By LARRY VAUGHT
BENTON — He knew a lot of Kentucky fans were watching what he could do, so Chattanooga Hamilton Heights guard Shai Alexander wanted to show UK fans what a future Wildcat could do.
He had 21 points on 8-for-19 shooting from the field, six rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes of play here Saturday in a 72-62 loss to Prolific Prep (California) in the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Alexander said. “I just wish we could have won.”
His team had played a game on ESPN Thursday night in Memphis and did not get here until about 2:30 a.m. Friday and played 15 hours later.
“We were fine. Fatigue might have got us a little, but not that much,” Alexander said.
Instead, it was Prolific Prep’s “prolific” backcourt of Duke signee Gary Trent Jr. and Xavier signee Paul Scruggs. Trent went 14-for-28 from the field and had 36 points while Scruggs had 12 points on 5-for-11 shooting. He also had nine rebounds and five assists.
Alexander’s cousin, Nickell Alexander-Walker who has signed with Virginia Tech, led Hamilton Heights with 23 points on 7-for-16 shooting.
“That was really a lot of great talent on the court,” Shai Alexander said. “It was a fun game. We all went at it really hard.”