Curie, Whitney Young get big wins at Hoophall Classic

Curie, Whitney Young get big wins at Hoophall Classic
January 21, 2014, 8:45 am
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Scott Phillips

Curie's 73-69 win over national No. 1 Montverde during the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. on Monday was arguably the most impressive win in all of high school basketball this season.

Montverde was the 2013 High School National Champion and No. 1 team of the entire 2013-14 season. The team has seven D-I seniors and junior Ben Simmons is committed to LSU and in the top-5 nationally for the 2015 class.

For Curie, a public school, to defeat Montverde and their national schedule of games and international roster of D-I players is pretty remarkable. It was a signature win and performance for senior Cliff Alexander.

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The senior center was breathtaking as he went for 30 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in leading the Condors on a second-half run. Alexander rebounded everything, protected the rim for Curie and dunked with power on a ridiculous amount of plays.

It's dominating performances like the game against Montverde that currently put Alexander in the pole position for the Preps Player of the Year award and No. 2 Curie (16-1) in great position for a city and state title.

Okafor, White and Whitney Young take down Oak Hill Academy

Not to be outdone at the Hoophall Classic, No. 12 Whitney Young took down USA Today National No. 5 Oak Hill Academy with a 53-50 win on Monday, as well.

Although the Dolphins trailed 40-32 entering the fourth quarter, the play of Paul White and Miles Reynolds helped propel Whitney Young to victory.

White scored eight of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, to go along with 10 rebounds and four blocks and Reynolds scored six of his 13 points in the fourth as the Dolphins won despite some foul trouble for Jahlil Okafor.

Okafor finished with 14 points and eight rebounds for the game and for Whitney Young to make a big comeback and beat a top national opponent without an 'A' game from the senior center is a huge statement for the Dolphins.

Whitney Young (10-4) will be moving up the rankings quickly as they're playing some of the best ball in the area after an 8-4 start to the season.

Orr tops St. Joseph

While the Public League's two biggest national names were making statements in Massachusetts, Red-West contender No. 6 Orr (12-2) took care of No. 11 St. Joseph (14-3) handily on Monday at Whitney Young at the Martin Luther King Dream Shootout.

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St. Joseph should be most worried about an injury to junior guard Jordan Ash, as the lefty combo guard injured his right knee in the 70-43 loss to Orr.

Marlon Jones led the Spartans with 21 points while guard Issaiah Hayes had 15, Tyquone Greer had 12 and Lou Adams Jr. had 10. Joffrey Brown (16 points) and Glynn Watson (15 points) led St. Joseph's scoring effort.

Orr only led 27-24 at halftime before a 28-10 third quarter from the Spartans blew the game wide open.

St. Joseph is still a favorite and unbeaten in the Catholic League North along with No. 10 Loyola and hopefully Ash can return quickly to get them back at full strength.