Prep Championships Quarterfinals Recap
NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIPS – Opening Round
1-HARGRAVE MILITARY ACADEMY 95 d. TILTON SCHOOL 82
Mardracus Wade (Arkansas) had nine three-pointers in the first half and Hargrave took a 20-point lead into the half as they eventually held the edge throughout the second half and advanced to Wednesday action.
Gerard Coleman (Providence) finished with 43 points (29 second half) for Tilton as they cut the lead to 10 in the final five minutes.
Wade finished with 34 points and Lorenzo Brown (NC State) had 21 points. Jarvis Brown (Charlotte) and David Chadwick (Rice) had 12 points a piece.
5-NORTHFIELD MOUNT HERMON 85 d. 4-NOTRE DAME PREP 78
NMH took a 44-34 lead into the half and extended it to 67-54 with just over 10 minutes remaining.
ND Prep would get within three, 77-74, after a Ron Giplaye (Providence) finish inside from a Lamount Samuel assist followed by consecutive drives by Jordair Jett and Antonio Barton (Memphis).
Majok Majok brought down two offensive rebounds and scored on a stickback to keep NMH ahead.
Out of a timeout at the 1:30 mark, Jett hit Samuel for a corner three-pointer to cut it to 80-78.
Hector Harold (Pepperdine) would score on a leaner with just under a minute and Matt Brown (Harvard) scored at the end of a press break to put the game away.
Majok led all scorers with 27 and Harold had 22. Brown and Laurent Rivard (Harvard) added 13 a piece.
For Notre Dame Prep, five finished in double figures – Andre Armstrong (17), Barton (16), Samuell (12), Jett (10) and Giplaye (10).
2-BREWSTER ACADEMY 93 d. 7-WESTWIND PREP 83
The NEPSAC Class A champs led by 20 throughout most of the game until a late rally in the final minutes inched away at would be the final 10-point margin.
Will Barton (Memphis) scored the team-high 21 points and led six in double-figures for Brewster. Melvin Ejim (Iowa State) had 16, Ashton Khan scored 15, C.J. Fair (Syracuse) and Maurice Walker added 11 a piece and Austin Carroll (Rutgers) scored 10.
Bo Barnes had 22 points on five three-pointers to lead Westwind. Ludovic N’Diaye (Cleveland State) added 16.
6-ST THOMAS MORE 65 d. 3-WINCHENDON SCHOOL 63 *OVERTIME*
Winchendon would double-up (26-13) St. Thomas More midway through the first half but it wouldn’t stop a comeback as STM took the lead with its second unit in the game and six minutes left until a semi-finalist would be decided. Or so we thought.
The two teams traded the lead down the stretch and eventually overtime would be needed.
Winchendon regained the edge in the final seconds of regulation that saw Marvin Dominique convert when they caught More sleeping on an inbounds under the hoop.
STM drew up a set play for its final possession and Dominique Langston (Quinnipiac) pulled the trigger on a long look from beyond the arc that missed. Andre Drummond came up with the offensive rebound while falling out of bounds but couldn’t get it to a teammate cleanly as the buzzer sounded.
With overtime underway, Akeem Williams was back at it for Winchendon. After leading the charge to open the game, he swished a step-back jumper along the baseline for the first basket of the extra session.
Langston would score on a finish at the rim off a crossover to tie the game.
Eric Ferguson (Georgia Southern) came back and buried a three-pointer from the top of the key.
Langston would be called for a travel and zapped the air out of STM, and Dominique would come up with an offensive rebound late in the shot clock to give Winchendon a rest and further deflate More’s hopes.
Forced to foul, More escaped missed free throws by Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount) and Tre Bowman would fire a long jumper, only for it to fall short and force More to foul yet again and all but concede the game.
But Williams would miss free throws and Bryon Allen went the length of the floor, down three points but deciding to drive to the hoop and scoring on a pro-step that brought More within one point and now six seconds remaining.
Winchendon would come out of a timeout and fight the More inbound pressure by going for the home-run pass to Ferguson racing down the court, but Jacob Jenkins would intercept it.
Jenkins took it into the paint and kicked out to Bowman in the right corner, who dribbled hard to the wing and pulled-up for a jumper at the buzzer with a man in his face and right in front of his own bench.
Allen finished with 17, Bowman and Langston with 15 a piece and Jenkins had several key scores down the stretch to go with the big steal at the end.
Williams was the lone double-figure scorer for Winchendon with 14 points.
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