Paced by Tournament MVP Blatche's 24 points and 19 from junior Rob Thomas, Raphael Chillious's group overwhelmed Blair with their size, athleticism, and depth.
Shamari Spears, Blair's 6-foot-5, 230 pound junior power forward, did everything in his power to keep his team afloat, hitting for 40 points and showing a masterful touch from mid-range. However, there was little he could do to prevent Blair from plunging into an early deficit, as they fell behind by 20 at the half.
South Kent also got a strong effort from 6-foot-8, 210 pound small forward Matthew Amaning-Bryan. The sophomore showed good quickness, the ability to handle it in transition, and was active around the hoop.
South Kent advanced to the finals by knocking off Redemption Christian Academy of Troy, New York in the opening round on Friday afternoon, and then clawed their way back for the overtime win over Northfield.
Blair's path to finals included a 69-64 win over the Berkshire School in the opening round, followed by a win over Lawrenceville (NJ) in the semifinals.
Northfield Mount Hermon took the title in the consolation bracket, knocking off Lawrenceville 62-55. Colin McIntosh paced Northfield with 15 points, while Alvin Lewis added 12. 6-foot-5, 220 pound wing guard / forward Johnathan Dixon, a senior, led Lawrenceville with 19 points, while Northwestern commit Craig Moore added 11 points.
In the West bracket, St. Mark's School of Southborough, Massachusetts captured the title by defeating the Brunswick School of Greenwich, Connecticut in the finals. Senior wing guard Paul Rowe was named MVP for St. Mark's. He was joined on the all-tournament team by sophomore wing forward Tommy Hubbard.
All Tournament Teams
Andray Blatche South Kent -- MVP
Craig Moore Lawrenceville Rob Thomas South Kent Stuart Buck Blair Academy Shamari Spears Blair Academy Colin McIntosh Northfield Mount Hermon Skyler Khaleel Northfield Mount Hermon
Paul Rowe St. Mark's School -- MVP Tommy Hubbard St. Mark's School Kevin Decker Brunswick School Juan Carlos Graziano Governor Drummer Academy Matt Hall Wilbraham and Monson Academy Tim Edwards Brunswick School