FORT MYERS, Fla. – The finals are set at the City of Palms and it's a Tobacco Road tilt with the Duke and UNC boys from Episcopal trading paint with Brandan Wright! As good as those guys were on Wednesday, it was Nick Calathes who dropped the 50 spot on Dominguez.
Thursday night's finale at the City of Palms should be a good one as Brentwood Academy squares off against Episcopal Academy.
Brentwood advanced behind the play of seniors Brandan Wright and Josh Bone. While Bone was hot early and finished with 18 points, it was "Mr. Reliable", Wright, who blocked St. Patrick's path to the final.
With 1:03 remaining and St. Patrick staging a furious rally, Wright pinned a shot on one position and the very next time down the court recorded yet another smashing block to spike St. Pat's hopes. He finished with 25 points, 6 rejections and shot 17 free throws as his star continued to shine.
St. Patrick came out extremely flat and though they cut the lead to five at one point would get no closer. Corey Fisher's second half one-man gang was pretty much it for St. Patrick in terms of consistent offense. They lost 63-56.
St. Patrick plays Lake Oswego in the consolation game. Oswego was held to just 7 points in the final quarter as Wayne Ellington (26 points) and Gerald Henderson (20 points) blitzed them late to gain the finals berth. The Churchmen had more steam in the final stanza and pulled away 70-57.
Lake Howell surprised Compton Dominguez and in a big way and came up just short. Junior guard Nick Calathes shot 18-for-24 from the field and 10-for-14 from the line as he hit a career-high 50 points! Patrick Christopher went for 30 of his own but it was the crafty Florida-bound guard whose star shined brightest. By the way, Christopher had the game-winning bucket in the waning seconds for the Dons.
Demond Carter, always capable of the big scoring number, made 7 3s and went a perfect 14-for-14 from the line as he scored 41 of Reserve Christian's 77 points.
Devon Peterson led Lincoln past Glenn with a game-high 28 points. Glenn was led by Kendall Smith's 24 and Eric Wallace (slam dunk champion over Henderson) and Marshall Moses shared 31 points.
Damion James hit the daily double with 17 points and 17 rebounds as Nacogdoches bested Riverview.
Episcopal Academy 70, Lake Oswego 57
Brentwood Academy 63, St. Patrick 56
Dominguez 91, Lake Howell 89Lincoln 96, Robert Glenn 89
Reserve Christian 77, Lake Wales 67
Nacogdoches 51, Riverview 47