Score one for the high schools.Marcus (Flower Mound, Texas)
– No. 1 in this week's Xcellent 25 high school rankings – received a game-winning 3-pointer from senior forward Nick Banyard
in the final minute to notch a 42-40 win over Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.)
, a program with standouts from all over the United States in addition to Canada, Denmark, Gabon and Venezuela.
Incredibly, just eight players scored in the defensive struggle. New Mexico-bound Banyard (11 points), Marcus Smart
(13), Phil Forte
(9) and A.J. Luckey (9) combined for all 42 Marcus (14-1) points. Virginia-bound small forward Justin Anderson
led a four-player Montrose scoring contingent with 17 points.
The loss was Montrose Christian's (5-1) first since Feb. 11. The Mustangs captured the National High School Invitational title to close out last season and entered the contest ranked No. 3 in MaxPreps.com's Academy Top 10.
The Marcus-Montrose Christian contest was one of three involving nationally-ranked teams broadcast by ESPN Thursday night.Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) 82, Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) 78
Storied Oak Hill Academy outlasted three-time defending Georgia Class AAAA champion Miller Grove behind big performances from guards D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
and Tyler Lewis
Smith-Rivera, a Georgetown pledge, scored a team-high 20 points while Lewis – headed to North Carolina State – added 18 points and six assists. Oak Hill Academy (17-0) was ranked No. 2 in this week's Academy Top 10 while Miller Grove boasted a No. 3 ranking in the Xcellent 25.
Miller Gove (6-1) received 29 points and 10 rebounds from five-star senior big man Tony Parker
. The Wolverines will have to bounce back quickly as they face an opening-round game at the prestigious City of Palms Classic late Saturday night.Grace Prep (Arlington, Texas) 79, Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas) 64
In a battle of Texas private school powers, Grace Prep received 18 points from Baylor-bound 7-footer Isaiah Austin
in a 79-64 win over Prestonwood Christian.
Sophomore sensation Emmanuel Mudiay
added 16 for the Lions (8-1), ranked No. 8 in this week's Xcellent 25.
Prestonwood Christian (5-1) got 15 points apiece from highly-touted junior Julius Randle
and freshman Mickey Mitchell
. Both Prestonwood and Grace Prep will join Miller Grove at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla.