Updated: 2/17/02 12:50 PM
ST. JAMES, MARYLAND -- The preliminary games at the final day of the St. James Invitational Tournament provided a lot of excitement and some surprising twists and turns.
Here' a quick summary with more on each game later on this site.
St. James High School held on to the lead from a scrappy St. John's at Prospect Hall (Frederick, MD) squad to secure seventh place with a 51-46 win in the 29th edition of this event. Senior Jared Knotts led the Saints with 24 points. Prospect Hall was paced by senior Aaron White with 15 points.
Knotts, who likely impressed some Division I coaches with his play this week, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Riverdale Baptist, from Upper Marlboro, MD, came back at the end of the game to take a 69-68 win over nationally ranked (USA Today's No. 17) Laurinburg Institute from North Carolina. Down 68-66, the Crusaders snatched the win on a three-point shot by junior Orlando Wright with 3.2 seconds left in the game. Junior Sheray Thomas scored 33 points in the win. Laurinburg was led by junior Regis Koundija with 19 points.
Thomas, who attended last summer's adidas ABCD camp, was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Montrose Christian's (Rockville, MD) sophomore Eric Price broke a 52-52 tie with two free throws at the 0:23.7 mark of the game to give the Mustangs a two point win over National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, MD). Price topped the winners with 16 points while senior Charlie Bell (Loyola MD) led the Eagles with 15 points.
Bell and Montrose's junior big man Linas Kleiza, who added 12 points in the win, were named to the All-Tournament Team.