SoCalHoops High School News
Comet Pride Classic: Verbum Dei
Loses To S.D. Horizon--(Dec. 5, 1998)
Our friend and correspondent Jason Day made it over to Westchester on Friday night for the First Annual Westchester Comet Price Classic which was held at Southwest LA College. Here's his report. The photos are taken by our other friend Larry Gray. And be sure to visit Ultra Student Athletes Online where Jason is also a regular contributor as well as over here at SoCalHoops.
Verbum Dei Loses Thriller To San Diego
by Jason Day
Photos by Larry Gray
I bounced on over to Southwest Community
College last night to catch the Westchester vs. Crossroads game. That was game one of a
double header with Verbum Dei vs. Horizon High from San Diego as the nightcap. The event
was hosted by
Westchester High School.
The Westchester / Crossroads game was a good one and check my article on that for the full scoop. But the Verb / Horizon contest was just a great high school ball game and definitely the highlight of the evening.
Trevon Jensen (#24) battles Dalron
Both teams were so evenly matched that, except
for the opening few minutes and a brief point near the end, I dont think either team
ever held more than a 5 pt. lead.
Verbs stars, UNLV signee Dalron Johnson (69 F/C) and Marlon Parmer (61 SR PG) had huge games. Johnson scored in every way that a super talented player can score. He tip jammed, he finished the alley-oop, he hit the short turn-around,
he even pulled up from 3 (toe was on the line). He finished with 30 pts. and double digit boards. We are so proud to have been among the early observers of this kid who predicted that he would grow to be a superior talent.
Parmer was his usual unstoppable self, breaking defenders, side-stepping the "helpers" and finishing at (and above the rim). It didnt matter whether Horizon zoned or played man, Marlon broke the D at will. In the end Marlon proved that the only player on the floor, in this one, that could stop him was Marlon. More on that in a sec.
Washum Dashiells, 63 SR F and Larry Davenport, 64 SR F, didnt score big (6pts. and 4pts.) respectively, but were real big on the boards and on D. Davenport hit his 4 in the crucial late minutes of the game.
Horizon's Coleman goes for the
block on Marlon Parmer
Horizon, a team I confess I had never even
heard of, have all the makings of a very nice squad. Their big men, 68 JR F/C,
Ron Coleman and 67 SR C, Trevon Jensen are both mobile, athletic, and run the floor
well.. Both rebounded real well in this one, and Coleman finished with 10 pts while Jensen
had 13. Unfortunately they were alternately matched up against Johnson who was just in a
Horizons strength is in their guards. Detrick Watts, 63 SR, Zack Jones, 61 SR, and Wayne Dernard, 65 SR G/F, are all very quick, handle the ball, and can hit the J from anywhere on the court. They combined for some stellar defense that had Verb turning the ball over repeatedly early in the game. While Parmer gave em fits for most of it, it was their ability to patrol the passing lanes, spring the occassional trap, and scramble to the loose ball that led to lots of fast breaks for Horizon.
The game was knotted at 28-28 at the half. The third quarter was back and forth with neither team able to deliver the knockout punch.
That pattern continued right up until the final 3 minutes. At about 2:40 left, Verbum Dei seemed to have things under control and were nursing a 7 or 8 pt. lead. They traded baskets for a bit, then Horizons Watts dropped a 3 pointer to bring them within five. With about 1:00 left, Horizon had to start intentionally fouling and the unthinkable happened.
Dalron Johnson puts it on the floor
Verb did a great job, (against a smothering
defensive effort by Horizon) of getting the ball to Parmer on all the inbounds. He was
fouled immediately. Marlon, who is Verbs best free throw shooter, went to the line
for six shots in the last minute or so. SIX.
Unbelievably, he missed 5 in a row before he finally dropped one to give Verb a tenuous 2pt. lead with :05 on the clock. Marlon finished with 18, but Im sure he would have given half of that up just to have a chance to shoot those freebies
Verb's Marlon Parmer
I guess Verb was reeling from the missed free
throws, cause they put almost no pressure on Horizon and they were able to get the ball up
the court with plenty of time for Jones to raise from the NBA 3pt. area and drain the
jumper (nothin but net). Game over. In all the excitement I neglected to write down the
score but I believe it was 66-65. Jones finished with 9pts. and a sore body after
being mobbed by his teammates. Watts had 14, and Dernard had 6. I almost forgot 65
SR F Ryan Fellows who started the game but wasnt around to help in the fourth after
fouling out at the end of the third. He had 9 big points.
Major props to Westchester High for putting on an evening of real entertaining High School Hoops. I hope this is just the "first" of an annual event, and that Southwest continues to host events like this. Its a great facility with comfortable (and ample) seating, great court, and its nice to see an event like this over on "that" side of town for once.
Extra props to the announcer, Amos Wellington who did a fantastic job. He was entertaining and kept us all informed with a pro flow and great voice.
Great game, great time. Later. Jason Day
Westchester's Chad Bell (left) and Crossroads' Isaiah Fox
enjoy the show
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