#OTRHoopsReport: Marshall County Hoop Fest Blog – December 4, 2015

Indiana signee Curtis Jones of Huntington Prep looks to lead his team at the Marshall County Hoop Fest. Photo cred – Jon Lopez/Nike

Benton, Ky., – The Marshall County Hoop Fest has become a perennial stop for some of the nation’s top high school teams. This year is no different as Oak Hill Academy squared off versus Chaminade Prep in an ESPN televised game on Thursday evening. Our #OTRHoopsReport team is in the building this year for a third straight year to cover the top performers all weekend long. Follow our blog for updates.


By:  @JLHemingwayPSB


9:30 Sunrise Christian (KS) vs. Victory Prep (TX)

  • Sunrise Christian got off to a quick start which was generated by a crazy alley-oop dunk by Byran Trimble. They finish up 16-8 after the first quarter.
  • Half-time, Sunrise leads 25-14. Oklahoma State signee guard Lindy Waters has done a great job of handling the ball for his team. Texas A&M signee Kameron McGusty has seven for Sunrise.
  • Sunrise wins this game 46-38, with Bryan Trimble winning MVP honors with 13 points. Jarred Vanderbilt led all scorers with 23 for Victory Prep.


8:00 Advanced Prep International (TX) vs. Prolific Prep (CA)

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    Class of 2017 Billy Preston

    Billy Preston has scored the first eight points of the game for API. Prolific Prep, however, leads 12-8 with 3:15 left in the first.

  • Class of 2019 Pierre Crockrell hit his third 3-pointer of the quarter. He has 9 of Prolific’s 18 points. They lead 18-10 with 1:30 left.
  • Prolific leads 20-13 after the first. Duval, Ferguson and Vital are on the bench.
  • Crockrell hits two more threes to push the lead out to 29-18. He has 15 all on threes. 5:57 left in the second quarter.
  • We go to the half with Prolific Prep up 36-28. Duval, Ferguson and Vital all enter the game, but with limited impact. Crockrell leads all scoring with 17 points. Bill Preston has 12 and Josh Jackson has 8.
  • Mark Vital has brought instant energy for API in this second half. He has 8 points in limited minutes in this game. 38-32 early in the third.
  • UConn signee Vance Jackson

    UConn signee Vance Jackson

    Prolific Prep is hitting on all cylinders right now. UConn signee Vance Jackson has been big on the glass and his converted timely buckets. They lead 50-34 with 1:00 left in the third. Duval has only one point for API.

  • Josh Jackson may not have the biggest scoring line tonight, but he has done all the other things needed in this one. He is a terrific passer with great court vision. His passing and distributing have helped his teammates with easy lay ins. 68-49 with 2:20 left in the game.
  • Prolific cruises to victory here 70-53. MVP was Pierre Crockrell with 20 points. Jackson added 13, Amadou Sow chipped in 12 points on 6/6 shooting and Utah signee Devon Daniels finished with 10.
  • Billy Preston led API with 14 points and 9 rebounds and Mark Vital added 10.

6:30 Oak Hill Academy (VA) vs. Athlete’s Institute (CAN)

Mississippi State signee Mario Kegler

Mississippi State signee Mario Kegler

  • Lindell Wigginton hits a 3 to put Oak Hill up 14-5 early in this one. Athlete’s Institute calls a timeout with 4:23 left in the first.
  • Thon Maker found a little rhythm to get Athlete’s back into this. He finished the first quarter with eight. Mario Kegler’s jumper looks real smooth tonight, he has seven at the end of one. Oak Hill up 22-15 going into the second quarter.
  • Thon Maker did a great job of controlling the defensive glass in the second quarter. That limited Oak Hill’s second chance points and allowed Athlete’s to get out and run more. Halftime: 37-32 in favor of Oak Hill. Thon Maker has 12 points, Mario Kegler has 11.
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    Class of 2017 Matt Coleman

    Maker’s pull-up 3-pointer in transition gets Athlete’s within 42-39 with 5:30 left in the third. However, Matt Coleman finds Lindell Wigginton right back with 3-pointer of their own in transition.

  • Matt Coleman is a premier point guard in the class of 2017. He is showing why tonight. He is finding teammates all over the floor with dimes and diagonal passers. Oak Hill up after three 55-43.
  • Oak Hill has too much fire power and finishes winning 74-57. Mario Kegler wins MVP honors with 20 points. Lindell Wigginton adds 16 in the win.
  • Thon Maker recorded 17 points and 18 rebounds for Athlete’s Institute.

5:00 Quality Education (NC)  vs. Huntington Prep (WV)

Class of 2016 Deshawn Corprew

  • First quarter ended with Huntington Prep up 23-17. Miles Bridges has not missed a beat since last night. He has 11 in the first period. Deshawn Corprew and Jaylan Mcgill have combined for 13 points for Quality Education.
  • Huntington Prep got a nice spark off the bench from class of 2018 Jonothan Kobonga. The point guard will go on our watch-list for elite prospects in that class.
  • Class of 2017 guard Ranathan Embo has brought some energy for Quality Education Prep. His two free throws bring the game to 41-37 in favor of Huntington Prep. with 1:00 to go.
  • Huntington Prep leads 41-39 at the half. Michigan State signee Miles Bridges leads all scorers with 18 points.
  • Miles Bridges has 28 going into the 4th quarter. Although Quality Education made a nice in the third, Bridges big alley-oop got the crowd going and put his team on top 61-56 at the end of three.
  • Huntington PrepHuntington Prep has this one under control. Their ball handler have put a strangle hold on the Quality Prep defense. Huntington wings such as Ivan Gandia and Trace Young are the beneficiaries of finishes at the rim. 86-75 Huntington with 1:55 left.
  • Huntington Prep wins this one 94-88, Miles Bridges wins the MVP with 34 points and 10 rebounds. Indiana signee Curtis Jones added 22 points.
  • Guards Jaylan McGill and Desean Corprew both scored 25 for Quality Education.


3:30 Hopkinsville (KY) vs. JO Johnson (AL)

Alabama Challenge

Josh Hopkins of JO Johnson

    • This game is up and down with tempo and scoring. Kourtney Ware of Hopkinsville has his jumper rolling early. He had 14 in the first quarter.  Justin Hopkins of JO Johnson has 14 as well in the 2nd quarter. Hopkinsville is up 27-22 with 4:24 in the first half.
    • A John Petty fade away jumper at the buzzer brings JO Johnson to trail by one heading into the locker room, 35-34. Petty has 10, but Samford signee Justin Hopkins continues to be ‘Mr. Productivity’ with 20 points. Ware of Hopkinsville has 19 of his own.
    • Sophomore point guard Steven Cager of Hopkinsville is a tough cookie. He is getting to the rim and scoring although he just stands at 5-8. He has six points in the third.
    • Hopkins 3-point play in transition puts JO Johnson up 44-41 with 4:30 to go in the 3rd. He has 25 now with his future college coach, Scott Padgett watching on in the stands.
    • Hopkins picks up his 4th foul with 3:58 in third, this could change the momentum of this game.
Alabama Challenge

2017 John Petty

  • JO Johnson sustains Hopkins going to the bench and finds points from a variety of sources. They go into the 4th up 50-47. Ware has cooled off for Hopkinsville.
  • One of John Petty’s under-appreciated skills is his passing abilities. He dishes out another assist. Right back the other direction, sophomore guard Jalen Johnson hits another jumper. Score is 54-51 with JO Johnson up with 6:50 left in the quarter.
  • Hopkins fouls out with 1:30 to go, but Hopkinsville can’t capitalize on free throws. JO Johnson still leads 64-58.
  • Johnson hits free throws and wins 69-63. Hopkins wins MVP honors with 28 points.
  • John Petty finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists on the night. Hopkinsville was led by Kourtney Ware with 21 points. Jalen Johnson and CJ Henagan both added 16 for H-town.

 2:00 Madison Academy (AL) vs. Lexington Dunbar (KY)Josh Langford

  • Lexington Dunbar’s guards are for real! Class of 2017 guard Taveion Hollingsworth is splitting defenders and finishing to the tune of 14 first quarter points. Dunbar leads 32-15 after the first quarter.
  • Madison Academy’s Josh Langford picked up his second foul with 3:00 minutes to go in the first.
  • Madison Academy’s coach Andy Blackston is one of the best in the business. His back door play leads to a Langford dunk to get the score to 32-20. His 10th point early in the second quarter.
  • Will Acuff gets fouled on a 3-point attempt and makes all three free throw attempts to pull Madison Academy within 38-27. Hollingsworth now has 18 for Dunbar.
  • Hollingsworth with 25 at the half. Langford picked up his 3rd foul midway through the 2nd quarter. Dunbar leads 49-33 at the half.
  • MC Hoop FestThe trio of guards for Dunbar is tough. Hollingsworth is flanked by 2016 guards Jordan Lewis and Darius Williams. Those three have scored 49 of Dunbar’s 60 points.
  • 3rd quarter ends with Dunbar up 69-48, Hollingsworth has 30 and Langford has 23.
  • Madison Academy has tried to get back in this game, but the lead is a bit too big. Dunbar wins 76-62. Hollingsworth finishes with 33 points including three 3-pointers. Josh Langford finished with 32 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Langford is on our Naismith Watch 50 for National Player of the Year.



 7:00 Prolific Prep (CA) vs. Huntington Prep (WV)USA Basketball MJNT October Minicamp

  • Josh Jackson came out blazing, 9 points in the game’s first 4 minutes. Prolific is up 11-8 and forces Huntington Prep into an early timeout. Jackson is a consensus top 3 player nationally and uncommitted.
  • The first quarter ends with Huntington Prep up 22-17. But oh my…two incredible tip-dunks on back to back possessions highlighted this quarter! First Micah Thomas punched one and then Josh Jackson nearly ripped off the rim. Jackson’s tip dunk came with his head near the rim and the ball by his waist. Incredible!
  • Halftime score is Huntington Prep up 37-35. Miles Bridges leads them with 11 points. Josh Jackson leads all scorers with 14 points.
  • Michigan State signee Miles Bridges is putting on a dunk show. He has gotten loose for several dunks in this quarter alone. Finally Proflific has to take a timeout down 52-43 with 3:30 in the 3rd.
  • The Family.Josh Jackson and Bridges are just trading dunks right now. Those two and Huntington Prep guard Curtis Jones are on our Naismith 50 Watch-List for Player of the Year. Click here for the complete list.
  • This is the Bridges and Jackson show. Right out of the quarter break they exchange 3-pointers. Jackson with 27, Bridges with 25. 60-57 early in the 4th.
  • Utah signee Devon Daniels drive and score gives Prolific Prep a 66-64 lead with 1:15 left. He has 8 points on the night.
  • We head to overtime tied at 66. Josh Jackson picked up his 4th foul on the last possession of regulation.
  • We go to a second overtime tied at 70. Both defenses tightened up in that period.
  • ProlificAfter a corner 3 from Luka Petrovic gave Huntington a 3 point lead, Devon Daniels responds with back to back buckets. Abu Kigab hits two free throws and Prolific leads 80-75 with :27 left.
  • Free throws seal the deal here for Prolific and they win 83-75. Josh Jackson finishes with 34 points, 19 rebounds and 8 assists.
  • Bridges finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds and Curtis Jones finished with 21 points.

5:30 Athlete’s Institute (CAN) vs. Curie (IL)Maker, Thon 150

  • It looked initially that Athlete’s Institute would run away with this, jumping out 8-0. Thon Maker is doing what he does best, rebounding, paint scoring and getting to the free throw line.
  • Curie turns up the defensive pressure and forces Athlete’s Institute to call timeout 11-8, Curie 3:08.
  • A baseline rip and dunk by Nicola Djogo puts Athlete’s Institue up 18-15 after the first quarter. Thon Maker leads Athlete’s Institute with 6 points. Point guard Devin Gage leads all scorers with 8 points for Curie.
  • A lay in by Landers Nolley II ties the game at 3:00 left in the half for Curie at 28-28. DePaul signee, Devin Gage, continues to be the catalyst for Curie making plays off the dribble.
  • AthletesCurie goes into the locker room up 36-34 with Gage leading all scorers with 14 points.
  • Maker finished his second thunderous dunk of the half to pull Athlete’s Institute to within one, 46-45. Curie takes a timeout.
  • Curie has gotten valuable production from Terry Smith Jr., and Allonte Pickens. Each have scored two buckets.
  • Into the 4th and Curie still holds a point lead, 51-50. Junior guard Allonte Pickens heated up with 3 threes in that quarter and has 16. Thon Maker has 17 for Athlete’s Institute.
  • The story of this game has been Curie’s defense. Their guards have swarmed and created deflections all night long. Gage comes out with 4 quick points and a few other transition buckets have Curie up 59-50 with 6:30 left in the game.
  • Matur Maker finishes a putback to give Athlete’s Institute their first lead in a while, 62-61. The Canadian is really looking to take advantage of their size in the paint now.
  • Landers Nolley drops a 3-pointer to give Curie a 68-67 lead with 1:00 to go in the game. He now has 15 points and has done it rather quietly.
  • Devin Gage scores the game’s final two baskets to give Curie a 72-69 victory. He finishes with 26 points on the night.




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HEMI-HEAD-SHOTJonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on  twitter @JLHemingwayPSB


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