2013 Kingdom of the Sun Tourney
Berkeley Prep 2013 Kingdom Champs!
Tampa Berkeley Prep • Deerfield Beach • Deltona •Jacksonville Sandalwood
American Heritage Plantation • St. Pete Lakewood • Ocala Vanguard
Dunnellon • Cardinal Gibbons • Orlando Evans • Spruce Creek
Tallahassee FAMU • Louisville, Ky. - Trinity • Cincinnati, Ohio - LaSalle
Cordova, California - Roosevelt • Wilmette, Illinois - Loyola Academy
Gray-led Berkeley Prep rallies for Kingdom of the Sun title
By Richard Burton
Down by eight with 1:53 left in regulation, Tampa Berkeley Prep appeared on its way to its second defeat in the finals of the Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament in the last six years.
It’s star, Justin Gray, had other ideas.
Gray, a Texas Tech signee, scored nine points over the final 1:44 and buried a pair of 3-pointers to force overtime in the final 13.4 seconds, as the Bucs rallied for a 59-56 overtime win over Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.
The tying 3-pointer by Gray with 2.2 seconds remaining came after the Chiefs failed to get the ball inbounds following the first 3-pointer by the Berkeley Prep standou
Gray also made the steal to set up the game-tying 3-pointer for the Bucs, who trailed by six points with 30 seconds left.
In overtime, Gray and the Bucs scored the first four points and survived a late charge by Cardinal Gibbons, which saw a 3-pointer by Jose Morales rim out as time expired.
“I’m still in shock,” said Bucs coach Bobby Reinhart, who was a standout for the 1982 Kingdom champions from Decatur (Ga.
) High School where he played for his father, Bob. “We were dead in the water, but Justin just made some great plays.’
Gray earned the tournament MVP as he scored 13 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior added seven rebounds and seven blocks.
The seven blocks set the championship game record and surpassed the previous mark of five held by Miami Central’s Gary Holmes (1978), Montverde’s Landry Nnonko (2011) and Jacksonville Providence’s Patric Young (2009).
Throughout the tournament, Gray carried the Bucs and even more so in the fourth overtime Kingdom final.
He finished with 66 points, 23 rebounds and 16 blocks, but his play in the fourth quarter of all tournament games is what set him apart.
On Monday, Gray was 4-of-6 from the floor in the fourth quarter and made all five of his free throws, after he entered the fourth just 2-of-10.
For the tournament, Gray scored 30 of his points, made 14-of-16 free throws and was 8-of-10 from the floor in the fourth quarter of his team’s games.
“Big time players make big-time plays,” said Reinhart, whose team lost in the tournament finals on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Georgia
’s McEachern High’s Trae Golden in 2007. “He carried us and fortunately we had just enough to get the job one in overtime.
“Give Cardinal Gibbons a lot of credit. I didn’t think we had played very well going into the fourth quarter with a four-point lead and they put the gas down early and took it to us (in the fourth), but our guys battled hard and got the job done.”
Craig Bowman scored 12 points for the Bucs, while N’Namdi Green added eight. Both Bowman (35 points in the tournament) and Green (31 points) were named to the all-tournament team.
For Cardinal Gibbons, Richard McIntosh had a monster game with 13 points and 18 rebounds, while Melvin Brooks contributed 11 points and seven rebounds, before fouling out with 3:02 left in overtime.
McIntosh’s 18 rebounds were one shy of the championship game record held by Miami Central’s Holmes against Vanguard in 1978.
The Chiefs placed McIntosh and Brooks on the all-tournament team, while Jose Morales (11 points) was named the tournament’s Mr. Hustle award winner.
Greg Kacprzak (14 points) was the top scorer in the finals for Cardinal Gibbons, which outrebounded Berkeley Prep 40-25, but was done in by an 18-of-49 shooting performance and a 0-of-5 mark from 3-point range.
The Chiefs did finish with the second largest rebounding edge in championship game history, trailing only DeLand’s 19-rebound advantage over Vanguard in 1976.
The theme of the tournament was defense, though, as both teams had top-five all-time defensive efforts.
Berkeley Prep allowed 64 field goals in the tournament, good for fourth all-time with University School
set in 2010.
Cardinal Gibbons was almost as good, as it gave up just 65 field goals, tied for sixth best in tournament history with Memphis
) East, the 1994 tournament winners.
The Bucs ability to win close games was obvious, as its 23-point total margin of victory in four tournament games was the fourth smallest in tournament history. Alcoa (Tenn.
) in 1993 and DeLand in 1976 won the Kingdom title with 17-point total margin of victories in their four games.
The Chiefs were also good late for most of the tournament, until Gray took over.
Cardinal Gibbons’ 15-point margin of victory in reaching the championship game was the fifth-slimmest margin to reach this point in tournament history. The all-time closest margin by a team to make it to the finals was Alcoa (Tenn.
) in 1993, which won by eight points over its first three victories, before it downed Vanguard in the host team’s last appearance in the tournament championship game.
On Sunday night, the two teams were able to survive what was the second closest semifinal round in tournament history with the margin of victory in the two teams being a combined six points.
The previous closest semifinal round in terms of margin of victory was five points, which happened in both 1998 and 1999.
Berkeley Prep, which allowed 37 points in the semifinals, held Cincinnati LaSalle to the second-lowest scoring output in the history of the tournament semifinals.
The all-time best defensive performance in the tournament semifinals belongs to Vanguard’s 1977 team, which limited Green Cove Springs Clay to 32 points.
The Bucs did manage to set the all-time record for fewest points in a half in the semifinals, as they limited LaSalle to 11 points, one less than Vanguard allowed Clay.
Berkeley Prep also tied a Kingdom mark held by eight other teams by holding LaSalle scoreless in the third quarter.
Kingdom Day 4 roundup: Vanguard falls to Louisville Trinity
By Richard Burton
Vanguard couldn’t get much going in the fifth-place game of the 40th annual Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament.
The Knights struggled to a 10-of-37 shooting effort and committed 19 turnovers on their way to a 50-31 loss to Louisville (Ky.) Trinity on Monday afternoon at VHS.
Raymond Spalding (16 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks), a 6-foot-10 junior, led the way for the Shamrocks (8-2).
Spalding was named to the all-tournament team after he finished the Kingdom with 52 points and 39 rebounds, keyed by 20-of-39 shooting.
Trinity also outrebounded the Knights 35-22 and never trailed.
Craig Owens added 11 points for the Shamrocks, who led by 12 at halftime.
Othniel Shelton was the lone VHS player to score in double figures with 11 points.
The senior also finished with nine rebounds and was named to the all-tournament team after he totaled 36 points and 27 rebounds, after 14-of-28 shooting.
Over the final two games of the tournament, Shelton averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds.
PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE 58, EASTVALE (Calif.) ROOSEVELT 54: Drake LaMont’s putback with 2:31 left started a 9-0 run and gave the Patriots (13-2) the lead for good on their way to a win in the consolation finals over the Mustangs (11-3). CINCINNATI LASALLE 55, DELTONA 45:
LaMont finished with 18 rebounds and eight blocks on Monday, which pushed him to 58 rebounds and an all-time tournament total record for blocks with 32 that surpassed the all-time tournament mark previously set by Miami Central’s Gary Holmes in 1978.
Earlier in the tournament, LaMont set the single-game tournament blocked shots record with 10 in a win over Deerfield Beach. His mark passed the previous single-game record held by Chris Walker of Bonifay Holmes County (2011 vs. Ponte Vedra Beach Nease) and the late Dyron Nix of Fort Walton Beach (1984 vs. Pleasure Ridge Park, Ky.).
The University of Western Michigan signee was named to the all-tournament team.
Keyshawn Evans (20 points, 13-of-14 at the foul line) and Jason Massey (10 points) backed LaMont in the win for the Patriots, the No. 1 team in Class 5A.
Leo Goodman led Roosevelt with 19 points and earned all-tournament honors. Goodman finished as the tournament’s leading scorer with 81 points on 37-of-71 shooting.
LaMont and company, though, were too much for the Mustangs in a game that featured two teams who set the all-time Kingdom scoring record for most points in back-to-back games.
On Saturday, the two teams combined for 374 points in their games against St. Petersburg Lakewood and Tallahassee FAMU, respectively.
The previous record for most points combined in consecutive games at the Kingdom took place in 1995 when the games between Cape Coral Mariner and Albany (Ga.) Monroe, along with the Malone and Tampa Catholic matchup totaled 362.
Jamarl Baker backed Goodman with seven points, while Adam Turner grabbed 14 rebounds for Roosevelt.
Baker and Port Orange Spruce Creek’s Keyshawn Johnson will leave the Kingdom with the second-most 3-pointers made in a quarter with four each.
During the aforementioned game against Lakewood, Baker hit his four shots in the final quarter, while Johnson made four from beyond the arc in his team’s loss to Jacksonville Sandalwood.
Petrocelli Wilder of Albany (Ga.) Dougherty and Casey Craig of Fort Walton Beach share the Kingdom record for most 3-pointers made in a quarter.
Wilder accomplished his mark against North Marion in 1993, while Craig totaled his five three-pointers in a quarter against Dougherty in 1996.
Kory Porter hit 5-of-6 shots from 3-point range in the second half and helped the Lancers (7-1) past the Wolves (12-5) in the third-place game.
Porter’s 3-pointer with 3:55 remaining sparked an 8-0 run after Deltona had taken its first and only lead of the game.
C.J. Fleming (13 points), Blake Simpson (17 rebounds) and all-tournament pick Tim Bell (10 points) also contibuted in the win for LaSalle.
Torrey Mayo scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for the Wolves, while Jerome Monroe finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.Monroe
was named to the all-tournament team after he finished with 45 points, 29 rebounds and 16 blocks.
Deltona, which played without UCF commit Chad Brown due to illness, was done in by 26 turnovers. Kingdom of the Sun All-Tournament TeamMVP:
Justin Gray, Tampa Berkeley
Jose Morales, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal GibbonsThe Team:
Craig Bowman, Berkeley Prep; N’Namdi Green, Berkeley Prep; Melvin Brooks, Cardinal Gibbons; Richard McIntosh, Cardinal Gibbons; Jerome Monroe, Deltona; Tim Bell, Cincinnati LaSalle; Raymond Spalding, Louisville Trinity; Othniel Shelton, Vanguard; Drake LaMont, Plantation American Heritage; Leo Goodman, Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt Monday’s scoresChampionship Game: Tampa Berkeley
Prep 59, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 56, OTThird-Place Game: Cincinnati
LaSalle 55, Deltona 45Fifth-Place Game: Louisville
) Trinity 50, Vanguard 31Consolation Final: Plantation
American Heritage 58, Eastvale (Calif.
54— Compiled by Richard Burton
Cardinal Gibbons, Berkeley Prep will play for Kingdom title
Kingdom Day 3 roundup: Vanguard still alive
Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner
By Richard Burton
Published: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 4:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 10:36 p.m.
With the game on the line, Vanguard turned to its defense to hold off Loyola (Ill.) Academy in the consolation bracket of the 40th Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament.
40th Kingdom of the Sun
At Vanguard High School
Tampa Berkeley Prep 39, Cincinnati LaSalle 37
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 44, Deltona 40
Vanguard 47, Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 45
Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt 57, Jacksonville Sandalwood 46
Plantation American Heritage 69, Deerfield Beach 63
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 64, Orlando Evans 45
Roosevelt vs. American Heritage, 2 p.m.
Trinity vs. Vanguard, 3:30 p.m.
Deltona vs. LaSalle, 6 p.m.
Cardinal Gibbons vs. Berkeley Prep, 7:30 p.m.
Kakio Jackson picked off a pass prior to the Ramblers' having the opportunity to get off a potential game-tying shot and helped the Knights to a 47-45 win on Sunday night at Vanguard High School.
With the win, Vanguard (9-3) stayed alive in the tournament and will take on Louisville (Ky.) Trinity in the fifth-place game on Monday afternoon at 3:30 at VHS.
"We played tremendous team defense and it was our best defensive effort from start-to-finish all season," Knights coach Phillip Small said. "Our kids really wanted to win.
"Our guys played so hard and I was impressed with the way they bounced back."
Entering the game, Loyola (8-2) had made 18 shots from beyond the arc, but was limited to a 6-of-24 mark by the Knights, including a 2-of-14 mark after the halftime.
The Ramblers missed all six of their shots from 3-point range and were unable to take advantage of a 1-of-7 effort by the Knights at the foul line over the final two minutes.
Clinging to a one-point lead, VHS prepared to defend the Ramblers with 6.9 seconds left.
Jackson, though, never gave them the opportunity with his steal off an attempted backdoor pass with one second remaining.
From there, Jackson knocked down one free throw and Loyola was unable to get off a desperation 3-pointer.
Othniel Shelton led the way for the Knights with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
"That's the way that he's capable of playing," Small said. "It's a matter of consistency with him. As stale as he was (on Saturday), he was our sparkplug (Sunday)."
Evans Moreau backed Shelton with nine points.
Jack Morrissey led the Ramblers with 12 points, but was just 3-of-13 from beyond the arc.
PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE 69, DEERFIELD BEACH 63: Drake LaMont broke the all-time single-game Kingdom record for blocked shots in a game with 10, as the Class 5A top-ranked Patriots (12-2) knocked off the Bucks (5-11), ranked fourth in Class 8A, in a consolation bracket game.
LaMont's effort surpassed the previous tournament record of nine held by Chris Walker of Bonfiay Holmes County and Dyron Nix of Fort Walton Beach.
Walker, a member of the University of Florida's basketball team accomplished his total against Ponte Vedra Beach Nease in 2011, while Nix, who passed away from pnuemonia on December 20, totaled his blocks against Pleasure Ridge Park in 1984.
In breaking the record, LaMont, a Western Michigan signee, blocked eight shots in the first half and led American Heritage to a 35-18 halftime lead.
The 6-foot-10 senior also ripped down a game-high 14 rebounds.
For the tournament, LaMont has grabbed 41 rebounds and blocked 10 shots.
Jason Massey contributed 16 of his game-high 24 points in the first half for the Patriots, while Keyshawn Evans scored 15.
Vance Houston led Deerfield Beach with 15 points and LeWayne Grant scored 14.
EASTVALE (Calif.) ROOSEVELT 57, JACKSONVILLE SANDALWOOD 46: Leo Goodman scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Mustangs (11-2) past the Saints (9-4) in a consolation bracket matchup.
After the game was tied at 44 with four minutes left, Goodman scored seven points during a 13-2 run to close the game.
Jamarl Baker added 16 points for the Mustangs, who didn't allow a field goal over the final 4:18 and outscored the Saints 23-8 in the fourth quarter.
Sandalwood, which made just 3-of-15 shots in the fourth quarter, was led by Eric Dixon (19 points, seven rebounds) and Isaiah Bottoms (12 points, 11 rebounds).
LOUISVILLE (Ky.) TRINITY 64, ORLANDO EVANS 45: The Shamrocks (8-2) blew open a one-point game at halftime by outscoring the Trojans 35-17 in the second half.
Michael Stafford (12 points), Ray Spalding (11 points, nine rebounds), Trey Ivory (11 points, four assists) and Craig Owens (10 points) led the way for Trinity.
Kerry Blackshear was the lone player to score in double figures with 10 points for the Class 8A top-ranked Trojans (11-4).
Kingdom roundup: Day 2 action
Published: Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 6:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 12:59 a.m.
Dunnellon had no answer for Jacksonville Sandalwood in the third quarter of their consolation bracket matchup in the 40th annual Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament.
The Tigers were outscored 26-11 in the third quarter after trailing by just two at halftime and fell to the Saints, 75-69, on Saturday afternoon.
Zack Turner (18 points), Eric Banks (16 points) and Tim Bloom (14 points) led the way for Sandalwood (9-2), ranked fifth in Class 8A.
Andre Hairston (15 points, eight rebounds), Willie Thomas (12 points), Desmond Frazier (12 points) and Stacin Bishop (11 points) led the way for Dunnellon (10-5).
EASTVALE (Calif.) ROOSEVELT 107, ST. PETE LAKEWOOD 98, 2 OT: The Mustangs (10-2) used a 7-0 run to start the second overtime and scored the second-most points in a game all-time at the Kingdom.
Roosevelt and Lakewood combined total was also just 12 points short of the all-time mark of 217 set by Cape Coral Mariner and Albany (Ga.) Monroe in a 112-105 double-overtime win for Mariner back in 1995.
Roosevelt became the first team to score 100 points in a Kingdom game since Pleasure Ridge Park (Ky.) accomplished the feat against Tallahassee Godby in 2005.
Leo Goodman (29 points, 14-of-23 shooting), Marcus Williams (26 points) and Jemarl Baker (21 points, 5-of-6 from 3-point range) led the way for the Mustangs.
Williams putback with 0.6 seconds left in first overtime extended the game for Roosevelt.
The 43 baskets by the Mustangs tied Dunnellon's mark against Vanguard in 1999 for the fourth-most in Kingdom history
Jacobi Boykins (35 points, 6-of-11 from 3-point range), Anthony Lawrence (27 points) and Joqui Ellison (21 points) led the way for Lakewood (5-7), which lost an eight-point fourth-quarter lead in a game that featured four ties and four lead changes over the final 1:34 of regulation and the first overtime.
Boykins attempted 17 of Lakewood's 46 free throws (they made 28).
In all, the 46 free throws attempted by the Spartans were the fourth most in tournament history and the most since Albany (Ga.) Monroe's contest against Alachua Santa Fe in 1993.
Boykins, meanwhile, tied the mark for the fourth most free throw attempts in a tournament game. His number of attempts tied former Tampa Prep's Casey Sanders, who notched his total against Saratoga (N.Y.) in 1996.
PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE 99, TALLAHASSEE FAMU 75: The Class 5A top-ranked Patriots (11-2) tied the all-time Kingdom record for most points in a quarter with 35 in the final quarter of their win over FAMU (8-6).
American Heritage's 35 points in a quarter tied a record held by three other teams that was last matched by Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union in 1999 against Bloomingdale.
To get there, the Patriots made 36-of-69 shots overall, 10-of-25 from 3-point range and 20-of-28 from the foul line.
American Heritage was paced by Justin Massey (19 points, nine rebounds), Drake LaMont (17 points, 14 rebounds), Josh Borders (14 points), Jason Massey (14 points, nine rebounds) and Keyshawn Evans (10 points).
The Patriots held a 46-23 rebounding edge and built a 15-point halftime edge, as they bounced back from Friday's loss to Class 8A Orlando Evans in what was a battle of teams ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications.
FAMU didn't go quietly in the loss, as they made 13-of-27 shots from 3-point range, which combined with American Heritage's total enabled the two teams to tie the all-time Kingdom record of 23 shots made from beyond the arc.
The combined 3-pointers made matched the all-time Kingdom best set by Malone and Albany (Ga.) Daugherty in 1993.
The Rattlers also finished tied for the third-most 3-pointers made in a tournament game. The mark of 13 is also held by five others teams and was last reached by Fort Walton Beach against Louisville (Ky.) Butler in 1997 prior to Saturday.
J.T. Escobar, an Ole Miss signee, led the Rattlers with 28 points on 9-of-21 shooting, which was boosted by a 5-of-13 mark from 3-point range.
DEERFIELD BEACH 79, PORT ORANGE SPRUCE CREEK 70: In a game filled with fouls and turnovers, the Bucks (5-10) rallied from down 15 points in the first half and knocked off the Hawks (11-5).
Deerfield Beach's rally was the largest in a Kingdom game since Jacksonville Wolfson rallied from 18 points down in the opening half to knock off Gainesville Eastside in the tournament quarterfinals in 2008.
The Bucks limited the Hawks to just two field goals over a span of 12 minutes and 43 seconds that overlapped the two halves after SCHS built its largest lead of the game.
Vanderbilt Carpenter scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, aided by a 12-of-14 effort at the foul line in a game which featured a combined 52 turnovers and 51 fouls.
Eugene Harvey (15 points, eight rebounds and Lewayne Grant (13 points) backed Carpenter for the Bucks, who made 27-of-33 at the foul line compared to 16-of-29 for the Hawks.
Kyle Clarke scored 15 points to pace Spruce Creek in the matchup of teams ranked in the Class 8A state poll.
TAMPA BERKELEY 53, LOUISVILLE (Ky.) TRINITY 46: Justin Gray scored 15 points, while Craig Bowman (11 points, four assists, four steals) and N'Namdi Green (10 points) also played key roles for the Bucs (11-0), ranked No. 1 in Class 4A.
Berkeley Prep used a 16-0 run that overlapped the two halves and wiped out a nine-point first half deficit, but the Shamrocks (7-2) battled back and took the lead by one with 2:26 left in the third.
From there, the Bucs responded with a 10-2 run that encompassed the final two quarters and never let Trinity get closer than four points the rest of the way.
Craig Owens (12 points, eight rebounds) and Raymond Spalding (11 points, seven rebounds) paced the Shamrocks, who hit just 16-of-54 shots overall and 3-of-15 from beyond the arc.
CINCINNATI LASALLE 48, ORLANDO EVANS 46: Jeremy Larkin and C.J. Fleming scored 14 points apiece and the Lancers (6-0) held off a late charge to knock off the Class 8A top-ranked Trojans (11-3).
LaSalle led by as many as 13 points in the second half and were up 11 in the fourth quarter before Evans closed to within one.
Following a free throw by LaSalle's Jordan Thompson, the Trojans had a chance to take the lead, but Prince Atkins misfired on a 3-pointer from the left wing with less than a minute to play.
Fleming pushed the Lancers' lead to four with a pair of free throws, before Kerry Blackshear scored in the lane to pull the Trojans to within two with 10.5 seconds left.
The Lancers, though, left the door cracked even more for Evans when Fleming missed a pair of free throws with three seconds on the clock.
After a timeout, Evans got the ball to Malik Smith, who pushed the ball into the frontcourt, but saw his heave from half court fall short as time expired.
Benly Olizia led the Trojans with 13 points.
Evans, though, turned the ball over 19 times and allowed LaSalle to make 16-of-31 shots for the game.
The Lancers, however, made just 4-of-11 free throws in the fourth quarter, as the Trojans nearly battled back from a 13-point deficit for the second straight day.
CARDINAL GIBBONS 46, LOYOLA (Ill.) ACADEMY 42: Richard McIntosh (15 points, seven rebounds) and Melvin Brooks (13 points) led the way for the Chiefs in the tournament quarterfinals.
McIntosh, who scored 14 of his points after halftime, put Cardinal Gibbons (12-2) ahead for good with a basket with 4:44 left.
From there, the Chiefs made all eight of their free throws over the final 4:11 and held off the Ramblers (10-1).
James Clarke (15 points, 4-of-10 from 3-point range) and Jack Morrissey (14 points, 4-of-8 from 3-point range) led Loyola, which made 9-of-27 from 3-point range, but was outrebounded 30-16 in the loss.
Kingdom roundup: Day 1 action
Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner
By Richard Burton
Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 4:16 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 5:07 p.m.
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity High School got off to a great start in the 40th annual Kingdom of the Sun boys basketball tournament Friday morning.
The Shamrocks (7-1) built a 27-point halftime lead and rolled to a 70-56 win over Port Orange Spruce Creek at Vanguard High School.
Trinity forced more turnovers (13) than points allowed (nine) during the first half and cruised to the win.
Craig Owens was perfect for the Shamrocks with all five of his field goals and all eight of his foul shots going down, on his way to an 18-point effort.
Raymond Spalding, a 6-foot-10 junior, added 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks for the Shamrocks, who held Spruce Creek to a 4-of-17 shooting effort in the first half.
Michael Stafford and Christian Thieneman (10 points, six rebounds) backed the effort for Trinity.
Keyshawn Johnson made six shots from beyond the arc in the second half and led Spruce Creek with 18 points. Kyle Clarke (11 points, 5-of-17 shooting) and Cornelius Head (11 points, six assists) also scored in double figures for the Hawks (11-4), ranked seventh in Class 8A.
For the game, Spruce Creek made 10-of-21 from 3-point range, aided by a 9-of-17 effort after halftime.
The Shamrocks, though, held a 39-27 edge on the boards and outscored the Hawks 21-4 at the foul line.
Trinity is seeking to become the second straight team from Kentucky to win the Kingdom and the fourth overall.
So far this season, the Shamrocks' lone loss came against last year's Kingdom winner Louisville Ballard in the finals of the King of the Bluegrass Tournament by nine points.
DELTONA 63, JACKSONVILLE SANDALWOOD 50: The Wolves (11-3) won their eighth straight game thanks to a 17-0 run that overlapped the final two quarters.
Deltona held Sandalwood (8-2) without a basket for a span of 6 minutes, 18 seconds during the second half and opened up the fourth quarter with 15 consecutive points to break open what was a four-point game heading into the final eight minutes.
Evan Hinson came off the bench and scored 10 of his 16 points in the third quarter to pace the Wolves, while UCF commit Chad Brown (11 points, nine rebounds, four blocks), Christian Rodriguez (15 points, 6-of-7 shooting) and Jerome Monroe (15 points, 10 rebounds, three blocks) also contributed.
Marcus Labostrie (21 points, 5-of-10 from 3-point range), Eric Banks (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Tim Bloom (five assists) led Sandalwood, which played without standout big man Blake McClain, a Florida State football commit, who is playing in the Under-Armor All-American football game.
Deltona made 23-of-45 shots and outrebounded the Saints 33-27. Sandalwood, ranked fifth in Class 8A, made 9-of-26 from 3-point range, while the Wolves made 6-of-11.
TAMPA BERKELEY PREP 57, DEERFIELD BEACH 48: Justin Gray scored 18 points and the Class 5A top-ranked Bucs held the Bucks to 6-of-25 shooting after halftime and pulled away down the stretch.
Berkeley made 7-of-8 free throws over the final 2:42 of the game after it used a 10-3 run early in the fourth quarter to open up a 10-point lead.
Gray, a Texas Tech signee, finished with four blocks for the Bucs, who also had solid efforts from N'Namdi Green (11 points) and Jacob Mathis (10 points, four rebounds).
Berkeley Prep, which played without starting guard Marshall Holmes, made 20-of-39 shots overall and got eight points from point guard Craig Bowman, including four key free throws late.
Deerfield Beach (4-10), ranked fourth in Class 8A, were led by Vance Houston, who scored 11 of 14 points in the first half.
The Bucks, who had to forfeit six games due to leading scorer Marvin Jean-Pierre being ruled ineligible, shot 11-of-19 in the first half and trailed 30-26 at halftime.
ORLANDO EVANS 55, PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE 53: Prince Atkins scored the go-ahead driving layup with 3.5 seconds remaining to lift the Class 8A Trojans (12-2) past the Class 5A Stallions (10-2) in a battle of teams ranked No. 1 in their respective classifications.
After Atkins (10 points off the bench) put Evans ahead, American Heritage got the ball to Keyshawn Evans (22 points), who split a double-team, but had his bank shot from the top of the key rim out as time expired.
Evans rallied from down 13 points in the first half after a 5-of-29 shooting effort and took its first lead of the game with 5:53 left.
From there, the two teams combined for four lead changes and three ties, prior to the shot by Atkins.
Kerry Blackshear (16 points, 10 rebounds) led the way for the Trojans, who held a 40-27 rebounding advantage and limited AH to 6-of-17 shooting after halftime.
Jason Massey (14 points) and Drake LaMont (eight points, 15 rebounds, three blocks) backed Evans in the loss for AH.
LOYOLA (Ill.) ACADEMY 59, ST. PETE LAKEWOOD 34: Jack Morrissey buried 7-of-15 from 3-point range and scored a game-high 25 points, as the Ramblers (10-0) routed the Spartans (5-6).
Morrissey (9-of-19 overall shooting), James Clarke (12 points) and Griffin Boehm (nine rebounds) helped Loyola to a 15-point halftime edge and a 23-point edge after three quarters.
For the game, Loyola made 9-of-24 from 3-point range and outrebounded the much taller Spartans 35-31.
Jacobi Boykins led Lakewood with 15 points.
The Spartans, though, struggled with their shooting throughout as they made just 13-of-54 overall and 2-of-14 from 3-point range.
CINCINNATI LASALLE 70, TALLAHASSEE FAMU 58: The Lancers (5-0) opened up a one-point game at the six-minute mark of the third quarter with a 17-2 run on their way to a win over the Rattlers (8-5), ranked ninth in Class 2A.
LaSalle outscored FAMU 25-11 during the third quarter, aided by 10-of-17 shooting after a 12-of-34 mark in the first half.
C.J. Fleming (15 points), Donte Buycks (14 points, six rebounds), Tim Bell (14 points, five rebounds) and Jeremy Larkin (eight points, four assists) led the way for the Lancers, whose reserves held a 27-7 scoring edge.
Tre Anderson (24 points, six rebounds, 9-of-21 shooting) and Ole Miss signee J.T. Escobar (16 points, four rebounds, 4-of-15 shooting) led the way for the Rattlers, who were outrebounded 40-28.
CARDINAL GIBBONS 54, ROOSEVELT (Calif.) 47: The Chiefs (11-2) turned a two-point halftime deficit into a 14-point lead with just over four minutes left in an ugly win over the Mustangs (9-2).
Jose Morales (14 points), Melvin Brooks (10 points, six rebounds) and Greg Kacprzak (10 points, five rebounds) paced Cardinal Gibbons.
Leo Goodman (15 points) and Taelin Webb (14 points) led the way for Roosevelt.
Kingdom of the Sun team profiles
By Richard Burton
Published: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, December 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
CINNCINATI LASALLE: The Lancers are regular visitors to the Kingdom under coach Dan Fleming, who has put together a 372-178 record in 24 years as head coach of the program. LaSalle is one of four teams to win the Kingdom twice in the event's 40-year history. With 25 wins, the Lancers trail only host Vanguard (79) and Orlando Edgewater (29) for most wins in tournament history. "We love coming to the Kingdom and looking forward to playing in it again this year," Fleming said. "We are a tough defensive team and our guys try hard." The Lancers are paced by Tim Bell (Sr.), Blake Simpson (Sr.) and C.J. Fleming (Fr.). One key loss for LaSalle is guard Jeff Larkin, an all-tournament pick in last year's Kingdom, who is recovering from ACL surgery. Larkin, an early signee with Christian Brothers, scored 72 points and made 29-of-49 shots overall (aided by 11-of-25 from 3-point range) a year ago in four games in Ocala.
DEERFIELD BEACH: Last year's tournament runner-ups to Louisville (Ky.) Ballard will enter the Kingdom with a misleading 4-9 record. The Bucks started off 6-1, but leading scorer Marvin Jean-Pierre (21.9 points) was ruled ineligible for being a fifth-year senior. Also gone from last year's squad is the backcourt duo of Terence Johnson (South Alabama) and Marcus Owens (Lamar), both members of the Kingdom's all-tournament team in 2012. Vanderbilt Carpenter (Sr., PG) is back for the Bucks. Carpenter (11.1 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds), LeWayne Grant (11.3 points) and Eugene Harvey (7.8 points, 7.4 rebounds) have been the leaders for Deerfield Beach in the early going. Deerfield parlayed last season's runner-up finish at the Kingdom into a berth in the Class 8A final four, where it fell to eventual state champion Oviedo Hagerty. In all, the Bucks have reached the regional playoffs the past three seasons. Deerfield Beach is making its third appearance in the Kingdom.
DELTONA: The Wolves (10-3) enter the Kingdom on a seven-game winning streak. Chad Brown (6-8, Jr.) is committed to UCF, while sophomore Evan Hinson (6-3, G) has high Division I interest in football and basketball. Jerome Monroe (6-6, Sr.) is Deltona's leading scorer and has Division II offers, while Torrey Mayo (5-9, Jr.) and Christian Rodriguez (6-3, Sr.) are others to watch. "We are a very experienced team that plays well together," said Wolves coach Denny Hinson, who is in his second year as head coach. So far this season, two of Deltona's three losses were by a combined five points.
DUNNELLON: The Tigers are off to a 10-3 start under second-year coach Travis Licht and have put last year's 5-21 season behind them. Andre Hairston (6-3, Jr., F), Desmond Frazier (6-0, Jr., G) and Willie Robinson (5-11, Sr., G) have been the leaders for Dunnellon's resurgence. "We play an exciting brand of basketball," Licht said. "Expect to see up-tempo transition offense and hard-nosed defense." Hairston (17.4 points, 10.7 rebounds) can excel on the inside and out, while Frazier (18.0 points) has the ability to get to the rim or knock down the outside shot. Robinson (7.6 points, 6.6 assists, 2.5 steals) has done a nice job of creating opportunities for his teammates during their strong start as they look to end a lengthy postseason drought. The Tigers last won a district title in 2001 and haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2003. This is the third appearance in the Kingdom for Dunnellon.
FORT LAUDERDALE CARDINAL GIBBONS: The Chiefs are off to a 9-2 start and are coming off a 64-54 win over Mableton (Ga.) Whitefield in the Kreul Classic. The only losses so far for Cardinal Gibbons were a nine-point defeat to American Heritage and a one-point loss to Deerfield Beach. Five juniors start for Cardinal Gibbons, led by Melvin Brooks (6-6, Jr.), Richard McIntosh (6-5, Jr.), Greg Kacprzak (6-4, Jr.) and Jose Morales (5-9, Jr.). The Chiefs haven't been in the playoffs since 2011 when they lost in the Class 4A state championship game to Leesburg.
JACKSONVILLE SANDALWOOD: The Saints, who qualified for the regional playoffs the past two seasons, lost at the buzzer on a halfcourt shot to eventual state champion Oviedo Hagerty in the opening round of the Class 8A regional playoffs last season. In 18 seasons at the school, Sandalwood coach Rocky Cusack has compiled a 246-174 record. The Saints are led by Eric Banks (Sr.), who averages 20.1 points per game and Tim Broom (Sr., PG). Both are undecided in terms of their college future. Broom (8.0 points, 7.0 assists) controls the tempo for Sandalwood, who has eight players back from a year ago. One player who won't be in Ocala for the Kingdom is Blake McClain (12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds), a Florida State football commit, who is taking part in the Under-Armour All-American Football Game. The Saints have dominated the Jacksonville area the past two seasons, with wins in the 16-team Gateway Conference Tournament.
LOUISVILLE (Ky.) TRINITY: The Shamrocks will look to give the Bluegrass State its second consecutive Kingdom of the Sun champion, as they make their first appearance in the tournament. "Our coaches and players are excited to participate in the Kingdom of the Sun," said Trinity coach Mike Szabo, who is in his 13th year at Trinity and compiled a 268-108 record. "I have known about the Kingdom for a long time and the tournament has a great reputation for being a first-class event that will provide us top-notch competition. We truly appreciate the invite and look forward to the event." Szabo, who has 383 wins in 20 years as a head coach, brings a talented squad to Ocala. "We are led by two solid seniors and a talented junior class," he said "We have solid size and length and will look to control the backboard and play great team defense. I think that we have a team that can score inside and out and will look to execute in the halfcourt playing great team basketball." Tre Ivory (5-10, Sr., offer from Campbellsville, also looks from Pikeville, Middle Tennessee State, Army, Gardner-Webb) and Craig Owens (6-3, Sr., Campbellsville, West-Virginia Charleston, Cumberlands) are the leaders for Trinity, while Ray Spalding (6-10, Jr.) is the most-heralded prospect with offers from Vanderbilt, Dayton, Xavier, Cleveland State and Western Kentucky and interest from many high-major programs across the country. Jax Levich (6-5, Jr., W) has an offer from Wofford, while Michael Stafford (6-2, Jr., G), Christian Thieneman (6-4, Jr., G) and Kel'Shawn Knight-Goff (6-5, So., F) are others to watch for Trinity, which hopes to join Lexington Lafayette (1990), Louisville Butler (1997) and Ballard (2012) as tournament winners from the Bluegrass State.
LOYOLA (Ill.) ACADEMY: The Ramblers are the first team from tournament creator Jim Haley's home state of Illinois to take part in the Kingdom. Loyola is coached by Tom Livatino, who is in his fifth year as the head coach at Loyola and has compiled a 165-94 record in 10 years as a head coach. "We are very excited to be the first team from Illinois to compete in the Kingdom of the Sun," Livatino said. "This gives us an opportunity to play against some high-caliber teams and also get out of Chicago and spend some quality time with each other. The team bonding experience will be valuable to us as a team for the remainder of the season, but the memories that we make while at the tournament we will keep forever. The Ramblers are leaving behind 14-degree weather and snow to come to the Sunshine State and will bring a team that likes to play in transition on offense, but also thrives in the halfcourt. Leaders for Loyola are Jack Morrissey (6-2, Sr.), James Clarke (6-0, Sr.) and Kevin Kucera (6-1, Sr.). Loyola (8-0) is currently ranked No. 13 by the Chicago Sun-Times, No. 15 by the Chicago Tribune and No. 10 by Comcast Sports Net.
ORLANDO EVANS: The Trojans have jumped out to a 10-2 record and are ranked No. 1 in Class 8A by SourceHoops and No. 3 in the Orlando Sentinel's Super 16 area rankings behind unbeatens Montverde and Orlando Christian Prep. The only losses for Evans were to OCF (67-63) and Miami Norland (64-63). Evans alum and former USF/NBA guard Chucky Atkins has done a great deal in a short two-year period as the program's head coach. A year ago, the Trojans reached the Class 7A state championship where they lost to Pompano Beach Ely. Last year's trip to the playoffs was the first for Evans since 2008. Kerry Blackshear (6-9, Jr.), C.J. Williamson (6-5, Jr.), Malik Smith and P.J. Atkins (Chucky's brother) share the point guard spot for the Trojans. Benly Olizia (6-1, Sr.) has been a scoring machine of late for Evans, which also a deep bench. This is the second appearance in the Kingdom for the Trojans.
PLANTATION AMERICAN HERITAGE: The Stallions have made the Class 5A final four the past two seasons. American Heritage lost in last year's 5A title game to Tampa Jesuit. This is the second consecutive trip to the Kingdom for the Stallions, who went 0-2 a year ago with losses to eventual champion Louisville Ballard. Under coach Charles Stephenson, the Stallions have rolled to a 50-13 record the last two seasons. This year's team is led by Drake Lamont (6-10, Sr., Western Michigan signee), Hunter Osceola (6-1, PG., recruited by Lynn and Barry), Juston Massey (6-4, SG, numerous colleges interested), Jason Massey (6-4, SF, Brown University signee), and Keyshawn Evans (6-0, PG). "We are very aggressive on defense and look to run every chance that we get," said Stephenson, whose top player from a year ago, Kobe Eubanks, has moved out of state to a play at a prep school.
PORT ORANGE SPRUCE CREEK: This is one of the best teams for the Hawks in recent memory. Joe Giddens, the team's head coach, played on Daytona Beach Mainland's state championship team with multiple-time NBA All-Star Vince Carter. Giddens has been a head coach for 10 years and is in his fifth season as head coach of the Hawks during which time he has compiled a 176-68 record. Spruce Creek recently competed in the Kreul Classic and is led by junior Kyle Clarke (6-5, PG/SG), who has offers from Memphis, North Florida and seven other colleges. Also, Turon Hough (6-0, Sr., PG) and Niko Green (6-5, So., F/C) have also made impacts, while junior guard Cornelius Head has been hot of late. Spruce Creek likes to play an up-tempo offense and will operate mainly out of a zone on defense. "We are very excited to play in the Kingdom of the Sun," Giddens said. "It's one of the top tournaments in the state and we look forward to playing against some great teams." This is the second appearance in the Kingdom for the Hawks.
ROOSEVELT EASTVALE (Calif.): The Mustangs are riding high with a 9-1 start under coach Vonn Webb, who brought Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union and former NBA standout DeShawn Stevenson to the Kingdom twice over a decade ago.
ST. PETERSBURG LAKEWOOD: The Spartans, a longtime fixture in the Kingdom, have a great deal of talent once again. Anthony Lawrence Jr. (6-7, Sr.), Jacobi Boykins (6-4, Sr., Louisiana Tech signee) and Michael Clark (6-6, Sr., St. Francis signee) are among the leaders for Lakewood. Lawrence, whose father Anthony Sr., is the head coach for Lakewood, decommitted from UCF in November. A year ago, Lawrence, who is rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, averaged 21 points eight rebounds and four steals. He has offers from Clemson, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Tech, Miami and Texas A&M. The star power of Lakewood should help it return to past glory. Lakewood played a brutal early season schedule and got off to a 4-5 start. The school's football team made it to the Class 5A state semifinals and the influx of players from that squad coupled with the talent already in the fold should make them a tough out in the Kingdom.
TALLAHASSEE FAMU: The Rattlers qualified for the postseason a year ago and fell in the opening round of the playoffs to Jacksonville Temple Christian after making the final four the past two seasons under coach Gene Granger (59-34 overall record). FAMU is paced by guard J.T. Escobar (6-2, Sr.), who has signed with Ole Miss. Escobar put on a show in the Rattlers' most recent outing against East Gadsden with 23 of his 35 points in the second half in a 67-66 win, which propelled his team to a 7-4 record on the season. Escobar has been named third-team all-state the past two seasons. Meanwhile, Tre Anderson (6-2, Sr.), another standout for FAMU, has received interest from the likes of Navy. In all, this will be the third trip to the Kingdom for the Rattlers.
TAMPA BERKELEY PREP: The Bucs (9-0) have made the playoffs the past seven seasons and are two years removed from a berth in the final four. Berkeley Prep lost in last year's regional finals to Boca Raton St. Andrew's. Berkeley likes to play up-tempo on both ends and the Kingdom is a homecoming for coach Bobby Reinhart, who was a starter on the 1980 Kingdom champions, Decatur (Ga.). Reinhart played in high school for his father, Bob. Overall, Berkeley has a 339-155 record under Reinhart, who has 13 district championships, three region championships and one state finals appearance as a head coach (he also was the head coach at his alma mater, Decatur). This is the third trip to the Kingdom for the Bucs, a former Kingdom runner-up. "It's always a treat to be invited to the Kingdom of the Sun tourney," Reinhart said. "Coach Jim Haley has built one of the finest tourneys in the country. We feel honored to participate in it." This year's team is led by Justin Gray (6-5, Sr., G), a Texas Tech signee who averages 19.2 points and 7.8 rebounds. Craig Bowman (6-2, Sr., G) averages 14.2 points, 4.0 assists and 3.3 steals and has drawn interest from Eckerd College and Canisius, while N'Namdi Green (6-3, Sr., F) and Jacob Mathis (6-4, So., F) have combined for 15 points and 10 rebounds and provide toughness. The Bucs will be without Marshall Holmes (6-2, Sr., 14.0 points) due to injury during the Kingdom.
VANGUARD: The Knights enter the tournament fresh off their first win over a No. 1 ranked team since 1978. VHS, which hasn't won a district title since 2003, appears to be on a mission this season and with nine seniors appears poised for a run in both the Kingdom and the postseason. Othniel Shelton (6-7, Sr., F), Shon'Dre Dukes (6-8, Sr., C), Evans Moreau (6-4, Sr., W), and Princeton McQuay (5-10, Sr., PG/SG) have been the nucleus of a strong start by the Knights. Moreau (12.8 points) and Shelton (10.9 points, 7.9. rebounds, 2.1 blocks) have been the statistical leaders for the Knights, who have four other players averaging at least six points per game in a balanced attack. "We change defenses to try to create a tempo that favors us depending on the matchup," said VHS coach Phillip Small, whose in his fifth year as the head coach of the Knights. "We are long and strong on the interior and we shoot the ball relatively well from the outside. We change styles and we like to think we can play fast and can also play a slow slugfest if we have to."
6'9" Drake Lamont - Amer. Heritage
6'8" Shon'Dre Dukes - Vanguard
6'7" Othneil Shelton - Vanguard
6'7" Deion James - Evans
6'6" Michael Clark - Lakewood
6'5" Justin Gray - Berkeley Prep
6'5" Kobe Eubanks - Amer. Heritage
6'4" Eric Banks - Sandalwood
6'4" Evans Moreau - Vanguard
6'4" Jacobi Boykins - Lakewood
6'3" Craig Owens - Trinity
6'3" Marshall Holmes - Berkeley Prep
6'2" J.T. Escobar - FAMU
6'2" Tre Anderson - FAMU
6'2" Jack Morrisey - Loyola
6'2" Marcus Labostrie - Sandalwood
6'1" Tim Bloom - Sandalwood
6'0" Turon Hough - Spruce Creek
6'0" Kevin Kucera - Loyola
5'11" James Clarke - Loyola
5'11" Willie Robinson - Dunnellon
5'10" Tre Ivory - Trinity
5'10" Reggie Oliver - Evans
5'10" Noah Godette - Vanguard
5'10" Princeton McQuay - Vanguard
| 6'10" Jr. Raymond Spalding - Trinity
6'7" Jr. Kerry Blackshear - Evans
6'6" Jr. Melvin Brooks - Cardinal Gibbons
6'6" Jr. Chad Brown - Deltona
6'5" Jr. Richard McIntosh - Cardinal Gibbons
6'5" Jr. Christian Phienanen - Trinity
6'5" So. Kelshawn Knight - Trinity
6'5" So. Troy Johnson - Evans
6'5" Jr. Courtney Williamson - Evans
6'5" Jr. Kyle Clarke - Spruce Creek
6'4" Jr. Kendal Gaddy - Spruce Creek
6'4" Jr. Jax Levich - Trinity
6'4" Jr. Greg Kacprzak - Cardinal Gibbons
6'4" Jr. Anthony Lawrence - Lakewood
| 6'3" Jr. Andre Harriston - Dunnellon|
6'2" Jr. Michael Stafford - Trinity
6'2" Jr. Zack Turner - Sandalwood
6'1" So. Evan Hinson - Deltona
6'0" Jr. Desmond Frazier - Dunnellon
6'0" Jr. Zack Turner - Sandalwood
5'10" Jr. Antonio Johnson - Berkeley Prep
5'10" Jr. Keshawn Evans - Amer. Heritage
5'10" Jr. Cornelius Head - Spruce Creek
5'10" Jr. Jamal Bradford - FAMU
5'10" Jr. Quentin Rowan - FAMU
5'9" Jr. Jose Morales - Cardinal Gibbons
5'9" Jr. Austin Greene - FAMU
5'8" Jr. KJ Jackson - Vanguard
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