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October 10, 2013
San Diego Super 80:
The second half of the Saturday Super 80 San Diego prep basketball showcase at Mira Costa College in Oceanside featured top players from San Diego area in the? classes of 2014 and 2015. The showcase was set up by Charlie Mercado of Gamepoint and Chad Groth of Area Codes basketball.
The teams were divided into 4 squads of 10 players and the teams were named for California universities: USC, Cal, UCLA and SDSU with each team playing 2 games consisting of 20 minute halves. No free throws were shot all day in order to keep the day's schedule on time. Players fouled in the act of shooting were given two free throw points and if fouled while making the basket they were given the and one.
USC 66, San Diego State University 57In the opening game USC, led by 14 first half points by 6-8 Jr. Travis Fuller of La Costa Canyon, defeated the SDSU team composed of all juniors by a score of 66-57. This upperclassmen game did not seem to have the level of play that was seen in the 3 earlier games with the teams composed mostly of freshmen and sophomores .
Fuller, after his rather impressive first half, seemed to disappear in the second half and had just 2 points. But that still enabled him to finish with a game high 16 points. Kris Wixted, 6-4 junior from Scripps Ranch, was instrumental in the USC victory. He is a good inside player, a tough rebounder and money when he puts the ball up in the paint. He made 4-5 shots in the second half to finish with 11 points.
6-5 Cameron Silver (2014 Great Oak) also had 11 points for USC. Khy Kabellis, 6-3 junior from Escondido, had 13 points to lead SDSU. Kabellis made 4-7 from the field, including 3-3 from beyond the arc in the first half but only scored a deuce in the second half. Sam Bockman, 6-6 junior from El Camino of Oceanside, made all 5 of his FG attempts in the second half to finish with 12 points. Jack Beach made 3-3 three pointers in the first half to account for all of his 9 points. He is a 6-2 junior from Torrey Pines.
UCLA 104, Cal 59In the second game UCLA played Cal and this was a tight game in the first half, with UCLA taking a 35-32 halftime lead. Ben Perez, 6-4 senior from San Marcos, looked very poised in the first half while making 4-6 from the field, including 2-3 from beyond the arc and another on a steal and slam dunk.
Well, it was only close in the first half, as UCLA came out and went on a 40-9 run to bury Cal. 6-2 senior Ryan Schaefer (Temecula Valley) went on a three-point scoring binge, hitting 5 in a row and then being fouled and awarded three points on his 6th and last attempt. Schaefer also had a deuce to give him 20 points in the half after being 0-2 from beyond the arc in the first half.
But it still was not enough to earn him player of the game, as in this reporter's opinion Perez earned the player of the event with his performance in this and the following game. In the second half Perez made all 6 of his shot attempts and was fouled for two points on his one miss? to give him 15 points for the half and a game high 27 points.
UCLA made 10-14 three pointers in the second half to finish with 14-22 for the game for 63.6%,as they went over the century mark to win 104-59. Cal was only 11-27 from the field including 2-8 from downtown in the second half and junior Michael Gale (Mission Hills) was the only player in double figures for the losers with 11.
Cal 73, USC 61Cal came right back in the next game with a much better performance and a 73-61 win over USC to even both teams records to 1-1.
In this game it was Vincent McFadden, 6-7 2015 from neighboring Orange County school San Juan Hills, leading the way. He was 8-14 from the field, but only 1-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 19 points.
Another player from Orange County, Dalvin Hale, 5-11 junior from Santa Margarita, was also in double figures with 10. Junior Michael Gale (Mission Hills) also had 10 for the losers.
UCLA 98, San Diego State University 69In the final game, UCLA finished just 2 points shy of the century mark again, as they overwhelmed SDSU 98-69. Again it was Ben Perez leading the way as he cemented his player of the event, hitting 14-17 from the field, including 3-5 from downtown for a game high 31 for the game and 56 for the two games.
Patrick Fisher, 6-3 junior from La Costa Canyon, had a great game, getting 5 steals and 13 points and for his spirited play. I gave him the Hustle Award for this event.
Dakota Orr (El Camino) with 12, Ryan Schaefer (Temecula Valley) with 11 (including 1-3 from beyond the arc) and Chad Morrison 6-4 senior (El Camino of Oceanside) with 11 were the other UCLA players in double figures.
It should be noted that at the start of this game Austin Knox went on a tear, scoring the first 11 points for Cal to give them the lead at that time. The 6-6 junior Knox (Kearny) made his first 5 shots, including one from downtown, had three boards and a steal in the first 4 minutes of the game. Then he made just one of his next 9 shots, all three pointers before making 4 more points in the final minutes to finish with a game high 17 points. Sam Bockman (El Camino) had 14 points again in this one.
Well, on this day Ben Perez was definitely a lock for Most Outstanding Player among the upperclassmen. I thought his only competition for MOP of the event was Brandon Cyrus, the awesome soph from Torrey Pines by way of Canada.