Los Angeles - The second weekend of the PEC 6 prep school conference provided a lot of great games and showcased players from some of the best prep programs on the West Coast.
Coming into the weekend Middlebrooks Academy led by UCLA signee Kobe Paras and UCR commit Marcus Berkeley were sitting atop the PEC 6 standings undefeated at 5-0. Trinity International from Las Vegas led by Duquesne commit junior Isiaha Mike and Division I prospects Timmel Eggleston and Maras Shaver was right behind them in second with a 4-1 record. Cooper International was in third with a 3-2 record and D1 prospects guards Raul Milan, Chris Johnson, and power forward Kendall Lauderdale.
In the first game of the weekend Trinity International rode the hot shooting of Eggleston and Shaver and all-around play of Mike to take down Taylor Made (Arizona) 106-48. The first surprise of the weekend took place in the next game as Cooper International took control early in their game vs. Middlebrooks Academy and held on for a 94-84 victory giving the Sphinx their first loss in PEC 6 play 94-84.
Trinity International pulled into a tie for first place with a 93-71 victory over Reno International. Middlebrooks Academy led by Paras, Berkeley and junior Tyler Bey helped the Sphinx bounce back for a 98-67 victory over Taylor Made. In the final game of the first day Cooper International took down Reno International 89-78 to end day one game behind Trinity and Middlebrooks.
In the first game of the day Reno International and Taylor Made locked up in a barnburner. Reno won on a last second lay-up by Adrian Rico for a heart-stopping 96-95 victory.
Game two pitted the match-up everyone was waiting for as first place Trinity International locked horns with host Middlebrooks Academy in a battle for sole possession of first place.
The Thunder rolled to a 22-point halftime advantage thanks to the hot shooting of Timmel Eggleston and Ismael Cruz Parris. After the break Sphinx guards Kobe Paras, Efran Samaei hit seven three’s cutting the lead to 77-72 with 5:38 to play in the game on a deep three by Samaei . The pair combined for 10 second half three-pointers keeping the Sphinx in the game.
Maras Shaver kept pushing the Thunder scoring 20 second half points helping Trinity to keep the lead. Trinity pushed the lead back to 12 with a couple of baskets by Mike and Eggleston, but Kobe Paras of Middlebrooks hit six points in a row to cut the lead to five with 3:05 to play.
However, in the end Trinity International held on to take a 103-94 victory and take over sole possession of first place. Mike had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Shaver had 22 points and Eggleston scored 16. Middlebrooks Academy was led by Samaei had 27 points and Berkeley had 25 points. Kobe Paras hit 22 points and 8 rebounds.
Cooper International inched closer to the top spot in the league beating Taylor Made 96-69. They were led by strong performances by Raul Milan who led the way with 20 points. Chris Johnson chipped in 17 points and Kendall Lauderdale had 16 points 11 boards. In a losing effort Treyvon Newman scored 20 points and Nick Allen chipped in 16 points.
Just as they did on day one Middlebrooks Academy bounced back in their second game of the day to defeat Reno International 91-85. Junior Tyler Bey, a Nevada native started the Sphinx off strong scoring 11 of their first 22 points to take a 22-18 lead. Adrian Rico of Reno matched Bey scoring 15 first half points and Middlebrooks Academy went into halftime leading 35-34. Marcus Berkeley also scored 12 points in the first half for the Sphinx.
In the second half Middlebrooks Academy took control early thanks to a 17-7 run led by eight points a piece from Bey and Berkeley to take an 11 point lead. However Reno fought back with Rico scoring seven points during an 11-1 run cutting the Middlebrooks Academy lead to 63-61.
The Sphinx continued to lead as Kobe Paras started scoring hitting two big baskets to make the score 78-75 with five minutes to play. Moments later Bey hit a big three-pointer and Efran Samaei followed with a three of his own to make the score 83-78 with 3:01 left.
With just under a minute to play Matt Williams steals the ball from Bey and scores a lay-up to cut the Sphinx lead to 87-85. However, that’s as close as Reno would get as Paras would get a break-away dunk and then two foul shots to ice the game.
Bey led Middlebrooks with 28 points and Samaei had 26 points and Paras had 12 points for Middlebrooks Academy. For Reno International Adrian Rico finished with 32 points and 18 points were added by William Taylor.
So going into the last game of the weekend, Trinity International played against Cooper International and the game was stopped early in the second half due to a disagreement and Trinity International forfeited the game thus making it a three-way tie atop the PEC 6 standings at 8-2.
All in all it was pretty successful two day event. Stay tuned for the next Pec 6 weekend.
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