What was Atlanta's loss turned out to be Southern California's gain at the 2008 Pangos Dream Classic on Saturday.
Derrick Favors and his South Atlanta team traveled across the country for a match-up with Jrue Holiday and his Campbell Hall squad. The outcome was one of the best games of the high school season.
Favors scored 32 points, grabbed 29 rebounds, blocked eight shots and collected four steals in a 78-77 double overtime win at Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA. Holiday did everything he could possibly do in the tough defeat.
Favors scored on 13 of 22 shooting from the floor and six of nine from the foul line and made his presence felt throughout.
Holiday, the UCLA bound guard finished with a game-high 35 points, 18 rebounds, nine steals and seven assists and gave the Bruin faithful that made it out to the game something to cheer about for next year.
Holiday scored all of his team's points in the first extra quarter of action and his last second shot in the second overtime rimmed off and gave South Atlanta the win.
The Atlanta area was dusted with snow on Saturday and as a precaution all of the school districts cancelled the extra-curricular activities for the weekend. There wasn't a team in the area that laced up their shoes and went to work.
Lucky enough for Favors and his South Atlanta team a trip to Los Angeles had long been planned. And lucky enough for the hardcore high school hoops followers in Southern California
Other notables at the Dream Classic
Favors and Holiday weren't the only ones posting big numbers. Jordan Hamilton, a five-star prospect like Favors and Holiday, posted 35 points (13-24 FG), grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots in a 68-60 win for his Dominguez club over Riverside King.
Rivals100 junior guard Darius Morris scored 30 points and handed out seven assists in a 75-54 Windward win over Long Beach Cabrillo.