DRAFFENVILLE – The host Marshall County Marshals and the three visiting teams who saw double-duty in the 17th annual Hoop Fest Friday and Saturday all came away with victories over their opponents.
The Marshals defeated Massac County of Metropolis, Ill., 52-39 on Friday and Wilson Central of Lebanon, Tenn., on Saturday (related story, this page).
Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, with standout Andrew Wiggins, won 76-59 against Memphis East on Friday and closed the tourney Saturday night with a 74-40 win over another Memphis school, Briarcrest Christian.
Travis High of Richmond, Texas, got hard-fought wins over two Kentucky schools, Louisville Ballard 78-76 on Friday and Richmond Madison Central 64-57 on Saturday.
Oak Hill Academy of Mouth of Wilson, Va., pushed its Hoop Fest record to 20-2 with wins over Chicago Curie 72-39 on Friday and Memphis Southwind 73 on Saturday.
Other winners were Warren Central, 67-64 over Graves County; Harrisburg, Ill., 78-55 over Calloway County; and Mt. Washington Bullitt East, 78-65 over Hopkinsville, all on Saturday.
In girls action, Marshall County defeated Massac County 49-48 on Friday and lost to Mount Vernon, Ill., 71-57 on Saturday (related story, this page).
n Wiggins, a 6-7 power forward, scored 25 points Saturday night against Briarcrest and had 29 Friday against Memphis East. Montaque Gill-Caesar was in double figures in both games, with 15 points against Briarcrest and 11 against Memphis East.
But Wiggins was the star attraction. Rated one of the best high school players in the nation, he is being heavily recruited by Kentucky and other schools.
Memphis East played Huntington close early, forging a 22-22 tie after one period. But Huntington outscored East 16-7 in the second period and cruised to the win.
Matthew Butler scored 21 to lead East.
Briarcrest hung around in a low-scoring first quarter, trailing 10-7 at the stop. But Huntington poured it on in the middle two periods, outscoring the Saints 46-16, and never looked back.
Austin Nichols scored 17 for Briarcrest.
n Travis featured the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron, both 6-6 wings, who have already signed to play at UK next year. Andrew had 25 points against Madison Central and 22 against Ballard, while Aaron scored 23 in the Ballard game but netted only three points against Madison.
Madison Central led 14-10 after the first quarter, but Travis rode a 23-12 advantage to a 33-26 halftime lead and never trailed again.
Dominique Hawkins too kgame scoring honors with 29 for the Indians.
Travis had a game-long fight on its hands with Ballard, led by Louisville signee Quentin Snider. The Bruins trailed by only two, 56-54, after three periods and maintained the margin until late in the game, trailing 73-71 with just over two minutes left.
Andrew Harrison, who had hit eight of eight free throws, missed a pair with 45.4 seconds left in the game and the Tigers leading 76-74. Ballard then got two of two from Snider to tie the game at 76-all with 41.1 left.
Aaron Harrison then sank two free throws and Travis kept Ballard from getting off a shot to tie or win the game in the final 29.5 seconds.
Snider led Ballard with 28.
n Oak Hill rolled over Curie in its first game Saturday, but the Warriors had no luck in containing 6-9 Cliff Alexander of Curie, another player on UK coach John Calipari’s wish list. Alexander had 26 points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots.
Oak Hill was led by Troy Williams, an Indiana signee, with 16 points and R.J. Curington with 15.
On Saturday, Oak Hill had a little tougher time with an athletic Southwind squad. Jajuan Johnson, a 6-4 wing who has committed to Marquette, scored 31 points and had help from Johnathan Williams with 19, but Oak Hill prevailed behind 31 from South Carolina recruit Sindarious Thornwell and 21 from Curington.
n In single games, Warren Central took an early lead over Graves County but then had to hang on to save the victory against Terry Birdsong’s Eagles. Nathaniel Walker led a balanced Dragon attack with 14 points, while Peyton Puckett paced the Eagles with a game-high 18.
Harrisburg blew out a young Calloway County team with a 25-6 first quarter, then cruised to the win. Tyler Smithpeters led the Bulldogs with 16 points, followed closely by Capel Hinshaw with 15.
Parker Adams and Connor Wagner led the Lakers with 18 and 12 points, respectively.
Bullitt East, playing with UK signee Derek Willis because of a suspension, overcame a 15-14 first-quarter deficit to take command, although Hopkinsville stayed within striking distance.
Rusty Troutman led Bullitt East with a 32-point, 10-rebound performance and the Chargers also got a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds, from Elliott Jones.
Jordan Majors led the Tigers with 24 points.