It wasn't a pretty game by any means. But the high-rising skills of Travis Outlaw (right), bound for Mississippi State, opened up many mouths yesterday at the Slam Dunk at the Beach in Lewes, Delaware.
Despite shooting four for 14 from the floor, Outlaw did lead his tam with 14 points. His jumping jack dunks sparked a 48-39 win over D.J. White's Hillcrest team.
Hillcrest grabbed a 12-10 lead after the first quarter and trailed 22-17 at the half. White had 15 points but would have had more if not for Outlaw, who pinned D.J. twice in the first 16 minutes of play. White was very effective in using his body and size against the thinner Outlaw in the low post.
But in the second half, Outlaw and his mates shut down White. In the third quarter, Starkville ran off a 19-6 quarter to head into the fourth witha seven point lead. Rodney Hampton (12 points) and Jarius Hill (11 points) contributed along with Outlaw in the deciding third quarter.
On two occasions, Outlaw took his elbows above the rim to rock down some thundering dunks. This seemed to lift the spirits of Starkville, especially in the third quarter when Outlaw's team pulled away. Outlaw also finished with five blocks and four assists.
White, who is being looked at by Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Duke, Florida, and Alabama, had many coaches in the stands watching him yesterday. RivalsHoops.com noticed coaches from Duke, Kentucky, and Alabama were present and watching White play yesterday afternoon in Lewes, Delaware.