Ravens Advance in Beach Ball Classic 71-60

<B>Myrtle Beach, S.C. --</b> St. Raymond's (NY) entered the Beach Ball Classic as the #7 team in the nation according to <i>USA Today</i>, and the likely favorites to win "the Classic" held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

In their first-round matchup, the Ravens faced Denham Springs (LA), who features freakish junior prospect Tasmin Mitchell, the nation's top junior according to TheInsiders.com.

Mitchell was undoubtedly the star of the game, finishing with 24 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. Tasmin was 11-18 from the field and 2-4 from the free throw line.

However, his outstanding night could not overcome the talented quartet that the Ravens feature in Gavin Grant (17 points and 9 rebounds), junior Ricky Torres (16 points), Chris Bethel (10 points and 13 rebounds), and Brian Laing (11 points).

With four of five starters in double figures and St. Ray's applying pressure throughout, the Ravens turned what was a 3-point lead at half-time into a double-digit victory.

Grant finished with 17 points on 6-15 FG and 3-3 FTs in 28 minutes of action.

St. Raymond's next game is Sunday night at 8 P.M. versus Cardinal Dougerty (PA) High School. The winner will advance to the finals of the Beach Ball Classic.

Game Summary
St. Raymonds (NY)............. 31 40 - 71
Denham Springs (LA)........... 28 32 - 60

ST. RAYMONDS (NY) ( (5-0))
GRANT, Gavin 6-15 3-3 17; TORRES, Rickey 6-10 3-4 16; LAING, Brian 2-8 7-11 11; BETHEL, Chris 5-14 0-0 10; WICKS, Wesley 2-4 1-2 6; ELEGAR, Frank 2-3 1-2 5; CHISOLM, Donte 2-4 0-0 4; VASSER, Charles 1-4 0-0 2; JACKSON, Rich 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 15-22 71.

DENHAM SPRINGS (LA) ( (15-3))
MITCHELL, Tasmin 11-18 2-4 24; THOMAS, D.J. 5-8 1-2 14; MAYS, Jared 3-14 1-2 10; COOLEY, Dakota 3-6 0-0 6; THOMAS, Jeremy 2-8 0-0 4; RONCANCIO, Edgar 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-56 4-8 60.

3-point goals- St. Raymonds (NY) 4-13 (GRANT, Gavin 2-6; WICKS, Wesley 1-1; TORRES, Rickey 1-5; JACKSON, Rich 0-1), Denham Springs (LA) 6-15 (THOMAS, D.J. 3-4; MAYS, Jared 3-7; THOMAS, Jeremy 0-4). Fouled out- St. Raymonds (NY)-None, Denham Springs (LA)-None. Rebounds-St. Raymonds (NY) 45 (BETHEL, Chris 13), Denham Springs (LA) 30 (MITCHELL, Tasmin 15). Assists- St. Raymonds (NY) 10 (GRANT, Gavin 3; WICKS, Wesley 3), Denham Springs (LA) 11 (THOMAS, D.J. 3). Total fouls- St. Raymonds (NY) 13, Denham Springs (LA) 17.


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