his strength and power to keep his defender in front of him and out of the line. If it weren’t for him, Dwyer would have been blown out.

Duke-commit and #1 overall prospect Austin Rivers was the leading scorer yesterday and also one of the top rebounders as his Winter Park (FL) squad fell to Boys & Girls (NY). He finished the day with 31 points and nine rebounds and opened up opportunities for his teammates to score as well. His incredibly effective jab-step and great slashing skills consistently got him open looks from the perimeter and in the lane around the bucket. He used his size advantage over his defender intelligently too by simply shooting over him at times and at one point going up for an alley-oop. He was the reason his team was leading for a large chunk of the game but he was unable to hit a few late-threes that would have tied up the game and send it possibly into overtime.

McDonald’s All-American Duke-commit Quinn Cook played one of the best games in the tournament by scoring 27 points (third), dishing out six [impressive] assists, and pulling down six rebounds. He has shown the most improvement throughout the year by developing a very good three-point shoot and put it on display as he went 5-9 from behind the arc and hit multiple fade-away threes with a man in his face. He simply couldn’t miss at times and then showed his most lethal attribute by passing six impressive dimes which consistently led to easy lay-ups. Cook’s court-vision is unbelievable and with his ability to score he will be very hard to stop not only during the rest of this tournament but also at Duke.

Although in a losing effort, John Carroll’s Ronald Scott did an unbelievable job keeping his team in the game against the #1 seed Montrose Christian by shooting over 60% from behind the arc (5-8) and using his quickness and ball-handling skills to get open shots in the mid-range game and around the basket. His 25 points were fourth-best today and came at critical times as he made several shots when it looked like Montrose was about to pull away. He made up for the rest of his teams’ inability to score and played good defense as well by constantly pressuring Montrose Christian’s guards and forcing many turnovers.


  • Arizona-commit Nick Johnson (#27) was constantly getting to the line in Findlay Prep’s loss to Dwyer as he went 12-17 from the line and scored 22 points (5th). He also had monster dunk which re-energized the crowd and his team.
  • Villanova-commit Tyrone Johnson played very well for Montrose Christian as he was their leading scorer with 19 points. He was able to consistently get into the lane and used his size and strength to finish around the basket.
  • Boys & Girls’ big-man Leroy Fludd had a quiet but vital double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) as he controlled the glass against Winter Park en route to a 63-58 upset-victory.
  • Winter Park guard Austin Keel stepped up big by scoring 16 points and pulling down eight rebounds and by hitting an important three with less than a minute left that kept his team in the game.
  • Boys & Girls’ star Malik Nichols had 20 points and eight rebound in their upset-win over Winter Park and was able to get open looks in the lane and at the top of the key.
  • East Carolina-commit Paris Campbell-Roberts played a good game (15 points) in a blowout-loss to Oak Hill. The Pirates got a steal by getting him and he will make a big impact for them.
  • Oak Hill dominated the glass with A.J. Hammons (11 points, 11 rebounds) and Jordan Adams (20 points, 9 rebounds) which is an important part of their success as a team.
  • Maryland-commit Justin Anderson was quiet much of the game as his Montrose Christian squad took on John Carroll. He needs to be more aggressive and attack the basket more.

Quarter-by-Quarter Score Breakdown for Each Game

Teams 1st  Quarter 2nd  Quarter 3rd Quarter FINAL SCORE
Montrose Christian vs. John Carroll 26-24 Carroll 35-35 Tied 51-43 Montrose 64-59 Montrose
Findlay Prep vs. Dwyer 14-12 Findlay 32-24 Dwyer 49-45 Findlay 70-61 Dwyer
Winter Park vs. Boys & Girls 15-8 Boys & Girls 31-24 WP 46-44 WP 63-58 Boys & Girls
Oak Hill vs. United Faith 16-15 Oak Hill 40-28 Oak Hill 54-39 Oak Hill 86-52 Oak Hill

Points and Rebounding Leaders after the Quarterfinals

Points Rebounds
31- Austin Rivers (Winter Park) 12- Leroy Fludd (Boys & Girls)
30- Jacoby Brissett (Dwyer) 11- A.J. Hammons (Oak Hill)
27- Quinn Cook (Oak Hill) 9- Austin Rivers (Winter Park)
25- Ronald Scott (John Carroll) 9- Jordan Adams (Oak Hill)
22- Nick Johnson (Findlay Prep) 8- Justin Anderson (Montrose Christian)

Anderson steals the show, Gilchrist quiet, in #1 vs. #2 showdown

In the much-anticipated match-up between #1 ranked St. Patrick and #2 St. Anthony, the second-ranked recruit in the class of 2011 Michael Gilchrist was quiet offensively with a season-low seven points against the #25 prospect in the class of 2012, Kyle Anderson, who lead St. Anthony to a 62-45 victory, likely giving them the National Championship.

In a game expected to be dominated by Gilchrist and Anderson, the complimentary players for each team stepped up in the first quarter as Derrick Gordon had 11 of the St. Patrick’s 19 points and Myles Mack had seven of St. Anthony’s 13 points. Although he didn’t have a stellar offensive quarter, Gilchrist played well on defense holding Anderson to two points and by grabbing three early rebounds as well as two steals. He also chipped in two assists. Anderson only had two points, one rebound, and one steal.

Gilchrist continued to dominate defensively for St. Patrick in the second quarter as he had four blocks and held Anderson to four points. However, Anderson utilized his length beautifully by hitting two turn-around, fade-away, mid-range jumpers which helped St. Anthony tie up the game at 21 with 4:27 left in the first half. The St. Patrick defense held St. Anthony to two points the rest of the quarter and Gilchrist hit a three giving them a 28-23 lead to enter the half.

St. Anthony got off to a great start to begin the third quarter with a 9-0 run giving them a 32-28 lead just a couple minutes into the second half. However, St. Patrick quickly responded to St. Anthony’s run by having a 7-0 run of their own reclaiming the lead, 35-32, on a three-point play by Gordon. Gordon continued to play well in the third quarter scoring in a variety of ways. By the end of third quarter, he had 23 points. Mack refused to go down easily and led St. Anthony to another comeback to tie the game at 39 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. St. Patrick hit a free throw giving them a 40-39 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

St. Anthony got off to another quick start in the final quarter scoring the first eight points, giving them a 47-40 lead. St. Anthony outscored St. Patrick 23-5 in the final quarter, winning 62-45. Anderson and Mack played well in the fourth quarter Gilchrist ended the game with 7 points, 15 rebounds, and five blocks.

Gilchrist stars on Senior Night

As an undefeated St. Patrick’s squad entered senior night against Marist, they came away with a convincing victory, 84-48, keeping their hopes for an unblemished record and national championship alive. #2 overall recruit Michael Gilchrist showed his versatility throughout the game by accumulating 15 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, two blocks, and two assists in just three-quarters. In the first quarter, Gilchrist started out slow scoring just one point and attempting just two shots from the field. He primarily played a secondary role on offense on the perimeter and high-post distributing the ball around the floor. However, he did get involved on defense by coming up with three rebounds and two steals, helping the Celtics to a 20-5 lead at the end of the quarter.

Gilchrist broke out in the second quarter by scoring 12 points and having three rebounds and two steals once again. He showed his versatility by getting a rebound and going coast-to-coast for his first field goal of the game and then scoring inside the paint twice and hitting a mid-range jumper. He was also perfect from the free throw line hitting all four of his foul shots, giving the Celtics a 41-19 lead, heading into the half.

It was more of the same for Gilchrist in the third quarter as he was a jack-of-all-trades with five rebounds, three assists, two points, and two blocks, despite sitting out for a good portion of the quarter. It was all started when he got an offensive rebound and put-back lay-up on the Celtics’ first possession and then a few possession later came up with some blocks that started the break and ended up being assists. St. Patrick’s then headed into the final quarter of the game with a 66-34 lead.

With a 32-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, Celtic’s coach Kevin Boyle decided to sit his super-star for the rest of the game. St. Patrick’s played a great game throughout by applying a full-court and half-court trap in the first half which built up a huge lead that they were able to hold for the rest of the game. The next game for St. Pat’s is on Sunday at 4:00 at Rahway high school against Gil St. Bernard’s.

Beal explodes for 40 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals in win

Brad Beal showed why he is a top-ten prospect as he led Chaminade (MO) to a victory over the B.J. Young-led McCluer North (MO), 76-58. He was a jack-of-all-trades tonight with 40 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 blocks, and 3 steals. Beal started off the game strong scoring eight points in the first quarter getting Chaminade out to a 14-7 lead as well as playing extremely well on defense with two steals and a monster block that sent the ball into the stands. He showed very good athleticism on both offense and defense and had nice dribble-penetration and good body control when he got into the lane. Beal displayed nice passing skills with an impressive alley-oop as well. On the other side of the floor, B.J. Young got off to a slow start in the first quarter scoring just three points but he did do a good job driving and getting into the lane which later benefited him.

Beal played a magnificent second quarter too racking up 13 points en route to a 34-24 lead at the half. Just before the half ended and McCluer North made a short run, Beal made a nasty dunk that gave him 21 first-half points to McCluer North’s 19. He showed his versatility by posting-up on the block and then coming back and knocking down a couple of long threes too. He had another monster block as well in the quarter and pulled down a few rebounds. Young played better this quarter by not only finishing when he got into the lane but by being unguardable when he only had one defender on him (which was rare though). He finished with nine points in the first half but finished through contact well and drew fouls on Chaminade defenders.

The third quarter was more of the same for Beal as he started it with a quick steal and long three-pointer, which was a third of his third quarter points, en route to a 54-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter. McCluer North was able to draw six fouls in less than three minutes to start the second half and played a nice full-court press that created turnovers and lay-ups. The press also disrupted Beal’s flow but he still made three nba-range three-pointers and dished out four assists. This was Young’s best quarter of the game with nine points and very good defense but his McCluer North team was still not able to cut the lead to double digits.

Chaminade extended their lead to 20-plus points for most of the fourth quarter as Beal scored ten more points and had another impressive block. BJ Young played quite well overall and finished with 18 points despite constantly being double-teamed. Both he and Beal showed good three-point range (Beal made five NBA-range three-pointers) and strength to finish through contact once they got into the lane. Because of this game, Beal was moved up from #9 to #6 in my class of 2011 rankings.

Oak Hill Cooks Christ School at Cameron Indoor as Coach K looks on

Duke commit Quinn Cook (#23) lived up to his billing tonight when Oak Hill (VA) defeated the Marshall Plumlee (Duke) led Christ School (NC), 78-64. Cook got off to a quick start as he scored six of Oak Hill’s first eleven points and dished out four assists to get the Warriors out to a 25-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. He did a great job of utilizing the dribble-drive and penetrated the defense beautifully where he knocked down a couple of mid-range jumpers and found guys on the perimeter who knocked down the three. He also used his great floor vision to find open teammates in transition to get the easy buckets. On the opposite side of the court, Plumlee wasn’t a force on offense scoring just two points but he did have two blocks and altered a few more.

Oak Hill continued to control the game as they went into the half with a 43-27 lead. Cook added five points and two assists in the second quarter to bring his totals to 11 points and six assists at the half. He also exhibited a nice floater in the lane when he attacked and split the 2-3 zone. To this point, Ben McLemore (#25) was very quiet on offense only scoring three points and missing some open threes but he did a good job keeping himself involved in the game by rebounding and finding the open man when he had the ball in his hands. Plumlee was once again silent scoring two points and adding another block due to playing limited minutes.

The Warriors extended their lead to the largest of the game in the first three quarters as they led Christ School 56-38 heading into the final eight minutes of the game. The third quarter epitomized the theme of the game went as Cook had five points and two assists and Plumlee was non-existent with no points or blocks. The highlight of this quarter was a Cook to McLemore alley-oop, which was McLemore’s only points of the quarter. Cook again displayed his nice floater and showed how good he can be on defense registering a couple of steals and staying his front of his man beautifully.

Cook started off the fourth quarter quickly with a couple of easy transition lay-ups and had his highest scoring quarter of the game with 10 of his game-high 26 points. He also had a game-high nine assists. The final quarter was more of the same as Plumlee only scored three points (finished with nine) and was almost non-existent on the glass. However, his stats are really hurt by the type of team he plays on since he is the only one who boxes out consistently and has to get the rebound over two or three opponents at a time. He also gets few touches in the post and has to play out on the perimeter since Christ School is guard-oriented. McLemore’s points are also hurt since he plays for a team that is loaded with talent that has numerous guys who can score in double figures every game. Although Oak Hill only won by 14, they were up by twenty-plus points a lot of the second half and Christ School was not in the game since the first quarter.

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