No. 9 Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Cleveland) entered the week unbeaten. The Vikings have now lost twice in six days in a pair of showcase events.
The first loss was Monday, 76-72, to No. 2 Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) at the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.
The second loss came Saturday night to the MacDuffie School (Granby, Mass.) by a sore of 89-75 to at the Dunk 4 Diabetes in North Canton, Ohio.
“I think these past two games have been the worst two that we have played all year,” Villa Angela-St. Joseph coach Babe Kwasniak told cleveland.com. “It is disappointing because I thought we had played our best two games of the year in the previous two (St. Thomas Aquinas and Oak Hill). Some of that may be my fault, but it is something we have to play through.”
MacDuffie led by 10 at halftime and then used an 8-0 run after halftime to open the margin. Villa Angela was forced to play from behind almost the entire game after getting off to a slow start and struggling to get points inside.
Simon Texidor led the Vikings with 27 points. Kansas commit Carlton Bragg finished with 18 as did teammate Brian Parker.
For MacDuffie, junior Unique McClean had a team-high 25 points in the win. Omari Spellman added 17 points and 13 rebounds. Spellman is an Ohio native who had transferred to the Massachusetts school.