Mount Vernon Knights 63 – Kamehameha Warriors 50
This game had all the makings of an upset. The Warriors matched up well with Mount Vernon in terms of size, and the Warriors are a good defensive team. And, for a while, it looked like it might happen, too.
The Knights took the lead back to end the quarter at 16-15. That would be the closest the Warriors would get. Slowly, the Knights extended their lead to 30-25 by halftime.
Kamehameha had issues breaking down the full-court press all game, and they committed countless turnovers while trying to get the ball past half-court. Hawaii Co-Player of the Year Micah Christenson had seven turnovers, most of them coming from long, cross-court passes.
In the end, Mount Vernon was just too fast and physical for the Warriors to handle. The Knights were aggressive defenders, quick with help defense, and recovered well.
Although not as fundamentally sound or polished as Oak Hill and Montverde, the USA Today No. 14-ranked Mount Vernon showed its high level of athleticism and commitment to defense. They’re pesky, physical, and they dive for loose balls.
The Knights managed to make a good Kamehameha team look average even with their best player, Jabarie Hinds, only scoring two points and committing five turnovers. Horace Copeland scored 16 points to lead Mount Vernon.
Christenson was the only Warrior to score in double figures with 16 points.
Mount Vernon will play Mason County tomorrow at 8:00pm in the featured game.
Mason County Royals 50 – Kaimuki Bulldogs 46
Kaimuki was at a distinct height disadvantage with the majority of its players measuring between 5’5″ and 5’9″. The Bulldogs had to rely on 3-point shooting and scrappiness to stay in the game. In addition, the slow pace of the game was more suited to Kaimuki’s style.
After trailing 24-14 at halftime, the Bulldogs nailed several 3-pointers in the third quarter to tie the game at 28. However, they couldn’t take the lead. They cut it down to two late in the fourth quarter, but a crucial turnover sealed their fate. Kaimuki finished with nine 3-pointers.
Mason County’s Tyler Black led all scorers with 16 points. 6’9″ Southern Illinois commit Treg Setty was visibly frustrated in the first half after an inability to establish post presence and committing multiple turnovers from traveling calls. Setty picked it up in the second half and dominated the paint, finishing with 14 points.
Kaimuki’s Tevin Nishiyama played a gutsy game with key steals and two 3-pointers to finish with 14 points.
The Royals will now play the winner of the Mount Vernon vs. Kamehameha game.
Lexington Catholic Knights 63 – Tsinghua Dragons 47
Lexington Catholic set the tone of the game early by harassing Tsinghua with full-court pressure. After trailing by 15 after the first, Tsinghua was able to break down the press in the second quarter to cut the lead to 27-25 at halftime. The Dragons were also able to force a few turnovers of their own with their swarming defense.
Tsinghua kept the game close and cut the lead to one late in the third quarter, but its inability to consistently break down the press eventually became its downfall. Turnovers piled up as the Knights extended their lead.
Although the Dragons had a size advantage (all players are 6’2″ and over) and displayed athleticism by consistently taking the ball to the hole, they lacked a point guard who could handle the ball.
The Knights were led in scoring by Taylor Martin (22 points), who is a Kentucky baseball commit, and 3-point specialist Scott Schuette (20 points, four 3-pointers). They will play Montverde next.
Montverde Eagles 103 – St. Louis Crusaders 30
St. Louis was thoroughly overmatched. USA Today No. 25-ranked Montverde dictated the tempo from the opening tip, and forced the Crusaders to play an up-and-down game. St. Louis ran with the Eagles instead of trying to slow the game down.
Montverde scored at will. The score was 33-0 before the Crusaders scored a basket. Much like how Oak Hill dominated Moanalua last night, the Eagles were far too athletic, fast, and physical for the Crusaders.
Scoring was balanced for Montverde as five players scored in double figures. Patricio Garino led all scorers with 14 points, including four 3-pointers. Sophomore point guard Kasey Hill, a five-star prospect ranked No. 14 by Scout and No. 16 by ESPNU, started things off with a string of high-flying dunks. He finished with 12 points.
Montverde will play Lexington Catholic tomorrow at 6:30pm.