GAME ONE DAY THREE
7th Place game Millbrook vs. TC Roberson
Not much to talk about in this one as Millbrook hung on for a 54-52 win in front of about 50 people. The Wildcats were lead by sophomore Cameron Stanley's 18 points and 5 boards. Roberson, who seemed to get better with every game, was headed by 6-5 senior Lee Skaggs' 12 off the bench.
GAME TWO DAY THREE
5th place game Kinston vs. O'Connell
The 5th place game between Kinston (NC) and Bishop O'Connell (VA) was the most heated game of the tournament. With both teams trying to avoid a losing record for the tourney, the action was at times furious with the officiating, according to the fans on hand, sometimes questionable as well.
However, the game did go on, with some bloodshed, as O'Connell won an intense matchup of two quality basketball teams 62-57. O'Connell did a wonderful job late in the game protecting the slimmest of margins with great ball movement and clutch free throw shooting by senior
Ahmad Smith who went 6 for 6 down the stretch. Smith lead the Knights with 20 while big time sophomore Brian Johnson pounded his way to 15 points and 11 boards. Kinston was lead by ECU signee Corey Rouse with 22 points and 14 rebounds.
Loser's Bracket US Challenge Bonner vs. Parkway
The first quarter was no indication of how this one would turn out. Undersized Parkway Christian (AL) trailed powerful Bonner Academy (NC) by only one after the first 8 minutes, but the Hoyas "let the dogs out" from then on.
Bonner's high flying senior Vincent Grier wowed the crowd with four highlight reel dunks on his way to 26 points on 11-19 shooting while picking up 6 steals along the way. Big man Dakin Braddick chipped in 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Hoyas while EJ Drayton added 9 points and 14 boards.
Parkway, a team which never gave up, was lead by HARD working 6'2 senior Jammel Hensley who battle the much bigger Hoyas for a game high 30 and 11 rebounds before fouling out late. Jeremy Monceaux struggled against the athletic Hoyas but did manage 21 points, 13 of which came via free throws. Bonner wins big, 86-61.
3rd place game Broughton vs. St. Andrews (RI)
Three words: Shav didn't play. It was that simple. Although not to discredit St. Andrews and their effort , as they probably would have won anyway, Broughton could not handle the ball against the press, and simply couldn't put the ball in the bucket. With the big fella out with a sprained ankle, St. Andrews pounced on the Caps and built a 34-14 halftime lead behind 6'3 junior Abdi Lidonde who finished with a game high 24.
It was ugly in the second half, but the Caps never quit as Jamaal Eatmon slashed his way to 14 points. St. Andrews finishes 3rd in the National Section of the tourney with a 71-35 drubbing.
GAME FIVE DAY THREE
US Championship Montrose vs. Coastal Christian
DEFENSE! These two teams get in your face and do not stop. In a game that was indeed closer than the final score, Montrose Christian was forced into 9 five second calls by the ball pressure put on be the Canes, but the Mustangs of Montrose held on for a 63-52 win behind Linas Kleiza, who scored 16 points and pulled down 13 rebounds.
Kleiza was complemented by 6'5 senior Nick George's 11 and 9. Coastal was lead by Allan Calloway with 16 while 6'6 senior Joe Dickens added 11.
GAME SIX DAY THREE
National Final DeMatha vs. WF Rolesville
DeMatha "held" big Eric Williams to 23 points on 8-12 shooting by doubling, fronting, leaning, tripling, pushing...you get the picture. The Stags did a great job on the big guy and junior forward Steve Danley was very effective in fronting Williams all night as he was without the aid of 6'9 Travis Garrison (foul trouble).
DeMatha methodically pulled away from the Cougars as Danley finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Guards Warren Williams and Elijah Brooks each added 11. DeMatha wins its third Glaxo title, 58-39.
NOTES: ALL TOURNAMENT TEAMS
Warren Williams, DeMatha Steve Danley, DeMatha Bryan Nieman, WFR Abdi Lidonde, St. Andrews Demetris Nichols, St. Andrews Shavlik Randolph, Broughton Ahmad Smith, O'Connell Corey Rouse, Kinston Cameron Stanley, Millbrook Christian Moody, Roberson MVP Travis Garrison, DeMatha MOP Eric Williams, WFR
Jammel Hensley, Parkway Vincent Grier, Bonner Dakin Braddick, Bonner Nick George, Montrose Allan Calloway, Coastal MVP Linas Kleiza, Montrose MOP Joe Dickens, Coastal