Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011 | 5:51 p.m.
The Bishop Gorman High basketball team proved Tuesday its worthy of the national exposure it has received.
Gorman led from start to finish in a 62-50 victory against Miller Grove of Georgia at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla., using 28 points and 15 rebounds from top recruit Shabazz Muhammad in knocking off the nation’s No. 2 ranked team. Gorman is also a top-10 nationally ranked squad.
One day after losing 76-70 against Prestonwood Christian (Texas) at the prestigious tournament, Gorman (4-1) played arguably its best game of the season in advancing to the tournament’s fifth-place game Wednesday against power Mater Dei of Southern California.
“Yesterday, we forced a lot of shots,” said Muhammad, who scored 42 points in the loss. “We worked more as a team today. Everyone was involved.”
That was especially true on the defensive end, where UNLV signee Demetris Morant finished with four blocks. On one block, Morant sent a shot from Miller Grove’s Tony Parker into the bleachers — with fans in attendance immediately taking to Twitter to talk about the play. Parker is the nation’s No. 33 overall prospect for the class of 2012 by Rivals.com.
Rashad Muhammad, Shabazz’s younger brother, finished with 19 points for Gorman. Stanford signee Rosco Allen added 10 points and six assists.
“This was a great win for us. It gives us great confidence,” Shabazz Muhammad said.
The Gaels at 12:45 p.m. PST Wednesday will play Mater Dei, which is led by UNLV signee Katin Reinhardt — a prized recruit, he picked UNLV over Texas, Baylor and several others. Gorman is coached by Grant Rice, the younger brother of Rebels coach Dave Rice.