BBC wrap up – St. John’s upsets No. 6 Mater Dei

STSt. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) upset No. 6 ranked Mater Dei (CA) 54-43 in the quarterfinal round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

In the first half, St. John’s (11-0) trailed 7-5 in the opening minutes before going on a 13-2 run to open an 18-9 advantage on Kylia Sykes’ short jumper with 9:29 on the clock.  The Cadets would stretch the lead to 26-14 with just 2:14 to play in the opening half but Mater Dei (12-1; Santa Ana, CA) scored the final nine points of the half on three 3-point baskets to close the gap to 26-22 at the break.

Mater Dei cut the lead to just one point at 27-26 on Justice Sueing’s 15-foot jumper just 1:53 into the second half.  St. John’s responded with an 11-0 run to take a 38-26 lead on Sykes’ jumper in the lane with 10:06 to play.  The Cadets stretched the lead to as many as 16 points late in the contest as they never gave up the double digit advantage.

St. John’s was led by Sykes’ 18 points while Anthony Cowan tallied 16 points.  Spencer Freedman paced Mater Dei with 12 points. St. John’s will face a Shadow Mountain team coached by former player Mike Bibby in the Semi-final matchup tomorrow night at 8:45pm.

Shadow Mountain 71, Bartow 45 – Shadow Mountain (AZ) cruised to 71-45 victory over Bartow (FL) to advance to the semifinal round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic.

Shadow Mountain (10-2; Phoenix, AZ) trailed briefly in the opening minutes of the game but led 33-18 at halftime and as many as 28 in the second half.  The flow of the game was hampered by 43 fouls, two technical fouls and 68 free throw attempts.

Shadow Mountain was led by Bryce Fisher’s 18 points and eight rebounds while teammate JJ Rhymes chipped in 16 points.  Michael Bibby, who connected on just 1-of-10 from the field, added eight assists for the Matadors.

Tony Bradley, with his future coach Roy Williams of the University of North Carolina looking on, posted a double-Double with 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Bartow (6-6).

Montverde 81, St. Francis 55 – Montverde (FL) Academy, the nation’s No. 2 ranked team, cruised into the semifinal round of the 35th Annual Beach Ball Classic with an impressive 81-55 victory over St. Francis (GA).

Montverde (13-1) never trailed in the contest and held leads as large as 26 points in the second half.  The Eagles held a 44-22 lead at halftime after holding St. Francis (8-4; Alpharetta, GA) to a 26.1 shooting percentage (6-of-23) and forcing the Knights into 13 turnovers.

Bruno Fernando came off of the bench to lead Montverde with 17 points as he connected on 7-of-8 from the field.  Silvio DeSousa and Anfernee Simons added 13 points each for the Eagles.

St. Francis was led by Kobi Simmons’ 18 points despite the star senior fouling out of the game with 6:47 remaining.

St. Edward 93, East Jackson 71 – St. Edward (OH) set a Beach Ball Classic record with 19 made 3-pointers in route to a 93-71 victory over East Jackson (GA).  The Eagles advance to the semifinal game of the consolation bracket and will face the winner of the Poca (WV) and Mullins (SC) contest.

St. Edward (4-2; Lakewood, OH) scored the first eight points of the game and closed the opening 16-minute half with  a 15-4 run to push the lead to 53-34 at the break.  The Eagles went on to lead by as many as 28 in the second half in cruising to the victory.

Thomas Schmock connected on the 17th 3-point basket for St. Edward to break the previous record of 16 held by two teams.  Tates Creek (KY) set the record of 16 against Simon Gratz (PA) during the 1990 BBC and Eastern Commerce (Canada) tied the record against Dunwoody (GA) during the 2007 Classic.

Schmock, who connected on 6-of-11 from behind the 3-point arc, led St. Edward with a game-high 33 points.  Sean Flannery added 19 points and seven assists for the Eagles.

East Jackson (7-6; Commerce, GA) was led by Drue Drinnon’s 28 points and 10 assists, marking the seventh time in BBC history that a player has posted a double-double in points and assists.

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