Scholar Roundball Classic Sunday Recap
Over 60 college coaches were at Babson College on Sunday for the second and final day of the Scholar Roundball Classic. Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, Maryland’s Mark Turgeon, Kansas State’s Bruce Weber, Boston College’s Steve Donahue, Connecticut’s Kevin Ollie, Providence’s Ed Cooley, and Davidson’s Bob McKillop were joined by assistant coaches from Stanford, Pittsburgh, and numerous others from the Ivy League, Patriot League, NESCAC and more. Here’s a game by game recap of the action:
Vanier Prep 47 Cheshire Academy 46
Cheshire held a three-point lead going into the game’s final minute but Vanier would deliver in crunch time, first hitting a three to even the score at the 30 second mark and then going the length of the floor to draw a foul in the game’s final seconds, before winning it at the free-throw line. Tevonne Walker would again lead the way for Vanier with 16 points while Vermont native Eric Suder would show his recent improvement by putting up 16 for Cheshire. Tarik Smith scored 8 points late while Christian Terrell knocked down three long balls to finish with 9 points.
Blair Academy 60 Suffield Academy 56
Blair Academy completed the 2012 Scholar Roundball Classic with a perfect 2-0 record, earning a hard fought win over a talented Suffield team. Marial Shayok would again lead the way with 17 for Blair showing a smooth and shifty game for a big swingman. David George would pick it up to the tune of 13 points while Sean Lubreski would continue to be hot from the perimeter for four threes and 12 points. Suffield was led by Mack Montague and Colin Pascoe, who both finished with 18 points. Montague made four threes while also utilizing his poise off the dribble while Pascoe was running the floor, crashing the glass, and making open shots.
Tabor Academy 70 Kimball Union Academy 61
Tabor showed tremendous heart, rebounding from a tough loss to Exeter less than 24 hours earlier to score a strong win over Tabor Academy. Jarred Reuter turned in a dominant performance, scoring 20 points inside the lane while grabbing 12 rebounds, but it was his passing that stood out as he snapped deep outlets and made the defense pay every time they sent a second defender. Miles Wright matched those 20 points as he continued to show his athleticism and improved skill set on the perimeter while C.J. Ward scored 12 points from behind the line and A.J. Maestas added 10. Devin Gilligan put in 18 points for KUA, showing both his improved skill set and toughness inside the paint. Duby Maduegbunam showed some flashes of his potential as well.
Northfield Mount Hermon 77 Kent 46
It was the story of two different halves as Kent kept the game very close throughout the first 20 minutes but NMH came out of the locker room on a mission to pull away in the second half. Josh Hearlihy continued to lead the way for NMH, scoring a team high 17 points on his normal assortment of crafty southpaw drives. Pete Miller made his return to the line-up this weekend, after missing the opening weeks with shoulder injury, and chipped in with 13 points on Sunday along with showing his clear leadership skills. Anthony Dallier chipped in with 13 of his own. Kent was led by post-graduate swingman Cam Collins who put up 17 points with his precise long-range shooting. Junior guard Leon Tambue showed a slashing style to put in 10.
Beaver Country Day 67 Choate Rosemary Hall 53
BCD opened the game with an explosive 11-2 run and would never trail as their offensive balance proved to be too much for Choate to contain with. Jeff Spellman scored a team high 16 points including a number of tough pull-ups deep in the second half, while Jherson Colon was equally impressive in the backcourt with 14. Jacquil Taylor scored 11 points in the lane but commanded far more attention, which resulted in open looks for Joe Connelly, who finished with 11 points. Yale bound swingman J.T. Flowers led the way with 20 points while Colin Richey scored the majority of his 18 in the second half.
Brimmer & May 58 Pingree 51
Brimmer & May returned to the scene of the crime and avenged an upset loss at this event a year ago. It was no easy task however as Pingree would fight tooth and nail, climbing all the way back from a 16 point halftime deficit to make it a one possession game at the three minute mark. Unsigned senior John Powell scored 20 points with his combination of short jumpers and active finishes while Sammy Mojica and Andrew Simpson chipped in with 10 each. Kyle Lentini scored 18 points for Pingree, using his strong body to create space around the rim but also showing a deceptive face-up skill set. Jaymie Spears handled the ball and broke pressure while Connor Reardon showed his ability to stretch defenses.