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Day 4 Games

Here we go with the final day of the Classic.

Game 1: Cathedral 50 vs. Mission Prep 63

The host Royals put together their second consecutive win to start the final day at the Classic. Zack Allmon (#23, pictured below) once again led Mission’s offensive attack with a game-high 25 points. Andy Rowley had added 15 points of his own. Cathedral guards Alan Fragoso and Chris Spears had 18 points a piece in a losing effort.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 2: Sylmar 65 vs. Stockdale 70

In the first game of their back-to-back Stockdale prevailed over Bort Escoto’s Sylmar squad. Crafty guard Vinny Lidgett had 25 points and fellow senior Jarrett Irvin had 20 points for the Mustangs. Do-it-all forward Alex Moreno (#23, pictured below) once again piled up the stats finishing with 27 points today.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 3: SLO 58 vs. Stockdale 67

With less than 15 minutes in between games, Stockdale overcame early fatigue and found a way to get it done in the second half. SLO jumped out to a halftime lead as Michael Hansen scored all of his 13 points in the first two quarters. Steven Sainsbury (#1, pictured below) finished with a team-high 20 points for the Tigers. Andrew Garcia (#23, pictured with ball, below) and Vinny Lidgett led the Mustang comeback with 22 and 12 points, respectively.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 4: Campbell Hall 51 vs. Marin Catholic 46

The Vikings escaped with a close victory over a Marin Catholic team that refused to quit. Cole Huff led all scorers with 19 points and although Austin McBroom had an off-day he still finished with 15 points (11-12 FT). Wildcat guard Dominic Stazulo (#25, pictured below), 18 points, and David Ahern, 13 points, each had big days to lead mount a comeback that ultimately fell short.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 5: Campolindo 53 vs. Santa Clara 39

The Cougars exploded out of the gates on a 25-1 run and never trailed in this one. Although Santa Clara pulled it within 6 points in the 2nd half, Campolindo wasn’t rattled. Jordan Krumrei had a game-high 15 points for Campo, while Bryce Kilmer led Santa Clara with 13 points. Sophomore Jack Evans (#21, pictured below) added 10 points of his own for the Cougars. Campolindo takes 3rd place in the Elite Division.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 6: Price 54 vs. Washington 53

In one of the most exciting games of the Classic, Price staved off a last-minute comeback by Washington. Once again, without Norvel Pelle, the Knights turned to Askia Booker (#23, pictured below), 15 points, and Skylar Spencer, 12 points, to pick up the scoring load. Down six points with less than two minutes to play, Washington ended the game with 5 unanswered points capped by Michaelyn Scott’s key steal and layup. Scott (#12, pictured below) finished with a game-high 19 points but was just off on a last second floater that would’ve won the game for the Generals. Senior guard Chris Brown finished with 11 points for Washington in defeat. Price takes 3rd place in the National Division.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 7: Granite Bay 54 vs. Mission Hills 39

Elite MVP Robert Duncan overcame early shooting woes to pilot Granite Bay over Mission Hills. Duncan finished with 19 points. Guard Nathan Brillington tallied 11 points while forward Jon Davis added 10 points of his own. Granite Bay’s defense was rock-solid and they finished the 3rd quarter on a 9-2 run to put the game out of reach for good. Senior Hunter Moore had 15 points for Mission Hills in the loss. GB takes 1st place in the Elite Division.

Photo Courtesy of Sukoski Photography. All tournament photos are available for purchase in the Main Lobby.

Game 8: Pasadena 47 vs. Taft 50

The 2010 Christmas Classic ended in dramatic fashion with a back-and-forth battle between Taft and Pasadena. With most players battling sickness, Taft struggled to put away a gritty Pasadena team. Todd Lewis Jr. scored a game-high 20 points for the Bulldogs in a contest that saw multiple lead changes throughout. National MVP C.J. Blackwell led Taft with 17 hard-earned points and guard Khiry Williams finished with 12 points. Freshman Ajon Jefferson sealed the game for the Toreadors by scoring 5 points in the final 90 seconds. Pasadena’s John Hayward was a late-game catalyst but the last few shots just didn’t fall for the Bulldogs in this one.

Be sure to stay tuned to the Blog after the Tournament ends to look out for post-tourney analysis and MPCC Awards.

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  1. Robert
    December 22, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Yesterday was a prime example why McBroom is having a hard time getting an offer. He managed only one assist the whole game and 2 of 14 from the field. Unfortunately no D1 school has Sylmar on their schedule. If you look @ his track record he does not play well against teams that have D1 guards on their roster.

  2. mpchristmasclassic
    December 22, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    You are right it was a rough day for McBroom. He didn’t just miss shots, he missed badly at times. He played much better against Price (vs. D1 guards) than he did against Marin Catholic (no D1 guards) today though. Maybe he was nervous with scouts in the stands? Who knows? But he certainly wasn’t at his best today.

  3. Taft Teacher
    December 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for your reply the other day!

    A few questions regarding the Taft-Pasadena final, if you would oblige: 1) Was Pasadena playing exceptionally well? If so, then they should definitely be higher on the Southern California radar (given, they’ve always had a good team). 2) Was Taft playing particularly poorly, or was their low performance probably due to illness (which from your blog, seemed to hit Price a day earlier)? I would have expected a higher point differential in the final game.

    It will be interesting to hear your reasoned responses, as they could very well influence the eventual southern section regionals. If Taft simply was struggling, then a possible Price-Taft postseason matchup will be intriguing. If the two teams had met each other in the MP Classic, then they probably wouldn’t face each other later on.

    • mpchristmasclassic
      December 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

      Pasadena is very talented and deep team. When they are focused, they play incredible defense and are a very passionate group. They should be higher on the SoCal radar. Dinwiddie, Blackwell, Johnson (among others) were all very sick for Taft. Coaches made sure nobody drank from the same water bottle. It was serious. Blackwell fought through it. Dinwiddie looked off, he didn’t hit a shot all game long. Johnson didn’t play much in the 2nd half due to ineffectiveness. I think their performance was partially due to sickness but also due a lack of focus.

      In my eyes, Taft is a better team than Price. But we won’t know until they play.

  4. Robert
    December 22, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    I would have to disagree slightly with you about the Price game. He was not to efficient in my opinion. He had 17pts but he needed 19 shots to get that. College coaches would expect more from a 4 year starter. But he did have 5 assist and 2 turnovers.

    • mpchristmasclassic
      December 23, 2010 at 1:12 am

      You are right he wasn’t necessarily efficient. I just tend to think that because his team needs him to be a scorer he feels like he needs to put up a lot of shots for them to win. But, regardless of stats, he did play better against Price than he did against Marin. College coaches should expect more from him. I’m sure he expects more from himself. But he’s always out there competing and I like that.

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