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Marcus LoVett Jr., Providence

In one of the great match-ups of the basketball season, Marcus LoVett Jr. of Providence (Burbank, Calif.) won the battle but lost the war.

The 5-foot-11 sophomore guard, who scored over 1,000 points as a freshman, poured in 47 points (17 of 21 from the field), but his team still suffered a 91-86 loss in overtime to Campbell Hall (North Hollywood, Calif.). The winners were led by another standout sophomore guard, Aaron Holiday, who had 40 points. Though Holiday fouled out with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, his teammates picked him up in the overtime.

LoVett also had 48 points during a 69-61 victory over Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Calif.).

*Bryce Alford scored 37 points as La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) won the Albuquerque Metro Basketball Championships with an 85-76 victory over Atrisco Heritage Academy (Albuquerque, N.M.)  The son of University of New Mexico head coach Steve Alford, Bryce had 45 points in a semifinal victory. He has topped 40 points six times this season with a high of 49.

*Senior guard Anders Broman regained the career scoring record in Minnesota with a 57-point effort as Lakeview Christian Academy (Duluth, Minn.) raced past New Life Academy (Woodbury, Minn.) 104-79.

*Senior Patrick Barnhart scored a school-record 48 points to lead Potter's House Christian (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to a 78-71 victory over Black River (Holland, Mich.). He set the previous record two years ago with 36 points.

*Junior Reid Travis paced DeLaSalle (Minneapolis, Minn.) to an 89-67 victory over Breck (Minneapolis, Minn.) with a 47-point outing.

*Six-foot-nine senior Reggie Lynch blocked 15 shots to lead Edina (Minn.) to a 74-43 rout of Central (St. Paul, Minn.).

*Hunter Bennefield scored a school-record 45 points as Page (Franklin, Tenn.) rolled past East Hickman County (Lyles, Tenn.) 91-53.

*Achille (Okla.) lost to Victory Life Academy (Durant, Okla.) in spite of 45 points, 10 rebounds and six assists by Austin Beene, His 45-point total was the highest at Achille in over 60 years.

*St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.) extended its winning streak to a current national-best 75 games with a 54-25 victory over Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, N.J.). Nine players scored for the Friars, who continue to play suffocating defense.