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December 29, 2006

Championship set for Beach Ball Classic

Myrtle Beach, S.C.-Despite a three-point barrage by Arlington Country Day's Gabriel Charley, the combo of Chris Wright and Vlad Moldoveanu pushed St. John's into a championship match up with St. Edward at the Beach Ball Classic.

Semifinals-St. John's (D.C.) 63, Arlington Country Day (Fla.) 57

Charley poured in seven first half three-pointers against the 3-2 zone of St. John's to put ACD up 32-29 at half. Wright and Moldoveanu carried the load for St. John's in the first half, scoring 25 (Wright had 15) of the team's 29 points.

In the second half, St. John's went to a man-to-man defense and only allowed one second half three-pointer by Charley. After going 7-10 from three in the first half, Gabriel finished with 26 points on 9-18 shooting (8-16 from three) as the only double figure scorer for ACD.

Wright followed up his 15 first half points with 17 in the second half to finish with 32 points on 13-21 from the field (3-7 from three), but only 3-8 from the free throw line. Wright scored the bulk of his points on running shots in the lane off slashes to the basket. Wright also grabbed 4 rebounds to go along with 2 steals, 1 block, 2 assists and 3 turnovers.

Moldoveanu outplayed A.J. Stewart in their match up. The George Mason signee scored 17 points on 7-14 shooting and hit 2 of his 5 three-point attempts. He also grabbed 6 rebounds.

Stewart finished with 6 points on 2-7 shooting and had 12 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks, 3 assists and 2 turnovers.

Semifinals-St. Edward (Ohio) 67, Pennsbury (Pa.) Prep 47

The smothering defensive pressure of St. Edward was story of this game as Pennsbury Prep could only manage 16 first half points to St. Edward's 38 points. Pennsbury turned the ball over 21 times in the contest.

Leading the way offensively for St. Edward was the left handed interior combo of Delvon Roe and Tom Pritchard. Roe had a game high 16 points on 5-12 shooting from the field and 6-8 shooting from the line. He also pulled down a team high 5 rebounds to go along with 4 steals, 3 blocks, 2 assists and 4 turnovers.

Pritchard once again finished plays around the basket, scoring 10 points on 5-6 shooting while coming up empty in three attempts from the line. Pritchard also grabbed 4 rebounds to go along with 1 assist and 1 turnover.

Playing very well for Pennsbury, Lavoy Allen made a big splash across the stat sheet. The Temple bound big man scored 15 points on 6-10 shooting and also made all three of his free throw attempts. He also had a game high 10 rebounds as well as 3 blocks, 2 steals, 1 assist and 2 turnovers.

Allen stepped up to the challenge of playing against Roe and Pritchard. He sprinted the court, was quick to the ball and scored with touch. Allen made a strong argument for being included in the next Rivals150.

Sophomore wing prospect, Dalton Pepper, on the other hand, struggled for Pennsbury. Appearing somewhat overwhelmed by the speed and aggression of the St. Edward defensive attack, Pepper turned the ball over 5 times and shot 3-9 from the field, 0-2 from three and 4-6 from the line for 10 points. Pepper also managed 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Fifth Place Bracket-Scott Co. (Ky.) 70, Galena (Nev.) 64

Bud Mackey 9 points (1-11 from the field, 0-4 from three, 7-10 from the line), 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 3 assists, 6 turnovers

Struggled shooting the ball, but Mackey played well enough down the stretch to ensure a Scott Co. win. He did some nice things as far as penetrating and kicking the ball out, but needs to work on the accuracy of his passing.

Matt Walls 28 points (9-17 from the field, 2-5 from three, 8-9 from the line), 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, 4 turnovers

Walls came off screens, spotted up from three and even went to work in the post to get his points. He is a physical scorer for a shooting guard.

Luke Babbitt 34 points (14-22 from the field, 2-5 from three, 4-4 from the line), 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block, 2 assists, 5 turnovers

Babbitt gave Jordan Lee fits by putting the ball on the floor and hitting pull up jumpers over Lee.

Fifth Place Bracket-Mount St. Joseph (Md.) 54, Bishop O'Connell (Va.) 42

Dino Gregory 10 points (4-11 from the field, 2-2 from the line), 8 rebounds, 1 block, 2 assists, 5 turnovers

An athletic, competitive forward, Gregory can guard a lot of positions and should fit in well in Gary Williams' system at Maryland. He knows how to play with his back to the basket and is effective when he catches the ball in the mid-range.

Henry Sims 4 points (2-5 from the field, 0-1 from three, 0-1 from the line), 9 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 assists, 1 turnover

Sims is still growing into his body and is a work in progress. But he has shown flashes of brilliance, has consistently played hard and has shown some poise with the ball in his hands.

Jason Clark 16 points (4-15 from the field, 1-3 from three, 7-9 from the line), 7 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 turnover

Clark was extremely active on the defensive end, but forcing the ball too deep on the offensive end resulted in a poor shooting percentage. Developing his mid-range pull up game will be important for the future Hoya.

Consolation Bracket-Wilson (S.C.) 82, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) 62

Sam Muldrow 21 points (9-12 from the field, 3-5 from the line), 6 rebounds, 4 blocks

The South Carolina signee had his way with the undersized Myrtle Beach frontline. Muldrow scored with touch on post moves, and proved difficult to score over on the defensive end. Long and athletic, Muldrow will be a welcomed addition to the South Carolina roster. He is a promising prospect who needs some time in the weight room in order to be an impact player in the SEC.


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