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December 21, 2012

Big matchups looming at Tarkanian Classic after Day 2 action



LAS VEGAS - Six-foot-9, class of 2015 recruit Cheick Diallo kicked off the second day of the inaugural Jerry Tarkanian Classic, leading Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American to a 69-54 victory over Chicago (Ill.) Harlan.

The four-star Diallo paced Our Savior with eight points, four rebounds, and four blocks.

Our Savior found itself in a tight spot as it led by just one, 30-29, at the end of the first half.

The lengthy Diallo and Our Savior picked up the pace in the second half, as it used a 23-9 run over the first eight minutes to extend its lead to 53-38.

The first of Our Savior's two games tomorrow will be against Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union at 10 a.m.

Mater Dei 70, Cheynne 40

Three-star, class of 2013 recruit Elijah Brown scored a game-high 24 points in just 17 minutes of action as Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei trounced Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne,70-40.

The 6-foot-4 Brown propelled Mater Dei to an early 19-4 lead, scoring eight points over the first eight minutes. Brown connected on 5 of 6 from behind-the-arc, and all 24 of his points came in the Monarchs dominant 40-11 first half.

Five-star, class of 2014 recruit Stanley Johnson scored 17 points and pulled down six rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time.

The Monarchs emptied their bench early in the second half and cruised to they second victory of the tournament.

Mater Dei will play its first game on Friday against Bishop O'Dowd on at 11:20 a.m.

Pinnacle 57, Fairfax 40

In one of the two 8:20 p.m. tips, Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle battled through a tough first half to defeat Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax, 57-40.

Four-star, class of 2013 recruit Dorian Pickens finished with 10 points in the Pioneers first game of the Tarkanian Classic.

Pickens paced a slow first half for both teams, as he scored six first half points, including a key bucket during a 9-3 run to end the half.

Pinnacle went into the break with a 21-19 lead.

The 6-foot-4 Pickens keyed a 20-7 Pioneers second half run with two offensive rebound put-backs, essentially closing out the game by giving the Pioneers a 49-33 advantage late in the half.

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