Many players from our area take their skills to play in college, some to the pros. These kids are the same kids that you grew up with and quite likely dominated your high school team. Some will forget about these guys, but others ask, “Where are they now?” We have the answers.
Kendall Marshall, a former All-Met from O’Connell who has blossomed into one of the top point guards in the country at No. 4 North Carolina, closed out the regular season of his sophomore campaign in style Saturday night as the Tar Heels (27-4) throttled rival Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, 88-70. Marshall had a team-high 20 points and 10 assists as the No. 4 Tar Heels clinched the regular-season Atlantic Coast Conference title and edged closer to a No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA tournament. Marshall is second in the nation with 9.6 assists per game.
Georgetown’s Saturday wasn’t nearly as fruitful as North Carolina’s. The Hoyas, with a chance to earn the second seed in the Big East tournament, were flat against No. 9 Marquette in a 83-69 loss. Forner All-Mets Jason Clark of O’Connell (4-of-14 shooting, 11 points), Markel Starks of Georgetown Prep (1-of-7 shooting, 3 points) and Greg Whittington (2 points) of Oakland Mills struggled.
In another Saturday Big East battle, Villanova and Cincinnati squared off outside Philadelphia. Largo graduate Maurice Sutton had nine points and five rebounds in the 72-68 loss. The Cincinnati Bearcats pulled away late to finish off Villanova 72-68. Teammate Mouph Yarou (Montrose Christian) had 16 points and seven rebounds in the loss. Yarou is averaging 10.9 points and 8.2 rebounds, Sutton is averaging 3.4 points per game and 3.1 rebounds.
Up a level to the NBA, the Denver Nuggets nearly got a triple-double Sunday from Ty Lawson, the onetime Bishop McNamara standout who finished his high school career at Oak Hill before starring at North Carolina. Lawson had his best game of the season for the Nuggets, finishing with 22 points, 11 assists, and 9 rebounds as Denver dealt San Antonio a rare home loss, 99-94.
In other NBA action, on Friday Montrose Christian’s Linas Kleiza had 12 points and seven rebounds as the struggling Raptors (12-26) lost a close one at home to Memphis, 102-99. Kleiza has been playing very well this season, averaging 10.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.
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