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Day2 at the Palms
By: Aaron Seybert
If day1 at the City of Palms wasn't good enough for you then how about day2 and a little dose of the #1 team in the country, Lance "Born Ready" Stephenson, another Duncanville loss, and a lot of Kenny Boynton scoring.
(Game 6) Consolation: American Heritage (FL) 87 vs. Fort Myers Dunbar (FL) 67
Game Recap: The first game on Friday afternoon, American Heritage versus local squad Fort Myers Dunbar, was a rematch of a game in last year’s tourney that saw Heritage’s Kenny Boynton (6’2” G) go off for a tournament record 61 points. Well this year he didn’t get 61, but he made an attempt at it, dropping in 43 on 7 for 11 shooting from long range and 16 of 28 overall to go along with 7 rebounds. Boynton’s performance outdid the efforts of Dunbar’s standout junior David Paulk (6’5” F) and sophomore Darius Perkins (6’2” G), as American Heritage took home the win for the second year in a row 87-67. Paulk finished with 24 points, including 5 of 7 from beyond the arc to go along with 13 rebounds. Perkins finished with 23 on 5 of 7 from long range as well, and 9 for 15 shooting overall.
American Heritage 87
*Kenny Boynton (16-28 FG, 7-11 3PT, 43pts, 7reb, 1to)
*Ray Taylor (4-14 FG, 9pts, 9ast, 8reb, 1to)
*Remi Barry (6-11 FG, 14pts, 12reb)
Fort Myers Dunbar 67
*David Paulk (9-20 FG, 5-7 3PT, 24pts, 13reb)
*Darius Perkins (9-15 FG, 5-7 3PT, 23pts, 5to)
(Game 7) Consolation: Arlington Country Day 56 (FL) vs. Fort Myers (FL) 46
Game Recap: Arlington Country Day’s Rodney McGruder (6’6” SG) showed just why he’s ranked one of the top ranked guards in Florida Friday afternoon by leading the Apaches with 25 points and 11 rebounds in their 56-46 win over Fort Myers in the consolation bracket. Fort Myers struggled heavily from the field shooting a miserable 16-55 (29%) as a team. Despite their struggles they still managed to hang around in the game with a possession in the last three minutes to tie the ballgame, but failed to convert. This came when Colin Henry (6’4”), who led the team in scoring with 15 points, hit a three with just under two and a half minutes remaining to trim the ACD lead to 48-45. Fort Myers then proceeded to intercept a pass in the backcourt, however a Terran McClendon (6’1” G) three point attempt missed and from there ACD finished the game on a 8-1 run, during which McGruder had two key steals and teammateWally Judge (6’10” C) finished the Green Wave off with a couple monster slams to preserve the win for the Apaches, who advance to the second round of the consolation bracket. Fort Myers is now 0-2 in the tournament and will await a challenge round game opponent.
Arlington Country Day 56
*Rodney McGruder (9-14 FG, 6-7 FT, 25pts, 11reb, 6stl, 7to)
*Wally Judge (6-11 FG, 13pts, 7reb, 3blk, 5to)
Fort Myers 46
*Colin Henry (6-12 FG, 3-7 3PT, 15pts, 5reb)
*Evin Graham (4-7 FG, 2-4 3PT, 12pts, 2stl)
*Terran McClendon (3-11 FG, 7pts, 5reb, 3stl)
(Game 8) Winter Park (FL) 69 vs. Duncanville (TX) 64
Game Recap: University of Florida recruit Austin Rivers (6’3” G) had 26 points and 6 rebounds in his City of Palms debut, to lead Winter Park in an upset of USA Today’s #2 ranked Duncanville (Tx.), 69-64. Rivers’ teammate Isaac Turner (6’0” G), who finished with 20 points, was also a key contributor, especially in the second half, as most of his points came from cherry picked layups due to Duncanville’s guards not getting back on defense. Duncanville, who prides themselves on their defense, had no answers for stopping Rivers and the Wildcats in the first half as Winter Park shot 15-27 (56%) from the floor in the first half and led 35-32 at the break. The second half didn’t get much better for the Panthers, who started playing better defense, but Winter Park, remained patient, and didn’t turn the ball over (nine turnovers for the game) were able to extend their lead to eight heading into the final frame. From there the Wildcats maintained their poise and knocked down their free throws down the stretch to hold off any comeback thoughts Duncanville’s Shawn Williams(6’7”, F. signed to Texas), who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, may have had.
Winter Park 69
*Austin Rivers (9-16 FG, 26pts, 6reb, 2stl)
*Isaac Turner (8-12 FG, 20pts, 2reb, 2ast)
*Shawn Williams (4-11 FG, 3-9 3PT, 13pts, 11reb)
*Reger Dowell (5-11 FG, 16pts, 3reb, 3ast)
(Game 9) Westchester 69 vs. Olympia (FL) 66
Game Recap: Dominique O’Conner (5’10 PG) led a balanced Westchester attack, finishing with 21 points, and the Comets held off Olympia (Fl.) to advance into the quarterfinals where they will face Winter Park. Olympia, led by Dexter Fields(6’2” G, signed to UAB), who finished with 20 points, played Westchester tough all throughout and early on controlled the game and led the Comets at halftime, 33-30. However, the third quarter was all about the Comets as they came out of halftime with a purpose, and outscored Olympia 26-14 in the quarter to ride a 56-47 lead into the fourth quarter. However, Olympia would not give up and with 3 minutes remaining and Westchester nursing a 62-52 lead, Olympia’s William Green (6’6” F) scored off of a backdoor pass for a layup. The Comets ensuing possession was thrown away which led to a Sherwood Brown (6’3” G) fast break layup. The inbounds pass was then stolen by Brown who was then fouled and sent to the free throw line and cut it to 62-58 with a little under two minutes remaining. After a few back and forth possessions, with 11 seconds left Dexter Fields hit a three pointer to bring Olympia within two, 68-66. Olympia then fouled O’Conner, who went to the line and hit 1 of 2, 69-66. After an Olympia timeout to draw up a play for a chance to send it to overtime, a Martell Buie(5’11” G) three pointer hit the front of the rim allowing the Comets to escape with the victory.
*Dominique O' Conner (5-9 FG, 9-14 FT, 21pts)
*Dwayne Polee (4-8 FG, 12pts, 7reb)
*Dexter Fields (6-16 FG, 6-6 FT, 20pts)
*William Green (5-8 FG, 10pts, 3reb, 3blk)
(Game 10) Lincoln (NY) 70 vs. Briarcrest (TN) 55
Game Recap: Lance Stephenson (6’5” SG) is finally looking like the focused player everyone has hoped he would be for years and Friday night he led Lincoln (N.Y.) past Briarcrest (Tn.) and UNC recruit Leslie McDonald (6’6” G), 70-55. Stephenson, who led the Railsplitters with 37 points and 8 rebounds, came to play after literally just stepping off of the plane from New York. Lincoln (who’s flight delay caused their game to switched with Mater Dei-Fayette County) showed no effects of jet-lag whatsoever as they thoroughly controlled the pace of the game throughout. Lincoln, which used full court pressure for almost the entire game, pounded the ball inside to Stephenson in their half court offense often, allowing him to either score with a post move or use his vision to kick it out to an open shooter. Leslie McDonald led Briarcrest with 24 points and 6 rebounds on 8-15 shooting in the losing effort. Briarcrest’s Johnny Williams (6’8” F) finished with the lone double-double of the game with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Aside from those two players the Saints couldn’t generate any offense as the Railsplitters kept them off balanced all night. Lincoln now advances to the quarterfinals, where they will face Wheeler (Ga.), while Briarcrest falls into the loser’s bracket where it will take on Duncanville tomorrow morning at 10:15 a.m.
*Lance Stephenson (15-26 FG, 7-13 FT, 37pts, 8reb, 5stl)
*Leslie McDonald (8-15 FG, 2-3 3PT, 24pts, 6reb, 5to)
*Johnnie Williams (6-14 FG, 7-12 FT, 19pts, 12reb, 2blk)
(Game 11) Mater Dei (CA) 74 vs. Fayette County (GA) 46
Game Recap: Mater Dei, which is the consensus #1 team in America, had no problem handling USC recruit Noel Johnson (6’7” G) and Fayette County, in what was never a contest, 74-46. The Monarchs came out of the gates fast and furious, jumping out to a 25-8 first quarter advantage. UNC recruits and identical twins David and Travis Wear(6’10” F) were pretty much unstoppable inside for the Monarchs as they both finished with 14 points. Meanwhile, Fayette County was terrible offensively in the first half, only converting on four field goals and shooting 13% from the floor as they trailed 35-12 at halftime. The second half brought much of the same misfortune for Tigers who were completely outmanned and outsized. Johnson rebounded from a first half in which he was 2-11 from the floor to finish with 18 points, as the high scorer for the Tigers. Ten players scored for the Monarchs and the fourth quarter was nothing more then Mater Dei’s Junior Varsity lineup playing, as they led 58-22 lead heading into the fourth. Mater Dei now advances to the quarterfinals to face Roman Catholic (Pa.) tomorrow night at 9:15 while Fayette County (Ga.) falls into the loser’s bracket and will face Olympia (Fla.) tomorrow at noon.
Mater Dei 74
*Davie Wear (6-10 FG, 14pts, 10reb)
*Travis Wear (6-10 FG, 14pts, 7reb, 2blk)
*Tyler Lamb (6-12 FG, 13pts, 8reb, 6stl, 4ast)
Fayette County 46
*Noel Johnson (7-23 FG, 3-13 3PT, 18pts, 5reb)
*Malcolm Brogdon (4-8 FG, 11pts, 7reb
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