MILFORD, Del. -- Dorell Wright came alive in the second half to spark the South Kent School to a 70-58 victory over Fork Union Military Academy on Friday afternoon at the War on the Shore Prep Scool Tournament.
Wright, who signed with DePaul this fall, scored 16 of his game high 24 points in the second half as the Cardinal erased a three point halftime deficit.
With South Kent trailing 39-38 early in the second half, Wright's three pointer kick started a 29-10 run that saw the Cardinal assume a 67-48 advantage.
Fork Union responded with a 9-2 run to pull within 69-57, but could get no closer the rest of the way. Kyle Cruze missed a wide open shot with just under two minutes to play that would have sliced the deficit to 10.
While he's clearly one of the best players at the War on the Shore, Wright didn't kick it in gear until the second half. While his level of play fluctuated, underrated 6-6 forward Tavon Nelson kept South Kent afloat until Wright helped put the game away in the second half.
As is his usual bent, Nelson cleaned up loose change around the basket, rebounded with authority and dropped some nifty dimes to open teammates. The College of Charleston bound Nelson finished with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Wright added 12 rebounds, three assists and four blocks to go along with his 24 point output.
Siena bound combo guard Jack McClinton chipped in 13 points for the victors.
Fork Union, which shot just 34 percent in the loss, was paced by Jermyl Jackson-Wilson's 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jackson-Wilson inked early with Ohio State.
Another player who impressed was versatile 6-7 combo forward J.R. Hairston. Hairston finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in 31 minutes of play.