Boys basketball: Hilton Invitational results

By Stephen Black

Score Atlanta

Carver (Ala.) 48, North Cobb 38: Carver senior wing Jeremy Johnson, who is committed to play football at Auburn next year, scored all 16 of his points in the second half to help his team overcome a 22-15 halftime deficit in the opening game at Norcross.

North Cobb led 30-29 going into the fourth, but a solid defensive effort by Carver stymied the Warriors, whose two point guards, Saxon Steele and Dennis Young-Coleman, were both out injured. It was the first game Young-Coleman has missed this season.

Senior center Jordan Neff led North Cobb with 12 points, while senior forward Lee Moore had 11. Junior forward Demetrius Houston had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Carver.

Miller Grove 104, Memphis-East (Tenn.) 56: Kyre’ Hamer made 16 of 19 shots and scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Wolverines in a rout of Memphis-East in the second game of the day at Norcross. Miller Grove dominated the entire game, and led 27-11 after one period and 51-25 at the half. The Wolverines had 89 points on the board after three quarters.

In addition to Hamer’s scoring outburst, junior guard Keith Pinkney had 22, freshman point guard Alterique Gibson had 17 and senior guard Earl Bryant had 10. Hamer, a senior shooting guard, scored 37 in the first three quarters of play.

Greater Atlanta Christian 81, M.L. King 48: In the only battle between two Georgia programs in the Hilton Invitational, the Spartans rolled to an easy win behind senior guard Collin Swinton’s 19 points. M.L. King was a late replacement team for Olympic (N.C.), which backed out of the trip on Friday.

Greater Atlanta Christian jumped out to a 17-6 lead after one period, as Swinton scored eight of the Spartans’ points. GAC expanded its lead to 42-17 at the half, with Swinton accounting for 17 of them.

M.L. King was led by senior wing Abiodune Short’s 13 points. Junior forward Isaiah Wilkins had 16 points and seven blocks for GAC.

Eagle’s Landing 67, Flora McDonald Academy (N.C.) 55: Eagle’s Landing broke open a 2-point lead with five minutes left to win convincingly. The Golden Eagles were led by senior guards Isaiah Dennis and Eric Wortham (a Middle Tennessee State signee), who each had 19 points.

Dennis scored six points in the first quarter as Eagle’s Landing led 18-15. Flora McDonald, however, stayed close at the half and trailed just 29-28 as Jared Scott poured in 11. Dennis also had 11 at the half.

Norcross 68, DeMatha (Md.) 67: The hosts led throughout and staved off a late charge by DeMatha. A 51-35 lead at the end of three melted away as DeMatha senior point guard Jarius Lyles, a Virginia Commonwealth commitment, scored 21 in the final period to make things interesting.

Lyles finished with a game-high 36 points while senior guard Brandon Goodwin led Norcross with 21. At the half, Norcross held a 31-25 lead as Goodwin and Lyles each had 11 points.

Christ School (N.C.) 60, Wheeler 52: Wheeler led 28-25 at the half but Christ School rode a 16-10 edge in the third quarter to gain a lead it would not relinquish. The Greenies expanded their lead to 46-38 with five minutes left in the game, but Wheeler’s Trevin Steede hit two consecutive 3-pointers to bring the Wildcats to within two. Christ School ended the game on a 14-8 run.

11 comments Add your comment

Hubert Green

January 26th, 2013
11:17 pm

Miller Grove is clicking on all cylinders; very impressive today. I was disappointed in Memphis East; Nick King play uninspired for them. GAC is on a roll after losing Delano Spencer, their leading scorer to grades. The team actually looks more cohesive without him. Not sure what to make of Wheeler; they were supposed to be much improved after getting three players back for the second semester, but they inexplicably lost to Roswell again, and this Christ School team is not nearly as strong as in past years. Norcross keeps getting better and more confident each day with everybody back and playing. From what I can tell they have about six new key players this year. . North Cobb’s losing two good players made it difficult for me to evaluate them. The most talented team in the state is still Tift County.

Tony

January 27th, 2013
9:07 am

Miller Grove: Just wow.

Norcross: I think that they’ll be state champs.

North Cobb: Probably won’t go deep absent the point guard/leading scorer Saxton Steele out with toen ACL.

Wheeler: This is Christ School team is the same team that Wheeler beat a month ago when Wheeler was significantly shorthanded. Now at full strength, with an abundance of elite talent on paper, Wheeler is inexplicably losing games that they should be winning. Lot’s of questions at Wheeler given the talent levelcompared to the production. Youth isn’t an excuse. Milton went 24-8 and went to the final in 08-09, with 3 sophmore and a freshman as starters and the 4 leading players.

Medley

January 27th, 2013
11:19 am

Thanks to Hilton and Norcross for sponsoring another good tournament. Please try to get some decent food for fans next year. Metro Atlanta has some very good programs. I was especially impressed with the coaching and play of Eagles Landing. I find it to be embarrassing to witness the lack of competitiveness from Memphis East and I plan to share this perspective to their administration. It’s unacceptable to travel out of state and misrepresent your school and community the way those coaches did with an obvious lack of intensity, preparedness, and worst of all, effort. I don’t see where Miller Grove benefited from the experience. Paying fans deserved far more than to witness what seemed like an over matched preseason scrimmage game.

HENJAMCOL

January 27th, 2013
4:48 pm

I WILL TELL EVERYONE IF WANT TO COUNT OUT NORTH COBB U GO RITE A HEAD. STEELE IS A GREAT PLAYER BUT I STILL SAY THEY WILL MAKE A GREAT RUN IN THIS YEARS TOURNAMENT. DON’T SLEEP ON THE WARRIORS.

HENJAMCOL

January 27th, 2013
4:57 pm

I LOVE HS BASKETBALL & WAS TRULY DISAPPIONTED IN THE MEMPHIS TEAM I AGREE WITH MEDLEY, SOMEONE SHOULD CONTACT THAT SCHOOL AND LET THEM KNOW WHAT THAT COACHING STAFF IS DOING. IT WAS HARD TO WATCH!!!!!!!!

im just syaing

January 27th, 2013
4:58 pm

Tony, I have to agree with you about Wheeler. If they just go back to the lineup they had a month ago, they might get their cohesiveness back. Adding the new eligible players in here and there to give the other kids a breather would be best but they are trying to force it and it just aint working. Hopefully the coaches are in it for the “WIN” instead of PUBLICITY.

MGHS/Memphis

January 27th, 2013
8:08 pm

Okay i see all the comments about Memphis east lack of effort, i watched the game and i must say that while memphis was over matched, lets not discredit the performance Miller Grove had, they only missed 5 shots from the field in the first half, i am no math major or anything but that is over 80 or 90% from the field in a half, and we are not talking about layups, i think the hamer kid had 6 3point baskets at the half, the other gaurds from MillerGrove were knocking down 3 point shots as well. While it look liked MillerGrove was at practice at times, but they really put on a show. Memphis east did a terrible job defending the perimeter, when they collapsed the lane Millergrove kicked it to a shooter who knocked it down.
So Please give MillerGrove some credit, the feat they pulled off was impressive regardless of who they played. Also Memphis East is a defending State champion in tennessee, and have a potential All American in Nick King. Defense for MillerGrove was impressive to say the least.

HOOPDIJOUR

January 28th, 2013
7:33 am

@MGHS/Memphis AMEN TO THAT!!!! They were IMPRESSIVE!!!

VChandler

January 28th, 2013
9:24 am

@HENJAMCOL. I agree with you. Saxon is a major loss to N. Cobb, but with DYC, Lee, Neff, and JB, we will make a deep run this year. Girls and Boys to the Final 4. #Warriors

High 5

January 28th, 2013
1:07 pm

@Medley, Forget complaining about Memphis East, you should be amazed that MLK, a 5A school, got destroyed by GAC, a 2A program. Talk about lack of effort!

Hubert Green

January 28th, 2013
5:15 pm

I witnessed two of the debacles Saturday at Norcross; Memphis East had the worst defensive effort I have ever witnessed. They must have graduated everybody but King, and he was a major disappointment. MLK looked as though they were allowed to sleep in and show up for the bus and then play. They allowed a 5′9″ guard to dominate around the rim. They also constantly wildly drove at Wilkins and watched him reject about 16 shots. Wheeler had a weekend where they inexplicably lost to a one horse pony Roswell team for the second time, and then Christ School, which is really down this year. There are no Plumlee’s playing this year there.