Saturday’s BBC Roundup: Shabazz nets 32, third place

Shabazz Muhammad tallied 32 points and put on a show to lead Bishop Gorman to an 84-51 victory over Whitney Young for third place in the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Saturday night.

As for the game, it was not much of one after the opening seven minutes of action as the Gaels took control and went on to lead by as many as 35 in cruising to the victory.

Rosco Allen added 17 points for Bishop Gorman.  Demetrius Morant, who tallied 11 points in the game for the Gaels, finished the tournament tied for second all-time with 15 blocked shots.

Whitney Young was paced by Miles Reynolds’ 11 points.

* St. Augustine *La.) 63, Ballard (Ky.) 57: built leads as large as 16 and then had to hold off Ballard for a 63-57 victory and fifth place in the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic.

After falling behind 24-8 and running sprints during a timeout called Head Coach Chris Renner, the Ballard Bruins (8-5; Louisville, KY) began to chop away at the lead using reserves as the starters watched on.  Ballard closed the half with an 8-2 run to close the gap to 26-16 at the break.

During the opening 16-minute half, Coach Renner used 15 players as he tried to find any combination that would shake his Bruins out of their 20.0 field goal percentage and 10 turnovers.  Ballard was not the only team struggling as St. Augustine (20-2; New Orleans, LA) shot just 33.3 percent in the opening half.

St. Augustine maintained a 10-point advantage at 53-43 with just 3:35 to play in regulation when the Bruins stormed back with a 11 unanswered points to take their first lead of the game at 54-53 with 2:28 on the clock.

After exchanging a basket each and the lead, St. Augustine regained the lead on an old-fashioned three point play by Javion Felix with 1:14 to play to give the Purple Knights a 58-56 lead.  St. Augustine used another three point play on a dunk and free throw by Deion Taylor and a pair of free throws by Sydie London to hold on for the win.

St. Augustine was led by London’s 21 points off of the bench and Craig Victor’s 16 points and seven rebounds.  Senior guard Javon Felix, a signee wit the University of Texas, set the Purple Knights’ offense with 11 assists to tie him for the sixth best single game total in BBC history.

Quenton Snider paced Ballard and led all scorers with 23 points.

* Scott County (Ky.) 61, Miami (Fla). Senior 49: Scott County led from start to finish in a 61-49 victory ovcer Miami Senior to capture the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic Consolation Bracket Championship.

The 2011 BBC marks the sixth trip to the Myrtle Beach tournament for Scott County (12-3; Georgetown, KY).  The Cardinals took home fifth place in 2006 and fourth place in 2009.

Scott County built leads as large as 15 points in the opening half.  Miami Senior (12-3; Miami, FL) closed the gap to four points at 47-43 with 5:42 to play in the contest on a 3-point basket by Adriel Jimenez.  The Cardinals responded with four straight points and stretched the lead in the end by connecting 5-of-6 from the free throw line in the final minute of the contest.

Scott County was paced by Isaiah Ivey’s 16 points as he connected on 6-of-9 from the field.  Jorge Milo led Miami Senior with 13 points, while Allen Baez added 12 points for the Stingarees.

* Lexington 86, Myrtle Beach 56: Lexington won a battle of South Carolina schools as the Wildcats scored an 86-56 victory over Myrtle Beach in the consolation bracket of the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic.

Lexington (8-4) connected on over 70 percent from the field in the opening nine minutes of the first half to take a 26-15 lead with 7:41 on the clock.  The Wildcats went on to lead 44-28 at halftime and by as many as 35 in the second half.

Sam McDermott led Lexington with 15 points while Myrtle Beach (6-6) was paced by Solomon Cooper, who came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points.

The Seahawks return to action Friday at home against Lake City.

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