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Weekend wrap – Big weekend for Gibbs

Sterling Gibbs was at his best when it mattered most Sunday.

The Maryland-bound point guard from Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) scored seven of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter, leading the New York Panthers to an 82-80 win over New Heights for the iS8 Nike Spring Classic championship in Queens.

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The steady play of Gibbs would eventually pay dividends for the Panthers in the second half, as the Maryland-bound PG used a triad of great defense, high percentage free throw shooting and speed to pick off an inbounds pass for a three point play that gave them a 51-50 lead. • Terps power forward signee Ashton Pankey was also on hand for the iS8 tournament, suiting up for New Heights. In his third game since having surgery to fix a stress fracture in his left leg -- and first game without his knee brace -- Pankey scored five points.

"That wasn't a good idea," he said of leaving the brace at home. Pankey, who plans to be ready to contribute for Maryland next year, later added: "The biggest thing is to get stronger and the pain will go away."

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• UM small forward recruit Mychal Parker made the journey from his Washington, N.C., home to New York, joining the Sean Bell All-Stars for the iS8 tournament.

Parker was asked to fill all types' roles during the week. He spent nearly a third of each game running the point while proving to be an effective distributor with his very good ball handling skills for a 6'6+ wing. Parker also displayed his three point acumen knocking down several trey balls throughout the weekend and did an excellent job attacking the rim off the bounce while finishing in traffic or finding the open man.

• The East Bay Express profiled Maryland shooting guard target Jabari Brown this weekend, taking a look at the junior's itinerant basketball journey.

At a muscular six-feet-four-inches, the seventeen-year-old Brown is ranked among the top thirty players in America for the graduating class of 2011. During the summer, he plays for the elite Nike-sponsored Drew Gooden Soldiers traveling team, which competes in front of famous college coaches in tournaments and events around the country and counts several NBA players among its alumni. "I rank Jabari right up there at the top," says Soldiers director Mark Olivier. "The sky is the limit for that kid."

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