Tark Classic: Day Two

Elijah Brown

LAS VEGAS - Thursday was the first full day of action at the Tarkanian Classic, and powers Mater Dei and Bishop Gorman cruised. Mater Dei senior shooting guard Elijah Brown had a big showing in his team's blowout win.

Raymond Bowles, SF, Modesto Christian: The Pacific signee is a good looking athlete who is a very strong forward. Bowles scored the majority of his points getting to the basket, either scoring lay-ups or getting to the line. He hit a big lay-up to tie the game with 35 seconds left and played well against Redondo Union.

T.J. Wallace, SG, Modesto Christian: Another Pacific signee on Modesto Christian, Wallace is a strong and athletic guard that got to the basket on Thursday. He scored his points driving and scoring lay-ups or getting to the free throw line.

Dakarai Allen, SF, Sheldon: Allen played well against Durango, showing an improved confidence on offense. He hit two of his three three-point attempts, added a floater, got to the basket and finished with contact, rebounded very well on the defensive end, had a big time block and in general played strong on the ball defense, and made several nice passes, as usual.

Elijah Brown, SG, Mater Dei: Brown had a terrific first half against Cheyenne and wasn't needed much in the second half due to a blowout. He hit five three-pointers – four catch and shoot and one pull-up – had a baseline midrange floater, scored in transition and got to the free throw line. 22 points in the first half says it all.

Rashad Muhammad, SF, Bishop Gorman: Muhammad continues to prove that he's taken his game to the next level. On Thursday his floater was on target in the second half, and at one point he hit three in a row. He played hard, rebounded, passed the ball well, knocked down a pull-up baseline midrange jumper and got to the basket.

Drew Bender, SG, Pinnacle: After starting off slow, Bender ended up having a nice game against Fairfax. He got to the line, hit a floater, knocked down a three off the catch, made several nice passes inside for assists, rebounded well on the defensive end and played hard.

Stanley Johnson, SF, Mater Dei: While he only hit one of his four three-point attempts, Johnson played well everywhere else. He knocked down two pull-up midrange jumpers, finished around the rim, rebounded well – including a one-handed offensive board that he put back in – and played hard on both ends of the court in a blowout victory.

Dorian Pickens, SG, Pinnacle: It wasn't Pickens' best shooting game but he did do some good things closer to the basket. He hit a right hook shot, made a fade-away midrange jumper, scored on a couple offensive putbacks in the second half and played good team ball, consistently being unselfish and making the right pass to teammates.

Anthony Townes, PF, Modesto Christian: The strong power forward has good length and finished well in the paint. He scored on an offensive rebound and putback, some right-handed lay-ups and got to the line. Townes didn't force the action when he got the ball in the paint and made some smart passes to teammates. He also did a nice job on the defensive glass.

Stephen Zimmerman, C, Bishop Gorman: It was another strong game for Zimmerman on Thursday. The sophomore post rebounded very well on the defensive glass, consistently got to the basket, ran the court well in transition, had some good passes to teammates, made several trips to the line and finished above the rim in a blowout victory.

* Redondo Union 2014 shooting guard Ian Fox went on a scoring spree against Modesto Christian, leading his team to a comeback victory. He scored on catch and shoot and pull-up threes, floaters, pull-up midrange jumpers and lay-ups, including a big one with 50 seconds to go that helped his team go up two.

* Redondo Union freshman guard Leland Green is a big time athlete that had a good looking midrange pull-up jumper and had a tip-in at the buzzer to defeat Modesto Christian.

* Modesto Christian's 2016 guard Christian Ellis has nice strength and length and scored on a pretty smooth step-back midrange jumper.

* Sheldon's 2013 point guard D'Erryl Williams is nursing an injury and barely played against Durango.

* Noah Robotham, a 2014 point guard from Bishop Gorman, played well again on Thursday, consistently driving and dishing to teammates, racking up assists in the process.

* Bishop Gorman's 2015 forward Nick Blair is an explosive athlete who once again played hard and finished above the rim. He also looked comfortable with a right-handed hook shot.

* Chase Jeter, Bishop Gorman's emerging 2015 post, had some good moments against Narbonne, including a transition dunk and a lay-up with the foul. He also got to the free throw line.

* Fairfax 2015 point guard Lindsey Drew continues to show promise. Against Pinnacle he hit a floater, nailed a pull-up three-pointer and got to the basket. The lanky point guard has a lot of upside and you can slowly see him gain confidence on the court.

Gonzaga, California, Santa Clara, San Diego, Nevada, Colorado, Oregon State, Air Force, Oregon, San Francisco, Rice, Portland, St. Mary's, UNLV, Long Beach State were in attendance for Thursday's games.

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