[Update: Findlay Prep easily takes down Mountain State, 68-53, with 32 points from Cory Joseph and some late production from Tristan Thompson, who struggled for most of the game. Findlay will take on Montverde Academy Saturday at 12:30 on ESPN. --GoBR--]
Yesterday, lead by 16 points and nine rebounds by 2010 Texas commit Tristan Thompson and 12 points, five rebounds, and five assists from Texas target Cory Joseph, the Findlay Prep Pilots defeated Charlotte Christian in the opening round of the ESPN Rise National High School Invitational, 65-60. Today, the Pilots take on Mountain State of West Virginia, victors over high school powerhouse Oak Hill at 1 pm CT on ESPN. If Findlay wins today, they will face Montverde Academy, winners over Winter Park in an overtime match up that finished just minutes ago.
Of course, Thompson and Joseph are the players to watch in this game, but keep an eye as well on Nick Johnson, a highly-recruited 2011 guard who has helped replace some of the scoring lost when Avery Bradley graduated last year. And even though he probably won't play a lot, watch out for 2012 wing Winston Shepard, a Texas target who just transferred to Findlay this season.