A pair of GEICO Nationals play-in games went down to the wire on Wednesday night as No. 12 Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.)
and Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.)
each advanced to Thursday's quarterfinal action.
In the opener, Prolific Prep escaped with a 45-43 victory over La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.)
despite an 11-1 Lakers' run to close the game. Stefan Todorovic
split a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds remaining before La Lumiere sophomore guard Jeremy Fears Jr.
grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the court only to miss an off balance mid-range jumper from the left wing as time expired.
Five-star Oregon signee Nathan Bittle
led the way for the Crew with eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks in the win. Chisom Okpara
scored a game-high 15 points in the loss for La Lumiere (7-10).
Prolific Prep (31-3) faces No. 3 Sunrise Christian Academy (Bel Aire, Kan.) (19-3) in tomorrow's 2 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal.
The Warriors were paced by an outstanding performances from five-star sophomore Caleb Foster
, who finished with 23 points, seven assists and three rebounds and three-star senior Camryn Carter
who approached a triple-double with 16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Oak Hill shot 57 percent from the field.
Florida State signee Matthew Cleveland
led Pace Academy (28-2) with a game-high 30 points and eight rebounds.
Oak Hill Academy (20-8) draws top-ranked Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) (21-1) in their 4 p.m. (ET) quarterfinal. The Eagles beat the Warriors twice this season by a combined 55 points.