Academy Invit: Kendrick Perkins, Game 3

HOUSTON, TEXAS -- Beaumont Ozen defeated DeLaSalle 56 to 51 in the 5th place game of the inaugural Academy National Invitational Tournament in Houston, TX Saturday evening.

For 5th Place in National Division
Nike/Academy Invitational
DeLaSalle (CA) vs. Beaumont Ozen (TX)

Athletic powerhouse DeLaSalle (CA) High School, better known for its championship football teams, faced Texas' best ballers today on the hardwood. (On its roster is three year DeLaSalle quarterback, 6-4 football All American Matt Gutierrez.) But they're also very good with the round ball as last year's edition of DeLaSalle basketball advance to the championship of Northern California's playoffs before losing.

The Spartans arrived at today's game via a loss to the all world team of Oak Hill (VA), 53 – 36, on Thursday. Earlier in the week, DeLaSalle had battled a tough St. Patrick's (NJ) team that looked a lot like themselves. They trailed Friday for a lot of that game before clamping down and escaping with a 38 – 35 win.

Texas state 4A basketball champions, Beaumont Ozen had been shocked earlier this week by the offensive scheme of Rice (NY) featuring four quick, penetrating guards and lost, 68 – 51. Recovering their composure the next day, Beaumont redeemed themselves with a therapeutic win, continually feeding Perkins in the low post to earn the "W" over Louisville's Male (KY) HS, 66 – 58.

Beaumont Ozen and its "man among boys," 6-10 Kendrick Perkins were ready for DeLaSalle's challenge today. In the first quarter they held DeLaSalle to just two points, leading 6 – 2 at the end of one quarter.

In the second quarter Perkins went high above the rim on the outside of the lane to block a jumper. He altered another jumper a short while later and owned the pain throughout the game, forcing DeLaSalle to the perimeter. At the half it was 16 – 10 in favor of Beaumont.

DeLaSalle was arctic cold in the first half, managing just 15% from the floor and 13% from 3-point range. Ozen's Perkins had nine rebounds and six points in the first half, to go with teammate, Brandon Chappell's six points.

In the third quarter, Beaumont continued their strong play as the agile big man, Perkins tipped a rebounded ball out of DeLaSalle's hands, recovered the ball from the floor and jammed it home for the first score of the second half. Perkins revealed many facets of his skilled post game: the hook shot, reverse dunk and short jumper. At the 5:00 mark of the 3rd period, he made a breakaway reverse dunk to run the score to 27 – 15.

To start the fourth period, Beaumont went into a stall offense, spreading the floor to cause one-on-one matchups. It backfired as Ozen turned the ball over and DeLaSalle converted to make the score 25 – 28.

DeLaSalle pulled back to within four points at the :24 mark on hustle and toughening defense to make the game exciting. Keena Young then hit two free throws to widen the margin back to six. A miss by DeLaSalle led to a breakaway dunk by Ozen and then RT Knauff hit from three point range to keep the score close at 56 – 51.

With less than a second remaining, the Ozen player inbounding the ball threw it straight to a surprised DeLaSalle defender on the baseline and he had no time to do anything with the ball.

In the end analysis, Ozen's remarkably efficient scoring (76% field goal percentage with no threes taken) coupled with DeLaSalle's shooting woes in the first half and inability to sufficiently handle Perkins in the paint were too much for the team from California to overcome. The final score was 56 – 51 in favor of Ozen.

Game high scorer was DeLeSalle's Matt Schroeder with 20 to go with seven rebounds. Rekalin Sims added to DeLaSalle's totals with a double double – 15 pints and eleven rebounds.

Players of note for the winning Ozen team were Perkins with his own double double – 18 points and thirteen rebounds, Brandon Chappell with eleven points and Desmond Cooper with nine.

DeLaSalle: Roemer, Kyle 1-6 0-0 2; Argenal, Justin 2-12 2-2 7; Knauff, RT 0-5 2-4 2; Gutierrez, Matt 0-1 0-0 0; Kelly, Cole 0-0 0-0 0; Schroeder, Matt 6-17 2-3 20; Sims, Rekalin 7-17 1-2 15; Robinson, Joe 0-1 0-0 0; Pena, Taylor 2-5 0-0 5

Beaumont Ozen: Perkins, Kendrick 7-10 4-7 18; Young, Keena 1-2 3-4 5; Chappell, Brandon 4-5 3-4 11; Wright, Thomas 0-0 0-0 0; Morris, Rayburn 0-0 0-0 0; Clover, Javin 0-0 2-2 2; Cooper, Desmond 1-1 7-9 9; Bryant, Wesley 2-2 2-2 6; Dabney, Jason 1-1 3-3 5

Perkins Individual Stats
Against DeLaSalle (CA)

Points		18
FG		7-10
3 pter		0-0
FT		4-7
Rebounds		13 (4 off.)
Assists		0
TO		1
Blocks		3
Steals		1

Perkins Individual Stats
Through all 3 tournament games

Points		18.0
FG		19-31 (61%)
3 pter		1-3 (33%)
FT		13-21 (62%)
Rebounds		8.3 (3.7 off.)
Assists		1.3
TO		3.3
Blocks		2.7
Steals		0.3

Inside Carolina Top Stories