Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.,Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls.,Detroit's Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16.,Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.,Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won't travel with the team for its game in Utah.

FAIRFIELD — The Vanden Vikings outscored the Fairfield Falcons 17-11 in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 60-49 victory in the Monticello Empire League boys basketball opener between former Solano County Athletic Conference rivals, Wednesday.,Both teams are at home Friday, with Fairfield hosting Rodriguez and Vanden playing Vacaville.,Wood 49, Rodriguez 48: At Vacaville, Jhalen Grayer grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the winning bucket with 20 seconds left in leading the Wildcats to a victory over the Mustangs in the MEL opener for both teams.,FAIRFIELD — Using four pins and six forfeit victories, the Rodriguez High wrestling team opened Monticello Empire League competition with a 60-24 win over MEL newcomer Vanden.,In other MEL games, Vacaville recorded a 4-1 victory over Armijo and Vanden blanked Fairfield, 8-0.

Freshman Madi Williams added 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds off the bench to lead OU.,The Sooners (5-9, 1-2 Big 12) trailed by as many 12 points midway through the third quarter, but rallied to make it a one-possession game in the final frame.,Back-to-back layups from Robertson and Tatum Veitenheimer capped a 12-2 run t hat cut the Texas (13-2, 3-0 Big 12) lead down to two points early in the fourth quarter, but the Sooners would miss their next seven shots to allow the Longhorns to stretch their lead.,Danni Williams hit three of Texas' four 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, while Jatarie White added 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench.,The Sooners used a pair of 3-pointers from Robertson and Williams in the first quarter to extend their lead.

Metea (9-7): Ethan Helwig 35 points; first player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.,Aurora’s Meija Rabi (women’s basketball) was chosen NACC Player of the Week.

For the Blue Jays, Mason Robison led with 22 points.,Josh Young led Salem with 14 points and Trey Double added 13 in defeat.,Logan Regal (13 points), Kyle Caracanas (12), and Aidan Ricks (11) were the other Wildcats in double figures.,Preston Reed added 14 points and Ryan Gordon and Riley Miller scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the Blue Devils.,How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akron Hoban 41. read more

COLUMBUS (AP) — How a state panel of sports writers and broadcasters rates Ohio high school girls basketball teams in the Associated Press polls, by OHSAA divisions, with won-lost record and total points (first-place votes in parentheses):

Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Akr.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Granville 42.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, Worthington Christian 36.,Others receiving 12 or more points: 11, New Bremen 36.,Quakers losing their grip in the Eastern Buckeye Conference SALEM — The second half of the Eastern Buckeye Conference season didn’t go exactly how the Salem Quakers boys ... From Staff Reports WHEELING, W.Va. read more

In the first update of Associated Press prep basketball polls in roughly a month, eight area clubs have been chosen among the top 10 of their respective classes.,Released Tuesday afternoon, the rankings include three local boys' groups and five area girls' squads.,Both the Cissna Park boys and the Schlarman girls remained atop their Class 1A platforms, despite not sitting with perfect records.,And the Class 2A girls' poll contains a whopping three local outfits.,Here's a closer look at all eight polls from the second voting round of the 2018-19 season:

Shelby Dermer and John Snodgrass and Jon Richardson, Cincinnati Enquirer

Buy Photo MND guard Gabbie Marshall attempts a three point shot.,Westerville South Notes: Mount Notre Dame lands at No. 3 as my top local squad in Division I.,Berlin Hiland Notes: Purcell Marian is 11-1 with its only loss coming to Dayton Carroll, which is in my top 5 for Division II.,Cincinnati Country Day Notes: Cincinnati Country Day squeaks into the No. 10 slot as they occupy the top spot in the Miami Valley Conference’s Scarlet division.,AP Poll The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Ohio high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses, win-loss record and total points: DIVISION I 1. read more

There was very little change in the top 10 of the latest Connecticut boys basketball top 10 rankings, with minor shuffling in the middle of the list and just one new entry at the bottom.,Sacred Heart, East Catholic, Windsor and Bassick retained the top four spots.,Here are the top 10, with first-place votes and last week's ranking in parentheses, as well as all other teams receiving votes.,Voters: Paul Augeri, Middletown Press; Bill Bloxsom, Milford/Trumbull Pubs; Mike DiMauro, The Day of New London; Scott Ericson, Stamford Advocate; Dave Grant, WATR-AM; Larry Kelley, Norwich Bulletin; Sean Krofssik, Record-Journal; Mike Madera, GameTimeCT; Kyle Maher, Journal-Inquirer of Manchester; Joe Morelli, New Haven Register; Keith O'Brien, Game Day CT Sports; Joe Palladino, Republican-American; Dave Phillips, Shore Line Newspapers; John Pierson, WTNH; Marc Robbins, CT Sports Now; Dave Ruden, The Ruden Report; Ben Talbott, Bird's Eye Sports; Richard Zalusky, The Chronicle; Joe Zone, WFSB.,To sign up for free, local breaking news alerts from more than 100 Connecticut communities, click here.

Waterford — Frank and Sheila Beneski are the first family of high school basketball in Connecticut, the husband-wife duo who sees hundreds of games every season and whose presence fortified the big-game feel last weekend at the Francis X. Sweeney Fieldhouse.,As in: There are an appreciable number of kids throughout the state that decided to forgo the remainder of high school careers to attend a prep school somewhere.,Sad that those kids and their families can't experience what the folks inside the "X" did Saturday: high school sports the way they were intended to be played and portrayed.,I get that kids attend prep school — and forgo high school — for reasons beyond sports.,And the idea that it dupes parents and robs kids of the high school sports experience?