He may have had a lackadaisical first half of play, only scoring six markers, but that didn’t hinder Filipino-American ace point guard Sedrick Barefield from accomplishing the task at hand, which is to win the championship of the third annual Tip-Off at the Empire tournament for his team, the Centennial High School Huskies.
With the Huskies, labeled as the second-best HS squad in the whole of California behind Bishop O’Dowd in the preseason rankings, trailing the No.5 Rancho Cucamonga Etiwanda HS Eagles for most of the title match last Saturday, December 6 (December 7, PHL time), the 6’2″ floor general went HAM in the final two quarters, exploding for 25 out of his total 31, including a seven-point cluster in the final one minute and a half to rally Centennial to a 67-63 decision over Etiwanda, and nabbing the tournament diadem by virtue of sweeping all their three assignments.
— PoP (@PremierBall) December 7, 2014
Adding 5 assists and 4 steals to the mix in the title-clinching contest, the future Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustang was also adjudged as the 2014 Tip-Off at the Empire’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) after finishing the tournament with an average of 24.3 points per game.
— Compton Magic (@Compton_Magic) December 7, 2014
Now on its third year, the Tip-Off Tournament features some of the best HS squads coming from Southern California’s Inland Empire region. Aside from Centennial and Etiwanda, other teams that participated include Rialto Eisenhower, Temecula Great Oak and Temecula Rancho Christian.
Opening the high school basketball season with a 3-0 slate, Barefield and the Huskies will be putting their unblemished record at stake when they fly over to Las Vegas next week for the 2014 Tarkanian Classic, which showcases selected top prep teams from around the United States. Centennial will face the Clark HS Chargers of Nevada for their opening game on December 17 (December 18 PH time).
Photos c/o Milka Soko (Press Enterprise)