St. Louis (Missouri) Chaminade 6 4, Bartow 54
City of Palms Classic fans received a sneak peek at what the Duke-North Carolina rivalry could look like next season. Blue Devils recruit Jayson Tatum and Tar Heels signee Tony Bradley engaged quite a head-to-head battle Saturday night.
Tatum scored 19 of his 36 points in the first half as St. Louis (Missouri) Chaminade knocked off Bartow 64-54 to advance in the main bracket.
Meanwhile, Bartow’s Bradley finished with 33, 17 of which came in an entertaining first half.
The Red Devils will take on defending tournament champion Marietta (Georgia) Wheeler in the quarterfinals at 9:30 p.m. Monday. Bartow, the top ranked team in Florida’s Class 7A, will move to the consolation bracket where it will face High Point (North Carolina) Wesleyan Christian at 11 a.m. Monday.
Tatum and Bradley went back and forth throughout the second quarter. Tatum buried a step-back 3 to put Chaminade up 33-21 before Bradley threw down a two-handed dunk on the other end.
Bradley then answered another Tatum 3 with a putback to cut the Red Devil lead to 36-25 at halftime.
Chaminade led 51-38 in the fourth quarter after a Tatum-Tyler Cook give and go. However, Bradley ignited a 6-0 run with dunk and Timothy Jordan cut the lead to 51-46 with a layup off a steal.
Tatum essentially finished the job with a two-handed slam in transition, drawing an intentional foul in the process with 1:23 left.
Montverde Academy 74, Hoover Spain Park (Alabama) 61
Three players scored in double-figures, led by freshman Rowan Barrett’s 16 points as Montverde Academy collected a 74-61 win over Hoover Spain Park (Alabama).
The Eagles raced to a 12-point first quarter lead and went into halftime leading 41-29 as Spain Park, which committed 21 turnovers, failed to dissect Montverde’s impressive post defense.
Sophomore prospect Silvio DeSousa, targeted by the likes of Florida and LSU, added 12 points while senior center Bruno Fernando threw down a few thunderous dunks en route to 10 points and four rebounds for Montverde.
“It was kind of a night where it (the lead) could of been 6 or 26, but they’re a good team,” Montverde head coach Kevin Boyle said. “I think part of it was that they have some real high-level players who can make some plays.”
Jamal Johnson scored 22 points and had six rebounds for Spain Park, while 6-foot-10 prospect Austin Wiley, an Auburn commit, had 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Montverde moves on to face Chino Hills (California) on Monday at 6 p.m. in a quarterfinal game.
High Point Christian (North Carolina) 74, First Academy 55
Bam Bam Adebayo scored 15 points in the second half, part of a 23-point effort, and grabbed nine rebounds as High Point Christian (North Carolina) outlasted First Academy of Orlando 74-55 on Saturday in the City of Palms first round.
Ty Graves had 18 points, Jalen Seegards added 11 and the Cougars raced out on a 12-4 run to start the second half. High Point’s lead got to as large as 22 in the fourth quarter as it advanced to the quarterfinals on Monday to face the winner of Father Tolton and Westerville South.
“We got off to a slow start offensively,” High Point coach Brandon Clifford said. “We didn’t play with the pace that we normally do, but we really defended at the half court better than we have all year.”
Shaking off a quiet first half, when he scored just eight points and grabbed one rebound, Adebayo blew off the lid in the second half. He had four dunks, includine one move from the baseline that saw him cross over a defender and finish high at the rim.
First Academy was led by Chaundee Brown, who had 18 points, and Elijah Jordan, who added 14.
West Linn (Oregon) 73, Lehigh 52
West Linn (Oregon) secured a 73-52 victory over Lehigh on Saturday in a consolation game.
“I thought we did a good job on their two best players,” West Linn head coach Eric Viukola said. “We made it tough for them.”
The Lions led the Lightning 32-21 going into halftime despite 34 percent shooting and then outscored the Lightning 41-31 in the second half behind 48 percent shooting.
Senior Jaydon Grant went 7-for-14, leading the Lions with 20 points. Tate Hoffman added 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Oregon commit Payton Pritchard had 12 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Lehigh junior Jarvis Martin, who tallied 26 points in Friday night’s loss to Father Tolton, continued his strong play with 16 points. Stef’An Strawder added 15 more despite 5 of 22 shooting.
Sarasota Riverview 65, Wellington 62
A.J. Caldwell scored 23 points, Brion Whitley added 21 and Sarasota Riverview came from behind to beat Wellington 65-62 in a Sunshine Series game.
Riverview trailed Wellington 36-31 at half, though they finished strong with 19-15 fourth quarter to seal the win.
Trent Frazier had 22 points in the loss for Wellington. Alex Dieudonne added 20 and seven rebounds.