Westchester 70, University Lab 58 (title game) Lexington Catholic 70, St. John's 66 (third place) South Gwinnett 74, Bremerton 53 (fifth place) Miami Senior 67, Charlotte 59 Parker 75, Seagoville 68 Pendleton 86, Naples 66 Brandon 66, Wilcox Central 56
The Comets of L.A. Westchester High School, playing without suspended junior center Amir Johnson, captured the prestigious title at the City of Palms Classic. The Comets knocked off University Lab of Baton Rouge 70-58.
Leading the way for Westchester was senior point guard Gabriel Pruitt. The USC-bound guard finished with 17 points and built himself an excellent case for MVP honors. However, that award would go to someone else.
Glen Davis, University's 6-8, 334-pound manchild scored 35 points to go with 20 rebounds and for his effort was awarded the MVP of the event. Earlier in the tournament, Davis had an excellent game against Marvin Williams and Bremerton so he had a fine resume as well.
Snellville (GA) South Gwinnett captured 5th place at the City of Palms Classic by virtue of a 74-53 win over Bremerton of Washington. South Gwinnett's top junior, 6-3 Louis Williams, scored 22 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle.
Roy Williams watched as future Tar Heel Marvin Williams pumped in 37 points, the 5th most in Classic history.
Junior power forward Zarron Cann of Brandon (FL) High, defeated Wilcox Central 66-56. Cann scored a game-high 21 points for Brandon. Wilcox Central senior power forward Mike Williams had 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Miami Senior freshman Edwin Rios, one of the best freshmen we've seen at the point this year, continued his torrid scoring streak at the City of Palms Classic. Rios' 31 points helped Miami Senior derail Charlotte High 67-59. 14 of Rios' points came in the decisive fourth quarter.
St. Benedict's Captures Great Florida Shootout
Dan Hurley and his St. Benedict's Graybees captured the championship at the Great Florida Shootout. By virtue of a 78-72 win over Caguas, St. Benedict's took home the championship trophy. 6-5 shooting guard J.R. Smith led the way with a game-high 30 points and UTEP-bound small forward Alex Galindo chipped in 16.