LAS VEGAS – UA recruiting target Isaiah Briscoe sat out the overtime period of his New Jersey Playaz’ win over Belmont Shore late Friday night with ice wrapped around his left foot and a grimace on his face.
That was probably the easiest part of his day, too.
Briscoe, who hurt his foot in what appeared to be non-serious fashion when he dribbled toward the basket with four seconds left in regulation, was actually playing in his third game of the night and second straight nail-biter.
Briscoe and the Playaz palyed their first game at noon in the Fab 48, then moved a few miles east and played the Oakland Soldiers in The Eight tournament at 6 p.m.
That game went into double overtime, forcing the Playaz to hustle back to Bishop Gorman High School for a 9:20 p.m. tipoff against Belmont Shore. They nearly lost in regulation after Briscoe was hurt but Playaz guard Temple Gibbs, Jr., stepped over the halfcourt line and fired off a buzzer-beater to tie the game at 81 and send it into overtime.
The Playaz wound up winning 90-86, surviving a Belmont Shore team that had been aiming to beat them since the Playaz won the Peach Jam earlier this month.
“They’re really good,” said Belmont Shore’s Vance Jackson, a 2016 UA recruiting target. “Once we heard we were going to play them, we’ve been getting ready for this game.”
The reward for winning was a curiously scheduled 8:30 a.m. tipoff today in their first game of single-elimination bracket play. Playaz coach Jimmie Salmon said he doubted Briscoe would play, though Briscoe was unsure.
“We’ll see how it feels in the morning,” Briscoe said.
Neither the injury nor the long day appeared to rattle Briscoe severely. He rattled off how the day went, noting that the long game with the Soldiers forced the Playaz to “hurry up and go play” but had no complaints about three long games in one day.
“I like playing basketball,” he said.
That was a good thing for Salmon, who originally signed up only for The Eight, an event that schedules teams for just one game a day, and then added the Fab 48.
“We weren’t sure we were going to play in this one,” Salmon said of the Fab 48. “Then I thought about it and said one game a day in Las Vegas? We’ve got too much free time. We’ve gotta play somewhere else.”
Salmon said the Playaz also chose the Fab 48 because they had been playing Nike affiliated teams all summer and the Fab 48 offered the chance to play other teams not affiliated with that brand.
Belmont Shore guard Tyler Dorsey said after the game tonight that he has no leaders in his recruitment after decommitting from the Wildcats last month. UA is no longer recruiting him, he said, but virtually everyone else in the Pac-12 is. So are Kansas, Florida, Georgetown and Tulsa, among others, he said.
“It’s wide open to anybody in the country,” Dorsey said. “Right now, I have nobody leading. I could end up anywhere right now.”
Formerly of St. John Bosco, Dorsey has also switched schools, choosing to stay near home in Pasadena.
Onetime UA recruit Chase Jeter said he’s expecting to make his decision soon and announce it within two weeks. His choice is widely expected to be Duke.
“I feel good about it,” Jeter said. “Both my parents are here, so we’ll probably make a decision this week.”
Our full coverage today includes a feature on Tucson two-sport standout Terrence Johnson (who has a football offer from UA) and a seen-and-heard notebook that addresses top Tucson prospect Mitch Lightfoot’s transfer from Ironwood Ridge to Gilbert Christian.
Lightfoot, a forward in the 2016 class, said he’s drawn some interest from UA and has offers from ASU, Creighton, New Mexico, UNLV, TCU and Portland.