December 7, 2007
Showtime at the Hall
Louisville fans got a preview of at least one future Cardinal Friday night, and many watched with the hope that as many as four of the prospects on the floor would end up playing for the Cardinals. Unfortunately, the fans didn't get to see Lance Stephenson in the first game, but got plenty of action from Lamont Jones, Tyreke Evans, and Jared Swopshire in the nightcap...Stephenson named USC, UNC, Duke, and said there were many others, but talked very highly of Louisville. He said he has talked to Derrick Caracter and Sebastian Telfair, and he plans to make an unofficial visit to UofL Saturday.
In the first contest, the 6-foot-6 junior Stephenson did not play for Lincoln H.S. against St. Xavier, which the Railsplitters won 56-36. Stephenson, who injured the ankle earlier in the week, said he played on the injury yesterday and hurt it again. He had hoped to play against the Tigers and even dressed, but did not enter the game.
All three of the players the fans came to see were in action in the second contest, and they all put on a show
American Christian got off to a hot start behind Jones and Evans. The two scored 14 points out of the Eagles' first 21. Jones hit two long jumpers including a three, while Evans scored eight points in the first five minutes, including a high-arching three-point from deep in the corner.
Swopshire kept his team in the game early, scoring mainly inside, including a nice dunk after being fouled and subsequently hitting the free throw.
With 13:40 to play, Evans made an impressive spin move and parlayed that into a fadeaway jumper from 16 feet. On the next trip down the floor, he beat his main on a crossover and hit a bankshot with one foot on the three-point line for his 12th point.
Less than a minute later, Evans followed up a Jones missed layup with a dunk. On the next trip down the floor, Jones hit a pullup three off the dribble to give the Eagles a 32-21 lead.
IMG would not get any closer in the first half, as American Christian went on a run at the end of the frame led by Jones' hot-shooting. He hit three three-pointers and scored on a baseline jumper on four straight possessions for 11 straight points to give his team a 59-39 advantage at halftime.
Jones, Evans, and Swopshire combined for 61 points in the first half of the 98 total points scored.
He said Telfair has advised him not to worry about any school other than Louisville.
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