BRISTOL – Shannon Hale and Jaylen Allen helped Christ School get back to the Arby’s Classic semifinals with a 56-47 defeat of Berkmar (Ga.) in Friday’s nightcap at Viking Hall.
The former Science Hill players, who made the All-Arby’s team last year while helping Christ School to the title, were key in the clutch against Berkmar.
The 6-foot-8 Hale (16 points, five rebounds) scored six straight points for the Greenies as they turned a tie score into a 51-47 lead with 1:30 remaining.
“My teammates and coaches were looking at me to get a bucket and get some baskets,” Hale said, “so I had to step up and be the man and get a basket for my team.”
The 6-foot-3 Allen (10 points, six rebounds, five steals) had four steals in the final nine minutes.
“Jaylen’s so good with his hands defensively,” Hale said.
Berkmar was held to two points in the final 5:54.
“That was the best defensive effort, I think, for us all year from start to finish,” Greenies coach David Gaines said. “That was the most intensity we’ve played with all year. … It wasn’t the prettiest basketball, but you know, we’re playing late again tomorrow.”
Christ School plays Urspring, Germany in tonight’s final game. Allen’s quick hands are a reminder of the many thefts his father, Shane Williams, used to make for Science Hill and Tennessee.
“The defense was really working … and we were talking a little bit more tonight,” Allen said. “We lost a couple of players so we’ve been kind of trying to find ourselves, so to say, as a new team. But it’s coming along.”
Alex Wnuk scored 13 points for Christ School. Jon Elmore added 11 and made all five of his field goal attempts.
Bradley Holmes led the Patriots with 12 points. He made both of his 3-point attempts. Joseph Gordon had eight points and four assists.
Princeton Day 60
Reigning Arby’s runner-up Mentor (Ohio) is still putting the pedal to the metal and Princeton Day (Md.) is still having Carr trouble.
Coach Bob Krizancic’s son Conner made all six of his 3-point attempts, teammate Caleb Potter made 6 of 11 treys and touted Princeton Day point guard Aquille Carr didn’t make it to Bristol for the second straight game.
Mentor, which plays Melrose tonight at 7 in the semifinals, led 43-23 at halftime after outscoring Princeton Day 33-18 in the second quarter. Krizancic made three treys during the second quarter, including a pull-up 27-footer from the right wing that made the score 38-22 with 2:54 left in the second.
“He can shoot the basketball,” said coach Bob Krizancic. “If you were a coach, you’d be kind of embarrassed if your son couldn’t shoot.”
The Cardinals essentially hold a clinic on spacing, ball movement, shooting, shot selection, unselfishness and intensity while trapping all over the court on defense. They assisted 15 of 24 field goals.
Potter finished with 18 points and Brody Nelson had 10.
“They just outplayed us,” said Princeton coach Van Whitfield, whose team dressed seven players for the second straight game. “They were much more disciplined than we were. I really liked the spirit that they played with.”
Carr, a 5-foot-7 YouTube sensation who’s committed to Seton Hall, wasn’t at the game after missing Wednesday’s first-round victory.
“He’s as much of a family person as I’ve ever met,” Whitfield said. “His brother fell ill on the way here and ended up having surgery.”
Whitfield was uncertain if Carr will make it to Bristol even if Princeton is still playing Monday.
Guard Brandon Better led the Storm with 19 points. Emmanuel Omogbo (15) and Anton Waters (10) also scored in double figures.
Princeton Day plays Oak Ridge today at noon.
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Sophomore 6-foot-5 guard Donte Fitzpatrick and 6-foot-6 junior Jamerrio Jones scored 20 points apiece and Melrose outscored the Wildcats 27-18 in the fourth quarter to advance to tonight’s semifinal nightcap against Christ School-Berkmar winner.
Fitzpatrick’s two free throws gave Melrose a 73-66 lead with 1:54 left, and he followed with a steal and transition basket that stretched the lead to nine 15 seconds later.
Marlon Hunter (17) and K.C. Goodwin (16) also scored in double figures for the Golden Wildcats (12-2), who out-rebounded Oak Ridge 32-22. Fitzpatrick had 10 rebounds and five assists. Hunter had four steals.
Oak Ridge (10-3) was led by guard Rian Hall’s 20 points. Wing Rashad Gray added 18 and shooting guard Cory Fagan scored 13 while making three of the Wildcats’ seven treys.
Urspring, Germany 72
Urspring led 31-30 at halftime but made six straight 3-pointers and scored 20 unanswered points to begin the third quarter and essentially end the game.
The Germans made 10 of 16 shots from behind the arc. Malik Muller made 5 of 6 3-point attempts en route to a game-high 23 points.
Kenneth Ogbe, a 6-foot-6 forward who had perhaps the most electrifying dunk of the day, added added 14 points. Muller was 7 of 8 from the field; Ogbe was 6 of 9.
Sophomore point guard Makale Foreman scored 18 points (3-of-5 3-point shooting) to lead Dobyns-Bennett (8-3). A.J. Anderson added 11.