Ft. Myers, Fla. – After the opening day of the 2015 City of Palms Classic featured five games, including four in the traditional bracket, Day 2 brought a whopping seven games, including four big time traditional bracket matchups.
Following a West Linn (Ore.) victory over Lehigh (Fla.) in this consolation game Saturday morning, Spain Park (Ala.) fell to the always talented Montverde Academy (Fla.) and then Orlando First Academy (Fla.) lost to High Point Christian (N.C.) in back-to-back traditional bracket round games featuring Florida teams.
Here’s the inside scoop on all the action from the second day of the City of Palms Classic.
Montverde has a deep rotation
Three Montverde starters posted double digits as freshman R.J. Barrett led the way with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals in 22 minutes of play. Barrett is a 6’6″, 186 lb guard, who is one of two freshmen on the roster. He showed he can ball against Spain Park in a 74-61 win.
The No. 2 ranked sophomore in the country by ESPN, Montverde’s Silvio DeSousa finished with 12 points and two rebounds in just under eight minutes on the court. The 6’8″ forward opened the game up with an alley-oop dunk on the game’s first play. Bruno Fernando paced him with 10 points, four boards and a team-high two blocks.
This isn’t the typical Montverde squad that has a couple of crazy good players, ala Ben Simmons, this is a group that uses a deep rotation under crafty head coach Kevin Boyle. For Spain Park, Auburn commit and senior center Austin Wiley added 20 points, 11 rebounds and a game-high three blocks. At 6’10”, 240 lbs, Wiley’s game translates well at the next level.
Bam Adebayo is for real
Senior center Bam Adebayo was better than advertised in High Point Christian’s 74-55 win over the First Academy. He had some serious post moves and dunked with authority often on the way to 23 points, nine boards and three assists. At 6’10”, 260 lbs, the Kentucky commit and ESPN’s No. 6 ranked senior looks like a man on the court and set up nicely to become a star.
High Point senior guard Ty Graves, a Boston College commit played a solid game with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and a 4-of-5 from downtown. A speedy 5’11”, 175-pounder, Graves can knock down shots from anywhere on the court and has a bag of tricks on the way to the rack.
For First Academy, No. 2 ranked junior in all of Florida, 6’5″ guard Chaundee Brown led the charge with 18 points as he connected on 9-of-13 from the free throw line. He gets inside with ease, but certainly needs to improve his outside jumper (4-of-17 from the field).
Patrick School shuts down Norland’s Dewan Huell
Led by Jamir Harris and Bryce Aiken, 13 point contributions, Patrick School (N.J.) beat Miami-Norland 54-45 to move on to Tuesday’s semifinal game against the winner of Monday’s Wheeler (Ga.)-Chaminade (Mo.) matchup.
The Celtics contained Norland’s senior center Dewan Huell allowing him to score only five points on 2-of-7 shooting. Huell is a Miami commit, who dropped 24 points and 12 boards in Friday’s opening round win over West Linn (Or.).
Patrick School played without their top player center Nick Richards (6’11”), the No. 13 ranked junior by ESPN sat out with a concussion. They’ll need him back if they want to make a run in this tourney.
Jayson Tatum has some serious game
Basically a 6’9″ shooting guard despite being listed at forward, Chaminade (Mo.) senior Jayson Tatum recorded a game-high 36 points on 10-of-20 from the field, 5-of-10 from 3-point land and 11-of-15 from the free throw line in his team’s 64-54 victory over Bartow.
Bartow hung tough as 5’11” junior guard Timothy Jordan matched up with Tatum for most of the night. Tatum made all five of his 3-point attempts in the first half including three in the opening quarter alone. Tatum has some serious range, but needs to become more physical with his size if he wants to improve even more as an all-around player.
At one point in the third quarter, he had a nice step back field goal and then a two-handed slam. He later assisted on a beautiful pass to Tyler Cook (Iowa) to put Chaminade up 51-38 late. Cook paced Tatum with 12 points and played very well in the paint.
The most dominant player in the paint on the entire day was Bartow’s Tony Bradley. Bradley nailed 14-of-20 shots from the field for 33 points along with 13 boards as he came off the court for only two minutes. The North Carolina commit has a nice future at the Division-I level.
Westerville South generates 10 plus points from six players in win
Westerville South (Ohio) beat Father Tolton Catholic (Mo.) pretty soundly, 80-66 in the final game of the night. Six Westerville players reached double figures including senior point guard Daylan Hayne (16), senior wing Jordan Humphrey (15) and Ohio State commit, senior center Kaleb Wesson (13). senior Andre Wesson also had 13.
For Father Tolton, junior Michael Porter Jr. dropped 21 points and eight rebounds as Westerville slowed down him and his brother, sophomore Jontay Parker (Washington). Isaiah Wilson also had 21 for Father Tolton.
Westerville South plays High Point Christian on Monday night in the semifinal round. That should be a great matchup.
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