BBC semis set; Sagemont, Franklin, Hough, Gorman

bgame14Franklin held off a furious comeback by St. Edward in a battle of Ohio programs to win 76-73 and advance to the in the semifinal round of the 2014 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center.

Franklin (7-0), which led 37-28 at halftime, opened the second half with a 9-2 run to open a 46-30 lead with 12:42 to play. The Wildcats continued to hold the double-digit lead at 65-55 with just 4:00 on the clock. St. Edward (4-2; Lakewood, OH) used an 11-2 run to cut the lead to a single point at 67-66 with 2:01 to play. During the run, Derek Funderburk had a couple of dunks, Sean Flannery connected on a 3-pointer and Kipper Nichols capped the run with a steal and a layup.

Following a timeout by Franklin, Duke signee Luke Kennard missed on a jumper in the lane but grabbed the rebound, layed the ball through the nets, and was fouled on the play. Kennard connected on the free throw for an old-fashioned three-point play to give Franklin a 70-66 cushion with 1:45 on the clock. Funderburk responded with a layup to cut it back to a two-point game 23 seconds later.

Kennard then connected on a pair of free throws before Nichols again cut the lead to two at 72-50 with 56 seconds remaining on a layup. Austin Doliboa again gave Franklin a four-point lead with a pair of free throws with 0:38 on the clock but once again, a key basket by the Eagles would close the gap. This time it was a 3-point basket by Nichols with 30 seconds to play that would cut the lead by Franklin to just one at 74-73. Franklin ran precious seconds off of the clock before Kennard was fouled again and connected on a pair of free throws with 14 seconds to play. Funderburk would miss on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer to seal the win for the Wildcats.

Kennard, who set the Beach Ball Classic’s single game scoring record with 52 points in the opening round, led Franklin with 39 points. His two-game total of 91 points leaves Kennard just 29 points shy of breaking the 4-game scoring mark held by Nick Emnery when he tallied 119 for Lone Peak (UT) in the 2011 BBC. If he can score at least 28 points in his next outing, Kennard will also surpass the 3-game total set by Mike Bibby when the former NBA All-Star was a standout performer at Shadow Mountain (AZ) in 1995.

St. Edward was paced by Funderburk’s 22 points and eight rebounds. Nichols added 20 points in the losing effort for the Eagles.

Sagemont 50, Knott County 49 – Sagemont (FL) held on in a Beach Ball Classic thriller for a 50-49 victory over Knott County (KY) to advance into the semifinal round of the 2014 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center.

Sagemont (11-2; Weston, FL) built its largest lead of the contest at 43-29 with 9:06 to play in the second half on a layup by Keyshawn Evans. Knott County (9-1; Hindman, KY) fought back with a 15-1 run to knot the score at 44-44 on a 3-point basket by Cameron Justice with 4:08 to play. The teams continued to trade baskets and Austin Combs tied the game for the final time at 49-49 with just eight seconds to play.

Following a timeout by Knott County, Sagemont in-bounded the ball in the backcourt and was immediately fouled as the Patriots had a foul to give. On the ensuing in-bound play, Austin Combs fouled Luis Hurtado thinking that Knott County still had one foul to give. The foul was a seventh of the half for the Patriots and sent Hurtado to the line with four seconds remaining for a one-and-one. Hurtado sank the first free throw but missed the second as Chance Cornett grabbed the rebound and raced toward midcourt. His last-second heave hit hit the front of the rim to end the contest.

Prince Ali led Sagemont with 14 points while Knott County was paced by Evan Hall’s 14 points and 15 rebounds.

 

Bishop Gorman 78, Shadow Mountain 60 – Bishop Gorman (NV) used its height to pull away from Shadow Mountain and advance to the semifinals with a 78-60 victory in the 2014 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center.

After leading 40-33 at halftime, Bishop Gorman (10-4; Las Vegas, NV) built leads as large as 24 points in the second half to cruise to the victory. The Gaels, who have eight players on the roster that stand 6-5 or taller, out-rebounded Shadow Mountain 43-34 and held a 42-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

Bishop Gorman was led by its twin towers in 7-0 Stephen Zimmerman and 6-11 Chase Jeter. Zimmerman led the Gaels with 17 points and added 10 rebounds, while Jeter tallied 15 points and 12 boards.

Craig Randall led all scorers with 25 points to pace Shadow Mountain (9-3; Phoenix, AZ).

 

Hough 71, Spring Valley 58 – Hough (NC) scored a 71-58 victory over Spring Valley (SC) to advance to the semifinal round of the 2014 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center.

Malik Dunbar scored the first three points of the contest just 20 seconds into play to give Spring Valley (5-6; Columbia, SC) its only lead of the contest. Hough (10-1; Cornelius, NC) scored the next six points and led by as many as 12 points in the opening half and 19 points in the closing minutes.

Luke Maye, who has signed to play at the University of North Carolina, posted 29 points and 19 rebounds to lead Hough. Spring Valley’s P.J. Dozier, who will play college ball at the University of South Carolina, had 24 points and 12 boards

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