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PB Showdown Day 2

Posted Friday, December 30, 2011, at 1:07 AM

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Game 8: Booker T. Washington 52, Kirby 46

The battle of Memphis is for a shot at the final.

BTW leads 14-9 after one quarter but Ole Miss signee Martavius Newby has picked up two fouls.

At halftime, BTW leads Kirby 25-20.

BTW opened the second half with a 12-2 run and held off Kirby to reach the championship game.

Game 7: Forrest City 61, Poplar Bluff 47

Forrest City used a 20-6 run to end the game and send the Mules to the seventh place game.

Game 6: Maplewood-RH 62, Tupelo 59

Maplewood-RH jumped out to a 10-2 lead, scoring the first seven points of the contest, but as they did in the opening round, the Golden Wave rallied. Tupelo holds a 28-27 halftime lead thanks to nine second-chance points and eight forced turnovers.

Tupelo put together a 10-2 run before MRH scored the final basket of the half.

The Blue Devils held on to beat the defending champs.

Kahlid Hagens broke a 52-all tie with 2:47 to play and Corey Frazier followed with a bucket after a Tupelo miss seconds later, breaking the press.

Maplewood-RH missed four free throws in the final minute and Tupelo got a 3 from Rashon Coleman with 5.4 seconds that cut the margin to one.

Hagens hit two free throws and Jake Hensel got a steal at midcourt but was called for a backcourt violation, giving the Golden Wave one more chance with 2.5 left on the clock. Dajon Reno's long 3 from straight away hit the backboard and the rim but missed.

Hensel scored 15 for MRH, Aaron Collins chipped in 12, Frazier added 11 and Hagens scored all 10 of his points in the second half.

Antonio Green scored 16 to lead Tupelo while Coleman added 12 and Reno scored 11.

Game 5: Sylvan Hills 67, Hillcrest 45

Archie Goodwin and the Sylvan Hills Bears are putting on a dunk clinic in the first half. They've thrown down more than the entire Bloomfield Christmas Tournament field already for a 40-23 lead at the break. Goodwin, a Kentucky signee, has 14 points while Devin Pearson, a 6-5 senior, has 15 points.

Goodwin added a windmill dunk to start the second half and the Bears rolled into the fifth place game. He finished with 18 points while Pearson led with 19. Hillcrest was led by Torrian Taylor's 12 points and 11 by Stevonte Young.

Earlier today, Tupelo swept the 3-point and dunk contests. Antonio Green was the 3-point winner while Josh Hamilton had the top dunks.

Here's a recap from Day 1:

Maplewood-Richmond Heights 63, Memphis Hillcrest 22

Tupelo (Miss.) 65, Sylvan Hills (Ark.) 60

Memphis Kirby 52, Poplar Bluff 32

Memphis Booker T. Washington 72, Forrest City (Ark.) 63

Martavius Newby took one on the chin Wednesday night, then delt a decisive blow in the opener of the 25th Poplar Bluff Showdown.

Newby, who missed half of the second quarter with a cut on his chin, scored 16 of his game-high 34 points in the third to lead Memphis Booker T. Washington past Forrest City (Ark.) 72-63.

At least one team from Memphis will reach the final as the Warriors will face Memphis Kirby, a 52-32 winner over host Poplar Bluff at Peters Gym.

The other semifinal Thursday features defending champion Tupelo (Miss.) and Maplewood-Richmond Heights.

Newby, who has signed to play at Ole Miss, broke a 42-all tie with his deep 3-pointer at the 2:41 mark of the third quarter in the final game Wednesday night. That started a personal 8-2 run that included a dunk off an ally-oop dish, a steal and a three-point play.

Washington (9-0) took a 52-48 lead into the fourth but the Mustangs (4-6) got within three with 4:52 left. Newby drew a charge and the Warriors scored the next seven points to go up by double digits.

Jordan Chatters and Thompson each scored 16 points for the Mustangs while Henry Lee added 14 and Mekiyel Harris chipped in nine.

The Mustangs rallied from a second-quarter deficit Washington put together without Newby, who left the game with a bloody chin. The Warriors extended their lead with a 9-4 run and he returned with a dunk for a 32-24 lead before Forrest City scored the final four points of the half.

Down 32-28 at the break, the Mustangs got within three early in the sec ond half before Newby hit a 3. Lee, who scored eight points in the third quarter, got consecutive baskets to start the Forrest City's rally. Harris tied the game at 42 with 2:56 left in the third but Newby answered with his deep 3.

Tupelo 65, Sylvan Hills 60

Chaz Jones put the Golden Wave ahead with 45 seconds left as the defending champions advanced to the semifinals.

Rashon Coleman scored 23 points for Tupelo (9-4), which hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final 22 seconds to seal the win.

Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin scored 24 points for Sylvan Hills (5-3). But the senior missed a shot with his team down 1 and missed a 3 for the tie in the closing seconds. After hitting a 3 that cut the deficit to 62-60 with 2.1 seconds left, Goodwin picked up a technical foul for his fifth.

The Bears opened the game with a 10-2 run, led 20-12 after one quarter and went up by 10 with 3:50 left in the first half.

Tupelo rallied to within 33-26 at halftime behind Dajon Reno's 10 points. Antonio Green's 3 put the Golden Wave up 40-39 with 1:23 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded the lead seven times and were tied three times in the fourth quarter.

Maplewood-RH 63, Hillcrest 22

The Blue Devils jumped out to a 32-6 halftime lead, holding the Memphis team to just two first-half field goals.

Corey Frazier scored 17 points to lead Maplewood-RH (4-3) while Jake Hensel added 12. In all, six players chipped in five or more points.

Cortez Wallace scored nine points to lead Hillcrest (0-10), which finished third at last year's Showdown.

Kirby 52, Poplar Bluff 32

After playing a tight 2 1/2 quarters Wednesday night, the Poplar Bluff Mules fell back into their offensive rut, going nearly 11 minutes without scoring in the second half.

Neither team led by more than five in the first half and the Mules were within a basket early in the third quarter. But missed shots and turnovers pilled up as Poplar Bluff was stuck on 22 points.

Kirby (6-4) scored 18 straight, including 13 in a row to end the third quarter, before Joey Bloodworth ended the dry spell with 3:22 to play in the fourth.

Bennie Williams led Kirby with 12 points, half coming in the second quarter.

Ryan Brittingham scored five of his team-high eight points in the fourth quarter for the Mules while Kendric McCain and Lance Gray each added five

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I thought Goodwin was WAY overrated. Too lazy and lack of hustle. I can see potential but not potential to star at Kentucky. IMO Otto Porter was a better high school player. But I guess it's all about potential because this year I don't think he could see the floor with the players on the Kentucky roster.

-- Posted by FreyGuys on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 6:32 PM

I agree he was lazy but I think coach cal knows what he is doing when it comes to recruiting

-- Posted by BIGELW on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 10:30 PM

He knows what he's doing for sure. I was just disapointed. I expected more.

-- Posted by FreyGuys on Fri, Dec 30, 2011, at 8:42 AM

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