Beach Ball Classic - Championship Day
Loaded Championship and Fifth Place games feature combined 10 Division-I talents
Jan. 1, 2008
By Van Coleman
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - It was an amazing day of play at the Beach Ball Classic with the fifth place game featuring a deep array of college talent that made one scratch their head on how did its teams fall in the quarters. That is until you saw the excellent play in the third place and championship games.
The day's opener was close early as Evangelical tied it at 13-all on a shot by 6-foot-5 junior Nick Bravos. That ignited a 7-0 run to put the
The second half was more of the same as Evangelical led by Milewski and his teammates opened up a 51-35 lead with to play. Hartsville didn't mount a serious threat until the final five minutes when they cut the lead from 15-points, 63-48, to six, 70-64, with 58-seconds. 5-foot-11 sophomore Jordan Scott cut it to four 71-67 with a long three with 17-seconds to play, but that was as close as Hartsville would get, as Evangelical held on to win a hard fought 73-67 decision.
Evangelical's top gun was Milewski who finished with 25 points. He got solid support from Nick Bravos who added 18 points in the win. Hartsville was led by Jordan Scott who had a big second have to finish with 20 points, Jared marine chipped in with 12 points.
The second half started with the two clubs trading baskets, as it was tied at 27-all when Nansemond River went on another 8-0 run to open a 35-27 lead with 10:23 to play. Myrtle Beach came right back behind 5-foot-11 freshman Everett Gholson who hit six straight points (four free throws) to tie it at 35-all with nine minutes to play. Nansemond's 6-foot-4 wing man Quinton McDuffie led a 10-2 run, scoring six points, to open up a 45-37 advantage. Nansemond maintained that lead until the final two minutes when Gholson scored five straight to pull
The top gun for
This might have been the most talented fifth place game of the Holiday season as Dunwoody led by 6-foot-8 Chris Singleton (No. 28 / Florida State) and 6-foot-7 Delwan Graham (No. 91 / LSU) was going up against Bishop O'Connell with 6-foot-3 Jason Clark (No.102 / Georgetown) and 6-foot-3 Kendall Marshall (No.10 sophomore/ North Carolina), and the game didn't disappoint!
This one opened with both squads trading baskets early until the Bishop O'Connell backcourt duo of Clark and Marshall combined for six straight points to put their squad up 13-7 with 11;39 to play in the half. Dunwoody came right back off a three pointer by Singleton and a bucket by 6-foot-1 Pierre Jordan (
O'Connell was led by
The second half began with Bishop O'Connell opening up a ten point advantage, 45-35, with to play on three straight free throws by 5-foot-11 sophomore Maurice Williams. But, Dunwoody didn't roll over at this point, as Singleton and Graham began to control the inside game slowly chipping away at the O'Connell lead closing to three on three occasions, the last with 45-seconds to play on a tip dunk by Singleton. That set up all the wild drama that was to follow. Dunwoody stole the ball and
Jason Clark led Bishop O'Connell with 26 points. He got solid support from Maurice Williams with 11 points, while Zal Harmon and Kendall Williams added 8 points each. Williams did a great job finding his teammates for eight assists. Dunwoody's top gun was Chris Singleton who finished with a game high 27 points and 18 rebounds. He got support from Pierre Jordan with 11 points, while Issiah Grayson and Nick Boothe added 8 each.
This one was close early as both teams traded baskets through the first six minutes of the half with Pace taking a one point lead 15-14 on 6-foot-7 Terrance Saintil's putback with to play in the opening stanza. That bucket ignited a run by Pace to take a six point lead 24-18 with four minutes to play as Saintil added two more baskets to his first half total. They maintained that advantage until the final second of the half when Anton Dickerson hit a deep three to pull Boys & Girls back to within three of Pace 31-28 at the buzzer. Pace was led by 6-foot-5 Ray Shipman (No. 74 /
The second half started with Pace building their lead to eight points on two different occasions, the last at 44-36 with to play. But, Boys & Girls just kept pressuring Pace, chipping a way at their lead and pulled even at 50-all on a jumper by Brandon Romain with to play in the game. From there on Boys & Girls controlled the game quickly building their lead to five at 55-50. Pace made a quick run to pull within one at 55-54 on a dunk by Rakeem Buckles with 42-seconds to play. Boys& Girls salted it away by hitting six free throws in the last thirty seconds to win a 61-54 victory, as Pace couldn't get their threes to drop.
Boys & Girls was led by Brandon Romain with 17 points and 8 Rebounds, while Clayton Sterling and Patrick Jackson added 11 points each. 6-foot-6 David Imes added 9 points and 11 rebounds too. Pace's top gun was Terrance Saintil who finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds, with solid support coming from Ray Shipman with 14 points and Rakeem Buckles with 10 points in the loss.
The championship game featured two of the nation's most athletic teams. It was as expected a well played game with both teams taking advantage of their explosive offense talent to make runs that lead to a number of lead changes.
The championship game was close early as both teams felt each other out. It was knotted at 11-all when Wheeler made a quick 5-0 run on baskets by 6-foot-5 Dequan Jones (No. 52 / Miami) and 6-foot-7 Richard Howell (No. 53 junior) to go up 16-11 with ten minutes to play in the first half. But,
The second half started with Wheeler getting right back in it outscoring
We'd like to thank tournament director John Rhodes, media director Alan Smothers and all the staff at the Beach Ball Classic for their hospitality and great support and information while we were in