Providence (FL) takes 2013 Beach Ball Classic crown

Providence (FL) scored the first 12 points of the second half and cruised to a 69-43 victory over Northland (OH) to capture the 2013 Beach Ball Classic Championship.

2013champsIn the opening half, the teams battled to a pair of ties and four lead changes.  Providence (10-3) opened a 7-2 lead in the opening 2:02, capped by a Grayson Allen 3-point basket.  Northland (7-2) used a 13-3 run midway through the first half to open a 20-12 advantage with 9:10 on the clock.  The momentum then went back to the side of the Providence squad as the Stallions responded with a 14-5 run that gave them the lead at 26-25 when Kedar Bryant’s layup capped the run with 1:49 to play.  The teams swapped baskets in the final minute and Providence took a 29-27 into halftime.

The Stallions put the game out of reach quickly in the second 16-minute half by scoring the first 12 points in just 4:28.  Northland missed it first six shots of the second half and finally stopped the Providence run on Derek McKeithen’s old-fashioned three-point play with 11:11 remaining in the contest.  Providence went on to lead by as many as 26 points the rest of the way.

Allen, who has signed to play at Duke, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he led all scorers with 26 points.  Christian Terrell and Wyatt Walker were also honored as All-Tournament selections.  Terrell tallied 16 points while Walker posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Northland’s Shemar Waugh scored 14 points and garnered the 2013 Beach Ball Classic’s Individual Hustle Award.  Seth Towns chipped in 13 points for the Vikings and won the tourney’s Individual Sportsmanship Award.

 

3rd Place Bishop Loughlin 68, Madison Memorial 62 – Bishop Loughlin (NY) scored a come-from-behind 68-62 victory over Madison Memorial (WI) to capture 3rd Place in the 2013 Beach Ball Classic.

Bishop Loughlin (6-2) trailed 49-44 with 6:12 to play when the Lions’ Darius James connected on a long 3-pointer and Michael Williams connected on a driving layup to knot the score at 49-49 with 5:42 to play.  After trading baskets, Reggie Roemer connected on a 3-point basket to give Madison Memorial (7-3) a 54-51 lead with 4:42 to play.

The Lions responded with 10 unanswered points to take a 61-54 lead with 2:45 to play.  Shareef Smith connected on consecutive layups for Madison Memorial to cut the deficit for the Spartans back to just three points with 1:55 to play.  The teams traded a pair of baskets before Bishop Loughlin connected on 3-of-4 free throws to seal the victory in the final 12 seconds.

Michael Williams came off of the bench to lead Bishiop Loughlin with 17 points and five steals.  Khadeen Carrington, the Lions all-time leading scorer, added 16 points.

Madison Memorial’s Darral Willis posted a double-double to lead all players with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

 

5th Place Moeller 51, Bullis 34 – Moeller (OH) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 24 in route to a 51-34 victory over Bullis (MD) to take home 5th Place in the 2013 Beach Ball Classic.

The Crusaders dominated the glass, out-rebounding Bullis 41-25, and holding an 18-10 advantage on points in the paint.  Grant Benzinger led all scorers in pacing Moeller (8-1) with 19 points and added eight rebounds.

Bullis (9-3) was led by Jamaal Wright, who came off of the bench to tally  11 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the field.

TOURNAMENT AWARDS:

Champion: Providence (FL)
Runner-up: Northland (OH)
Third Place: Bishop Loughlin (NY)
Fourth Place: Madison Memorial (WI)
Fifth Place: Moeller (OH)
Consolation Bracket Champion: Norcross (GA)

Most Valuable Player: Grayson Allen, Providence (FL)
Most Outstanding Player: Luke Maye, Hough (NC)

All-Tournament Team:
* Khadeen, Carrington, Bishop Loughlin (NY)
* Romelo Trimble, Bishop O’Connell (VA)
* Russell Sangster, Bullis (MD)
* Luke Kennard, Franklin (OH)
* Darral Willis, Madison Memorial (WI)
* Grant Benzinger, Moeller (OH)
* Solomon Cooper, Myrtle Beach (SC)
* AJ Bush, Norcross (GA)
* Christian Terrell, Providence (FL)
* Wyatt Walker, Providence (FL)

Individual Sportsmanship Award: Seth Towns, Northland (OH)
Individual Hustle Award: Shemar Waugh, Northland (OH)
Danny Defensive Award: Alterique Gilbert, Miller Grove (GA)
Team Hustle Award: Norcross (GA)
Team Sportsmanship Award: Franklin (OH)

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