LEWES, Del. -- Curtis Sumpter might have carried Bishop Loughlin all week long at the Slam Dunk to the Beach, but the best he ended up with was a sore back.
For the third time in four days, the Lions got scant contributions from their other players, while St. Benedict's used a more balanced attack to pull away from Loughlin late in a 66-61 decision in the Power Series consolation game.
The Lions dropped all three games at the Slam Dunk, but you could hardly blame the Villanova bound Sumpter. He hit for 25 points, grabbed nine boards and blocked three shots in 31 minutes of play. He shot a very efficient 10 of 15 from the floor in defeat.
As for St. Benedict's, they began to pull away midway through the fourth quarter, grabbing a 46-38 lead on a three pointer from 6-3 junior guard Artie Bowers.
Bishop Loughlin pulled to within 50-48 on a jump hook by Sumpter early in the fourth quarter, but the Lions were unable to tie the game or take the lead despite having their chances. That failure helped the Gray Bees to pull away for good, and a late 10-4 run gave St. Benedict's a 60-52 lead with 1:29 left.
The Gray Bees' backcourt of Bowers (18 points) and point guard Bashir Mason (19 points, five assists) were difference makers in the final outcome. Explosive power forward Stanley Branch added 13 in the win for Danny Hurley's crew.