Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Hurricane!!!

Dave Rogahn and Dave Keefer Staff

Overall, it was a solid debut for Rico's Get Better League, which joins the Say No Classic on the summer college scene in Southern California. 1: Rico's Young Franchise Boys 77, Rico's Heat 75 Lorne Jackson (Simi Valley/Pepperdine) drained a 3-pointer with three seconds left, capping a frantic final few seconds in the Rico GBL's first game, giving his team a 77-75 victory.

Jackson's 3-pointer came moments after Rico's Heat had taken a 75-74 lead when Justin Archie (Inglewood/West LA) stole the ball from Jason Pruitt (Artesia/View Park Prep) and scored the go-ahead basket with 12.1 seconds left. That steal capped a final-minute comeback as Rico's Franchise Boys had what appeared to be a secure 72-68 lead before Hamid Ford (Animo/Findlay Prep/Texas Southern) knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a one-point game with 19.9 seconds left.It was an entertaining game from start to finish, with neither team leading by more than 9 points all game. Rico's Young Franchise Boys held a 41-32 lead early in the second half, only to see Rico's Heat rally to tie the game at 55 with about 8 minutes left. Rico's Young Franchise Boys again pushed out to a 71-64 lead later in the half, but saw that lead evaporate with Archie's last-minute steal, only to be saved by Jackson's game-winning 3-pointer. Click here for a Scoring Summary for both teams.


Lorne has taken AP classes in Statistics, Government and Economics. He is a Golden State awardee, and has won both the USAA Mathematics Award and Renaissance Award. Lorne has four varsity letters in Basketball. His resume includes 45 different awards. Lorne was team captain two times, All Marmonte three times, All Ventura County three times, All Area twice, All L.A. Times three times, All Daily News two times, All Ventura STAR two times, the Pioneers MVP two times and the county MVP. He was named the Cal Hi Sports “Sophomore Sensation”, ESPN Top 150 and a Mc Donald’s All American nominee. Lorne has volunteered as a mentor/counselor at the Simi Valley Boys and Girls Club, was the clothing drive coordinator for a homeless shelter and the Fred Jordan Mission. In the Fall, he will enroll at Pepperdine University on a basketball scholarship majoring in Integrated Marketing. Lorne hopes to become a sportscaster.