Did you see him?
Here he was, the one they talk about in all the articles, the youtube videos, the message boards, the one they call Chris Jones (Melrose).
The precocious junior dropped 33 points in a variety of manners leading the Golden Wildcats of Melrose past Siegel 78-55 in Class AAA action on Thursday.
The mighty one got Melrose into their groove almost from the tip scoring on some tough drives to the bucket and knocking down a few deep jumpers for good measure.
Kerry Hammonds (Siegel) led the Stars with 15 points.
Rico White (Bearden) dropped 22 points and the Bulldogs of Bearden canned 27 of 33 shots from the charity stripe outlasting Beech 68-52 to advance to the semi-finals and a date with powerful Melrose.
Bearden placed four players in double digits led by the junior White. Ty Greene (Bearden) added 11 while Will Winton (Bearden) and Dion Fair (Bearden) contributed 10 point apiece. Big kudos for the diminutive junior Fair who controlled the ball in the key minutes of the game as Beech worked for their comeback.
John Taylor (Beech) closed out a sterling high school career with 21 points and 10 boards. Another standout high school player ended his prep career, Reece Chamberlain (Beech) finished with 15 points and a lot of wins and trophies on his outstanding resume.
Clarksville Northeast 85
Telvin James (Clarksville Northeast) and Alex Poythress (Clarksville Northeast) each scored 20 points leading the Eagles to the largest margin of victory ever in a state tournament game with an 85-30 victory over Dobyns-Bennett.
Last season's state tourney shooting star senior guard Jeremy Purvis (Clarksville Northeast) finished with 11 points and a date with White Station on Friday.
Tyler Ailshee (Dobyns-Bennett) was the only Indian player in double figures with 11.
White Station 77
Columbia Central 57
Joe Jackson (White Station) scored 22 points and the Spartans of White Station moved on to the semi-final round with a 77-57 win over Columbia Central.
Jackson was one of a scoring foursome for the Station, Jackson joins Nino Johnson (White Station) who scored 16, Andre Hollins (White Station), who added 13 and Harry Green (White Station), who finished with 11.
Dominique Parks (Columbia Central) led the Lions with 17 points. Jarvis Webster (Columbia Central) added 15 points and senior guard James English (Columbia Central) finished with 11.
In what appears to be the best game of the day on Friday the Spartans will tangle with Clarksville Northeast in the day's final game.