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High School Basketball World Championship FINAL: Hillcrest Prep (70) vs. The Rock (61)

By Jessie Brewer, Monday, Mar 13, 2017 3:37 AM  

PHOENIX, AZ. The long-awaited championship game featured #2 The Rock Lions taking on the home standing #4 Hillcrest Prep Bruins. The Rock got on the board first and led for much of the first half, but midway through Hillcrest’s offensive began to flow. Playing lock down defense and with their shots falling, the Bruins went up by a quick 12 to end the half 35-23. All throughout the second half The Rock made runs to attempt a comeback, but Hillcrest capitalized on their errors. The Rock continued to hang around, even cutting their deficit to single digits, but their run happened too late in the game. The hometown favorites Hillcrest Prep were able to win 70-61, with DeAndre Ayton taking home game MVP. All of the players that Hillcrest needed to show up did just that. The #1 ranked senior DeAndre Ayton performed how he was expected to, earning player of the game. He was just one rebound shy of a double-double at the half. Coach Kyle Weaver said, “He didn’t take a play off,” in regards to Ayton’s play, and that could not be truer. The Arizona signee, playing in front of many fans, went on to earn the double-double with 29pts and 22rbs, along with 1ast. The story in the first half was the sensational sophomore Josh Green. Green scored extremely well, outside and inside, and was a threat defensively. The Australian had 15pts, 5rbs, and 4ast. Unsigned senior Alfred Hollins and junior Alperen Kurnaz, who was fantastic in yesterday’s game, had great showings today as well. Hollins was great defensively and also knocked down some big shots to finish with 15pts, 1rbs, and 1ast. Kurnaz, who has improved tremendously over the course of the season, had 3pts, 1rbs, 1ast, and 1stl. The Rock, who was 2-0 against Hillcrest coming into this game, had trouble getting shots to fall. They got off to a good start with Antrell Charlton nailing a three from the corner 3 seconds into the game, followed by a dish from Jamari Wheeler to Darius Days for a 5-0 run. However, as the half wore on, Hillcrest’s offense and defense became too much for the Lions. Days and Wheeler were instrumental in their team’s comeback effort, but it was too late in the game to overcome their deficit. Days had 20pts, 8rbs, 2stl, 1ast, and 1blk. Wheeler finished with 17pts, 8rbs, 6ast, and 4stl. Bryan Greenlee was also big on the day with 13pts, 4rbs, 1ast, and 1stl. SCORING: HP: Ayton 29, Green 15, Hollins 15, Burno 4, Kurnaz 3, Sullivan 3, Cotton 1 TR: Days 20, Wheeler 17, Greenlee 13, Charlton 6, Woods 4, Smith 1         All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

High School Basketball World Championship SEMIFINAL 2: The Rock (49) vs. Sunrise Christian (35)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 2:48 AM  

PHOENIX, AZ. The second semifinal game pitted #3 Sunrise Christian against #2 The Rock in a rematch from a month ago where Sunrise won 66-53. This game started similarly to the first, very tight. Sunrise Christian, who was playing their second game of the day due to last night’s quarterfinal being rescheduled because of a broken backboard, got on the board first. The game would stay tied at 6 for a while, but The Rock was eventually able to claim the lead and run with it a bit. They were up 23-14 at the half. The Rock Lions would gain a 10 point lead and maintain it through much of the half. Sunrise made a few pushes, but it was The Rock who would win 49-35. Game MVP went to Darius Days, who was dominant on both ends of the floor. The highly sought after junior had 15pts on a 50% shooting night to go with 10rbs and 2stl. Simeon Kirkland was solid in the second half, helping The Rock seal their spot in the championship. Going 4-of-7 from the field, the senior had 9pts and 3rbs. Half-brothers Jamari Wheeler and Antrell Charlton were also solid contributors in this one. Wheeler, a Duquesne signee, had 8pts, 5ast, 2rbs, and 2stl; Charlton had 11pts and 7rbs. Sunrise’s scoring was spread among 9 players, but was not enough to get the job done as it was a poor shooting night for the fatigued squad. Malik Hall led his team in scoring with 11pts, 4rbs, and 1stl. Freshman N’Faly Dante, who had a big game earlier in the day, had 6pts and 4rbs, while Texas A&M signee Isiah Jasey had 3pts, 7rbs, and 2blk. Point guard Isaiah Bujdoso struggled offensively, but did well directing the way for the Buffaloes. The junior had 2pts, 5rbs, and 2ast. SCORING: TR: Days 15, Charlton 11, Kirkland 9, Wheeler 8, Woods 2, Greenlee 2, Kenyon 2 SCA: Hall 11, Dante 6, Paez 3, Bennett 3, Nelson 3, Jasey 3, Ducasse 2, Bujdoso 2, Johnson 2         All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

High School Basketball World Championship SEMIFINAL 1: Hillcrest Prep (66) vs. Prolific Prep (64)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Mar 12, 2017 2:26 AM  

PHOENIX, AZ. The Grind Session’s Final Four opened with both #4 Hillcrest Prep and #1 Prolific Prep ready to play for a spot in the championship tomorrow. These two met three times throughout the season, Prolific won all three of those meetings, but that would not deter the Hillcrest Bruins. Prolific got on the board first, but Hillcrest stayed right with them, only down by 1 at the half. The second half was a bit different, Hillcrest went up by 7 thanks to good shooting, but Prolific hung around. This contest got really tight down the stretch, with DeAndre Ayton giving the Bruins a 2 point lead with 47 seconds, but an Abu Kigab drive sent it to overtime at 55 all. Overtime was just as tight, but it was Hillcrest who would get their first victory over The Crew. Virshon Cotton had a missed shot, but it was none other than DeAndre Ayton who had the tip in with 2 seconds to go for the win. Hillcrest won 66-64. It was a complete team effort from Hillcrest in this big win. Virshon Cotton was a consistent threat and had a complete game. The senior point guard had a great first half that continued into the second for 16pts (4-of-7 from behind the arc), 3ast, 1stl, and 1rbs. Alfred Hollins was named MVP of this game thanks to his hard work that earned him 18pts. The defensive specialist also had 6 boards and 1 assist. DeAndre Ayton, the #1 ranked senior (Scout), was the hero of the night thanks to his game winning tip in. The Arizona signee had 15pts (7-of-11 from the field), 14rbs, and 2blk. Josh Green and Alperen Kurnaz were also big down the stretch for the Bruins. Green had 11pts, 2rbs, and 1stl, while Kurnaz had 6pts (2-of-4 from 3pt range), 2ast, 1rbs, and 1blk. Prolific played a great game, but could not get their last shot attempt to fall. Gary Trent, Jr. and Abu Kigab were solid down the stretch for Prolific, but it just was not enough. Trent, Jr. had a solid scoring night, even nabbing an and-one with 19.3 seconds to play in OT to tie the game up. The Duke signee led all scorers with 22pts (10-of-13 from FT), 4stl, 3rbs, 1ast, and 1blk. Kigab’s big bucket came with 14.5 seconds left in regulation when he drove to the bucket and tied the game at 55. The Oregon signee finished with 14pts, 2rbs, and 1ast. Amadou Sow was also solid down low, with 12pts, 6rbs, and 2stl. This game featured the return of Paul Scruggs, who has been sidelined since early December. The Xavier signee had 5pts, 5rbs, 1ast, and 1stl. SCORING: HP: Hollins 18, Cotton 16, Ayton 15, Green 11, Kurnaz 6 PP: Trent Jr. 22, Kigab 14, Sow 12, Mensah 6, Scruggs 5, Toure 3, Eyisi 2       All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

NEXT UP: The High School Basketball World Championship

By Jessie Brewer, Tuesday, Mar 7, 2017 3:56 AM  

The Grind Session’s High School Basketball World Championship Arizona Christian University Phoenix, AZ Mar. 9-12, 2017     The Grind Session’s season concludes with the High School Basketball World Championship. The tournament, which will be played over a four-day span, features a field of 14 teams. Among the players playing in the event is #1 (Scout) senior DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest, Arizona signee), #1 shooting guard (#8 overall, ESPN) Gary Trent, Jr. (Prolific, Duke signee), and #74 junior (247Sports) Darius Days (The Rock), among many others. The full bracket can be viewed on thegrindsession.com along with information on ticket purchases.   The top two seeds, Prolific Prep and The Rock, receive byes in the first round. This is assures that each team that loses in the first round will get to play a consolation matchup. The consolation games will take place on Friday, March 10.   The event lives up to its “World Championship” name, with nearly every team holding multiple international players. The field is made up of multiple players from the following countries: Angola, Australia, Bahamas, Bosnia, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Croatia, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Italy, Ivory Coast, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Panama, Poland, Russia, Senegal, Serbia, South Sudan, Sudan, Turkey, Uruguay, USA, and Venezuela.     The Seeds: Prolific Prep (CA) The Rock (FL) Sunrise Christian (KS) Hillcrest Prep (AZ) Victory Rock Prep (FL) Mountain Mission (VA) Virginia Episcopal (VA) The Tech Academy (CAN) Liberty Heights (NC) Oldsmar Christian (FL) Aspire Academy (AZ) 22 Feet Academy (SC) Tennessee Prep (TN) Trinity International (NV)     First Round/Bye Matchups: Thursday: 1:00- The Tech Academy (8) vs. Liberty Heights (9): The tournament begins with the lengthy Tech Titans taking on the high-flyers of Liberty Heights. This matchup features the 7-foot wingspans of Matur Maker, Makur Maker, and Jahmal Wright taking on the lengthy wings Michael Wynn, Naquan Williams-Day, and Tavion Atkinson.                 2:30- Victory Rock Prep (5) vs. 22 Feet Academy (12): Victory Rock Prep, the reigning Grind Session Champions, have the size advantage in this one, but the speedy guard play of 22 Feet will counteract that. This one features Safir Gairges Daow, Thomas Woldetensae, and Jonathan dos Anjos vs. Daniel Sackey, Noah Thomas, and newly-added David Sloan at the guard spot. A nice matchup in the post features VCU signee (No. 95, ESPN) Mayan Kiir taking on Washington signee Mamoudou Diarra.                 5:30- Virginia Episcopal (7) vs. Oldsmar Christian (10): This matchup will be a war at the guard spot. Highly-touted junior Jaelin Llewellyn teams up with senior leader Adnan Arslanagic to take on another big time junior (No. 21, Rivals) Elijah Weaver, along with Jhakeem Smith and DJ Mitchell.                 7:00- Mountain Mission (6) vs. Aspire Academy (11): A solid Mountain Mission team will take on the Aspire Wizards, who can win big if they get hot early. This one is a solid matchup at every position, despite Mountain Mission having the size advantage. In the post it is (No. 35, 247Sports) Oscar Tshiebwe and Florent Thamba taking on UAB signee Makhtar Gueye, Rodrigue Andela, and Assane Ndiaye. The guard spot features oversized guards Daniil Kasatkin, Bikim Biyombo, and Dawid Saczewski vs. the small Milton Wordlow, Joel Brown, and Dane Quest. Friday: 4:00- Prolific Prep (1) will play the winner of The Tech Academy/Liberty Heights                 7:30- The Rock (2) will play the winner of Virginia Episcopal/Oldsmar Christian     Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, with each team featuring at least one player who holds a D-I offer. Top programs in Arizona and the surrounding area are recruiting many who will play in the event.   Arizona Arizona- Signed: DeAndre Ayton (Hillcrest)                 Offers extended to: Josh Green (Hillcrest)                 Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Darius Days (Rock), Malik Hall (Sunrise) Arizona State- Offers extended to: Matur Maker (Tech), Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Josh Green (Hillcrest)       Expressed interest: Darius Days (Rock) Northern Arizona- Offers extended to: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest)   Southern California UCLA- Offers extended to: Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar) USC- Offers extended to: Elijah Weaver (Oldsmar), Darius Days (Rock) Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Pierre Crockrell (Prolific), Makur Maker (Tech) San Diego State- Offers extended to: Nathan Mensah (Prolific) Expressed interest: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest), Simeon Kirkland (Rock)   New Mexico New Mexico- Signed: Chris Sodom (Tenn Prep) New Mexico State- Offers extended to: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest)   Utah Southern Utah- Offers extended to: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest) Utah- Expressed interest: Daniel Sackey (22ft) Utah State- Offers extended to: Josh Green (Hillcrest)   Nevada Nevada- Offers extended to: Alfred Hollins (Hillcrest) UNLV- Offers extended to: Jaelin Llewellyn (V. Episcopal), Josh Green (Hillcrest)                    Expressed interest: Virshon Cotton (Hillcrest)     All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete bracket and tickets, visit TheGrindSession.com The entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Check us out on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession for more info!

Everything's Bigger in Texas Shootout GAME 2: Mountain Mission (49) vs. Sunrise Christian (47)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 10:27 PM  

COLLEGE STATION, TX. Closing TGS regular season was Sunrise Christian taking on Mountain Mission in a thriller of a game. Sunrise got out on top early, but sloppy play and forced turnovers allowed the Chargers to get back in it twice. Sunrise was only up 23-21 at the half. The low scoring affair continued in the second half due to both teams’ lock down defense. The game would continue to stay close with the lead going back and forth through much of the half. Ultimately the Mountain Mission Chargers would keep the lead to win 49-47. It was a team effort from Mountain Mission in this big win, who are playing well as of late. Oscar Tshiebwe led the Chargers with a double-double, 14pts and 10rbs. The big fellow showed he can run the floor extremely well, getting to the other end to block a few shots in transition for 6 total. He also added 4stl and 1ast. Senior Bikim Biyombo was very impressive in this one, showing his hustle every time he stepped onto the court. Biyombo’s athleticism was on display early on when he had a transition layup, a steal leading to a dunk, and a buried three on back-to-back-to-back plays. He had 10pts, 3rbs, 1ast, and 1stl. Malik Hall led all scorers with 15pts, burying 3 from downtown. The sophomore has emerged as a leader on this Sunrise team and added 6rbs, 1ast, 1stl, and 1blk to his totals. Marek Nelson had trouble getting his shot to fall, but a few buckets in transition gave him 10pts, 3rbs, 3ast, and 2stl. Playing in front of his future coach at Texas A&M was Isiah Jasey. The senior only had 4pts, but made his presence felt on the defensive end where he had 11 boards and 3 blocks to go with 4ast and 1stl. SCORING: MM: Tshiebwe 14, Biyombo 10, Saczewski 7, Mushila 6, Lee 6, Kasatkin 3, Thamba 3 SCA: Hall 15, Nelson 10, Bennett 6, Johnson 6, Jasey 4, Bujdoso 4, Keita 2       UP NEXT The Grind Session season concludes with The Grind Session’s High School Basketball World Championship. Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, AZ will host the event. A field of 15 teams has been set and will play a single elimination tournament. However, each losing first round team will get to compete in a consolation game. The field consists of, in seeded order, Prolific Prep (CA), The Rock (FL), Sunrise Christian (KS), Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Victory Rock Prep (FL), Wesleyan Christian (NC), Virginia Episcopal (VA), The Tech Academy (CAN), Liberty Heights (NC), Oldsmar Christian (FL), Aspire Academy (AZ), 22 Feet Academy (SC), Tennessee Prep (TN), Trinity International Prep (NV), and Mountain Mission (VA). The tournament will start on Thursday, March 9, and conclude on Sunday, march 12.     All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

Everything's Bigger in Texas Shootout GAME 1: Victory Prep (63) vs. Aspire Academy (62)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Mar 5, 2017 10:10 PM  

COLLEGE STATION, TX. Opening up the final event of the regular season was mainstay Aspire Academy and the visiting Victory Prep from Houston. Both teams would be playing without their big names, with Aspire without UAB signee Makhtar Gueye and point guard Milton Wordlow and VPrep without Kentucky signee Jarred Vanderbilt. Nonetheless this was a great matchup. Aspire took the lead and kept it in the first half, leading 32-24. VPrep stepped up their defense in the second half and forced turnovers and continued to hang around. With 5 lead changes and 5 ties, this one geared up for a big finish. Jeremy Roberson gave VPrep a 1 point lead with 4.4 seconds to play but missed the second, which was tipped, giving Aspire no time to get a look at the basket. Victory Prep’s Cardinals won 63-62. It was Richard Lax and Roy Broomfield who came up big for the Cardinals. Lax was solid in the first half, a big reason VPrep stayed in this one. The senior had 13pts (7-of-8 at the foul line, 3stl, 2rbs, 2ast. Broomfield, a consistent scoring threat, had only 3 points at the break, but with a big second half he finished with 14pts (5-of-9 from the field). The senior forward also added 12 board (split evenly offensive and defensive) and 1 steal. Jeremy Leonard had a good showing on the night, coming up big defensively with 6rbs and 4blk. He added 7pts, 1ast, and 1stl to his totals. Collin Warren also had a good night with 9pts, 2ast, and 1stl, and gave VPrep their first lead of the night. The story of the game was from Rodrigue Andela, despite Aspire falling. Andela, who just singed with Bismarck State (JUCO in North Dakota), had 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, his biggest outing on TGS. He added an impressive 13rbs, 1ast, and 1blk to his totals. Joel Brown was counted on to step up, and despite struggling at the free throw line, he had 11pts, 8rbs, 4ast, and 2stl. Meekness Payne and Assane Ndiaye also had good showings on the night. Payne, the transfer from Hillcrest Prep, had a loud 9pts, 8rbs, 1ast, 1stl, and 1blk. The much-improved Ndiaye had 8pts, 9rbs, and 1blk. SCORING: VP: Broomfield 14, Lax 13, Dockery 9, Warren 9, Leonard 7, E. Vanderbilt 5, McDonald 4, Roberson 2 AA: Andela 22, Brown 11, Payne 9, Gietz 8, Ndiaye 8, Quest 2, Camara 1       UP NEXT The Grind Session season concludes with The Grind Session’s High School Basketball World Championship. Arizona Christian University in Phoenix, AZ will host the event. A field of 15 teams has been set and will play a single elimination tournament. However, each losing first round team will get to compete in a consolation game. The field consists of, in seeded order, Prolific Prep (CA), The Rock (FL), Sunrise Christian (KS), Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Victory Rock Prep (FL), Wesleyan Christian (NC), Virginia Episcopal (VA), The Tech Academy (CAN), Liberty Heights (NC), Oldsmar Christian (FL), Aspire Academy (AZ), 22 Feet Academy (SC), Tennessee Prep (TN), Trinity International Prep (NV), and Mountain Mission (VA). The tournament will start on Thursday, March 9, and conclude on Sunday, march 12.     All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

NEXT UP: Everything's Bigger in Texas Shootout

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 1:54 AM  

The Grind Session Presents: Everything’s Bigger in Texas Shootout A&M Consolidated High School College Station, TX Mar. 4, 2017     The Grind Session’s regular season concludes with a stop in College Station, Texas for the 2nd annual Everything’s Bigger in Texas Shootout. The one-day event will feature 4 teams who will play 2 games. Texas A&M signee Isiah Jasey (Sunrise Christian) and Kentucky commit Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 14, Scout, VPrep) are two of the many big names that will be featured in the event. The full schedule can be viewed on thegrindsession.com along with information on ticket purchases. The Everything’s Bigger in Texas Shootout features 3 core Grind Session teams: Aspire Academy (AZ), Mountain Mission (VA), and Sunrise Christian (KS). Filling the fourth spot will be Victory Prep (TX) out of Houston. Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, each with at least one player who holds a D-I offer.   Matchups: Saturday: 4:00pm- Aspire Academy vs. Victory Prep- These two teams will matchup well, with each team’s average height falling at 6’2”. However, Victory Prep will find themselves mismatched in the post, where 6’8” Jarred Vanderbilt (No. 14, Scout, Kentucky commit) will go to battle with 6’10” Makhtar Gueye (UAB signee). Both players have similar styles, where they both can score at all three levels. This contest will also feature Milton Wordlow and Joel Brown (AA) and Roy Broomfield and John Dockery (VP). 6:00pm- Mountain Mission vs. Sunrise Christian- These two squads also matchup well at nearly all positions. Down low will feature Texas A&M signee Isiah Jasey, Sam Houston State signee Chidozie Ndu, and freshman N’Faly Dante vs. No. 35 (247Sports) ranked sophomore Oscar Tshiebwe and highly touted junior Florent Thamba. At the guard/wing spot it will be Isaiah Bujdoso, Khaleem Bennett, and Texas native Marek Nelson going up against 6’7” Russian point guard Daniil Kasatkin, Dawid Saczewksi, and Bikim Biyombo.   This event features many players who have signed/are being recruited by high-major schools in Texas Baylor- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) Houston- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) North Texas- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) Sam Houston State- Signed: Chidozie Ndu (Sunrise) Offers extended to: Marek Nelson (Sunrise) Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) SMU- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) TCU- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) Texas A&M- Signed: Isiah Jasey (Sunrise) Expressed interest: Malik Hall (Sunrise) UT-Arlington- Expressed interest: John Dockery (VPrep) UTEP- Offers extended to: Assane Ndiaye (Aspire)   All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule and tickets, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Check us out on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession for more info!

Kentucky Lake Showcase GAME 6: Prolific Prep (81) vs. Hillcrest Prep (66)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 10:45 PM  

BENTON, KY. The final game of the Kentucky Lake Showcase concluded with Prolific Prep taking on Hillcrest Prep for the third time, Prolific leading the series 2-0. This one began with many turnovers and no flow to the game in the first half. Both teams struggled to execute their offensive sets through much of the half. Prolific led Hillcrest 28-25 at the break. The second got underway with a quick 5 from Prolific, getting their offense going quickly. Prolific would maintain an approximate 10 point lead through the half to win 81-66. Abu Kigab’s play earned him game MVP as he came up big in the second half for the Crew. The Oregon signee had a complete game with 22pts, 5rbs, 2ast, and 1stl. Gary Trent, Jr. led Prolific in scoring with 25, despite having a poor shooting night. The Duke signee was perfect from the foul line (10/10) and added 8rbs and 5ast. Pierre Crockrell was solid, nailing all 3 of his attempts from beyond the arc for 13pts, 4rbs, and 3ast. DeAndre Ayton led all scorers with 26pts, 13rbs, 2ast, 2stl, and 2blk, nabbing a double-double as he usually does. Despite Ayton, the #1 rated senior, leading all scorers, it was Alfred Hollins who Prolific seemed to key in on. Hollins was everywhere and did well getting inside, despite the defense from Prolific. The senior wing had 14pts, 6rbs, and 1stl. Tyheem Burno, a new addition, had a solid first game on TGS with 7pts, 2rbs, 2stl, 1ast, and 2blk. The 6’0” New Jersey product showed a high ability to drive if he needs to. SCORING: PP: Trent 25, Kigab 22, Crockrell 13, Sow 6, Mensah 6, Roggenbuck 5, Janković 4 HP: Ayton 26, Hollins 14, Cotton 10, Green 7, Burno 7, Thomas 2       UP NEXT The Grind Session makes its final regular season stop in College Station, TX for the 2nd annual Everything’s Bigger in Texas Showcase. This will be a one-day event with either 2 or 3 games taking place. The event is still being finalized, but will certainly feature 3 core Grind Session teams: Aspire Academy (AZ), Mountain Mission (VA), and Sunrise Christian (KS). Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, with each holding at least one player who holds a D-I offer.   All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

Kentucky Lake Showcase GAME 5: The Rock (74) vs. Hillcrest Prep (64)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 10:27 PM  

BENTON, KY. Capping off the night was a rematch between The Rock Lions and the Hillcrest Prep Bruins, where The Rock won 82-73. This was a very fast paced contest with Hillcrest taking a lead early, and keeping it to go into the locker room at the half up 37-26. However, with a few stops and forced turnovers, The Rock was able to get back in this one. The Lions would continue to make stops and get big buckets in transition. The Rock went on to win 74-64. The Rock’s score line was fairly evenly spread, with 4 of their 6 scorers ending in double figures. Darius Days and Jamari Wheeler led the charge to take the lead from Hillcrest. Days ended his night with 19pts, 7rbs, and 1stl. Wheeler, a Duquesne signee, had 17pts (7-of-11 in the second half), 4stl, 3rbs, and 3ast. Antrell Charlton and Simeon Kirkland were also big for the Lions. Charlton hit a couple of big threes in the second half to finish with 15pts, 7rbs, 2ast, and 1blk. Kirkland came up huge on the glass where he had 13rbs (6 offensive, 7 defensive), 12pts, and 1ast. Hillcrest was led by DeAndre Ayton, who quietly had 28pts, 16rbs, 3blk, 1ast, and 1stl. The Arizona signee was a key piece in Hillcrest staying in this one as he cleaned up well on the defensive glass (13 defensive boards). Josh Green made himself known in the contest with many inside looks and showing off his jump shot. The Australian sophomore had 18pts, 4ast, and 1rbs. Senior Alfred Hollins was also key for the Bruins with 11pts, 8rbs, 2stl, 1ast, and 1blk. SCORING: TR: Days 19, Wheeler 17, Charlton 15, Kirkland 12, Greenlee 7, Kenyon 4 HP: Ayton 28, Green 18, Hollins 11, Cotton 4, Sullivan 3       UP NEXT The Grind Session makes its final regular season stop in College Station, TX for the 2nd annual Everything’s Bigger in Texas Showcase. This will be a one-day event with either 2 or 3 games taking place. The event is still being finalized, but will certainly feature 3 core Grind Session teams: Aspire Academy (AZ), Mountain Mission (VA), and Sunrise Christian (KS). Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, with each holding at least one player who holds a D-I offer.   All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession

Kentucky Lake Showcase GAME 4: Findlay Prep (90) vs. Tennessee Prep (65)

By Jessie Brewer, Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 10:08 PM  

BENTON, KY. PJ Washington’s Findlay Prep Pilots capped off their trip to Kentucky against the Tennessee Prep Diplomats of Memphis. The Diplomats stayed right with Findlay throughout the first half, taking the lead at one point. Findlay led 48-34 at the half. Findlay stayed hot in the second half, whereas Tennessee Prep got cold. The Pilots would win 90-65 to go 2-0 on the weekend. PJ Washington was the buzz of the weekend, playing in front of many Kentucky Wildcat fans, where he is signed to play next year, but it was Lamine Diane who stole the show. Diane picked up right where he left off in last night’s game (12/13) and went 10-of-11 from the field. His only miss came from three-point range. The 6’6” senior had 25pts, 6rbs, 2stl, and game MVP. Justin Roberts had a big night, nailing 6 threes in a row to go 6-of-9 from 3pt range. The DePaul signee had 22pts, 6rbs, 3stl, and 2ast. PJ Washington had 10pts, 7ast, 6rbs, and 5stl on the night, A healthy Tennessee Prep squad played a solid game against Findlay, a top ten team in the country. They were led by Will Mangum, who had 16pts (shooting an impressive 4-of-5 from downtown), 10rbs, 1ast, 1stl, and 1blk. Alex Torres, once again, showed he can take over the game if he needs to. The senior point guard had 13pts, 3ast, and 1stl. Tristan Mullins and Shakem Johnson continued to impress with great all-around games. Mullins had 9pts, 2ast, 2stl, 1blk, while Johnson had 10pts, 5stl, 3rbs, 3ast, and 1blk. SCORING: FP: Diane 25, Roberts 22, P. Washington 10, Kararinas 8, Chaney 8, S. Washington 8, Goodwin 4, Schweitz 3, Giles 2 TP: Mangum 16, Torres 13, Johnson 10, Mullins 9, Davis 6, Sodom 5, Patterson 4, Perrin 2       UP NEXT The Grind Session makes its final regular season stop in College Station, TX for the 2nd annual Everything’s Bigger in Texas Showcase. This will be a one-day event with either 2 or 3 games taking place. The event is still being finalized, but will certainly feature 3 core Grind Session teams: Aspire Academy (AZ), Mountain Mission (VA), and Sunrise Christian (KS). Each team features numerous college prospects on their rosters, with each holding at least one player who holds a D-I offer.   All the action can be seen live online at TanagerSports.TV For the complete event schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com For the entire Grind Session circuit schedule, visit TheGrindSession.com Follow us on Twitter @thegrindsession and on Instagram @therealgrindsession


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Episode 19

In this week's episode Logan Stout & Dan Hudson will:

  • Breakdown the leaders in major statistical categories from the 2016-2017 Grind Session season and what makes each player so special
    • PPG - Trent Jr, Ayton, Dort, Llewellyn, Days
    • RPG - Ayton, Sodom, Tshebwe, Sow, Jasey
    • APG - Wheeler, Crockrell, Sackey, Sloan, Nix
    • Other stats that deserve attention
  • Discuss recent signings and movements of Grind Session seniors
    • Wheeler to Penn State
    • Diarra to Cincy
    • Sodom to Georgetown
    • Daow to NIU
    • Hollins to Oregon State
    • Kiir to LSU
    • other notable signings and commitments
  • Briefly preview the upcoming NBA Draft
    • Thoughts on the Jackson/Ball/Fultz debate
    • Terrance Ferguson's upside & risk
    • Rawle Alkins testing the waters
    • Miles Bridges staying at MSU
  • Discuss & preview a little of the Grind Session's 2017-2018 schedule
    • Some of the same classic events like The Lighthouse Classic (Corinth, MS) & Marshall County Hoop Fest
    • But also some new destinations like San Antonio, TX & Gainesville, FL


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