Day 2 of the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC was full of great games and one very big upset. Here is a recap of the days games in the Championship bracket.
Game 7 Imhotep Charter(PA) vs Bishop Gorman(NV)
The Imhotep Panthers came into the 37th BBC as the defending champions and their game against the Gaels from Bishop Gorman did not disappoint the Myrtle Beach Convention Center crowd. The teams battled back and forth the entire game. The Gaels led most of the first half but never by more than 5 points and took a 27-23 lead into the half.
The Panthers started the 2nd half on a small run taking a 3 point lead at the first media time out. From there the game remained tight. Jamil Riggins and Chereef Knox led Imhotep in scoring with 14 and 12 points respectively and the champs moved on to the second round by out scoring Gorman 30-22 in the 2nd half to gain the 53-49 victory.
Game 8 DeMatha Catholic(MD) vs Lone Peak(UT)
The highly popular DeMatha Catholic squad came into todays game with a perfect 7-0 record on the young season. They would run it to 8-0 with a 74-63 victory over a very good Lone Peak team that traveled all the way from Utah this week. The Knights scrapped and scraped all game to keep pace with the bigger Stags but it wasn’t enough.
Game 9 Socastee(SC) vs Spartanburg Day(SC)
The host Socastee Braves caught a huge break when Zion Williamson, the No.2 ranked high school player in America was unable to play for Spartanburg. A disappointment to the fans in attendance but it made for a huge opportunity for the Braves to steal a win. And that is just what they did.
Led by senior Andrew Gardner’s 18 points and 12 rebounds the hosts got their first opening game win in the BBC since 2001. Jay Williams added 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the winning effort as the Braves needed overtime to defeat their cross-state foe.
Game 10 Montverde Academy(FL) vs Albany Academy(NY)
The night ended with No.1 ranked Montverde Academy and their star player RJ Barrett, who is the No.1 ranked player in America. Albany faced a tough task and it was rough from the get go. Montverde jumped out to a 22-4 lead half way through the first half of play and never looked back. The stat sheet was dominated by Barrett’s teammate and fellow senior Michael Defoe who was 7-7 from the floor (3-3 from 3-point range) and 1-1 from the foul line for 18 points. He also had 4 rebounds and 4 steals at the break.
Barrett woke up in the second half and ended the game with 22 points, 2 assists, 5 blocks and 3 steals. Reminding all in attendance at the Convention Center who the best player in the gym was leading Montverde to an easy 94-61 win.