LEWES, Del. -- Hillcrest H.S. of Tuscaloosa, Ala., opened up a 14 point second half lead, but had to hold on for a 48-44 victory over Sanford H.S. of Hockessin, Del., on Sunday afternoon at the Slam Dunk to the Beach Tip-Off Classic semifinal bracket.
D.J. White, a 6-8 junior combo forward from Hillcrest, led all scorers with 16 points. He also added seven rebounds and four blocks.
Hillcrest led by just a deuce at the half, but a 12-2 third quarter run propelled the Patriots to a 35-23 lead. Sanford, to its credit, battled back and pulled to within 45-42 on a three pointer from guard Mitchell White with :40 to play.
Sanford was paced by Will Sheridan's 14 points in defeat. Sheridan signed with Villanova in the fall, but he was shackled with foul trouble throughout the contest.
Hillcrest advanced to play Reno H.S. at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the Slam Dunk Tip Off Classic Championship. The Warriors of Sanford will battle Landmark Christian in an 8:30 a.m. consolation game of the Tip-Off Classic bracket.