Syracuse commit Malachi Richardson scores 18 in PrimeTime ESCIT final — Cuse Clicks

Malachi Richardson converted a pair of pressure-packed free throws with 1:31 to play to tie the game at 58-all before Arnaldo Toro put back his own rebound to put St. Benedict’s back up, 60-58, with 50 seconds to play and send the crowd to their feet as the packed house anticipated a memorable finish. Richardson, who finished with 18 points, converted a nifty scoop shot down the left baseline with 30 seconds left and forced the Grey Bees’ Eli Cain to launch a prayer from long distance that fell up short to force overtime.

» St. Benedict’s (75) at Trenton Catholic (68), In-Season Tournament

Two juniors who could be the most highly rated and highly recruited players out of the class of 2016 have shown exactly why in the John Wall Bracket of the Holiday Invitational Tournament. Thon Maker, a 7-foot-1 star out of Orangeville Prep in Ontario, Canada, has been rated the top player in the class by several recruiting services. Harry Giles, a 6-10, 220-pound forward from High Point Wesleyan, has been closing the gap, according to Clark Francis, of Hoopscooponline.com, who has been following basketball recruiting for 32 years.

» Top recruits Maker, Giles on track to meet in John Wall final

This week’s Poster of the Week winner is Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Canada) point guard Jamal Murray for the ferocious poster he collected at the High School OT Holiday Invitational (Raleigh, N.C.) this past weekend in a, 67-63, win over Virginia Episcopal (Lynchburg, Va.). Murray cut down the middle of the lane in transition and his teammate, Thon Maker, whipped a pass to him; from there it all went bad for the Virginia Episcopal defender.

» Jamal Murray’s ferocious poster dunk highlights this week’s awards

St. Joseph High School basketball junior Breein Tyree has made a smooth transition into the go-to guy after the Falcons graduated four starters from last year’s Tournament of Champions winning team. Tyree has made it clear that he is the No. 1 option for the Falcons. His athletic ability has proven to be crucial for St. Joseph early in the season. “I want the pressure on me this year,” Tyree said. “I want the ball in my hands in tough situations.”

» Tyree guides St. Joseph past Middletown North in Albert E. Martin Buc Holiday Classic

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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