High School Basketball Report
Robert P. Stephens | 12/13/2010, 9:34 a.m.
The 4th Annual National Hoops Tournament was played this past weekend at DeMatha High School, featuring some of the top high school basketball programs in the Washington Metropolitan Area and the east coast. The Tournament was sponsored by Team Takeover, a non-profit agency and its president Keith Stevens. Stevens brought in such schools as St. Vincent St. Mary's (Akron,Ohio) better known as La Bron James high school, Word of God (Raleigh, N.C.) Wizard guard John Walls former high school. Benedictine Catholic (Richmond, Va.) DeMatha Catholic, St. John's (DC), Paul VI, and Riverdale Baptist coached by former Howard guard Lou Wilson.
In the first game, Riverdale Baptist (5-3) defeated Cesar Chavez (3-5) 57-44. Riverdale led at the half 28-16 and never looked back. They were led in scoring by Jerome Tolson who finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Keon Hill chipped in with 14.
The second game featured North Carolina Independent Champion, Word of God (3-0) and National Christian Academy (3-2). The Academy featured one of the top juniors in the country in 6'4" Torian Graham. Graham poured in 34 points while grabbing 8 rebounds to lead the North Carolina school to a hard fought 88-80 victory over the Academy. 6'10" Joseph Uchebo chipped in with 11 points while setting a new tournament record with 25 rebounds. Uchebo will play for NC State next season. Javon Moore also pumped in 34 points for National Christian in a losing cause.
The third game was a matchup of two Prince George's County schools, as undefeated Douglass (2-0) edged Wise 64-61. Karon Glover led Douglass with 24 points. Eric Washington chipped in with 17. Wise was led by Keith Shivers with 18 points and John Savoy who finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
St. John's (4-2) of D.C. beat West Charlotte (NC) 55-49. The Cadets were led by Soren Dussing with 19 points. Senior Julian DuBose chipped in with 18. Du Bose headed for Rice recently exploded for 33 against Georgetown Prep.
Undefeated IC Norcom, considered one of the top teams in Virginia, blasted Gwynn Park 71-42. Park was led by Brandon Ford's 12 points.
Paul VI (4-2) considered to be one of the better clubs in the WCAC, lost a tightly fought contest to Benedictine Catholic out of Richmond, Va. The Richmond school was led by Trey Davis's 23 points and 8 rebounds. Duke recruit Mike Gbinije chipped in with 16 points.
In the night cap, undefeated DeMatha Catholic (5-0) bested St. Vincent-St. Mary's (Ohio) 79-68 behind the guard play of Marcellous Bell (20points) and Jairus Lyle (15points). Georgetown recruit Mikeal Hopkins chipped in with 15 points and 12 rebounds in 19 minutes. The Stags out rebounded the Irish 47-31.
"It was my intention to bring the best high school basketball to the Washington area" said Stevens.