Tarkanian Classic: Day One Raw Footage
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Day one at the 2015 Tarkanian Classic is in the books with eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals of the platinum bracket. We take a quick look at the round of 8 match ups and some of the highlights of the opening round games.
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Platinum Upper Bracket 1st Round Scores
Overland (Aurora, Col.) 62, Poly (Long Beach) 43
Senior Jervae Robinson, a 6-foot-1 combo guard drawing D1 interest, scored 19 points in the win over injury-depleted Poly. The Jackrabbits also had trouble slowing down Indiana-bound power forward Deron Davis, who finished with 10 points.
Dillard (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) 46, Bishop O’Connell (Arlington, Va.) 43
Raiquan Gray, a 6-goot-8 junior wing, scored 15 points to lead Dillard in a low-scoring affair.
Bingham (South Jordan, Utah) 61, Westchester (Los Angeles) 56
The Comets of Westchester trailed by 20 points early in the second half, but their rally fell just short. Yoeli Childs, a 6-foot-8 forward bound for BYU, led Bingham with 20 points.
Centennial (Corona) 63, Desert Pines (Las Vegas, Nev.) 59
This was a tight game throughout, but Centennial took control down the stretch behind some great on-ball defense from junior guard Isom Butler. Offensively, UCLA-bound forward Ike Anigobu and Long Beach State-bound Jordan Griffin led Centennial with 15 points and 17 points, respectively. Cap Uzan, a 5-foot-11 junior guard, netted 31 points for Desert Pines in a losing effort.
Platinum Lower Bracket 1st Round Scores
Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) 73, Timpview (Provo, Utah) 62
The host club, one of four FAB 50 bubble clubs participating in this bracket, easily got by Timpview with junior forward Charles O’Bannon Jr. (16 points) and Gonzaga-bound center Zach Collins (13 points) leading the way.
Redondo Union (Redondo Beach) 69, Sheldon (Sacramento) 61
In an evenly matched game between two talented, yet undersized clubs, Redondo remained unbeaten by executing down the stretch. Six-foot-1 senior guard Morgan Means led the way with 16 points for the Seahawks.
Sagemont (Weston, Fla.) 52, Maranatha (Pasadena) 35
The visitors from Florida put together a fine all-around effort in easily dispatching Maranatha.
Prestonwood Christian Academy (Plano, Texas) 78, Cathedral (Los Angeles) 62
It was a coming out party of sorts for Justin Webster, a 6-foot-2 freshman guard. The Prestonwood Academy first-year player netted 24 points.
Thursday 12/17 Platinum Quarterfinal Matchups:
Centennial vs. Bingham, 1:20 pm
Bingham was impressive in its opening round victory and a matchup between Yoeli Childs and Ike Anigobu will be worth the price of admission.
Sagemont vs. Prestonwood, 6:40 pm
Prestonwood has another freshman who can play in Tre’ Williams, a 6-foot-3 guard. Sagemont’s Nik Popovic will have to come up big versus 6-foot-11 Schnider Herard of Prestonwood. Regardless of who wins on this side of the bracket, the semifinal games will have some big-time banging down low.
Overland vs. Dillard, 12 pm
Dillard has some length, but does it have the muscle inside to deal with Deron Davis?
Redondo vs. Bishop Gorman, 5:20 pm
Both of these teams have FAB 50 ability, but does Redondo have the size the slow down the Gaels inside? If Zach Collins has a big game, Gorman will be in business.