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Posted On: 06/26/18 10:50 AM
Los Angeles, Ca. — The always-loaded Fairfax Summer Classic kicked off for the 32nd time Monday, featuring four games matching-up many of the area’s top high school programs.
Taft 78, Brentwood 64
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 82, Santa Monica 74
Fairfax 77, Maranatha 52
Sierra Canyon 85, St. Francis 55
Here is the first set of top performers on the day:
Robert McRae, Fairfax
The host was again without its top player, Ethan Anderson, who has been sidelined with a wrist injury, but McRae made sure his squad defended its home turf. The 6-foot-4 rising senior forward, who is known for his do-it-all, intangible impact, had his offensive working Monday. McRae hit a couple of 3-pointers and mid-range jumpers in a big win over Maranatha.
Cassius Stanley, Sierra Canyon
Stanley played one of the most efficient games I’ve seen him play over the course of his high school career. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard scored a game-high 27 points on 9 of 13 from the field. He mixed in some 3-pointers and mid-range pull-ups in addition to his multiple highlight reel dunks.
Ziaire Williams, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Williams is one of the hottest names on the recruiting scene over the last couple of months. The 6-foot-8 wing showed why that is with his electric 33-point, 10-rebound effort in Notre Dame’s win over Santa Monica. The most impressive part of Williams’ performance was the fact he took over down the stretch in a close game, making all the plays his team needed to pull away and secure a win.
Brandon Wilson, Taft
Wilson helped Taft get out to a blistering start, scoring 15 of his 21 points in a strong first half effort. The rising senior is both strong and explosive at 6-feet-4, but relies on a consistent shooting stroke to open up the rest of his game. Wilson is a consistent 3-point shooting threat off the catch and with a few rhythm dribbles under his belt.
CJ Woods, Brentwood
Woods’ performances might go unnoticed to an untrained basketball eye, but the impact he has for Brentwood is immeasurable. The 6-foot-5 rising junior forward is a rebounding machine at both ends of the floor, and when he grabs one off of the offensive glass, he keeps the ball high when going back up for a strong hand or off-hand finish. Woods recorded 18 points and 12 rebounds in Brentwood’s loss to Taft.