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TPHS National Prep Classic 2000
Day Two Report --(Dec. 28, 2000)

headrd.gif (3043 bytes) What: Torrey Pines National Prep Classic 2000
Where: Torrey Pines, San Dieguito Academy, Carmel Valley Middle School
Rancho Bernardo HS
When December 26-30
Who 60 teams from around California & US

Our correspondent, Szecho Lin was present for the second day of the Torrey Pines National Prep Classic, and sent us the following report:

TPHS National Prep Classic 2000 Second Day Report
by Szecho Lin
Exclusive to SoCalHoops

Eisenhower Eagles 77 Fremont (LA) Pathfinders 50

I arrived late for this one, but Eisenhower held a 36-24 half-time lead. Both teams played a very aggressive man-to-man defense, but Fremont was unable to convert off of turnovers in the third period. Eisenhower kept connecting on three-pointers (10 for the team in the game) and began to control the boards. The Eagles held a commanding 55-38 lead to start the fourth quarter, and ran to a 77-50 victory behind 17 points from 6’4" senior, Alex Acker.

Centennial Huskies 66 St. Dominic Bay Hawks 55

Making their yearly trip to San Diego from Oyster Bay, NY were the Bay Hawks from St. Dominic. Their opponents were the Huskies from Corona Centennial, led by New Mexico bound Jamaal Williams. Centennial roared out of the gate, and Williams scored 9 of their first 10 points. Centennial pushed it to 17-5, before St. Dominic went on a 13-2 run starting in the first quarter and continuing into the second. The Huskies regained control and behind the scoring of David Sybesma (10 points at half-time), forged a 35-26 lead. Williams led Centennial with 13 points at half-time.

Williams started the second half where he left off, scoring four quick points and getting several key blocks. St. Dominic hung tough, led by 6’6" forward, Tim Doyle, who’s inside play and passing kept the Bay Hawks within striking distance. The Huskies led 46-36 at the end of three. During the fourth quarter, St. Dominic tried to pressure the Huskies into turnovers, but Centennial handled the pressure easily. Time ran out on the Bay Hawks as their three-point attempts in the fourth quarter went unanswered. The final score was 66-55. Jamaal Williams led Centennial with 20, with David Sybesma adding 16. Tim Doyle led the Bay Hawks with 20 points.

Dobson Mustangs 90 Fairfax Lions 73

Dobson is a senior-dominated team from Mesa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. According to the press release, they return just one starter from a 28-9 squad. They took on a very young, but talented Fairfax squad that many expect will contend for the LA City title. The two teams battled each other evenly through the first quarter. Dobson took a 21-19 lead after one. The Mustangs took control of the game in the second quarter, holding Fairfax to 10 points, and surged to a 46-29 half-time lead. Nick Dewitz, Dobson’s 6’7" forward, torched the Lions for 23 first-half points, on a variety of jump-shots, and post-moves. Craig Smith of Fairfax, the Lions lone senior in the starting five, kept the Lions within striking distance. He bulled his way to 14 first-half points.

The Mustangs came out from half-time and pushed their lead to 58-38 with three minutes left in the third. Dewitz was held to just two points in the quarter, but his teammates stepped up their games. Most notably, twin brothers Doug and Nick Walker, who combined for seven three-pointers in the game. Fairfax was able to cut the lead to 63-49 at the end of the third period. Fairfax started the fourth quarter in a full-court press, but the Dobson guards were unfazed. Dewitz poured in another 12 points in the quarter, and finished with an alley-oop dunk, on his way to a game-high 37. Dobson ran away from Fairfax, scoring a convincing 90-73 win. Craig Smith led Fairfax with 29 points. Evan Burns, of Fairfax, was held to 6 points in the first half, but finished with 17. It will be interesting to see how well this Dobson team does in the tournament, as they pulled off a "surprising" win in their opener.

Santa Margarita Eagles 59 Jesuit Marauders 56

The nets were scorching after the Dobson/Fairfax game, but cooled off considerably during the first half of the Santa Margarita vs. Jesuit game. The Marauders started the game in a full-court, man-to-man press. Santa Margarita looked tight in the early going and Jesuit stormed out to a 9-0 lead. Santa Margarita did not score until 4:11 of the first quarter. Jesuit led 13-4 when the Eagles went on a 10-0 run to take the first quarter lead at 14-13. The two teams played evenly in the second quarter and Santa Margarita led 25-24 at half-time.

The Eagles surged ahead at the start of the third quarter, taking a 31-26 lead with 5:55 left, on a dunk by 6’2" guard, Travis Smith. Jesuit Coach Hank Meyer, in his trademark red sweater, called a timeout and lit a fire underneath the Marauders. They scored 17 unanswered points, highlighted by four straight three-point shots by four different players. R.J. Socci of Santa Margarita stopped the bleeding with basket to end the third quarter, 43-33 Jesuit. Brandon Rohe, of Santa Margarita, started the fourth quarter with a pair of three-pointers to pull the Eagles to 43-39. The Marauders pushed it back up again, and had a 50-42 lead with only 3:34 left. Using a zone press, the Eagles were able to force Jesuit into a few costly turnovers. Rohe’s three-pointer with 1:05 remaining gave the Eagles the lead at 55-53. Jake Stanfill, Jesuit’s 6’3" forward, buried a three-pointer on the ensuing possession and Jesuit reclaimed the lead at 56-55. Travis Smith of Santa Margarita countered with another basket to put the Eagles ahead 57-56. The Marauders came down and hoped to take the last shot. However, Maurice Tyree, Jesuit’s highly regarded 6’7" center was fouled, and went to the line for the front end of a one-and-one, with only 9 seconds left. Tyree missed, and Brandon Rohe of the Eagles stepped to the line and sank two free-throws. Down three, the Marauders came down court and found Stanfill, who had already hit four three-pointers, a decent look, but his three-pointer was an air-ball. Santa Margarita held on for a dramatic 59-56 triumph. Brandon Rohe led the Eagles with 14 points, while Jesuit was led by Jake Stanfill’s 18. Maurice Tyree of Jesuit was held to just 12 points.

Archbishop Moeller Crusaders 65 St. Augustine Saints 47

Fatigue may have played a role in this one, as St. Augustine had to beat Salpointe of Tucson earlier in the day, just to advance to play Moeller. But I don’t want to take anything away from the Crusaders, who are a very solid team. Archbishop Moeller made the trip all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio, and they brought most of their fans and cheerleaders with them. They are led by Matt Sylvester, a 6’7" forward, who has already given a verbal commitment to Ohio State. Many consider Sylvester one of the top two players in Ohio. The Saints countered with 6’4" guard, Eric Osmundson (Utah) and 6’5" guard, Floyd North (Oregon State). With 2:13 left in the first quarter, it was Matt Sylvester 11, St. Augustine 9. Sylvester’s 11 included a pair of three-pointers. When the other Crusaders decided to get on the scoreboard, they stretched their lead to 18-11 at the end of the first quarter. Osmundson and North combined for 2 points in the first quarter. Osmundson scored 6 of St. Augustine’s 10 points in the second quarter as they whittled the lead down to 4. At half-time, Archbishop Moeller led 25-21. Unbelievably, St. Augustine was still in the game, even though North had only 2 points at half-time.

With the Crusaders up 27-21 at 6:32 of the third quarter, Sylvester picked up his fourth personal foul. He stayed in the game, but left at 5:30, with the Crusaders up 31-21. Clint Nagel, Moeller’s 6’7" forward picked up the slack by scoring 8 points in the quarter, on his way to 13. Moeller pushed their lead to 37-23 with 2:35 left in the third quarter. Nagel picked up his fourth foul with 44 seconds left in the third quarter, which meant that the Crusaders would go without both their big men to start the fourth quarter, clinging to a 40-29 lead. Nick Monserez, Moeller’s 6’5" swingman, helped them push their lead as the Saints seem to run out of gas. Sylvester returned to the game and with 4:54 left, and brought the crowd to it’s feat with a flying one-handed follow-up dunk, giving Moeller a 52-32 lead. With 1:18 left, Sylvester thrilled the crowd again with a one-handed fast-break jam, while wearing one of the St. Augustine defenders. The final score was 65-47. Osmundson led the the Saints with 23 points. Floyd North was held to 7. North hurt himself at the free-throw line going 1 for 7 at one point. Matt Sylvester led Moeller with 21 points, while Nick Monserez chipped in 17.

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