Byrnes vs. Combine Academy
Byrnes came out strong but Combine started to find their rhythm to secure a 5-point first-quarter lead. They continued that defense and their ability to pound it down low to their advantage, eventually creating a 13-point margin at halftime.
Combine’s perimeter game started to click as well and Byrnes still had trouble with the length, as it became a 20-point lead midway through the third. Still though, Byrnes continued to attack and push the tempo when available. But there just seemed to be too much firepower for Combine.
Combine ended their day shooting 47.5 percent from the floor but also creating 20 turnovers. Byrnes played incredibly hard and competed throughout, shooting 43 percent from the floor.
Final: Combine Academy 75 – Byrnes 60
Combine: Robert Dillingham 19pts, 5 assists/ Josh Rubio 12pts/ Mekhi Grant 10pts, 9 rebounds
Byrnes: Dessie Canty 17pts, 10 rebounds/ Thomas Gregory 13pts/ Nick Thiele 12pts, 6 rebounds
Legacy Early College vs. Nation Ford
These two teams started off the event right on Court 2, as they battled and left it all out on the floor. Nation Ford took the halftime lead behind an impressive showing from Kelci Adams. However, in the second half, Legacy Early College stepped it up on both ends of the floor.
Randria Anderson stepped it up in the fourth quarter, as a pair of 20-point quarters in the second half helped seal the deal.
Final: Legacy Early College 66 – Nation Ford 54
Legacy: Randria Anderson 21 points/ Laimani Simmons 18 points
Nation Ford: Kelci Adams: 25 points/ Adfienne Ruffalo 12 points
AZ Compass vs. Legacy Early College
AZ Compass came out strong, shooting 61 percent from the floor but Legacy Early’s ability to create second chances and attack the glass kept them down by 1 after the first quarter. Both teams struggled though to find any offensive flow in the second quarter.
This was a battle for much of the game, including heading into the fourth quarter but AZ Compass got out in transition created from their defense to expand their lead. Add in a couple of three’s, Compass’ lead was just too much to overcome in the end, taking home the victory.
Final: AZ Compass Prep 69 – Legacy Early College 53
AZ Compass: Frankie Collins 14pts/ Maxwell Lewis 14pts/ Seryee Lewis 13pts
Legacy: Jacobi Wright 25 pts/ RayShon Harrison 7pts
Byrnes vs. Legion (Girls)
It was the tightest battle that we had for much of Day 2, as the teams battled back and forth and neither could separate themselves. Jada Burton carried the load for Byrnes in the first half, scoring 16 first-half points. Bums led the way for Legion with 12 first-half points.
Mapp took over the scoring for Legion in the second half, scoring 13 second-half points but Legion came up just short in the game, falling 53-51 in the end.
Final: Byrnes 53 – Legion 51
Byrnes: Jada Burton 22 points
Legion: Mapp 21 points
Dream City Christian vs. Cannon
Cannon came out strong, hitting four 3-pointers to help earn a 10-point first-quarter lead. But Dream City Christian turned it around in the second, going 12-for-17 from the floor led by Marjon Beauchamp. It helped them secure a 2-point halftime lead 36-34.
Beauchamp continued to stay aggressive on the floor, using his skill, versatility, and length to finish strong inside the arc as well as get on the boards. Jarvis Moss though kept Cannon within striking distance with his 3-point shooting.
The game lost a little thunder due to a lot of fouls but Dream City Christian held on for the big win on Day 2.
Final: Dream City Christian 87 – Cannon 79
Dream City: Marjon Beauchamp 28pts, 9 rebounds/ Arthur Kaluma 18pts/ Ra’shjon Martinez 14pts
Cannon: Jarvis Moss 33pts/ DJ Nix 21 points/ Jaden Bradley 20pts, 6 assists
Greenfield vs. United Faith
An in-state matchup to end the day on Court 2, it was a strong second quarter that helped push Greenfield gain control of the game early on. Creighton Lebo scored 13 first-half points, while Lynch knocked down a few three’s as well. Cedric Patterson was the go-to player for United Faith, scoring 13 points.
United Faith made a little headway in the third but Greenfield was able to hold off United Faith to secure the 14-point win. Lebo knocked down multiple free throws in the fourth quarter to help secure the win.
Final: Greenfield 62 – United Faith 48
Greenfield: Creighton Lebo 25 points/ Trey Pittman 13 points
United Faith: Cedric Patterson 17 points/ Joshua Massey 10 points
Christ Church vs. Nation Ford
To end the day, Christ Church and Nation Ford matched up as the home team looked to get in on the action at the Battle at the Rock. Neither team found their shots in the first quarter, with Christ Church holding the early 10-8 lead. Much of the same occurred in the second quarter in a low scoring affair, as neither team shot over 40 percent from the floor.
The battle continued, as Christ Church looked to use their size more offensively but Nation Ford did a solid job making it difficult. Christ used a strong push towards the end to separate themselves a little but Nation Ford battled all the way til the end, eventually cutting it down to 3 with 15 seconds to remain. Free throws helped seal the deal for Christ Church.
Final: Christ Church 56 – Nation Ford 51
Christ Church: John Butler 12pts, 9 rebounds, 6 blocks/ Samuel Perry 17pts
Nation Ford: Petey Tiopulotu 14pts/ Andrew Meacham 13pts