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2016 Nike Extravaganza Recap

SANTA ANA, Ca – There were a few precarious moments early in the second quarter and even into the final minute for the host Mater Dei Monarchs Friday night during

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2016 Nike Extravaganza Recap

SANTA ANA, Ca – There were a few precarious moments early in the second quarter and even into the final minute for the host Mater Dei Monarchs Friday night during the first day of the 21st Nike Extravaganza. But, ultimately, Coach Gary McKnight’s team had too much for the Shadow Mountain Matadors of Phoenix – […]

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2016 HoopHall Classic Recap

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Saturday’s action during the 15th Spalding HoopHall Classic turned out to be a nifty preview of sorts to Sunday’s announcement of the 2016 McDonald’s All-American team. Five players with strong likelihoods of being part of that honor squad were on display on Saturday. And guards Frank Jackson (Highland, UT, Lone Peak) and […]

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2015 MaxPreps Holiday Classic All-Tournament Selections

RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca. – Here are the BurlisonOnBasketball 20-player “Plus 1” all-tournament selections from the 13th MaxPreps Holiday Classic that wrapped up Wednesday night at Rancho Mirage High. The choices are not based upon “college potential” but upon the way they players performed during the four games each played over Saturday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: […]

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2015 MaxPreps Holiday Classic Recap

RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca. – Do you need one example of why comparing scores with common opponents is a deceiving way to project the outcome of a basketball game? OK, here you go: On Nov. 28 at, during the ninth Prep2Prep Tip-Off Classic at Newark (CA) Memorial High, Hayward (CA) Moreau Catholic rallied from 16 points […]

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2015 Tarkanian Classic Day 4 Recap

LAS VEGAS – The host Bishop Gorman High Gaels were oh-so-close to bagging their first-ever Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division title Saturday night in the fourth edition of the event. A squad from Colorado had other designs, however. Danny Fisher-coached Aurora Overland, which captured the program’s first-ever state championship last spring, trailed by nine points late […]

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2015 Tarkanian Classic Day 3 Recap

LAS VEGAS – One of the teams advanced to the Saturday night Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division championship game by way of a rock’em, sock’em and grind-it-out semifinal. The other finalist took it altogether different path. Defending Colorado State Champion Aurora Overland trailed South Jordan (UT) Bingham by eight points with a bit more than eight […]

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2015 Tarkanian Classic Day 2 Recap

LAS VEGAS – The Bishop Gorman Gaels took another step Thursday night toward winning their first championship in the high-profile tournament they’ve hosted for four years. The Gaels got a performance that was equal parts clutch and spectacular from Charles O’Bannon Jr. to hold off last year’s champion in the top (Platinum) division, Redondo Beach […]

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2015 Tarkanian Classic Day 1 Recap

LAS VEGAS – The 16-team Platinum Bracket is the features the best of the best among the high school programs in the fourth Tarkanian Classic. And Wednesday’s opening round of eight games set the stage for what could be some terrific quarterfinal matchups Thursday at Bishop Gorman High. The championship bracket games begin at noon […]

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