Columbia Father Tolton (Missouri) 72, Bartow 54
Orlando First Academy 65, Lehigh 52
West Linn (Oregon) 82, Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson (New York) 69
Montverde Academy 81, Westerville (Ohio) South 52
St. Louis Chaminade (Missouri) 63, High Point Christian (North Carolina) 61
Chino Hills (California) 66, Patrick School (New Jersey) 60 (OT)
Player of the day
Payton Pritchard, West Linn, senior: The Oregon signee had 19 points, eight assists and eight rebounds in an 82-69 win over Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson (New York) in the consolation finals. Named to the all-tournament team, Pritchard had 26 points and 11 rebounds against Wesleyan on Tuesday.
LaMelo Ball, Chino Hills freshman: The 5-foot-9 guard, a UCLA commit like his brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, has been the darling of the City of Palms tournament, eliciting a giddiness from the crowd every time he touched the ball. He scored 18 points in a win over High Point Christian (North Carolina) and never failed to score less than double-figures in four games.
Cameron Shelton, a sophomore guard on the Chino Hills (California) Huskies, won the City of Palms’ award for best essay in the tournament program. Shelton paid tribute to Nnamdi Okongwu, a Chino Hills classmate who died last July in a skateboarding accident.
“I had only known Nnamdi for about two months before the incident, but in that time he mentored me and guided me, making my transition to high school much easier,” Shelton wrote. “He was patient, kind, and respectful.”
Lehigh junior Jarvis Martin knew the experience he would receive playing in the City of Palms would be paramount to his progress as a basketball player. And despite enduring three losses to Father Tolton (Missouri), West Linn (Oregon) and Orlando First Academy over the team’s run at the tournament, the 6-foot-3 forward felt that idea was granted.
He scored 53 points in three games, rebounded effectively in traffic and shot extremely well form behind the arc, prompting the exact result he wanted: interest from collegiate programs. Martin says he’s been in contact with the University of Alabama and hopes to continue to attract interest elsewhere. He also said he gained validation playing against the best players in the nation and believed that he, too, was right there with the best of them.
“I just realized I can play with anyone on the court,” he said.
Donnie ‘O’ receives dream car
Longtime Bishop Verot and Fort Myers American Little League volunteer Donnie Overholser received his dream car, donated by longtime friends and fans, Wednesday afternoon at Sam Galloway Ford.
Overholser, 62, who runs the concessions at The City of Palms, has volunteered for various youth sports organizations for 48 years. He chose a ruby red 2016 Ford Escape, a model with a price tag of about $28,000.
“It means an awful lot, knowing I had an impact on so many lives,” Overholser said. “You do this because you enjoy doing it. You don’t know how you’re affecting people. The car is incredible. It’s a beautiful car. It’s got everything in it. It’s just nice to have a new car. And the new car smell.”
Bob Sizemore, a Fort Myers banker and Alva resident, started the fundraiser which took in more than $40,000 in four days after he read on Facebook that Overholser needed a new car.
“I think it Christmas season helped make it a success,” Overholser said. “People were in the mood to give. And it’s tournament time. A lot of people caught wind of it through that.”
Team sportsmanship award
Colombia Father Tolton (Missouri) received recognition for its sportsmanship. Trailblazers coach Jeremy Osborne, who has standout junior forward Michael Porter Jr. and sophomore Jontay Porter, said he’s hoping for an invitation to return to the Classic in 2016.
Steve Bumm coach award
Brandon Clifford of High Point (North Carolina) Christian received this award for exemplifying the sportsmanship and camaraderie revered by the late Bumm, who used to design the tournament program.
Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson read a proclamation commemorating the final City of Palms Classic game at Bishop Verot. He did so flanked by U.S. Rep. Curt Clawson.
“This world-class event does not happen without a lot of talented people behind the scenes,” Henderson said. “I’d like you to express your appreciation for this talented group of leaders.”