Wednesday’s BBC Wrapup: Okafor nets 36 for Dolphins

Super sophomore Jahil Okafor powered Whitney Young (Chicago) to a 78-62 opening round victory over Lexington (S.C.) in Wednesday’s Beach Ball Classic action.

In a game that was tied twice early on, Whitney Young (5-2) held control of the contest through much of the contest.  The reason was the play of the 6-11 Okafor as he scored 36 points, tying him for the 29th best single game output in the 31-year history of the Beach Ball Classic.  He led the way to the Dolphins holding a commanding 48-28 scoring advantage in the paint.

The Dolphins also connected on 32-of-44 from the field for a 72.7 shooting percentage, ranking second all-time in the BBC.  Okafor hit 14-of-16 from the field.  Paul White, who added 14 points for Whitney Young, connected on 7-of-9 from the field.

Nygel Gates led Lexington (8-3) with 21 points, while Joby Glymph added 18 points for the Wildcats.

* St. Augustine (La.) 52,  St. Edward (Ohio) 46:  It took more than 2 minutes for St. Edward to score the first points of the game on a layup by Mark Murray, but it was the only lead of the contest for the Eagles.

St. Augustine (18-1) went on a 10-3 run and held a 21-15 lead at the break.  The 15 halftime points by St. Edward ties for the third fewest points in an opening half in the 31-year history of the BBC.

St. Augustine went on to lead by as many as 13 in the second half and held off a late surge by St. Edward for the win.  The Eagles connected on just 29.4 percent from the field, including 21.7 percent in the opening half.

St. Augustine was not much better at 33.3 percent in the first half but did connect on 52.9 percent in the final 16 minutes.

Sydie London came off of the bench to lead St. Augustine with 14 points.  St. Edward’s Myles Hamilton led all scoreres with 16 points.

* Prestonwood Christian (Texas) 64, Scott County (Ky.) 53: Prestonwood Christian used a strong second half performance to turn a tie game into a 64-53 win over Scott County in the opening round of the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic.

With the game tied 23-23 at halftime, Jalen Haddix gave Scott County (9-3; Georgetown, KY) the lead on a layup just 25 seconds into the second half.  The lead would be short lived and teh last for the Cardinals as Prestonwood (11-1; Plano, TX) went on a 13-2 run and led by as many as 18 points the rest of the way.

Zach Peters led Prestonwood as he connected on 9-of-10 from the field for 23 points.  The Kansas signee also pulled down 10 rebounds.  Julius Randle, one of the top juniors in the nation, posted 16 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists.

Scott County was led by Trenton Gilbert’s 17 points.

* Miami (Fla.) Senior 61, Gaffney (S.C.) 51: come-from-behind victory over Gaffney in an consolation bracket game of the 31st Annual Beach Ball Classic.

In the opening 16-minute half, Gaffney (S.C.) built a 14-point lead by scoring 16 of the game’s first 18 points.  The Indians scored the first six points before Miami Senior (Fla.) scored on Rashad Thompkins’ layup with 10:50 on the clock.  Gaffney then scored 10 unanswered to open its largest lead of the half at 16-2 on Kerry Williams’ short jumper with 9:25 to play.

Miami Senior stormed back with a 21-6 run that gave the Stingarees a 23-22 lead with 1:14 remaining in the opening half.  Following a 3-pointer by Gaffney’s Michael Wright to regain the lead for the Indians, Allen Baez connected on a pair of free throws to send the action to the locker room tied at 25-25.

Miami Senior’s Adriel Jimenez connected on a 3-point basket just 15 seconds into the second half and Willie Walker connected on a layup to give the Stingareers a 30-25 lead with 15:15 to play.  The Stingarees would never trail again as they went on to build leads as large as 10 points.

Jeffrey Thomas led four Miami Senior players in double figures with 13 points.  Jimenez added 12 points, while Baez and Walker added 11 points each.  Baez also added five assists and five steals.

Kerry Williams came off of the bench to lead Gaffney with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  L.J. Peak, who scored 40 points in the opening round, connected on just 5-of-14 from the field for 13 points.

* Socastee 62, Rye (N.Y.) 42: The Braves used a strong first half by Travis Frye and finished off with a great second half by Donovan Cann in a 62-42 win over Rye.

For the Braves, host of the Beach Ball Classic, it is their first win since a 2006 tournament win over Latta.

Socastee (7-2) took the lead for good with 10:59 to play in the opening half on a 3-point basket by See Man that gave the Braves their first lead at 13-11.  Socastee went on to build a 35-22 cushion at halftime as Frye led the way with 18 of his game-high 22 points coming in the opening 16-minute half.

Rye (1-4; Rye, NY) closed the gap to nine points in the second half but Socastee’s Cann made sure that the Garnets would get no closer.  Cann connected on 8-of-10 from the field and tallied 17 of his 21 points in the second half to secure the win.

Rye was led by Max Twyman’s 14 points and five rebounds.

* Lone Peak (Utah 86, Myrtle Beach (S,C,) 48: was well on the way to setting quite a few Beach Ball Classic records in their 86-48 win over Myrtle Beach.  Unfortunately, because the game was so one-sided, the Knights pulled their starters early and stopped firing long-range bombs.

Lone Peak (6-1) connected on 14 3-point field goals, just two short of the Beach Ball record.  Junior standout Nick Emery tallied 37 points and made six threes, three short of the BBC record.  His 37 points were scored in just 24 minutes of action and tie him for 24th on the all-time single game scoring list.

T.J. Haws connected on 7-of-9 from the field, including four treys, for 23 points, while Connor Toolson was perfect from the field for 15 points for the Knights.

Myrtle Beach (6-4) was led by Emaray Johnson’s 11 points.  The Seahawks connected on just 32.6 percent from the field, while Lone Peak connected at a 59.6 percent clip.

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