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April 10, 2004

Two of nation's top guards battle at Boo

Feature Game of the Day

At Bethel High School, the alma mater of current NBA star Allen Iverson, two of the nation's top shooting guards in the 2005 class did "The Answer" proud while battling in the opening round of the Boo Williams Invitation on Saturday.

The 8 a.m EST matchup pitted everyone's all-American Louis Williams leading the charge for the Georgia Stars and Motor City standout Chris Douglas-Roberts for The Family.

In a game that was tied 36-36 at the half, it was the two stars who stepped up at the end with Williams being the difference in the Stars 75-72 win.

Williams, a Georgia commitment, stepped up to score five of his game high 31 points in the final two minutes to preserve the win. Douglas-Roberts racked up 30 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

While the two stars grabbed the majority of the attention, both squads had strong supporting casts. In all there were as many as eight high major players on the floor at any given time.

GEORGIA STARS

Louis Williams-The most high profile player on the floor, Williams was impressive offensively. Showing a maturing mentality with his scoring and an improved shot selection, he consistently knocked down his jumper. But it was his determination to penetrate and get to the rim that impressed the most.

Mike Mercer-Quiet throughout much of the first half, Mercer keyed a second half run by looking for his shot and knocking it down. His long-range jumper caused the defense to push up on him and when they did he pump-faked, put the ball on the floor and knocked down the 15-foot jumper.

Rashad Chase-The muscle on the inside for the Stars, Chase was a warrior on the boards and several times scored on easy put backs off the offensive boards. Strong and physical, he didn't shy away from contact and did a nice job of boxing out. Florida State, Georgetown, Kentucky and Tennessee are the four leaders for his services.

Octavious Spann-Although he didn't put up the numbers he did the night before, 17 points in the Stars Friday night win, Spann did a great job on the defensive side of the ball and on the glass.

Rasheem Barrett-Playing on star stunned and versatile team, Barrett's playing time was limited today with the play of Williams and Mercer. With nice size for his shooting guard position, Barrett rebounds well and plays good man-to-man defense. Unfortunately, he turned his ankle in the Saturday afternoon contest and it's doubtful whether he will return for the championship rounds.

THE FAMILY

Chris Douglas-Roberts-Equally impressive in his Saturday debut, Douglas-Roberts proved to be a good scorer with a variety of ways to attack a defense. While his outside shot is solid, he is at his best when driving to the basket where he displays impressive control and finds ways to score. Currently ranked 41st in the Rivals.com ranking for 2005 class, look for him to make a push for 5-star consideration.

Ramar Smith-Nice looking 2006 shooting guard who is capable of bringing the ball up the floor. Smith, who is ranked 7th in the nation by Rivals.com, is a physical player who gets after it on defense. He did the best job of guarding the Stars' guards but unfortunately could only guard one at a time. Georgetown, Michigan and Michigan State are high on his list of favorites.

Jerret Smith-The point man for the Family did a good job of getting in the lane and distributing the ball. However his shots were limited and so were his minutes in the second half due to his difficulty with defending the opponent's backcourt. The Michigan commitment finished with five points.


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