BBC wrap up – Seahawks drop one to No. 6 Mater Dei

542Nationally ranked Mater Dei (CA) cruised into the quarterfinal round with 81-44 victory over Myrtle Beach (SC) in the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Monarchs (12-0; Santa Ana, CA) scored the first 12 points of the game and led 49-11 at halftime. Mater Dei was led by Michael Wang’s 14 points, while MJ Cage, Justice Sueing and Miles Brookins added 10 points each.

Myrtle Beach (3-6) was led by JaQuan Chestnut’s 14 points and five rebounds.

St. John’s College Prep 66, Mustang 57 – St. John’s College Prep (Washington D.C.) never trailed but had to hold off a pesky Mustang (OK) squad for a 66-57 opening round victory in the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

St. John’s (10-0) held a slim 35-33 lead at halftime and Mustang (2-2) scored the opening basket of the second half to tie the game for the third and final time.  St. John’s used a 12-2 run to take a 47-37 lead on a Kylia Sykes free throw with 10:39 to play.  Jakolby Long connected on consecutive 3-point baskets for Mustang to close the gap to 47-43 with exactly 10 minutes on the clock.

The Broncos would cut the St. John’s lead to just one point four times in the closing seven minutes of action but could not gain the advantage.  Leading 53-52, St. John’s went on a 10-0 run to take a commanding 62-42 lead with just 43 seconds to play.

Dejuan Clayton led St. John’s with 23 points and eight rebounds while Jeffrey Dowtin added 21 points for the Cadets.  Mustang was led by Curtis Haywood’s 20 points while York Benjamin grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds.

Shadow Mountain 85, St. Edward 52 – Shadow Mountain (AZ) scored 22 fast break points and forced St. Edward (OH) into 25 turnovers in a 85-52 opening round victory in the 35th Annual each Ball Classic.

The teams battled early on in the contest as the lead changed hands eight times and there were a pair of ties in the opening 5:32 of action. Daniel Chambers connected on a 3-pointer with 10:28 to play to give St. Edward (3-1; Lakewood, OH) a 15-14 advantage. That lead proved to be the last for the Eagles as Shadow Mountain (8-2; Phoenix, AZ) scored the next nine points to open a 24-15 lead with 7:09 on the clock. Shadow Mountain went on to lead 43-27 at halftime.

The second half was all Matadors as St. Edward could get no closer than 15 points in the final 16-minute half. Shadow Mountain forced the Eagles into 18 of their 25 turnovers in the second half as the Matadors’ defensive pressure turned into easy baskets.

Shadow Mountain was led by Michael Bibby’s 21 points and eight assists. JJ Rhymes added 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line for the Matadors, who are coached by BBC Hall of Famer Michael Bibby.

St. Edward was led by Thomas Schmock’s nine points and 10 rebounds.

Bartow 89, East Jackson 58 – Bartow (FL) led wire to wire to advance to the quarterfinal round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic with an 89-58 victory over East Jackson Comprehensive (GA).

Bartow (6-5) scored the first five points of the game and led 40-29 at halftime.  The second half saw the Yellow Jackets stretch the lead to as many as 31 points in the second half in cruising to the victory.

Bartow was led by UNC signee Tony Bradley’s 29 points and 18 rebounds, which ties for the 14th best game on the boards in BBC history.  UCLA’s Tony Parker, who played in the 2010 Beach Ball Classic with Miller Grove (GA), owns the record with 27 rebounds.  Justin Serrano added 24 points for Bartow.

East Jackson (7-5; Commerce, GA) was paced by Drue Drinnon’s 28 points.

Photo Courtesy of Digital Magic Photography

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