SPRINGFIELD, Mass.- Down double digits in the fourth quarter to the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Washington commitment Nigel Williams-Goss put Findlay Prep on his back and willed them to victory.
Nigel Williams-Goss willed Findlay Prep to victory.
Williams-Goss would not be denied by Montverde Academy. He exploded for 18 fourth quarter points, including the game winning three-pointer at the buzzer.
He finished with 26 points on an efficient 8-12 shooting from the field and 9-10 shooting from the free throw line and grabbed five rebounds and dished out four assists to just one turnover.
A four-star prospect, Williams-Goss out played top 10 prospect and future Florida point guard Kasey Hill. In foul trouble throughout the game, Hill fouled out early in the fourth quarter.
On the Rise
UNLV recruit Christian Wood has always been that intriguing prospect with tons of potential. The four-man is extremely long and has one of the better shooting touches in the 2013 class. The problem was that he didn’t do much more than shoot jumpers and there was no physicality to his game.
That has started to change. Wood is still a finesse player, but he played a much tougher style of basketball, grabbing seven rebounds. He also attacked the basket some off the dribble while still draining jumpshots.
He was Findlay Prep’s second leading scorer with 14 points on 4-8 shooting, 2-4 from three and 4-4 from the line.
Devin Williams has had a strong senior season.
Until Williams-Goss’ fourth quarter heroics, Montverde’s inside duo of Dakari Johnson and Devin Williams controlled the game.
Johnson, a five-star Kentucky commit, led his team in scoring with 17 points while also contributing eight rebounds, two blocks, three steals and four assists.
A four-star West Virginia recruit, Williams scored 16 points and grabbed a game high 15 rebounds.
BYU Trio, Plus One
In typical fashion, Lone Peak High School steamrolled another opponent behind the three headed monster of BYU commits- Nick Emery, Eric Mika and T.J. Haws. Except this time, senior guard Conner Toolson didn’t just contribute to the effort.
Toolson was the lead scorer for his team with 22 points on an amazing 6-6 shooting from the three-point line. He also grabbed seven rebounds.
Emery had 20 points on an efficient shooting night, while Haws went for 18. Mika put up a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Top 10 Forwards
With only one teammate scoring more than one field goal, it was pretty much a solo effort by Aaron Gordon against Lone Peak. Gordon displayed his elite athleticism throughout the game while also creating scoring opportunities off the dribble. He finished with 27 points on 13-25 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds.
Jabari Parker followed Gordon with a strong effort of his own in the next game against Oak Hill Academy. Parker led his Simeon team to a win with 28 points and five rebounds. Parker, who is coming off an injury, looked comfortable shooting the ball from the outside, shooting 12-19 from the field and 3-8 from behind the arc while also hitting 1-2 from the line.
The guards in the Simeon/Oak Hill match up also made some noise. Illinois commits Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate put up some strong numbers for Simeon. Nunn went 7-14 from the field for 21 points to go along with a team high eight rebounds, three steals and four assists. Tate scored 10 points and dished out eight assists to three turnovers and snagged three steals.
Five-star shooting guard and South Carolina signee Sindarius Thornwell was impressive for Oak Hill. He powered his way to 27 points on 50 percent shooting from both inside and outside the arc. He also had five rebounds, five assists and five turnovers.
Four-star Indiana signee Troy Williams went for 11 points and eight rebounds. And unsigned senior r.J. Curington shot well, putting up 19 points.
St. Anthony Rolls
Tift Co. High School out of Georgia gave St. Anthony a scare, but St. Anthony held on to pull of its 78th straight win.
Temple recruit Josh Brown controlled the game for St. Anthony, going for 14 points, nine rebounds, two blocks, three steals and five assists to seven turnovers. His teammate and Oregon State recruit Hallice Cooke scored 11 points.
For Tift Co. the top performer was 2014 four-star combo guard Tadric Jackson. He scored 13 points but also had six steals and dished out nine assists to only two turnovers.
Five-star Kansas recruit Brannen Greene put up a quiet 14 points, while post player Donell Tuff punished the rim for 17 points to go along with seven rebounds.