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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Best H.S. hoops team in city?

My vote goes for Fair Park. The defending Class 4A state champ has speed at every position on the floor with guys like Markcus Jackson (right). Sophomore Morris Claiborne is going to be the city's best player some day, if he isn't right now.

Huntington split the six games with Fair Park, so they can certainly challenge the Indians. The Raiders' win in the finals of the Bossier Invitational was a big win, but I don't know if they win it if Claiborne is healthy. Coach Mack Jones (left) brought up that very point after the game. A bad ankle sidelined Claiborne for most of the game, and the Raiders took advantage with the big men.

Huntington does have one advantage over Fair Park - depth.

I was eager to see how Bossier looked on Friday, but they were lucky to escape Captain Shreve (link). Shreve just ran out of gas at the end. That and it didn't help that Bossier shot 54 free throws and the Gators had five players foul out!

Captain Shreve head coach Todd Martinez didn't gripe about the officials after the game, but he had every right to. There were a ton of charging calls. Some were a bit obvious, but more times than not the defender wasn't even close to being set. All Martinez could do was throw up his hands and turn his back in disgust.


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