Rivals.com's December Mid-Atlantic Hoops Tour made its first stop this Friday at American University in Washington, DC for the semi-finals round of the 16th annual Gonzaga D.C. Classic. Click here for the latest on seniors Ryan Ayers, Paul Johnson, Jeremy Barr, Mamadi Diane, and Desmond Adediji, as well as a number of very promising underclassmen.
St. Albans 65
West Forsyth 60
St.. Albans (DC) hit 7 of 8 free throws down the stretch including a 4-4 performance from sophomore guard Jamal Jefferson, to defeat West Forsyth (NC) 65-60. 6-foot-2 St. Albans' senior G/F Michael Kearney scored 26 points to lead all scorers, and Jefferson added 17. 6-foot-3 G/FTyler Boardman scored 15 points to lead West Forsyth, and juniors 5-foot-9 Michael Mann and 6-foot-2 Russell Tindall added 12 and 11 respectively in the loss.
Germantown Academy 71
Westbury Christian 61
Germantown Academy (PA) went on a 13-3 run to start the second quarter, and never looked back as they toughed out a 71-61 win over Westbury Christian (TX). Germantown took a double digit lead in the 4th quarter, but Jeremy Barr, plagued with foul trouble throughout the game, started using his 6-foot-9 260 pound body to do some damage in the paint, and actually pulled Westbury Christian to within 3 at 57-54 at the 3:30 mark. However, junior guard Jay Cousinard was called for an intentional foul on the ensuing play, and after making the free throws and getting the ball, Germantown was able to put the game away.
Germantown Academy's promising 6-foot-2 sophomore guard Kyle Griffin led all scorers with 16 points. 6-foot-10 junior center Andrew Ott had 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks, and seniors, 6-foot-7 Notre Dame signee Ryan Ayers and unsigned 6-foot-7 Brian Grimes, both had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Barr led Westbury Christian with 15 points and 7 rebounds. 6-foot-9 unsigned senior Peter Stein added 12 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks, and 6-foot-5 junior G/F J.J. Garrett had 10 points.
Gonzaga's (DC) unsigned 6-foot-6 senior forward Paul Johnson was way too much for Jesuit (CA) to handle early in the game, and the host Eagles had little trouble cruising to a 72-53 win in their semi-final matchup. Johnson had 14 points in the first quarter, and was actually tied with the whole Jesuit team at 23 points when he went to the bench mid way through the third quarter.
Johnson's 23 points led all scorers, and he added 5 rebounds. 6-foot-8 junior center Jacob Green had 8 points and showcased an impressive array of skills for a youngster.
Reserve 6-foot sophomore guard Jay Flores led Jesuit with 10 points.
Mt St. Joseph 66
In an exciting semi-final contest DeMatha (MD) just had too much firepower for a scrappy, but out-manned Mount St. Joseph's (MD), as they earned a 75-66 win. 6-foot-5 junior forward Louis Birdsong was great early for Mt. St. Joseph's, scoring 9 first half points. However, Virginia signee 6-foot-5 Mamadi Diane and 6-foot-7 junior forward Jeff Allen had 9 pts each to stake DeMatha a 34-26 lead at the break. DeMatha increased their lead to 14 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, as 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Austin Freeman went to work for the Stags. The lead actually ballooned to 19 points with 3:25 left in the 4th quarter before the DeMatha subs surrendered some threes down the stretch to make it respectable.
Freeman's 17 points led DeMatha. Allen had 14 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks, Diane had 14 points and 5 rebounds, and 6-foot-9 Dayton signee Desmond Adediji had 13 points and 11 rebounds.
6-foot-1 guard Dejuan Goodwin hit several shots late in the 4th quarter to finish with 23 points for Mount St. Joseph. Birdsong had 16 points and 9 rebounds. 5-foot-10 senior guard Brian Johnson finished with 13 points and 3 assists.