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City Of Palms Final Day: University School Upsets No. 1 Memphis East

FORT MYERS, DEC. 21, 2017 – The University (Davie) Sharks closed out the third quarter with a 15-5 run to grab control of the game, then out dueled Memphis East (TN) in the fourth quarter to win the City Of Palms Championship game 77-72.

Vernon Carey, Jr. led the way for the Sharks with 20 points, Trey Doomes (West Virginia) had 17 points, Scottie Barnes and Drue Drinnon (New Mexico) each had 15 points.

University School five-star sophomore Scottie Barnes slams one against Memphis East
University School five-star sophomore Scottie Barnes slams one against Memphis East (Photo by: Russ Wood)

The game featured a big man matchup of Carey, the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2019 class and Memphis East's James Wiseman, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the 2019 class.

Wiseman, who finished with 10 points and four rebounds was saddled with early foul trouble and sat for half of the second period. He eventually fouled out with 1:45 seconds to play and the Mustangs trailing 70-65.

Memphis East was led by Alex Lomax (Wichita State) who had a triple-double of 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists before fouling out. Derrin Merriweather and Chandler Lawson each had 12 points -- Lawson also grabbed eight rebounds -- and Malcolm Dandridge added nine points and seven rebounds.

OAK RIDGE FINISHES FIFTH

The Oak Ridge Pioneers got a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds from five-star forward Emmitt Williams and 16 points from Rob Perry in a 56-49 win over Wesleyan Christian (N.C.) in the fifth-place game.

The Pioneers struggled early, but stepped it up defensively in the second quarter when they held the Trojans to just 2-of-11 shooting from the field.

"I thought our guys played with a grit on the defensive end today," said Oak Ridge head coach Steve Reece. "Our front court guys crashed the glass today. We knew they leaked out so I told three to crash hard and they did a great job."

Jaylen Hoard (Wake Forest) had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds for Wesleyan Christian, but he only scored five points in the second half. Shawn Walker, Jr had 11 points and Keyshaun Langley added 10.

Oak Ridge five-star power forward Emmitt Williams finishes a powerful dunk
Oak Ridge five-star power forward Emmitt Williams finishes a powerful dunk (Photo by: Russ Wood)

CANTERBURY COMES UP SHORT AGAINST WEBSTER GROVES

Webster Grove (Mo.) got a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds from four-star power forward Carte'Are Gordon and 20 points from R.J. Wright to defeat Canterbury (Fort Myers) 60-51 in Challenge Round game.

The No. 52 anked prospect in the 2018 class, Gordon was efficient scoring his 23 points on just 12 field goal attempts. He also added three assists, a block and a steal.

Tailing by just two points, 30-28 at halftime, Canterbury only connected on three of its nine field goals in the third quarter and fell behind by ten. Each time the Cougars tried to get a run started, in the fourth quarter, Webster Grove responded.

Senior Berrick JeanLouis (South Alabama) had 20 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks for Canterbury. Alan Cedeno added 11 points and Ricky Fernandez added eight.


LAKEWOOD RANCH MEETS THE CHALLENGE

Lakewood Ranch (Bradenton) and John Marshall (VA) got the day started with a Challenge-Round Game that featured multiple lead changes before Lakewood Ranch pulled away in the fourth quarter for an 81-72 win.

Lakewood Ranch won despite allowing John Marshall to shoot 54.4 percent beyond the arc. The Mustangs did win the battle of the boards by a 33-23 margin, including 18 offensive rebounds.

Keon Buckley led the Mustangs with 21 points, Joshua Young had a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds while Damien Gordon added 13 points, four assists and two steals.

John Marshall got a game high 22 points from Isaiah Todd, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the 2020 class. Demarr McRae had 20 points for the Justices and Elijah Seward added 16.