Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Tuesday Night Recap...Cousins and Wall Make USA Prep Squad

Last night #7 Marion (Class 4A) faced off against #8 Monroe Central (Class 1A). The game was a battle for three quarters and then the Giants awoke. Marion outscored their opponent 30-7 in the 4th. Scott Wood had a hot hand last night and finished with 30 points. Marion, who is sitting in first place in their conference, will go head-to-head with Muncie Central, who happens to be knocking on the door in second place. This matchup will be Marion's last home game of the regular season. Marion is 16-2 on the year and Scott Wood is averaging 26.2ppg.

Last night LeFlore thrashed Wilcox-Central 94-59 to advance to play in this Friday's Regional Championship game against Eufaula. DeMarcus Cousins was right on par with his season average last night scoring 23 points and ripping down 13 boards. The 94 point output by LeFlore put a stamp in the Alabama record books. It was the most points ever scored in a 5A Regional game. LeFlore is 28-2 on the year and Cousins is averaging 22.9ppg.

LaQuinton Ross' Murrah crew had a disappointing end to their season. They fell short in the Conference Tournament last week and they lost last night to Olive Branch 68-55 in the State Playoffs. Ross scored 21 points in the loss but by no means was LaQuinton's season a bust. While Murrah had a shaky season, Ross was nearly unstoppable in his Sophomore campaign as he averaged 24.5ppg.

On another note, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall were named to the USA Basketball Prep Squad that will compete in the 12th annual Nike Hoops Summit on April 11th. They will be joined by Leslie McDonald, Mason Plumlee, Derrick Favors, Avery Bradley, Abdul Gaddy, Xavier Henry, John Henson, and Mike Moser. These high school studs will be playing in the Rose Garden against some of the finest athletes (under 19) from around the world.


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