BRISTOL — Sullivan East didn’t back down, and David Casaday tied a tournament record for 3-pointers.
However, Christ School got 34 points from its former Science Hill duo of Shannon Hale and Jaylen Allen, and earned a 65-54 win over the Patriots in the opening round of the 30th annual Arby’s Classic at Viking Hall on Thursday night.
In other first-round games, Dobyns-Bennett held off a determined comeback by Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King for a 77-63 victory.
Also, Urspring, Germany battled past Canada’s Father Henry Carr, 54-39. And in the late game, Lilburn (Ga.) Berkmar blasted Cherokee, 64-36.
In a consolation bracket contest, Gate City, Va., held off Grand Bahamas Tabernacle Baptist, 59-51.
Prior to last season, Hale and Allen transferred from Science Hill to Arden, N.C., to attend Christ School. They returned to Viking Hall last December and helped their team win the Arby’s title.
This year, Hale pushed his team toward a repeat with 19 points, six rebounds and four dunks. Allen got off to a slow start, but came on strong to finish with 15 points.
“I think they are as excited as anyone to be back,” said Christ School head coach David Gaines, whose team improved to 13-4 and ended a three-game losing streak. “Jaylen has been struggling a little lately. I could tell in the hotel and in pregame he was excited to be back.”
The game was tied 12-12 after the first quarter, and Christ School led by five points, 30-25, at the half. The Greenies tried to pull away in the third quarter, but Casaday kept East within shouting distance.
Casaday totaled 30 points, hitting 8 of 17 attempts from 3-point land. He had several looks in the waning minutes of the game to break the record ― set by Daniel Boone’s Drew Hayworth in 1996 ― but couldn’t get another one to fall.
“He has worked so hard to be the player he is,” said East head coach John Dyer. “I couldn’t be any more proud of him.
“Our whole team played tough. From the jump ball to the final buzzer, I thought we played as hard and tough as we could play.”
East (13-5) got a trio of treys from Austin Fleenor, who finished with nine points. Jordan James added eight points.
Christ School got 13 points from Jon Elmore and 10 from Lloyd Burgess.
Martin Luther King 63
The Indians built a 41-23 halftime lead, and were still up by 20 points midway through the third quarter.
MLK battled back to within five points on several occasions in the fourth quarter, but the Indians knocked down enough free throws to seal the win.
D-B got 17 points and four assists from A.J. Anderson, and placed five players in double figures. Alantez Johnson and Conner Mitchell had 12 apiece while Makale Foreman chipped in with 11 points and five assists. John Fulkerson totaled 11 points and eight rebounds.
Laranz Griggs paced MLK with 23 points. Paul Jackson had 14 points and five assists while Greg King totaled 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Georgia team led by 14 points at halftime, and then outscored Cherokee 24-5 in the third quarter.
Kip Patton led Berkmar with 15 points while Bradley Holmes added 11.
Cherokee, which was outrebounded 28-12, got 14 points from Ty Ryans.
Father Henry Carr 39
The Germans worked their way to an 11-point halftime lead, and rode the strong play of Malik Muller to the win.
Muller made 7 of 11 shots from the field and finished with 17 points.
Dillon Brooks paced the Canadian team with 13 points and seven rebounds.
Gate City, Va. 59
Tabernacle Baptist 51
Luke Ervin made 8 of 12 shots from the field and finished with 22 points to lead the Blue Devils to the tight win.
Teammate Andy Arnold added 17 points for Gate City.
Tabernacle got 17 points from Robert Joseph.