41st Annual

of the Sun Tourney

26-31, 2014

Vanguard High School

Ocala, Florida


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Kingdom of the Sun

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The Rock Basketball

2014 Kingdom of the Sun Tourney

December 26 - 31

Berkeley Prep 2013 Kingdom Champs!

2013 Teams

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 (Tenn.) 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). 
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.

CINCINNATI LASALLE 55, DELTONA 45: 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 Team

MVP: Justin Gray, Tampa Berkeley Prep

Mr. Hustle: Jose Morales, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

The 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 scores

Championship Game: Tampa Berkeley Prep 59, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons 56, OT

Third-Place Game: Cincinnati LaSalle 55, Deltona 45

Fifth-Place Game: Louisville (Ky.) Trinity 50, Vanguard 31

Consolation Final: Plantation American Heritage 58, Eastvale (Calif.) Roosevelt 54

— Compiled by Richard Burton