Covering High School Sports in America
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Nick Howe, Woodcreek

The Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) boys basketball team was pressed to the wire on Saturday before nipping Desert Pines (Las Vegas, Nev.) 64-62 during the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest for its 44th consecutive victory.

Senior point guard Nigel Williams-Goss again delivered in the clutch by scoring 16 of his 20 points in the second half. Christian Wood added 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Julian Jacobs paced the talented 21-3 Jaguars with 21 points and seven assists, while Coby Miles added 18 points.

*Morgan Bennett-Smith exploded for 53 points, but it wasn't quite enough as Sacramento Country Day (Sacramento, Calif.) was handed a 115-94 loss by Valley Christian (Roseville, Calif.).

*Blame it on LeBron, who has a pre-game ritual of rubbing his hands in powder and throwing it into the air.

Woodcreek (Roseville, Calif.) played host to rival Roseville (Calif.), but several members of Woodcreek's excitable "Black Mob" delayed the game several times by throwing baby powder into the air. The Sacramento Bee reported that due to smoky clouds and a slippery floor, officials were forced to move the game to Roseville High where the new hosts finished off an 87-71 victory.

*The Indianapolis Star reports that the National High School Basketball Coaches Association will sponsor a first-of-a-kind tournament from July 14-16 at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Ind. It will be for rising seniors. Tourney directors have commitments from eight or nine states now and hope to have between 12 and 16 to complete the field.