ZG Prep Classic - Day 3 Recap & All-Tournament Team
The third and final day of the Zero Gravity Prep Classic drew the biggest number of college coaches throughout the weekend as the action continued to be played at a high level throughout both gyms. Here's a look back at the results as well as the All-Tournament team as selected by Zero Gravity.
Cheshire Academy 91, Gould Academy 72
Gould Academy got stellar efforts from their backcourt of Skyler Nash and George Papas who chipped in with a combined 40 points. Cheshire Academy was led by floor general Rich Kelly who had 18 points and 7-footer Chol Marial who added 18 points and showed great prowess on the defensive end with key blocks in the prevailing effort.
CBD Montverde Regional 68, London Basketball Academy 57
Denzel Cummins scored 15 points and forced key turnovers while guard David Penney added 11 for London Basketball Academy. CBD Montverde got the win and ended the Prep Classic with a 3-0 record, receiving solid contributions from Jason Cam, Niles Dilosa and Alejandro Tostado who all scored in double figures.
MacDuffie 71, Leman Manhattan 55
Leman Manhattan guard Deondre Bourne displayed great talent at both ends of the floor, posting a double-double with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Dana Tate from MacDuffie took over this game, surely one of the best performances this weekend, by tallying 25 points, 10 rebounds and some highlight-reel dunks.
Knox School 72, NY International Academy 62
The exciting backcourt of Ricky Yang and Derrick Bussey both scored 11 points for New York International Academy and showed great athleticism throughout the game. Knox School swept the field this weekend, led by Player of the Game W. Methani who posted 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Cushing Academy 77, Brimmer and May 47
AJ Reeves, Jimmy Yfantopulos and Stone McLaren accelerated the offense in this game for Brimmer and May, all scoring in double digits. Cushing Academy’s elite talent dominated this game from start to finish – David Duke was a force offensively with 25 points and played lock-down defense the entire game. Greg Kuakmensah added 20 points, including some incredible dunks that got the capacity crowd on their feet.
Spire Academy 72, Dexter Southfield 53
Dexter Southfield’s offense was spearheaded by backcourt Noah Kamba and Jordan Mason who scored a combined 17 and 11 points respectively. Spire Academy improved to 2-1 at the Prep Classic, led by Iain Mclaughlin who supplied 17 points and 7 rebounds in the winning effort.
Tilton School 80, Northfield Mount Hermon 77
This game had it all: blue-chip prospects & commits, continuous lead changes and an incredibly exciting finish. The matchup was close throughout the entire second half, and NMH led by three until Marcus Zegarowski scored a game tying three-pointer with 5.1 seconds remaining on the game clock. Tilton forced a NMH turnover on the in-bounds play and drew up a great set play for Terrell Brown under the basket where he got fouled but not before he could convert the basket for a three-point play. Zegarowski was named Player of the Game and scored 23 points in the big win. NMH received great games from Kellan Grady and Tomas Murphy who both scored 15 in the defeat.
Bill Crothers 95, Millbrook 75
Millbrook’s offense was driven by star Brendan Hoban who added 30 points and 6 assists. Bill Crothers finished the Prep Classic weekend with a 2-1 record, guided by forward Emmanuel Miller who scored 22 points and UVM commit Stefan Smith who chipped in with 15.
Vermont Academy 69, Lee Academy 57
Lee Academy kept this game close late into the second half, guided by Santa Clara commit Shaquille Walters’ 14 point effort. Vermont Academy showed why it has one of the most talented rosters in the Northeast, having four players score in double figures and showing unselfish play throughout the game. Simisola Shittu scored 18 points while Louisville commit Jordan Nwora secured Player of the Game honors with 18 points and 7 rebounds.
Toronto Basketball Academy 74, Marianapolis Prep 68
Marianapolis Prep was led by guard trio Joe Del Ricci, Tyler Burton and Marley Blommers who all scored in double figures. Toronto Basketball Academy finished the Prep Classic weekend with a 2-1 record, guided by Jace Colley’s double-double (20 points and 10 rebound) and Cordell Veira’s 14 points.
St. Andrew’s 68, Salisbury 49
Naji Ozeir paced the Salisbury offense in this game, scoring 15 points. Prep Classic host school St. Andrew’s had the stands packed for this game and rewarded the home crowd with a big win, led by Player of the Game Cole Swider’s 22 points in addition to center Paul Newman who chipped in with 12.
Notre Dame Prep 102, Central Tech 73
In the final game of the Prep Classic, forward Kevin Osawe scored 13 points for Central Tech while Evan Shadkami added 12 points. Notre Dame Prep displayed great poise and executed offensively throughout the entire game, showing why they will be an elite team this season. Notre Dame Prep was led by guard D.J. Jones who scored 25 points and Charleston commit Zep Jasper who scored 14 in the weekend’s finale.
ZG Prep Classic All-Tournament Team
MVP: Chol Marial, Cheshire Academy
MOP: David Duke, Cushing Academy
Best Defender: Isaiah Goodwin, Brooks School
Best Playmaker: Simisola Shittu, Vermont Academy
Quest Harris, Worcester Academy
Jordan Burns, Kent School
Emmanuel Miller, Bill Crothers
Azar Swain, Rivers School
Jermaine Samuels, Rivers School
Iain McLaughlin, Spire Academy
D.J. Jones, Notre Dame Prep
Jayden Depina, Beaver Country Day