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December 29, 2013

Scope Tourney - Day 3

Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Tournament - Day 3 Scores:
Championship - - Cape Henry 67, Maury 48:
3rd Place Game - - Heritage 63, Booker T. Washington 60:
5th Place Game - - Landstown 55, Norcom 48:
7th Place Game - - Norfolk Christian 52, Lake Taylor 50:

Cape Henry Leaves No Doubt: Billed as a showdown between the top private school basketball team in the Hampton Roads against Tidewater's top-rated public school squad, the Cape Henry Dolphins left no doubt as to who #1 is in the 757 area code with a dominating performance against the Maury Commodores in the Norfolk Scope Holiday Invitational Basketball Tournament Championship on Saturday night.

After seeing their lead sliced from 10 to five in a span of eight second before half-time, Cape Henry opened the third quarter with a giant 17-2 burst on their way to a 67-48 rout of the previously unbeaten Commodores. The win moved Cape Henry, ranked in the Top 100 nationally, to 7-0 overall.

Sparking the third quarter run was super athletic 6-foot-6 wing Chris Clarke. The Class of 2015 three-star prospect scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half, throwing down a couple of explosive dunks in transition. Clarke was named the MVP for his splendid performance in the tourney, which saw him shoot 9-of-14 from the field, yank down eight rebounds, register three steals and block two shots.

Cape Henry controlled the backboards in a major way, out-rebounding Maury 45-25. To go with the eight boards by Clarke, Class of 2014 wing Jimmy Paige and Kempsville transfer David Terins each grabbed 13 rebounds. Moving well without the ball and attacking the glass, Paige led the way in the first half with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting on his way to finishing with a game-high 20 points on 9-of-16 from the floor.

Over the game's last two quarters, Cape Henry shot 18-of-30 (60%). Quinnipiac signee Ayron Hutton chipped in 10 points from the shooting guard spot. Marcus Evans, the AAA State Player of the Year a season ago at Great Bridge, added nine points and three steals.

In defeat for Maury, senior guard Mike Basnight cored a team-high 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, though was just 1-for-7 from beyond the arc. Basnight also made five steals. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. All five of Maury's starters shot below 50% from the field, and they made 36.4% from the field of their attempts as a team.

The Commodores, who fell to 8-1 overall, open up conference play on Friday at Green Run (8-0). Cape Henry has some challenging matchups upcoming the next two Saturdays, facing St. Frances Academy (MD) in the Xtreme Sports Tip-Off Classic on January 4 at Nansemond River High School, and then they take on John Marshall in the nightcap of the Sixth Annual VirginiaPreps.com Classic Presented by Cox Sports on January 11 at Green Run High School.

*** Postgame Audio with Cape Henry Hoops Coach Mark Hall ***

Hurricanes Edge Bookers:
In what their coach described afterwards as an ugly win, the Heritage Hurricanes outlasted the Booker T. Washington Bookers 63-60 in a third place consolation at the Scope Holiday Tournament. Heritage, which went 2-1 in the tourney with their lone loss coming to eventual Champion Cape Henry, won yet again without injured guards Michael Duncan and Jermaine Marrow, who's not expected to be back until the middle of January at the earliest.

Heritage (7-2) made a concerted effort to get the ball inside and did that successfully with 32 free-throw attempts - - 19 that they made - - and a 42-18 advantage in points in the paint. Booker T. (4-4) did most of its damage from behind the three-point arc, shooting 7-of-19.

Leading the Hurricanes was All-Tournament selection Romello Anderson. The 6-foot-3 junior swingman scored 23 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field, 9-for-14 at the foul line to go with his six boards and two steals. Anderson leaked out on a few occasions for some key lay-ups. Although the Bookers built a brief four-point lead in the third quarter, Heritage overcame some stretches of flat play by limiting second chance opportunities for Booker T.

Senior forward Corey White, who recorded a double-double earlier in the tourney vs. Landstown, tallied 13 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore point guard Malik Marrow finished with 12 points, half of them at the charity stripe, and handed out five assists.

Freshman Brandon Gaddy had quite a performance in the loss for the Bookers, finishing with 20 points and was 3-of-5 from three-point distance. Gaddy also collected six rebounds and dished out four assists. Reserve Jeremiah Jenkins scored 10 points and had there assists. Senior and leading scorer Steven Whitley fouled out for the second straight game, concluding with seven points, six boards and a couple of steals.

Heritage opens conference play on January 3 vs. Phoebus. That same night, Booker T. travels to Portsmouth to play Wilson.

*** Postgame Audio with Heritage Hoops Coach Mike Gardner ***

Big Fella Leads Eagles Past Norcom:
In the fifth place consolation game, the Landstown Eagles beat the Norcom Greyhounds 55-48 to run their record to 6-3 overall. Landstown led much of the way and was up by as much as 11 in the closing seconds of the third quarter as they bottled up the Greyhounds' guards much of the contest.

Landstown's defense limited Norcom to 28.3% shooting (17-of-60) with none of their starters shooting above the 40% mark. Meanwhle, Landstown got good play from its bench with 18 points to complement their reliable force on the inside, junior 6-foot-8 center Darius Bolstad.

Bolstad finished with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field, drained 8-of-10 from the foul line, hauled in eight rebounds and blocked six shots. In addition to his blocks, he altered and changed several other shots. Norcom pulled within four late in the fourth quarter, but Landstown put it away at the foul line. They made 14-of-20 from the line in the second half.

Off the bench, freshman 6-foot-5 forward Emonni Wood provided 10 points and six rebounds in 25 minutes of play. Guards Tyriq Nady and Brandon Pringle combined for 15 points, 10 boards, five assists and five steals. Pringle was named to the All-Tournament team.

Norcom (6-3) was led by senior guard Troy Locke, an All-Tournament choice that posted a double-double. Locke scored 24 points and notched 14 rebounds, but shot only 8-of-21 from the field and had to work for many of his points. Guards Antonio Parker and Travis Fields each shot only 1-for-10 from the field, far below their norm.

*** Postgame Audio with Landstown Hoops Coach Dwght Robinson ***

Norfolk Christian Holds On:
In the first matchup played on Saturday afternoon, Norfolk Christian held on to edge Lake Taylor 52-50 in the seventh place consolation match. It upped their record to 4-5 and dropped the Titans to 2-6 overall.

Norfolk Christian held a 10-point lead with 2:20 to play, but Lake Taylor nearly completed a comeback as the Ambassadors were whistled for four of their 20 turnovers in the game's final two minutes. Lake Taylor had three potential game-tying shots that would've forced overtime.

One day after shooting 1-for-11 from the field in a narrow loss to Norcom, Donovan Lynch showed excellent touch against the Titans by finishing with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, a perfect 5-for-5 from the foul line and pulled in seven rebounds. J.T. Wahee chipped in 13 points on a perfect 6-of-6 from the field and had five boards. His brother, George Wahee, was named All-Tournament.

For Lake Taylor in the loss, senior forward Stanley Christian had a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds. Darnell Jenkins scored 12 points. The Titans were done in by 1-of-12 shooting from long distance.

Scope All-Tournament Team: * Note - Not chosen by media
Chris Clarke, Cape Henry (MVP)
Mike Basnight, Maury
Romello Anderson, Heritage
Brandon Pringle, Landstown
Troy Locke, Norcom
George Wahee, Norfolk Christian

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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