Thursday’s BBC Roundup: Gaels blast Thunderhawks

In a game that was over almost before it started, Bishop Gorman scored a 76-38 win over Lakota East to advance to the semifinals of the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic at Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Bishop Gorman (6-2; Las Vegas, NV) scored 32 of the game’s first 34 points in route to the win.  Lakota East (2-4; Liberty Township, OH) was forced to play without leading scorer Stedman Lowry, who tore his ACL in the first game of the tourney fr the Thunderhawks.

Shabazz Muhammad led all scorers with 22 points while his Bishop Gorman teammate Rosco Allen netted 17 points.  Zack Panzeca paced Lakota East with 10 points.

* Milton (Ga.) 64, Ballard (Ky.) 53: A strong second half by the Milton Eagles propelled them into the semifinals with a 64-53 win over Ballard.

In a game that featured one tie and 15 lead changes in the opening half, Milton (7-4; Milton, GA) closed the opening 16 minutes with an 11-1 run to take a 34-24 lead into the locker room.

Milton maintained a 10-point margin at 43-33 when Ballard (7-4; Louisville, KY) stormed from behind midway through the second half.  The Bruins scored eight unanswered points, capped by a 3-pointer by Quenton Snider, to close the gap to just two points at 43-41 with 10:20 to play.

Milton responded with five quick points and slowly stretched the lead back to as many as 15 points in the closing minutes.

Milton was paced by Evan Nolte’s 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven steals.  Tevin Glass added 16 points and nine boards for the Eagles, while Charles Mann chipped in 11 points.

Ballard was led with 16 points by Lavonne Holland.

* Lone Peak (Utah) 65, St. Augustine (La.) 54: Nick Emery poured in 32 points despite junk defenses aimed at stopping the junior guard as he led Lone Peak past St. Augustione 65-54.

The win puts the Knights into the semifinal round where they will face Whitney Young.

Lone Peak (7-1; Highland, UT) led all but the first 2:11 of the contest and built leads as large as 15 points.

T.J. Haws added 16 points for Lone Peak while Deion Taylor paced St. Augustine with 15 points.

* St. Edward (Ohio) 88, Myrtle Beach, (S.C.) 71: St. Edward moved into the consolation bracket semifinal round with a 88-71 victory over Myrtle Beach (S.C.).

St. Edward (4-3) took a 49-43 lead after the first 16-minute half that saw the teams battle to four ties and a pair of lead changes.  Both squads kept the nets hot in the opening half as St. Edward connected on 61.3 percent from the field and Myrtle Beach (6-5) hit on 57.7 percent.

The second half proved to be a different story as the close game of the opening 16 minutes turned into the St. Edward show.  The Eagles went on a 12-2 run to open the second half to take a commanding 61-45 advantage.  St. Edward went on to lead by as many 24 points.

St. Edward was led by Mark Murray’s 22 points.  E.J. Goings paced Myrtle Beach with 22 points, while teammate Tramond Wilson added 21 points.

* Scott County (Ky.) 65, Lexington (S.C.) 50: Scott County used a late second half surge to advance to the consolation bracket semifinal round with a 65-50 victory over Lexington.

Trailing 42-41 with 9:09 to play in the second half, the Cardinals (10-3; Georgetown, KY) scored seven unanswered points to take a 48-42 lead on Zach Bryant’s 3-point basket with 6:12 to play.

Scott County continued the strong run and stretched the lead to as many as 19 points in the closing seconds as the Cardinals outscored Lexington (8-4; Lexington, SC) 24-8 in the game’s final nine minutes.

Scott County was led by Tameron Manning’s 20 points, six rebounds and eight assists.  Josh Harris chipped in with 16 points while Trenton Gilbert added 13 points and four assists for the Cardinals.

Shaq Roland led Lexington with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting from the field.

Photo by Digital Magic Photo

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