Findlay Prep deserves a lot of credit 

December, 17, 2010
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Like many high school basketball fans around the country I was glued to my TV last night to watch the ESPN Rise High School Basketball Showcase. While the first of the double-header was a lopsided win for Simeon over Lew Wallace, the nightcap was a highly-anticipated matchup between the last two unofficial national champions in Findlay Prep (Nev.) and Yates (Texas). Ultimately, Findlay went on to score a convincing 95-69 win, ending Yates 66-game winning streak in the process.

While individual players like Findlay Prep's Texas signee Myck Kabongo, Arizona signee Nick Johnson and St. John's signee Amir Garrett appropriately stole the headlines, I wanted to examine some other interesting storylines from the game, beyond the individual players.

Credit Findlay Prep for scheduling the game
When the game first tipped, I couldn't help but think how much credit Findlay Prep head coach Michael Peck deserves for, not only playing this game but playing it in Houston. Make no mistake about it, regardless of which team was ranked where to end last season, Findlay Prep had everything to lose and nothing to gain from this one. As a basketball powerhouse that recruits internationally and provides every one of its players with a full scholarship, Findlay Prep is expected to beat any local high school, no matter how good it may be. Not only was Findlay Prep playing a team that was virtually impossible to prepare for because of its overwhelming pressure defense but it was going into the lion's den to do it by playing the game in Yates' backyard at Texas Southern University.

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