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I saw Mike Franklin on Thursday down at Minisink as he was watching the Team Roc Tournament.  He said he will either attend Manhattan Center or Bishop Loughlin.  If he goes to Manhattan Center he will be the star of the team in his sophomore season, at Loughlin he will play a role but will probably develop better since he will be playing in a much tougher league.  Either school he chooses will be a good choice for him.
Tommie Eddie profile added
Curtis Sumpter profile updated
Top 75 rankings updated
I previously reported Molloy would play Dillard (FL) at the Beach Ball Classic, but that was wrong they instead played perenial power Dematha (MD) who has turned out current college superstars Joseph Forte (UNC) and Keith Boggan (Kentucky).  Molloy used a 21-6 4th quarter to win the game 60-45.  Wendell Gibson was the best player on the court with 16 points and 22 rebounds.  John Sikiric led all scorers with 17 points.  Marlon despite started only played 12 minutes and three reserves played more minutes than him.  
I found out the reason Rice lost to Midwest City (OK) was because Shagari Alleyne did not play because he missed a practice.  He did play against Berkmar (GA) and he played well scoring 18 points grabbing 13 rebounds and getting 8 blocks.  Steve Burtt had another excellent game with 17 points.  Rice will play Southern (MD) in the 5th place game.
St. Raymond vs. Mt. Vernon game report provided by Pete Abraham of the Journal News.
Bishop Loughlin won 74-73 in overtime against John Paul VI (VA) at the Slam Dunk to the Beach.  Rice fell to Midwest City (OK) 69-67.  Steve Burt scored 27 and Shakeim Mitchell added 8 points and 10 rebounds.  
St. Raymond finally got a win in the Beach Ball Classic against Mt. Vernon who went    0-3 in the tournament.  The final score of the game was 76-69.  Mt Vernon held a 54-51 lead heading into the 4th but was outscored 25-15 in the final period.  Daon Merritt lead St. Ray's with 17 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds.  Davonne Folks had his best game in a St. Raymond uniform with 15 points on 6-7 shooting and 7 rebounds.  Chris McRae and Anthony Epps each scored 12 while Julius Hodge scored only 10.  Will Cherry scored 27 in the game and hit 5 3's to break the tournament record for 3-point FG with 15.  He averaged 24 for the tournament.  Ben Gordon scored 20 and Jomo Belfor added 12.  
St. Raymond vs. Don Bosco (NJ) elementary game report
St. Raymond has lost again at the Beac Ball Classic after suffering a 82-73 loss to Westover (GA).  Westover like St. Ray's has two players who competed at ABCD, 6'11 Marcus Campbell who scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Greg Tinch who scored 19 points and also had 11 rebounds.  Julius Hodge scored 29 but on 11-27 shooting.  Chris McRae scored 15 and Daon Merritt added 11.  Molloy dominated Myrtle Beach (SC) 92-44.  Wendell Gibson scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds.  John Sikiric scored 19 and Thomas Harrison had 17 points and 6 assists.  Marlon Smith and Kevin Hamilton each scored 9 for the Stanners.  St. Ray's should be playing Mt. Vernon at 11:45 tomorrow morning.  Molloy will play Dillard (FL) who came in 3rd place at the City of Palms Classic after being eliminated by St. Ray's in the semifinal.
St. Ray's was hoping to get a game with a team that could support the pre-season top 5 ranking they got from most top 25 polls, the team they were looking to prove this against was Mater Dei (CA) and the only way that game would come is if both teams made it through to the championship.  This matchup will not happen as St. Ray's fell in the first round 56-55 on a disputed foul call with 1 second left which sent a Hatboro-Horsham (PA) to the line.  He would miss the first but he made the second.  St. Ray's led by 13 half way through the 3rd but would watch Hartboro end the game out scoring the Ravens 26-12 to end the game.  Julius Hodge led St. Ray's with 15 points but none in the 4th quarter, Chris McRae scored 12 and Louie McCroskey scored 9 and was held scoreless in the second half.  The Beach Ball Classic has been a nightmare for NYC teams this year as all 3 teams lost in the first round.  One of those teams that lost in the first round was Mt. Vernon and their second would be the same result as the first as they lost 73-60 to one of the best teams in America, Dillard (FL).  Ben Gordon scored 24, Jomo Belfor scored 13 and Will Cherry followed up his 36 point performance with 9 points on 3-20 shooting and 2-17 from behind the 3-point stripe.
In the Slam Dunk to the Beach, Bishop Loughlin fell 68-57 to Germantown (PA) in the second round of the tournament.  Lincoln won their game today by a score of 82-77 over Benedictine (OH).  Sebastian Telfair scored 18 points and dished out 5 dimes.
Freshman Rankings updated
Yesterday at the Beach Ball Classic two New York teams played and two New York teams lost.  Molloy dropped a 60-58 decision to Western Hills (OH).  John Sikiric led Molloy with 16 points.  Mt. Vernon was the other team that played and they got smacked 98-64 by Westbury Christian (TX).  But on a good note Junior Will Cherry dropped 36 including 8-12 from 3-point land.  On the opposite end of that Ben Gordon scored only 9.  For the Molloy game recap click here, Mt. Vernon recap click here.
There was better news at the Slam Dunk to the Beach for New York teams, as Bishop Loughlin and Lincoln both won their games.  Loughlin defeated Murrah (MS) 79-58 as Curtis Sumpter scored 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds, Timeke Mitchell added 18 points and 11 rebounds while Ted Munford scored 17 in the win.  Lincoln won their game by a score of 58-49 over Towson Catholic (MD).  Sam Mielnik and John Quintana each scored 14 points while Sebastian Telfair added 10 points.  The Hoopscoop is reporting there has been a schedule change at the event and Rice will not play Berkmar (GA) but instead will play Midwest City (OK) tomorrow night at 6:30.

Merry Christmas
Top 15 teams updated
Gaucho Classic report
Lincoln is off to the Slam Dunk to the Beach out in Delaware along with Rice and Bishop Loughlin.  Rice will be playing Berkmar in the first round, who is currently ranked as high as #6 in the national polls and won the consolation bracket in blowout fashion after being upset in the first round of the City of Palms Classic.  3 other city teams are going to the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach South Carolina, the teams are St. Ray's, Mt. Vernon and Molloy.  The favorite in this tournament is Fox Sports #2 ranked team Mater Dei (CA) who is coming off an 11 point lost to #1 Oak Hill Academy.
St. Ray's fell short of the title at the City of Palms Classic, as they lost 82-77 in the final to Westchester (CA).  The Ravens could've easily won if they had mad their free throws, the team went 16-32 from the line.  Julius Hodge led all scorers with 21 despite 2-9 shooting from the 3-point line.  Louie McCroskey put up a career high 20, showing he will be a special player.  Chris McRae scored 17 but only had 6 rebounds in the last two games.  Hodge averaged 27.75 points and 6.75 rebounds for the tournament, while McRae averaged 17.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Rice went 2-2 in the Rim Rattler Invitational.  They were eliminated by eventual champion Mayfair (CA) who has a player who people say compares favorably to Julius Hodge, Josh Childress.  The Raiders were playing without Andre Vanderpool because his transfer papers have yet to come in, he will be ready to play January 3rd.  From what I heard Steve Burt played the best in the tournament for the Raiders.  Also Shakeim "Shak" Mitchell showed great signs of improvement.
Tomorrow, like almost everyone else I will be at the Gaucho Classic.
St. Anthony vs. Cardinal Hayes game report
Sophomore Rankings updated
St. Raymond advanced to the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic with a 94-81 win over Clovis West.  Julius Hodge scored 38 points on 16-18 shooting and 6-6 from 3 and grabbed 10 rebounds.  Hodge scored 27 in the first game in a 65-47 win over Bishop Verot.  Chris McRae scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds in that game and once again posted a double double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Clovis West.
In the Powerade Holiday Prep Classic, St. Mary's won the Silver Cup division by default over Denver East, because of some rule in Denver.  St. Mary's won their semifinal game 87-63 over Desert Pines (NV).
Top 15 teams updated
Mike Thomas is not at Redemption, he is attending a Junior College, but I am not sure what the name of the school is.
James P. Sullivan Classic report.   
Senior Rankings updated
James P. Sullivan Classic report.  I will be back at the event tomorrow.
Game report of St. Dominic vs. St. Raymond thriller.
Junior Rankins updated.  Lenny Cooke, Adam Gonzalez and Ellis Coleman have been removed from rankins, because they are out of the region of the site.  Other players like Charlie Villanueva, Roberto Felipe and Greg Johnson will also be removed.  John Oates will not be removed because despite playing in New Jersey he stays in the city and commutes everyday.
I heard about a week ago that Mike Thomas formerly of Curtis High School in Staten Island is now playing at Redemption in upstate New York.
Senior Rankings have been updated
Top 15 teams updated, comments will be added tomorrow.  I really need information on Amittyville and St. Mary's, if anybody can supply info on these teams, please e-mail me.
Dianne Brennan and Kingsmen Shootout Reports on the Season Report page.
Mike Franklin will be leaving Frederick Douglass Academy.  As a result of jealousy Curtis Stinson is being forced to leave Our Savior Lutheran and they will have to forefeit their win over Lawrence Woodmere Academy.  They also won't be able to play any non-league game but for a different reason.
Tomorrow I will be at the Nazareth Shootout, primarily to see the Grady, Bishop Loughlin game.  On Sunday I will be at the Dianne Brennan Classic.
Originally I was going to attend the Our Savior Lutheran vs. St. Raymond B game but that game was cancelled because of some rule that I'm not quite clear on.  So I decided to go down and watch Mt. Carmel play but when I got there I found out the game had been cancelled.  So I didn't get to see anybody play today.  
When I went through the local newspapers I saw Sebastian Telfair exploded for 39 points on 7 3-pointers in just 2.5 quarters while his teammate John Quintana dropped 32 on 6 3's in just 2 quarters in a 85 point win over Lafayette.  In another game Boys & Girls upset Robeson 79-78 behind 30 points from Tommie Eddie and 18 points from Amadou Fall both before fouling out.  Depending which paper you read you will get different scores for Eddie and Fall, the Daily News and Newsday said Eddie scored 37 and the Newsday has Fall with 20.  I however followed what the Post said because they were at the game.  Also Kenny Adeleke was held to 8 points befor fouling out. The game had controversy and is under protest because at the end of the game the clock did no start on time so Robeson's head coach Larry Majors put the game on protest.
Top 15 updated
Junius Kellog Classic Report
Peter Ramos is at Franklin Deleanor Roosevelt high school but will not play because he is ineligible.
Matt Grasso provided me with a report of the Amittyville vs. JFK Catholic scrimmage which took place yesterday.
I previously reported that Daon Merrit (5'8 PG St. Raymond) would not be back until the 3rd week of December that was incorrect.  He will likely be back in time for the Ravens last scrimmage against Cardozo on December 4th at St. Ray's.
Tommorrow I wil be at Manahttan College for the Junius Kellogg Classic.  I am still looking for games to go to on Sunday so if anyone knows of any games please let me know.  E-Mail