Scores:
Blue Ridge 53 – The Steward School 50
Blue: Maliq Brown 19pts/ Devin Walker 7pts – Steward: Camren Gregory 17pts/ Curtis Blair III 16pts

Highland School 84 – Miller School 76
Highland: Isaiah Abraham 18pts/ Patrick O’Brien 19pts/ Julian Rivera 18pts – Miller School: Austin Ball 19pts/ Jordan Horne 13pts/ Eli Delaurier 8pts

Standouts:

2022 Maliq Brown (Blue Ridge): This may have been one of the best performances I’ve seen in person from the Syracuse commit, because he couldn’t be stopped. From the tip, Brown showed why he was the best player on the court with his ability to score in the paint, bring a physical presence along with tremendous athleticism, and his defensive presence in this game was incredibly strong.  Really made an impact all over the floor and he couldn’t be stopped.

2022 Camren Gregory (Steward School): Gregory, who is committed to St. Francis, played well in this game, as the guard showed a little bit of everything on the court. You don’t see too many with his length, while also displaying his ability to initiate the offense, and create for himself. Really liked his playing when the ball was in his hands. Liked his touch to get the ball over defenders and embraced contact.

2023 Patrick O’Brien (Highland HS): O’Brien really impressed with his game, as the 6’8 forward displayed a tremendous skill set and feel on the court. His ability to take advantage of his matchup was impressive, stretching the defense against the bigs and showing his mid-range feel, but also making plays in the paint over smaller defenders. He was at his best with his turnaround/fadeaway jumper, as he couldn’t be stopped.

2024 Isaiah Abraham (Highland HS): We introduced everyone to Abraham last week about his game and recruitment, and it is easy to see why so many schools are already one this young sophomore. First, he doesn’t have the frame of a sophomore; much stronger and a great frame already at his age. But he also is strong in finding his spots, knocking down shots as well as putting it on the deck, and finishing strong.  Do believe that only more are going to get involved with his recruitment.

2024 Eli Delaurier (Miller School): Delaurier is another young player we have watched grow over the years and he certainly has improved since last summer. The big man is showing a stronger and more fluid feel down in the paint, showing better hands, soft touch, and is much more active on the glass. He is really starting to show the flashes of a rising big man to watch.

2023 Austin Ball (Miller School): Ball has been known to be a lethal shooter on the court and he stepped up in key situations in this one with his jumper from three but he also showed that he is rounding out more of his game, finishing stronger, attacking the defense, and being used in other areas of the court.

2024 Julian Rivera (Highland): Rivera isn’t a name many might not know about but have to give credit to the sophomore guard in stepping up on the big stage when his team needed him. He was strong on the defensive end, getting into defenders and creating some havoc, but also stepping up and hitting some big shots when his team needed him. Have to give credit when it is deserved.