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HSOT Game 25: Raleigh Word of God 58, New Hampton, N.H. 53 (Randolph championship)

For the first time since 2007 — its first appearance in the tournament — Word of God has a HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational championship trophy.

The Holy Rams used an MVP performance from Tyrek Coger to battle past New Hampton, N.H., 58-53, in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation championship game in the final HSOT game of the 2012 tourney.

WOG coach Quinton Jackson said this championship — after two straight years of not getting out of the first round — was special.

“We’re proud to represent Word of God and all those who have come before us who have won it, those who have come close and those who have not made it out of the first round,” Jackson said. “We’re excited about the win and it’s good to keep it local.”

Coger was joined on the all-tournament team by Holy Rams teammates Josh Newkirk and Jordan Whitfield. Newkirk scored 11 points and finished with 9 assists on Saturday, while Whitfield — an eighth-grader — had 8 points.

New Hampton was led by Lincoln Davis’ 13 points and all-tournament selection Travis Jorgenson’s 10 points on Saturday. Indiana recruit Noah Vonleh finished with 7 points and was also named to the all-tourney team.

“Word of God played very well and had a great game plan in terms of keeping us at bay and not allowing us to get into a rhythm,” New Hampton coach Pete Hutchins said.

The Most Outstanding Player of the Randolph bracket was UNC recruit Isaiah Hicks of Oxford Webb; other all-tournament players included T.J. Evans of Apex, Isaac Copeland of Charlottesville, Va., Miller School, Mike Kobani of High Point Christian and Mitron Terry of Webb.

End 1Q: WOG 10, New Hampton 8

Halftime: WOG 31, New Hampton 22; WOG led by 9 points from Tyrek Coger and 8 points from Jordan Whitfield; NH paced by 8 points from Lincoln Davis

End 3Q: WOG 47, New Hampton 39

Final: WOG 58, New Hampton 53

Word of God       10   21   16   11  –  58

New Hampton      8   14   17   14  — 53

WOG: Tyrek Coger 17, Josh Newkirk 11, Jordan Whitfield 8, Donte Reynolds 7, Rodney Moore 7, Camden Scott 6, Lamar Nobles 2.

New Hampton: Lincoln Davis 13, Travis Jorgenson 10, Mike LeBlanc 8, Noah Vonleh 7, Mike Auger 5, Tory Miller 4, Cole McConnell 3, Dustin Triano 3.

HSOT Game 24: DeSoto, Texas 45, Methuchen, N.J. St. Joseph 42 (Summit Hospitality championship)

It’ll be a few months before DeSoto, Texas senior guard Matt Jones enrolls at Duke, but he’s already made himself at home.

Jones and his Eagles teammates rolled into their first HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational this week and walked away with the championship of the Summit Hospitality bracket after defeating Metuchen, N.J. St. Joseph, 45-42, Saturday night.

Jones was named the Summit MVP after leading DeSoto to victories over Kinston, Hampton, Va., and St. Joseph.

“This has probably been the toughest three days we’ve had, in terms of competition,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said. “This is a hellacious tournament and my hat’s off to the organizers. … All three teams make me feel like I’ve been through a marathon; I’m tired.”

In Saturday’s game, Terry Maston was the only Eagle to finish in double-figures scoring with 14 points. Jones added 9 points for DeSoto (19-1).

“This win means a lot,” Jones said. “To be in North Carolina and to now have these bragging rights … I’m definitely proud of my team and coaches, who put us in a great position to win.”

St. Joseph was led by 7-foot Kentucky recruit and Summit Most Outstanding Player Karl Towns, who had 13 points and 8 rebounds. All-tourney selection James Ziemba and Marques Townes added 10 points apiece for the Falcons (4-2).

“It’s a disappointing loss tonight,” St. Joseph coach Dave Turco. “I don’t think we played a full 32 minutes. Give credit to DeSoto, though; they made plays and executed when they had to.”

Jones, Ziemba and Towns were joined on the all-tournament team by Tyrone Outlaw of Person County, Denzel Keyes of Kinston, Shelton Mitchell of Waxhaw Cuthbertson, Anthony Doyle of Holly Springs, Devonte’ Graham of Raleigh Broughton, Anthony Barber of Hampton, Va., and Devin Wyatt of DeSoto.

End first quarter: DeSoto 9, St. Joseph 5

Halftime: DeSoto 21, St. Joseph 16; DeSoto led by Devin Wyatt’s 5 points and 4 each from Duke recruit Matt Jones, Takedrick Brown and Terry Maston; St. Joseph led by James Ziemba’s 6 points

End 3Q: DeSoto 31, St. Joseph 30

Final: DeSoto 45, St. Joseph 42

DeSoto     9   12   10   14   –  45

St. Joseph 5   11  14   12  –  42

DeSoto: Terry Maston 14, Matthew Jones 9, Devin Wyatt 7, Takedrick Brown 6, Tavares Royal 5, Julian Green 4.

St. Joseph: Karl Towns 13, James Ziemba 10, Marques Townes 10, Wade Baldwin IV 6, Michael Brunson 3.

HSOT Game 23: Hampton, Va. 70, Raleigh Broughton 59 (Summit Hospitality third-place game)

Behind 25 points from N.C. State-bound Anthony “Cat” Barber, Hampton, Va., defeated Raleigh Broughton, 70-59, for third-place in the Summit Hospitality bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.

Barber finished with 70 points in his three games in the HSOT. More importantly, along with 17 points from Jordan Baker and 15 from Cyonte Melvin, the future Wolfpack guard and his Crabbers (9-1) finished third in the tournament.

“I think our guys stepped up under a little adversity,” Hampton assistant coach Eric Brown said. “We bounced back from our first loss in a good while and we showed a lot of character today.”

The hometown Capitals (9-3) only trailed by four points at the half but were outscored 21-11 in the third quarter. Broughton was led by 19 points from Devonte’ Graham and 13 from Jamie Rucker.

“Congratulations to Hampton; they’re definitely an excellent team,” Caps coach Jeff Ferrell said. “They’re definitely not a one-player or one-person team. They beat us in every phase of the game today — they out-hustled us and we didn’t match their intensity. That’s on me and we’re going to get better at it.”

End 1Q: Hampton 13, Broughton 13

Halftime: Hampton 30, Broughton 26; Hampton led by 12 points from N.C. State recruit Anthony Barber; Broughton led by 6 points each from Devonte’ Graham and James Hemphill

End 3Q: Hampton 51, Broughton 37

Final: Hampton 70, Broughton 59

Hampton   13   17   21   19  –  70

Broughton  13   13   11   22  –  59

Hampton: Anthony Barber 25, Jordan Baker 17, Cyonte Melvin 15, Tre Perry 6, Da’Quin Moore 5, Trey Pressley 1, Sammie Royal 1.

Broughton: Devonte’ Graham 19, Jamie Rucker 13, Chase Johnston 8, James Hemphill 7, Cameron Gottfried 5, Chris Brickhouse 5, Zach Palmer 2.

HSOT Game 22: Oxford Webb 65, High Point Christian 52 (Randolph third-place)

High Point Christian overcame a sluggish start in its third-place Shavlik Randolph Foundation bracket game of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational to defeat Oxford Webb, 65-52, Saturday afternoon.

The Cougars (12-2) trailed 10-6 after one period but took control of the game in the second quarter by outscoring the Warriors (10-2), 23-13, to take a 29-23 lead. HPC, in its first HSOT, held Webb to only nine points in the third period and cruised in the final quarter to win third-place honors.

“This was a great bounce-back win for us against a good team,” HPC coach Brandon Clifford said. “In our last 46 games, we’re 42-4, so we haven’t lost a lot. I’m not saying that to brag, I’m saying that because we’re not used to losing games.”

The Cougars were led by Mike Kobani’s 22 points and 9 rebounds and Jackson Kent’s 11 points and 7 rebounds.

Webb, also in its first Holiday Invitational, was led by Tyrek Beverly’s 16 points and UNC recruit Isaiah Hicks’ 12 points and 8 rebounds. On Saturday, the Webb coaching staff wore pink shirts in memory of a friend of Warriors head coach Leo Brunelli, who lost a battle to breast cancer.

After the game, all the Warriors players wore purple T-shirts to honor a Webb student named Meghan Bunn, who is currently battling brain cancer.

Brunelli, whose voice shook with emotion while he explained the meaning of the shirts, showed appreciation for the Oxford and Granville County community that supported his team during its inaugural HSOT appearance.

“Thank you for making this possible by coming and supporting us,” Brunelli said. “What a great opportunity for our kids and community. We have the greatest fans in the world and I appreciate them.”

End 1Q: Webb 10, HPC 6

Halftime: HPC 29, Webb 23; HPC led by Mike Kobani’s 12 points; Webb paced by 9 points from Tyrek Beverly

End 3Q: HPC 44, Webb 32

Final: HPC 65, Webb 52

HPC   6   23   15   21  –  65

Webb 10  13   9   20   –  52

High Point Christian: Mike Kobani 22, Jackson Kent 11, Diante Baldwin 8, Isiah Gill 8, Joey McLean 4, Malik Wright 4, Alvah Phillip 3, Connor Flater 3, Rick Mack 2.

Webb: Tyrek Beverly 16, Isaiah Hicks 12, Devonte Williams 8, Stefan Cates 8, Mitron Terry 6, Bryan Smith 2.

HSOT Game 21: Charlottesville, Va. Miller School 60, Apex 58 (Randolph fifth-place)

Charlottesville, Va. Miller School’s “Big 3″ of Isaac Copeland, Tony Washington and Travis Hester combined for 52 points to lead the Mavericks (6-3) to victory in the fifth-place game of the Shavlik Randolph Foundation portion of the 2012 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Saturday afternoon.

Washington and Copeland scored 18 and 17 points, respectively — along with 10 and 11 rebounds, respectively — while five 3-pointers from Hester helped the Mavericks to the fifth-place.

“We’re happy to get the win in our third game in three days,” Miller coach Scott Willard said. “We had runs there where we looked like a very good team.”

Apex (7-6) was led by 24 points and 8 rebounds from T.J. Evans, 17 points from Malik Williams and 13 from Ian Boyd. The Cougars trailed 50-41 entering the final frame but had an opportunity in the waning moments to send the game to overtime.

“We are disappointed we didn’t come out on top,” Apex coach David Neal said. “I think we competed as hard as we have all season against a very, very good basketball team.”

End 1Q: Miller 16, Apex 10

Halftime: Miller 34, Apex 27; Miller led by 16 points from Travis Hester; Apex led by 13 from T.J. Evans

End 3Q: Miller 50, Apex 41

Final: Miller 60, Apex 58

Miller  16   18   16   10  –  60

Apex   10   17   14   17   –  58

Miller: Tony Washington 18, Travis Hester 17, Isaac Copeland 17, Franklin Porter 4, Grayson Gunner 2, Grant Harris 2.

Apex: T.J. Evans 24, Malik Williams 17, Ian Boyd 13, T.J. Wells 2, Jeremy Cleare 1, Reyho Tshiama 1.

HSOT Game 20: Waxhaw Cuthbertson 67, Holly Springs 54 (Summit fifth-place)

Just call the Cavaliers of Waxhaw Cuthbertson the “Comeback Kids.”

For the third straight game in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational, the 2A Cavaliers rallied in the second half, this time to defeat 4A Holly Springs, 67-54, in the fifth-place game of the Summit Hospitality bracket of the HSOT.

In the Summit quarterfinals, Cuthbertson (11-1) overcame a 20-point deficit to force Hampton, Va., to overtime before losing. In the consolation semifinals, the Cavaliers shut out Kinston in the fourth quarter to win by three points.

And in Saturday’s fifth-place game, the Cavs trailed by six points at halftime before outscoring the Golden Hawks 43-24 in the second half.

“There was an eight-minute stretch there in the second half where I thought our defense really changed the game,” Cavaliers coach Mike Helms said. “We got a lot of steals and the big thing was, we held (Holly Springs) to one shot.”

Cuthbertson point guard Shelton Mitchell scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers; he finished with 67 points in HSOT. Isiah Cureton added 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Luciius McMillon had 10 for the Cavaliers.

Holly Springs was led by 14 points from Anthony Doyle, 12 from Deejay Flippin and 10 from Craig McDaniel.

“I want to congratulate Cuthbertson; they’re a great team,” Holly Springs coach Thurman Jordan said. “They’re the type of team we’ll face that’ll make us better later in the season.”

End 1Q: Holly Springs 15, Cuthbertson 12

Halftime: Holly Springs 30, Cuthbertson 24; HS led by Anthony Doyle and Craig McDaniel, who scored 10 each; Cuthbertson led by Shelton Mitchell’s 7 points

End 3Q: Cuthbertson 45, Holly Springs 42

Final: Cuthbertson 67, Holly Springs 54

Cuthbertson  12   12   21   22  –  67

Holly Springs  15   15   12   12  –  54

Cuthbertson: Shelton Mitchell 18, Isiah Cureton 16, Luciius McMillon 10, Jorden Hamrick 8, Justin Austin 8, Emmitt Afam 5, Zach Chitwood 2.

Holly Springs: Anthony Doyle 14, Deejay Flippin 12, Craig McDaniel 10, Donyell Lowe 8, Markese Evans 6, Justin Wright 2, Stevie Harris 2.

Welcome to Day 4 of 2012 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational!

Today’s schedule:

Game 20 — 11 a.m.: Summit Hospitality Group fifth-place game: Holly Springs vs. Waxhaw Cuthbertson

Game 21 – 12:40 p.m.: Shavlik Randolph Foundation fifth-place game: Apex vs. Charlottesville, Va. Miller School

Game 22 — 2:20 p.m.: Shavlik Randolph third-place game: Oxford Webb vs. High Point Christian

Game 23 — 4 p.m.: Summit Hospitality Group third-place game: Raleigh Broughton vs. Hampton, Va.

Game 24 — 5:40 p.m.: Mix 101.5 girls’ championship: Raleigh Broughton vs. Charlotte Myers Park

Game 25 — 7:20 p.m.: Summit Hospitality championship: Metuchen, N.J. St. Joseph vs. DeSoto, Texas

Game 26 — 9 p.m.: Shavlik Randolph championship: Raleigh Word of God vs. New Hampton, N.H.

2012 statistical leaders (* indicates 2 games played)

Scoring (14 ppg or better)

53 – Mitron Terry, Oxford Webb*

52 – Tyrone Outlaw Person County*

49 – Shelton Mitchell, Waxhaw Cuthbertson*

48 – Isaiah Hicks, Oxford Webb*

45 – Anthony Barber, Hampton, Va.*

43 – Isaac Copeland, Charlottesville, Va., Miller*

42 – Sam Hunt, Greensboro Dudley*

38 – T.J. Evans, Apex*

37 – Devonte’ Graham, Raleigh Broughton*

35 – Matt Jones, DeSoto, Texas*

32 – Tyrek Coger, Raleigh Word of God*

31 – Julius Barnes, Garner*

31 – Devan Gregory, Greensboro Dudley*

31 – Xavier Mills, Wilson Greenfield*

31 – Damarcus Sanford, Garner*

30 – Shian Bradshaw, Clinton*

28 – Travis Jorgenson, New Hampton, N.H.*

28 – Denzel Keyes, Kinston*

28 – Josh Newkirk, Raleigh Word of God*

28 – Brandon Staves, Leesville Road*

17 – Anthony Doyle, Holly Springs

17 – Karl Towns, Methuchen, N.J. St. Joseph

16 – Marques Townes, Methuchen, N.J. St. Joseph

15 – Wade Baldwin IV, Methuchen, N.J. St. Joseph

15 – Deejay Flippin, Holly Springs

15 – Craig McDaniel, Holly Springs

Rebounds (8 rpg or better)

25 – Isaac Copeland, Charlottesville, Va., Miller*

22 – Isaiah Hicks, Oxford Webb*

21 – Kalil Vance, Greensboro Dudley*

16 – Jackson Kent, High Point Christian*

16 – Denzel Keyes, Kinston*

16 – Shane Whitfield, Raleigh Word of God*

9 – Donyell Lowe, Holly Springs

Assists (4 apg or more)

12 – Travis Jorgenson, New Hampton, N.H.*

10 – Josh Dawson, Kinston*

10 – Demarcus Sanford, Garner*

9 – Sam Hunt, Greensboro Dudley*

8 – Matt Jones, DeSoto, Texas*

5 – Deejay Flippin, Holly Springs

Steal leaders (3 spg or more)

7 – Travis Jorgenson, New Hampton, N.H.*

Blocked shots (2 bpg or more)

13 – Devin Wyatt, DeSoto, Texas*

8 – Lonzia Tyson, Goldsboro*

6 – Isaiah Hicks, Oxford Webb*

4 – Isiah Cureton, Waxhaw Cuthbertson*

4 – Brandon Ingram, Kinston*

30-point games:

37 – Tyrone Outlaw, Person vs. Holly Springs

32 – Mitron Terry, Oxford Webb vs. Clinton

30 – Shelton Mitchell, Waxhaw Cuthbertson vs. Hampton, Va.

HSOT Game 19: Raleigh Word of God 70, Oxford Webb 57 (Randolph semifinal)

End 1Q: WOG 18, Webb 9

Halftime: WOG 30, Webb 27; WOG led by Tyrek Coger’s 10 points; Webb paced by Isaiah Hicks’ 16 points and 6 rebounds

End 3Q: WOG 47, Webb 40

Final: WOG 70, Webb 57

Word of God  18   12   17   23 –  70

Oxford Webb  9   18   13   17 — 57

WOG: Tyrek Coger 23, Jordan Whitfield 17, Josh Newkirk 12, Shane Whitfield 8, Jaquon Brownridge 4, Rodney Moore 3, Camden Scott 2, Lamar Nobles 1.

Webb: Isaiah Hicks 24, Mitron Terry 21, Tyrek Beverly 7, Stefan Cates 2, Bryan Smith 2, Tre Wilkerson 1.

HSOT Game 18: DeSoto, Texas 46, Hampton, Va. 34 (Summit semifinal)

Hampton, Va., point guard Anthony “Cat” Barber may have won the scoring battle against his soon-to-be ACC opponent, DeSoto, Texas’ Matt Jones, 19-18, but it was Jones’ Eagles who came away victorious, 46-34, in the Summit Hospitality bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational Friday night.

DeSoto (18-1) led 31-18 after three quarters and 34-18 early in the final period before Hampton closed the margin to within six. The Eagles hit 13-of-15 free throws in the contest to provide the final margin.

“We’re very happy to be playing in the championship tomorrow,” DeSoto coach Chris Dyer said. “This is a very, very elite field and has to be one of the top tournaments in America. We’re just very happy and grateful to even be invited.”

DeSoto advances to Saturday night’s Summit championship game against Metuchen, N.J. St. Joseph; the Falcons (4-1) defeated Raleigh Broughton earlier in the day at Broughton’s historic Holliday Gymnasium.

The Eagles were led by Jones’ 18 points; he was aided by 12 points from Takedrick Brown and 10 from Terry Maston. Devin Wyatt didn’t score for DeSoto, but he challenged the HSOT record of blocked shots in a game (14) by finishing with 12.

Barber scored all but 15 of his team’s points; Jordan Baker added 6 for the Crabbers, who’ll face Broughton at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Summit third-place game.

“I want to congratulate DeSoto on a very well-played defensive game,” Hampton coach Walter Brower Sr. said. “We got a little flat and I think it cost us in the long run.”

End 1Q: Hampton 9, DeSoto 7

Halftime: DeSoto 17, Hampton 15: DeSoto led by 7 points from Duke recruit Matt Jones and 6 from Takedrick Brown; Hampton led by 10 points from N.C. State recruit Anthony “Cat” Barber

End 3Q: DeSoto 31, Hampton 18

Final: DeSoto 46, Hampton 34

Hampton 9   6   3   16 –  34

DeSoto   7  10  14  15  –  46

Hampton: Anthony Barber 19, Jordan Baker 6, Sammie Royal 4, Cyonte Melvin 3, Da’Quin Moore 2.

DeSoto: Matt Jones 18, Takedrick Brown 12, Terry Maston 10, Julian Green 4, Antwon Portley 2.