Ralph Sampson has 18 in Playoff Loss

Ralph Sampson scored 18 points in playoff loss

Minnesota signee Ralph Sampson III had 18 points, but it was not enough as Northview lost to USA Today's No. 10-ranked Norcross (27-2) 75-60 Friday in the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

Ralph Sampson III had 18 points, but it was McDonald's All-American Al-Farouq Aminu of Norcross who was the dominant inside player as he led the Blue Devils with 29 points.

Norcross led by just two points, 21-19, at the end of the first quarter but broke open the game with a 14-0 run at the start of the second period.

Zach Lamb scored a career-high 18 points for Norcross and A.J. Hawkins, a Northview transfer, added 12 points.

Nassa Nicholson led Northview with 19 points, including three three-pointers.

Sampson averaged 19.6 points, 10.3 rebounds and seven blocked shots per game as the Titans finished 21-9 this season and made their first ever state tournament appearance.

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