Beach Ball Recap, Day 4: Kennard nets 43, Orem wins

Orem (UT) advanced to the championship game of the consolation bracket with an 86-77 victory over Franklin (OH).

The victory by Orem (6-2) came in the most thrilling game so far in the 2012 Beach Ball Classic as the Tigers overcame 11 ties, nine lead changes and one of the best scoring games in BBC history by Franklin’s Luke Kennard.  The sophomore tied Kobe Bryant (Lower Merion, PA) for sixth all-time with 43 points.

Orem, trailing 40-39 at the half, tied the game four times in the opening five minutes of the second half but could not overtake the Wildcats until Jordan Darger’s layup with 10:48 to play gave Orem a 55-54 lead.

With the game tied at 72-72 with 4:28 to play in regulation, Zach Hunsaker connected on a 3-pointer that gave Orem the lead for good at 75-72 with just 4:03 on the clock.  The Tigers connected on 9-of-9 from the free throw line in the closing minute of the contest to ice the victory. Orem was led by Hunsaker’s 21 points while Cooper Holt and Dalton Nixon each recorded 18 points for the Tigers.

Kennard’s 43 points gave him 98 points for the three games which Franklin played during the Beach Ball Classic, ranking seventh all-time at the BBC.  Travis Lakins added 20 points for Franklin (6-2) and broke the Tigers’ all-time career record for 3-point field goals made.

* Bishop Gorman (NV) 67, St. Rita (IL) 58: The Gaels (13-2) advanced to the fifth-place game of the 2012 Beach Ball Classic with a win over St. Rita. The Gaels will face Rufus King (Milwaukee, WI) for fifth place.

Bishop Gorman (NV) used a late 8-0 run to break a tied game and take the lead for good.  After seven ties and three lead changes, the Gaels took a 57-49 lead with their run from the 7:21 mark of the second half to the 2:15 mark.  During the stretch, five different players scored for Bishop Gorman.

The Gaels were led in scoring by Rashad Muhammad’s 25 points as he connected on 10-of-14 from the field, including 5-of-6 from behind the 3-point arc.  Noah Robotham chipped in 15 points and six assists for the Gaels.

St. Rita (8-4) was paced by Dominique Matthews’ 22 points and six boards.

* Rufus King (WI) 51, Wheeler (GA) 44: The Knights (8-1) scored a come-from-behind victory over Wheeler (7-4) to advance to the fifth-place game of the 2012 Beach Ball Classic.

Rufus King trailed 28-21 at the half but came out of the locker room with an 11-2 run to take a 32-30 advantage with 12:04 on the clock.  Following three free throws by Wheeler that regained the lead for the Wildcats, Rufus King went on a 12-5 run that proved to be the difference in the contest.

The Generals, who forced Wheeler into 20 points and turned them into a 21-7 advantage in points off of turnovers, were led by Austin Malone-Mitchell’s 24 points.  Chris Howell chipped in 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Generals.

Wheeler was paced by Trevin Steede’s 10 points and Daniel Giddens’ eight points and 16 rebounds.  Giddens’ 16 rebounds ties him for 36th on the single-game record list in the 32-year history of the BBC and makes him the 64th player in BBC history to record 15-plus boards.

* St. James 60,  Socastee 42: The Sharks defeated the region rival Braves in a losers’ bracket matchup to open Day 4 of the tournament at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

The Sharks (8-4) and Braves (4-6) play at least two more times this season in region play, but Saturday’s contest was just for fun and bragging rights.

Nehemiah Stafford scored a game-high 15 points, TreDarius McCallum added 14 and Matt Strange was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field for 12 points for the Sharks, who became the first local team to win a Beach Ball Classic contest this season.

Socastee (4-6) was led by Will Caswell’s 16 points while Dante Moore added 14 points for the Braves.  Socastee connected on just 39.5 percent from the field while Saint James shot 55.6 percent, including 46.2 percent (6-13) from behind the 3-point arc.

Socastee’s Will Caswell scored a game-high 16 points and the Braves got another outstanding performance from sophomore Dante Moore with 14 points. He scored in double figures in all three games for Socastee.

* Spring Valley 78, East Rutherford (NC) 67:  The Vikings advanced to the consolation bracket championship game with a victory over East Rutherford in a battle of the Carolinas.

Spring Valley (10-5) took the lead early in the second half and never gave it up in the victory.  East Rutherford (10-3) kept the game close before a late run by the Vikings pushed the lead to double digits in the final minute of the contest.

Dominique Taylor led Spring Valley with 29 points as he connected on 12-of-19 from the field.  East Rutherford’s Travis Waldroup-Rodriguez paced the Cavaliers with 23 points.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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