Ft. Myers, Fla. – The semifinal round is always one of the most crowded nights at the City of Palms and Tuesday was no different. Six games took place before the two Semifinal games began at Bishop Verot High School.
Prior to the semifinal round, the four-team Signature Series wrapped up its final between Hamilton Heights (Tenn.) and Athlete Institute (Ontario).
Here’s the lowdown from Day 5 of the City of Palms Classic.
Note: The games were behind schedule this morning due to a power outage in the gymnasium.
Chino Hills (Calif.)-High Point Christian (N.C.)
The Ball brothers proved again that they are too much to handle in a 94-82 win over Bam Adebayo and High Point Christian.
The score didn’t do this game justice as it was a much bigger gap as Chino Hills led by as many as 29. Junior LiAngelo Ball led the way with a whopping 42 points, making a team high five threes. Freshman LaMelo Ball had 18 points and senior Lonzo Ball added 14.
For High Point, Bam Adebayo, a powerful senior center did all he could with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Senior point guard Ty Graves, a Boston College commit added 20 points.
Chino Hills and the trio of Ball brothers will be almost impossible to beat in Wednesday’s finale.
Chaminade (Mo.)-Patrick School (N.J.)
Jordan Walker had just five points prior to his game winning 3-pointer at the buzzer in Patrick School’s 52-49 victory over Chaminade in the semifinal round. They will be Chino Hills at 8:30 p.m. in the championship.
Cyril Langevine had 15 points and seven boards while Jamir Harris had 14 for Patrick. Iowa commit Tyler Cook led the way for Chaminade with 17 points on 7-of-9 from the field. Duke commit and No. 2 senior in the country (ESPN) was held in check with 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field and just 1-of-6 from three.
Patrick School will have to do everything they can again up against the fast paced Chino squad tomorrow night. It should be a fun one.
Hamilton Heights Christian (Tenn.)-Orangeville Institute (Ontario)
7’1″ senior center Thon Maker had a game high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting from the field, 3-of-6 from 3-point land and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Maker added 11 rebounds and four steals as well.
He was smooth with his handles and showed nice range with three 3-pointers in the third quarter, including two highly contested triples. His younger brother, Matur had seven points.
Top performers from this afternoon
- Thomas Jefferson (N.Y.) senior guard Shamorie “Slic” Ponds has been tremendous all tournament long. He had 28 points, four assists and four boards in his team’s win in the first consolation game of the day over Spain Park (Ala.) 75-71. He’s averaging 29.6 points in three tournament games.
- A night after going off for 20 points, 11 boards and three blocks, Spain Park’s junior center and Auburn commit Austin Wiley added a game-high 34 points along with 14 rebounds and three blocks against Thomas Jefferson. He’s averaging 25.6 points, 11 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in three tournament games. At 6’10”, 240 lbs, Wiley is a bruiser who should only get better as a senior.
- Despite trailing by 12 at the half, West Linn (Ore.) outscored Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) by 14 in the third quarter and got 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists from Oregon commit and tournament 3-point champion Payton Pritchard. The senior guard was aggressive all game tying it up at 56 to force overtime with 20 seconds left as the Lions won 69-67 to advance to Wednesday’s consolation semifinal against Thomas Jefferson. Pritchard made 10-of-16 free throw attempts. He will be a big-time shooter for the Ducks next fall.
- After connecting on only 5-of-19 shots from the field for 13 points through his team’s first two games, Wesleyan Christian’s senior guard Kwe Parker and Tennessee commit added 23 points against West Linn. Parker is known for his incredible ability to get up on the rim which was put on display in his dunk contest win on Sunday (video here), but Tuesday he hit 8-of-13 shots from the field and all three of 3-point attempts. Parker needs more games like that to increase his value heading into college.
- In the Signature Series third-place final, senior center Udoka Azubuike had 20 points and 10 rebounds on 10-of-11 shooting from the field in Jacksonville-Potter House Christian’s 71-58 win over Westtown (Pa.). The No. 10 ranked senior in the country (HoopScoop), Azubuike is a big kid at 6’11”, 270 lbs, who should have his pick of the litter when he finally commits.
- Senior wing Andre Wesson led Westerville South (Ohio) with 17 points a night after dropping 25 against High Point Christian in a 59-58 win over Miami-Norland. Jordan Humphrey paced him with 12 points as he sunk the game winner in the fifth-place semifinal. Norland’s Dewan Huell had 22 points and 15 boards in the game. He’s a crafty senior big man who is committed to Miami.
- Montverde’s freshman R.J. Barrett had 20 points in a 83-72 win over Wheeler (Ga.). Darius Perry led the Wildcats with 24 points and eight boards.
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