Nationals Day 2: Eliminations And Statement Games

Day two of the National High School Basketball Championships featured the first round of eliminations and several marquee matchups of contenders on the opposite side.

In the winners’ bracket: Tabernacle dominated Jordan Prince William, 43-29; Sunland defeated St. George’s, 49-46 and CI Gibson defeated Jack Hayward, 38-33,


Elimination Games:

Eight Mile Rock Blue Jays – 54

Teleos Cherubims – 52


Devon Williams scored a game high 19 points and finished 3-4 from the line in the final minute to complete the Blue Jays’ second half comeback.


Hilton Pinder scored 15 for the Blue Jays and Delano Dean added 10.


The fourth quarter featured four ties and five lead changes before the Blue Jays moved ahead for good. Tie at 39, the Blue Jays went ahead by four before it was tied again at 41, 43, 45, 47. With 2:20 left to play, the Blue Jays lost their second starter to foul trouble, but Williams’ ability to penetrate and score or earn a trip to the foul line was ultimately the difference down the stretch.


Kenneth Johnson had 18 for Teleos, Romar Hemmings had 11 and Nathan Sullivan scored eight.


Eight Mile Rock took an early 6-0 lead before Teleos pulled ahead with 14 unanswered points. Eight Mile Rock finally stopped the run from the free throw line with 0.4 left but trailed 14-7 at the end of the quarter.


Teleos went ahead 19-9, early in the third on a Johnson three pointer, but this time the Blue Jays would respond with a run to pull within seven at the half, 23-20.


The Blue Jays’ momentum continued in the third and a Williams three gave them their first lead of the game, 34-32 with less than a minute left to play in the quarter. The series of tied and lead changes began late in the third tied at 35 and 37.






Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins – 51

CC Sweeting Cobras – 43


The defending champions were sent home winless in this year’s National Championships.


Troy Trembley finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, Gailyn Young scored 12, and Henrick Sands added six points and 10 rebounds for the Mystic Marlins.


Doris Johnson led 8-0, before a Brandon Beckford  three ignited the Cobras offence. The Mystic Marlins maintained a 12-10 lead after one. They extended the lead when they opened the second 4-7 from the line to go up six and a Donte Hepburn score pushed the lead to 8. Patrick Johcin’s layup and converted three point play made it a double figures lead for the first time, 21-10. After nearly four minutes, the Cobras drought ended at line and they went on an 8-0 run to pull within three after a pair of Williams free throws.



Cobras fought back in the third but Trembley was a force in the period with 10 of his 16. Young opened the fourth with a three pointer from the top of the key.




Anatol Rodgers T’wolves – 44

SAC Big Red Machine – 37


The GSSSA champions staved off a late surge from SAC and elimination led by their dynamic point guard.


Dominic Bridgewater finished with 22 points and six steals, Davanno Whitfield added nine points and seven rebounds and Tyriq Bain finished with eight points and 13 rebounds for the Timberwolves.


Johnathan Johnson led SAC with 15 points and Cornelius Clyde scored 10.


SAC opened the game with an early 12-7 lead.


Bridgewater opened the second with a three-point play to pull within two and Whitfield tied the game with a putback. Bridgewater’s steal at halfcourt, finish, and three point conversion gave his team an 18-16 lead with just under a minute left to ply in the quarter. He stripped the ball on the following possession and scored again to go up four. SAC scored just four in the period and trailed 22-16 at the half.


Whitfield opened the third with a corner three and Bridgewater stole and finished fastbreak for a 27-16 lead. The T’Wolves led 38-28 headed into the fourth.