HoopHall Classic - Event Recap
The Spalding HoopHall Classic wrapped up on Monday evening after five days of action. While the event featured top ranked individual prospects and teams from around the country, there was also plenty of local talent on hand. Here's a look back at some of the results from the various New England teams in action throughout the weekend.
Roselle Catholic 96 Weaver 76
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, one of the CIAC's top programs battled one of New Jersey's best for all 32 minutes. Jaecee Martin finished with 23 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals while his twin brother Chaylyn Martin added 13 points but Roselle Catholic was led by their junior big man Nazreon Reid, one of the top ten 2018 prospects in the country, who finished with a triple double including 25 points.
Notre Dame West Haven 74 Archbishop Molloy 66
Tremont Waters led his new team into the HoopHall to take on one of the most talented teams in the greater NYC area, and he delivered one of the top performances of the entire weekend, His stat line - 29 points, 7 assists, 5 steals, and 4 rebounds - probably didn't even do his total performance justice while ND also got good contributions from Jalanni White and Connor Raines, who finished with 16 points and 14 points respectively.
Cambridge Rindge & Latin 46 Crossroads School 36
Not to be outdone by a counterpart from the CIAC, the top team in the MIAA came out and knocked off a team from California that featured a pair of nationally ranked prospects in Arizona bound senior forward Ira Lee and junior big man Shareef O'Neal, the son of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, who was on hand to watch the game. Defense was the name of the game for Cambridge, as they held Crossroad to under 30% shooting for the game, while they were led by Daniel Rymer's 11 points and Dimon Carrigan's 12 rebounds and 3 blocks.
New Hampton 89 Redemption Christian 62
RCA filled in for Blair Academy, who couldn't make the trip due to a snow storm in New Jersey, but New Hampton delivered a dominant performance behind 21 points from Jimmy Boeheim. Kimani Lawrence (14 points), Anthony Gaines (12 points), Tyler McFarland (11 points), and Khalea Turner-Morris (10 points) also scored in double figures while Luis Mora and Chris Duarte led Redemption with 20 and 15 respectively.
Brewster Academy 70 Montverde CBD 67
The Bobcats were on the verge of running away with this game in second half before taking their foot off the glass a bit too early. Aaron Wheeler led the way with 17 points and 9 rebounds while Sidney Wilson Jr, Lukas Kisunas, and thomas Allen finished with 14, 12, and 11 respectively.
Putnam Science 81 Vermont Academy 79
One of the most well-played and entertaining games of the day saw PSA erase an 8 point deficit in the final 4 minutes of the game. Eric Ayala scored a team high 20 points while Jaheem Cornwall added 15, including a number of big buckets down the stretch. Malik Ondigo had 13 points and also came up with the game winning block while Vermont was Simi Shittu and Jordan Nwora who finished with 21 and 17 points respectively.
Commonwealth Academy 61 Cushing Academy 56
The hometown Commonwealth squad dealt Cushing their first loss of the year behind 10 points and 17 rebounds from Hasahn French while Malik Pouncy and Shyheim Hicks handled the perimeter scoring with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Cushing, who played without David Duke, got 15 points out of Greg Kuakumensah.
MacDuffie 84 Wilbraham & Monson 82
The local rivalry went back and forth for all 36 minutes before MacDuffie was able to come out victorious. Dana Tate delivered his second consecutive huge game with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Jake Kakar exploded for 23 and Ismael Massoud and Alex Christie had double figures as well. WMA had four players in double figures as well led by sophomore Idan Tretout's 20 followed by 16 from Chris Childs, 13 from Miles Lester, and 10 from Dakota Wheeler.
Northfield Mount Hermon 81 Suffield Academy 68
Coming off a big win over CBD Montverde on Friday, Suffield gave NMH a good test, even holding a one point lead at halftime. NMH responded in the second half and was led by Tomas Murphy's 15 points and 7 rebounds while Nate Lasczewski added 13 and Calvin Whipple 9. The Tigers were led by their backcourt of Griffin Kornaker (17 points), Bryce Butler (14 points), and Tyreek Scott-Grayson (12 points).
Hillhouse 70 Springfield Central 63
The final match-up of the weekend featured one of Springfield's best against the most storied program from the CIAC. Joe Kasperzyk finished with 23 points and 7 steals while Springfield was led by 18 points from John Pressly and 12 more from Maickel Dejesus.