The 5-foot-11 junior guard scored 21 points to lead the Indians to an 11-point victory over Osbourn on Friday, then followed that up the next evening with a 25-point performance in a 68-65 victory over St. Stephen's/St. Agnes. Vann is averaging 20.6 points in 10 games this season.
The junior guard had a fantastic scoring run in helping the Bulldogs to the Marin Catholic Tournament championship in California this past week. Against Archbishop Moeller (Ohio) in the title game, Quezada scored 40 points -- including six three-pointers -- to earn MVP honors.
The second-ranked Knights have won 12 of 13 to start the season, including Friday's 56-51 victory over Good Counsel. Team defense has been a key, as O'Connell has yielded 43 points per game. The Knights might not have a 20-points-a-game scorer, but are winning games thanks to balanced, game-in and game-out scoring from Fred Stanback, Brian Johnson, Dave Neal, Erik Smith, and Marcus Ginyard. All five are averaging between 10.5 and 13 points per game, and they will need that across the board scoring for their next opponent on Tuesday: No. 5 DeMatha.
The Cavaliers are off to their best start since 1992, buoyed not only by senior guard Jose Olivero (the team's leading scorer with a 24 points per game average), but by a nice balance of four other senior starters -- Kevin Wilmot, Mike Deering, Robby Dare, and Brian Tran. "It's really the senior leadership on our team that has been the key to the team's 9-0 start," Coach Mike Pflugrath said. "There's always a guy who can step up. Jose fouled out in the championship game of our tournament down in Florida, and Kevin [Wilmot] stepped up big [scoring a career-best 24 points]. The guys are calm and cool and understand the system." The Cavaliers are yielding 53 points per game.