Nba Hoop Shots Classic Moments From A Super Era

SPRINGFIELD, Ma. – Some 30 minutes after the top-ranked team in the country rolled to a 26-point victory, No.’s 2 and 3 took to the Blake Arena court Monday afternoon on the final day of the 17 th Spalding Hoop Hall Classic.

And, 90 or so minutes later, Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill Academy left the floor looking every bit worthy of its No. 2 standing behind Florida’s Montverde Academy.

The Warriors, fresh off a Bass Pro Tournament championship in Missouri Saturday night, moved to 21-0 behind their convincing 83-69 victory over No. 3 (according to the Ball Is Life ratings) Ft. Lauderdale University, which suffered its first loss in 18 games.

The inside power and skill of junior Vernon Carey (who finished with 29 points and 11 rebounds) kept the Sharks close until midway through the second quarter when the Warriors closed on a 14-4 run, capped by a 3-pointer by future Oregon Duck Will Richardson , a left-handed “combo guard” who scored 18 points with three assists and four rebounds.

University never got closer than to within eight points in the third quarter as the Warriors’ combination of scoring balance – six players scored from six to 21 points, led by University of Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson – and half-court defense never allowed University to lock in at either end of the floor.

Coach Steve Smith also got exceptional play from two reserves, 6-foot-9 senior Maurice Calloo (who gave the Warriors a lift after Kansas-bound center David McCormack was whistled for his second foul with a minute remaining in the second quarter) and sophomore guard Evan Johnson (10 points).