Mount Zion 75, Penn Charter 69 (OT) (National Series) Hillside 54, Landmark Christian 50 (Challenge Series I) Mount Tabor 68, East Bladen 60 (Tip Off Classic) Community Christian 44, Laurinburg Institute 43 (Challenge Series II) Our Savior 69, Faith Christian 50 North Charleston 72, Statesville Christian 61 Bonner Academy 83, Oak Ridge 60
Mount Zion Wins Championship
Roy Bright scored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds in the championship game to lead Mount Zion. The Warriors had to work overtime for their first BCC championship since 1999. For his efforts, Bright was awarded the MVP trophy. He went 9-for-13 from the field and was Mount Zion's sparkplug in the first half.
For Penn Charter, Sean Singletary was sensational. The UVa-bound guard laid it all on the line and delivered the goods for his team. He scored 31 points and made 7 3-pointers. He was a leader, a driver and turned in one of the gutsiest performances of the short season.
Glen Dandridge, SG, Mount Zion: You could have made a serious argument for his MVP candidacy. Dandridge's game was sweet in his two games this weekend and his modus operandi was the same: terrific long range shooting. However, it's important to note that Dandridge's athletic ability has improved and he's a threat to put it on the deck and drive for the dunk.
Roy Bright, SF, Mount Zion: For those who think he's just a post-up forward, Bright hit shots from all over the court this weekend, including a pair of 3s in the title game. When he's out running the court and using his athleticism as he did this weekend, he's one of the best in the country.
Sean Singletary (left), PG, Penn Charter: His title game performance was sensational. He was feeling it from downtown but make no mistake about it, he went into the land of the big fellas in the paint with toughness and determination. It might be an overused cliché' but Singletary emptied his tank with his 31 point, 5 rebound and 2 assist effort.
Rob Kurz, PF, Penn Charter: His 17 points were of the skilled variety and included a pair of 3s and some strong hoops inside.
Randolph Morris, C, Landmark Christian: The big man's team was upset by Hillside in a mild shocker. On a night when he shot 9-for-17 for 24 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocks, the War Eagles weren't able to get it done and split a pair of games in Durham. His powerful dunk in the second half was a huge momentum swinger for Landmark Christian. Good weekend for the big man.
Chris Gaynor, PG, Mount Tabor: Though he fouled out before the overtime, Gaynor's 24-point per game average in two contests this weekend was more than enough to land him the Tip-Off Classic MVP trophy. He had 18 points, 8 rebounds and assists in the win.
Edwin Ofori Attah was the high scorer for the event as he poured in 43 points in a losing effort. … Disappointed because Palacios sat out the game with an injury, A.D. Vassallo labored through his lowest scoring output of the season with 16. He also took a hard fall and was quite sore. …
The halftime score in the Laurinburg-Community Christian game was a pedestrian like 18-12. … Pint sized point guard Tyrone Bramble of Community Christian was named MVP of the Challenge Series II title game for scoring 24 points in the second half. …
Drew Holland of East Bladen hit a tough 3-pointer to send the game with Mount Tabor into overtime. … Randolph Morris does a nice job of presenting himself in the post and making himself big. But, when you dribble it with a series of guards hounding you, the advantage gets negated. He's still learning and he's going to be a special one who has a real presence inside. ...
News & Notes
Tello Palacios turned his right ankle Friday night and did not play in Saturday's game. … NC State sent assistant coach Larry Harris to watch Palacios. … Arizona summoned assistant Josh Pastner to watch Mohamed Tangara in the title game. … Shey Oseni, a 6-8 junior center from Faith Christian is hearing from a variety of schools including Virginia Tech, Penn State, Miami, Fordham, Tennessee-Martin, Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay. …