LOS ANGELES – A showdown between some of the best, as Cathdral High School went up against Maranatha high school of Pasadena in a game decided by one point.
The marquee matchup, UCLA bound Kobe Paras, taking on Tyler Dorsey, considered as one of the top 50 high school basketball players in the country. Dorsey, a former prodigy of Cathedral Coach William Middlebrooks, was fresh off back to back 40 point games and defended Kobe.
Paras scored the first points of the game with a reverse lay in.
Dorsey responded with an alleyoop later in the first quarter, and scored 36 of Maranatha’s 56 points.
“Tyler is one of the best people I’ve went up against and it’s just amazing how Coach Middlebrooks can make a player that smart, that great. So it was amazing going up against his creation,” said Paras after the game.
Kobe, who had a few scratches from Tuesday’s game played hard all around, scored 11 points, as one of California’s top guards Milan Acquaah led the offensive charge.
Cathedral’s Brazilian big men grabbed rebounds and Fil-Am Jameel McGill, one of California’s top ranked point guards, managed to slow down Dorsey enough in the fourth quarter.
“It was great because our 9th grade year we went to the same school, and so it was kind of a good match up to get back at him now that we’re both in 12th grade. So I wanted to get my rematch and D him up,” said McGill.
“It’s just a team effort, we played good defense and we just got everything. We didn’t do really good from the start but in the second half that’s when we came back,” added Paras.
Cathedral’s victory, their third in the Huntington Park tournament, has earned them a spot in the tournament semifinals this weekend.