BRISTOL – Princeton Day Academy arrived 20 minutes before tip-off after traveling through iffy weather from Laurel, Mary., didn’t have dynamic point guard Aquille Carr and only dressed seven players for its Arby’s Classic opener against host Tennessee High on Wednesday.
Not that any of it mattered.
Senior Anton Waters, a 6-foot-6 wing, had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Emmanuel Omogbo had 10 points and 10 rebounds as the Storm (11-4), whose rugged early schedule included a loss to Huntington Prep, defeated host-school Tennessee High 71-43.
The 6-foot-7 Omogbo has signed with Robert Morris. Among numerous programs recruiting Waters are George Washington, Radford, VMI and Quinnipiac.
“Anton has a heck of a game almost every game,” Princeton Day coach Van Whitfield said. “He’s averaging a double-double.”
Nine of Waters’ rebounds came on the offensive end.
“He’s just tenacious,” Whitfield said.
Whitfield said Carr, a 5-foot-7 YouTube sensation who has committed to Seton Hall, will play on Friday when the Storm takes on defending Arby’s runner-up Mentor (Ohio) at 5 p.m. in the opening quarterfinal.
“Aquille Carr will be here for Friday’s game,” Whitfield said, “and that’s a big chunk of our offense.”
Whitfield said Carr departed later than the team in a different vehicle with a teammate, but Whitfield wasn’t worried about being limited to seven players.
“It takes five,” Whitfield said.
Junior guard Brandon Better scored 19 points and Brandon Johnson added 10. Xavier Johnson had seven points and four assists, and was active at the top of the Storm’s active zone defense.
Tennessee High (7-5) got 12 points from post Chase Branscomb. Zak Kitzmiller, Adam Mitchell and Morgen Sindelar added nine apiece.
Tennessee High plays Abingdon Friday at 9 a.m.
Caleb Potter and Jeff Foreman each scored 20 points for Mentor (6-0).
Foreman made 4 of 6 attempts from 3-point range. The rest of the Cardinals were 6 for 35 from long range.
Conner Krizancic had 19 points and eight assists for Mentor, and Michael Gallagher tallied nine points and 10 rebounds.
Abingdon (8-1) made 9 of 20 3-pointers but was out-rebounded 49-35 by the perimeter-oriented Cardinals.
The Falcons got 30 points and 11 rebounds from Mack Owens, a 6-foot-5 senior. Josh Hess had 13 points and four assists.
Ty Ryans tallied 16 points, five assists and three steals for the Chiefs, who overcame a 12-point, first-half deficit.
Forrest Looney paced Cherokee with 23 points.
Tabernacle got 26 points from Robert Joseph while Rashad Russell added 11 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Gate City 50
Luke Ervin scored 28 points for Gate City, but it wasn't enough against the balanced Germans.
Urspring led by six points at halftime, and expanded the lead with a 19-11 third-quarter advantage.
Kalidou Diouf led Urspring with 15 points and eight rebounds. Malik Muller and Kenneth Ogbe each had 11 points.
Oak Ridge 57
Virginia Episcopal 54
Former Tennessee player Aaron Green’s Wildcats got 15 points from wing Cory Fagan and 13 from 6-foot-6 post Isaac Merian while getting the victory against former Virginia star Curtis Staples’ Fighting Bishops.
Oak Ridge plays Memphis Melrose in the quarterfinals on Friday.
Anthony Swan (15), Skye Johnson (13) and Caleb White (11) scored in double figures for the Bishops.
Episcopal also got nine points (3-of-4 shooting) and a game-high three steals from Science Hill transfer Trevonn Fields. The Bishops play Science Hill on Friday at 10:30 a.m.