Ft. Myers, Fla. – Following Sunday’s events which included two Signature Series matchups, a 3-point shootout and a very entertaining dunk contest, Monday featured seven games including three quarterfinal games.
The trio of quarterfinal matchups on Day 4 went down to the wire as the first game was decided by one point, the next one by just four points and the final game of the night by seven points.
The Ball brothers knock off the No. 1 team
Shooting a combined 30-of-73 on the night, the Ball brothers, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo recorded all but six points in No. 2 rankd Chino Hills’ (Ca.) 83-82 victory over No. 1 ranked Montverde Academy (Fla.).
LiAngelo Ball added a game-high 32 points along with six boards and three assists as he shot 13-of-29 from the field. Lonzo Ball made a team-high six 3-pinters, adding 29 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five steals. The youngest Ball brother, freshman LaMelo added 16 points.
All five Chino starters played the entire game outside of the five seconds that LaMelo Ball came out towards the end. These brothers are not afraid to shoot from anywhere in the court as Lonzo pulled up from well beyond NBA 3-point standards throughout the night. All three can play fast and should improve even more as all-around players once they get to UCLA.
For Montverde, freshman RJ Barrett again led his team in points as he nailed 13-of-17 from the field and 2-of-2 from downtown in route to 31 points. He also had nine rebounds, four assists and two steals as he played all 32 minutes in the game. Barrett found himself at the free throw line with a chance to tie, but made only two of three attempts as Montverde lost by one point in a thrilling game.
High Point Christian battles it out for tough fought win
Kentucky commit and ESPN’s No. 6 ranked senior, 6’9″ center Bam Adebayo had 19 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in a 67-63 win over Westerville South (Ohio). Adebayo’s team, High Point Christian (N.C.) earned a big time performance from junior guard Michael Huiett Jr. who scored all of his team-high 18 points on 3-point attempts.
Senior point guard and Boston College commit Ty Graves had 11 points as well for High Point. High Point held Westerville South to just six points in the second quarter, outscoring them 15-6 in that quarter as they took a 32-24 lead into the break.
For Westerville South, senior wing Andre Wesson led the way with 25 points and eight rebounds in just under 24 minutes on the court. He had four fouls while his older brother Kaleb, an Ohio State commit fouled out late in the game as he had the tough task of covering of Adebayo.
Adebayo’s game is strong, he had a couple of put back dunks, some impressive blocks and overall his defense and shooting was more than enough to help this team in the post. He’ll face off against the Ball brothers in Tuesday night’s semifinal. That should be one heck of a game.
Jayson Tatum moves Chaminade into semifinal round
The No. 2 prospect in the country ranked by ESPN, Duke commit Jayson Tatum scored 33 points in the final game of the night to help his Chaminade (Mo.) team beat the defending City of Palms champions Wheeler (Ga.) 58-51.
Tatum also had nine boards, four assists and two steals as he shot 11-of-18 from the field, 2-of-6 from 3-point land and 6-of-9 from the free throw line. He was attacking much more in this game than he did against Bartow on Saturday night. Tatum made 5-of-10 triples in that game and sat at the perimeter more often than not. It was a nice performance from a tremendous talent.
For Wheeler, senior small forward Cameron Jordan led his group wth 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field. Al-Wajid Aminu had 11, Darius Perry had 10 and Georgia Tech commit, center Romello White had nine points, five boards and a game-high four blocks.
Chaminade will play Patrick School in Tuesday night’s semifinal matchup. That will be the second semifinal of Tuesday following the Chino Hills-High Point Christian game.
Top performers from this afternoon
- Father Tolton Catholic (Mo.) Junior forward Michael Porter Jr. had his best game of the tourney with 29 points and 16 rebounds in a 69-65 loss to Thomas Jefferson (N.Y.) this afternoon.
- Thomas Jefferson senior guard Curtis Smith led his team with 24 points while St. Johns commit Shamorie “Slic” Ponds had 21 points and seven assists. Ponds is going to be a very good player at the next level. He’s a very highly skilled shooter.
- UNC commit, Bartow’s Tony Bradley had a whopping 27 points and 21 boards in a 76-59 loss to Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) to open up the slate on Tuesday.
- For Wesleyan, Tennessee commit Jalen Johnson had 24 points, eight boards and five blocks while Wake Forest commit Brandon Childress had 23 points. Johnson can get up on the rim and Childress is a gifted point guard.
- Auburn commit, junior Austin Wiley and senior Jamal Johnson each had 23 points in a Spain Park (Ala.) win 64-59 over The First Academy.
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