Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap
The Zero Gravity Prep Classic tipped off Friday night with local fans, evaluators, and college coaches all in attendance to see the first 10 of 40 games scheduled to be played at St. Andrew's School throughout the weekend.
Here's a rundown of the action:
Spire Academy 97, IMG HS II 63 - Spire Academy played a fast-paced offensive game, pushing the tempo in transition to pull ahead early on. Spire was led by ZG Player of the Game Fabian Rial and also received a great effort from Jalen Pickett (16 points). IMG High School received 10 points apiece from Robert Potter Jaden Feaste.
Cushing Academy 69, The Masters School 59 - Cushing Academy had a balanced offensive attack, led by Providence commit David Duke who scored 21 points and added some thunderous dunks, being named ZG Player of the Game. Daman Tate, Kyle Murphy and Matt Cross all added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. The Masters School kept this game close with a solid efforts from standout guard Taelon Martin and forward Harry Warnock, who added highlight-reel plays on the offensive and defensive end.
Springfield Commonwealth 42, Rise Prep 39 - An exciting game between two well-coached programs that was decided in the final minutes. Commonwealth Academy’s offense was piloted by Damarquis Henry, who showed great resiliency and clutch shooting as he effortlessly hit multiple three-pointers under immense pressure. Rise Prep was led by Brandon John who added 12 points and 8 rebounds.
IMG Academy 98, Dexter Southfield 52 - IMG Academy took control of the game early and never looked back, spurred by guard Jayden Hardaway who stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Five-star prospect Anfernee Simons showed why he is one of the country’s most coveted recruits, adding 12 points (3-5 3PT) and displaying elite defense while coaches from UCLA looked on. Dexter Southfield was led by stars Noah Kamba and Jordan Mason, who scored a combined 41 points.
St. Luke’s 78, Millbrook School 49 - St. Luke’s was clicking on all cylinders in this matchup, driven by ZG Player of the Game Jonas Harper (22 points) who commanded the floor and displayed great ball control throughout. Millbrook School received steady play from point guard Carter Begel, who added 15 points.
Bridgton Academy 62, Beaver Country Day 39 - Bridgton Academy executed their game plan of playing efficient team basketball, forcing turnovers and orchestrating excellent ball movement on the offensive end. Bridgton received offensive contributions from ZG Player of the Game Ryan Salzberg (18 points), Chuka Mekkam (12 points) and Fardaws Aimaq (12 points). Beaver Country Day was led by Malachi Harris, scoring 12 points and dishing 5 assists.
Lee Academy 56, Worcester Academy 52 - This was a very close matchup and one of the best games of Day 1. Lee Academy’s offense was driven by Meikkel Murray (13 points) and Craig Thompson (13 points) while Worcester Academy received a fantastic effort from star Quest Harris, scoring 15 points and dishing out pretty assists to his teammates.
Belmont Hill School 60, South Kent School 54 - A terrific matchup that came down to the game’s final possessions, Belmont Hill’s offense was fueled their outstanding frontcourt including by ZG Player of the Game Jovan Jones (18 points and 10 rebounds) and David Mitchell (10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists). South Kent kept the game within one until late in the second half, led by star forward Malachi de Sousa’s 25 points.
London Basketball Academy 50, PSA Varsity 46 - A tight matchup that was close throughout the second half, London Basketball Academy was led by Denzel Cummins who added 16 points while controlling the floor and using his speed to his advantage, leading to easy buckets for his team. Andres Martinez also had 7 points, 7 blocks and 4 assists and was consistently a force in the paint. PSA Varsity was led by Danny Ampofo who scored 13 points.
Knox School 50, Ridley College 43 - Knox School overcame a sizable halftime deficit to pull out the win, piloted by their frontcourt of Lucas Curran (12 points) and Christian Cherry (11 points). Ridley was led by Marcus Upshaw who had 16 points and 6 assists.