———Oak Ridge 54, Murfreesboro Oakland 47The Wildcats pulled out to a 30-24 advantage at the end of the first half and led throughout the second half to down the Patriots.Isaac Merian, who recently signed with Lee University, led the way with 20 points and six rebounds. Oak Ridge coach Aaron Green was pleased his team came out with the victory on a night when he felt the pace favored Oakland.“They got the tempo more to their pace than to ours,” Green said. “But, you’ve got to win games different ways. We found a way to win and that’s important. Those kind of games will help you come later in the year at tournament time. “This kind of game is exactly why you bring your team to this type of tournament. You’re going to play different styles and teams and your kids can learn from this.”Jaylen Henderson added 10 points as Oak Ridge maintained anywhere from a 6-10 point lead most of the second half.Oakland was paced by Kyle Oliver, who totaled 25 points and 14 rebounds. Oliver, a lanky 6-foot-5 and 205-pound junior, is a highly recruited football wide receiver who recently visited Vanderbilt. Ricky Dunnaway, the Patriots’ 6-foot-7 and 240-pound post player, had nine rebounds, but was limited to just seven points.
Christ School, N.C. 69, Milton, Ga. 53Mo Lewis IV, who has made the decision to attend the Naval Academy next fall, scored 24 points to help the Eagles sink the Greenies, and put a second Atlanta-area team in the Arby’s Classic semifinals.Lewis was an efficient 8-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. In addition, Shawn O’ Connell posted a 17-point effort and Chris Lewis ended with 11 points.Milton controlled the contest, up 38-27 at the half and 51-42 at the end of three quarters. The Eagles scored the first five points of the final period to add some breathing room.“Our defense really set the tone for the game early on,” Milton coach Matt Kramer said. “I’ve been telling these guys we’re a really good basketball team when we pass it ahead, get on the boards and share the ball. Early, they did a great job of that and our defensive energy was terrific.”Alex Wnuk was the leading scorer for the Asheville-area Christ School with 15 points. Lloyd Burgess, a 6-foot-10, 285-pounder who is going to UNC Greensboro, had 14 points and 11 rebounds. John Caldwell also scored 14 points in the losing effort.
Tennessee High 47, Urspring, Germany 43Adam Mitchell had 18 points and six rebounds to lead the host Vikings to the victory over the defending tournament champion in a consolation bracket game.Mitchell was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line as Tennessee High finished 17-for-26 as a team overall. Caleb Easterling finished with 12 points as the Viking defense held Urspring to 1-of-15 behind the 3-point arc.Christian Sengfelder paced the German team with 13 points, followed by 10 points apiece by both Zaire Thompson and Mahir Agva.
United Faith Christian, N.C. 64, Gate City, Va. 55Akim Mitchell led four Falcons in double figures with 15 points in the win over the Blue Devils .Ty Gadsen ended with a dozen, Nehemiah Mabson had 11 and Elijah Evans finished with 10 for the Charlotte-based team coached by NBA veteran Mugsy Bogues.United Faith led 13-4 at the end of one quarter and 30-20 at the half.Dylan Jenkins had a game-high 27 points for Gate City. Nick Qualls scored 15 and John Reed Barnes finished with 11. Michael Collier was the only other Gate City player to score with a single basket.
Mentor, Ohio 86, Dobyns-Bennett 70Kyle Hagey poured in 25 points as the Cardinals pulled away from the Indians late for the win.Kade McClure finished with 17 points and Conner Krizancic had 14 points for a Mentor program, which had finished in the top three of the Arby’s Classic each of the past three years.Paul Gadson had a team-high 15 points for D-B. Makale Foreman finished with 14 points and John Fulkerson posted a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds.