DRAFFENVILLE – Standout performances by a pair of University of Kentucky recruits, a visit by UK coach John Calipari and two wins in three games by the host Marshals and Lady Marshals were the highlights of a winter storm-marred 18th annual Marshall County Hoop Fest at Reed Conder Gymnasium.
The event was trimmed from a scheduled 18 games to 10, with the middle day of the three-day event lost to the weather.
Among the standout performances, two victories by Indianapolis Arsenal Technical, led by Kentucky signee Trey Lyles, stood out.
Lyles, a 6-10 center with perimeter skills, scored 52 points and pulled down 28 rebounds in Tech’s two victories, including 30 and 14 in an 87-84 overtime win over Louisville Ballard in Saturday’s noon opener.
Tech pulled out another come-from-behind win over Huntington (W.Va.) St. Joseph Prep later that evening.
Ballard, led by University of Louisville-bound Quentin Snider, rebounded from the loss to Arsenal Tech to defeat Moss Point, Miss., and UK recruit Devin Booker. But Booker had the individual performance of the tourney, scoring 40 points in the loss.
Emannuel Mudiay, considered by many to be the top high school player of the Class of 2014, led Prime Prep Academy of Dallas to an impressive 67-50 victory over Quality Education Academy of Winston-Salem, N.C. Mudiay has signed to play for Southern Methodist University.
Among the games lost to withdrawals were a Lady Marshals matchup with Mount Carmel, Ill., led by Miss Basketball and Indiana University signee Tyra Buss, and a Marshall County game against Dyersburg, Tenn.
Boys teams missing the tourney included Marie Curie of Chicago; Evansville (Ind.) Bosse and Carbondale, Ill.; a trio of Memphis-area schools, including Evangelical Christian, Whitehaven and White Station, plus Wilson Central of Lebanon, Tenn., Christ Presbyterian of Nashville and South Fulton, Tenn.; and Kentucky schools including Warren Central, Henderson County the new McCracken County team.