Salisbury, MD – (Written by T. Mitchell Northam, @primtimeMitch) Day Two of the Governor's Challenge came to a close with the final four primetime games of the day in the books. The High School Three Point Shootout matched up 10 of the top shooters from all across Maryland and Delaware for a trophy and more importantly bragging rights of tournament sharp shooter. In possibly the most exciting event of the year, the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest capped-off the evening with a show as the dunks brought the crowd to life. The winner was determined from two rounds of the 8 top dunkers in the region. Below is an update on games 20-23 and the Three Point & Slam Dunk Contest.
Game 20: 4:30 PM Court 1 – Baltimore City College (MD) vs. Oakdale (MD)
Final Score: City – 74; Oakdale - 58
High Scorers: Omari George – 22, City; Zach Thomas – 33, Oakdale
Bucknell commit and senior Zach Thomas' 33 points was not enough as Oakdale high's boys' basketball team fell to Baltimore City College at the Governor's Challenge. City took the win 74-58 and was led by senior guard Omari George who had 22 points.
City jumped out to a big lead early and smothered Oakdale's Thomas with their top defender; University of Jacksonville commit Tim Bond.
"My job was to keep Thomas out of his rhythm," said Bond. "We stopped him in the first half, but in the second half he started hitting, so we had to turn it up."
In the second half Oakdale made a run and was able to trim the deficit back to single digits but, City Head Coach Daryl Wade was able to get his team back into their rhythm. After the game Wade said, "We got a little sloppy, but we finished out with patience and slowed down a little bit."
City was able to extend their lead and come out on top with a 16-point victory. In addition to George's 22 points, Bond chipped in 13 while also playing elite defense.
City will look for another win on Saturday when they take on one of Delaware's top teams in Cape Henlopen. Oakdale will look to bounce back with a victory when they take on Wicomico on Saturday at 7:30pm.
Game 21: 5:00 PM Court 2 – Dunbar (MD) vs. Stephen Decatur (MD)
Final Score: Dunbar – 48; Stephen Decatur - 33
High Scorers: Keshawn Hampton – 15, Dunbar; Tyler Hunter – 10; Stephen Decatur
Despite having the lead in the first quarter, Stephen Decatur high's boys' basketball team fell to the heavy favorite Dunbar at the Governor's Challenge.
Stephen Decatur jumped out with a lead early, ahead of Dunbar 15-8 in the first quarter. Dunbar was able to battle back however, regaining the lead in the third quarter and extending it from there. Dunbar was able to neutralize Stephen Decatur forward Tyler Hunter, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and coasted to a 15-point victory.
Leading the way for Dunbar was senior guard Keshawn Hampton, who finished the game leading all scorers with 15 points, while fellow senior guard Keondre Gibson pitched in with 13 points.
Stephen Decatur will look for a win tomorrow when they take on Dickinson, while the win for Dunbar brings their Governor's Challenge trip to a close.
High School Three Point Contest: 6:30 PM Court 1
First Round Scores:
· Larry Ennis – SR - Wicomico High School – Salisbury, MD (11)
· Jorden Duffy – JR - JM Bennett High School – Salisbury, MD (DNP)
· Shakur Cottman – JR - Washington High School – Princess Anne, MD (12)
· Zach Thomas – SR - Oakdale High School – Ijamsville, MD (9)
· Keandre Gibson – SR - Paul Laurence Dunbar High School – Baltimore, MD (DNP)
· Devin Shuler – SR - CH Flowers – Springdale, MD (12)
· Antonio Johnson – SR - Baltimore City College High School – Baltimore, MD (10)
· Jerell Cooke – SR - Randallstown High School – Randallstown, MD (8)
· Juanye Paul – SR - Seaford High School – Seaford, DE (12)
· Brian Arthur – SR – Indian River High School – Dagsboro, DE (DNP)
· David Dickerson – JR – Colonel Richardson High School – Federalsburg, MD (9)
· Alex Cohen – SR – Crisfield High School – Crisfield, MD (12)
· Tyreik Burton – SR – Cape Henlopen High School – Lewes, DE (22)
· Garry Warren – JR – Laurel High School – Laurel, DE (11)
Second Round Scores:
· Larry Ennis: 14
· Shakur Cottman: 17
· Juanye Paul: 11
· Garry Warren: 9
· Alex Cohen: 15
· Tyreik Burton: 15
· Devin Shuler: 17
· Shakur Cottman: 7
· Devin Shuler: 5
Champion: Shakur Cottman (Washington, CG, 2015)
Washington high boys' basketball team guard Shakur Cottman took home the three point contest title at the Governor's Challenge after out-shooting CH Flowers guard Devin Shuler in the final round of the contest, 7-5.
Cottman hit just 12 shots in the first round, but it was good enough to place him the top seven to advance him into the second round. Cape Henlopen guard Tyreik Jacobs hit a contest high 22 shots in the first round, but was unable to keep his momentum going in the second round to advance to the final.
In the second round, Shuler and Cottman both made 17 shots and advanced to the final where they would get 30 seconds to hit as many three-pointers as they could. Cottman would win the title, making 2 more shots than Shuler.
Cottman and his team, Washington, will take on Shuler and his team, CH Flowers, Saturday at 6:00pm.
Game 22: 7:30 PM Court 1 – Wicomico (MD) vs. Edmondson (MD)
Final Score: Wicomico – 59; Edmondson - 76
High Scorers: Kani Coles – 32, Edmondson; Larry Ennis – 23, Wicomico
In the rematch of last season's 2A state title game, Edmondson Westside high's boys' basketball team beat Wicomico once again, this time winning 76-59.
Junior forward Kani Coles led the way for Edmondson with 32 points, scoring 18 in the first half. Edmondson led by 16 at halftime, but Wicomico was able to climb back in the fourth quarter, cutting the lead to 8, but Edmondson kept rolling, winning the game by 17 points.
Leading the way for Wicomico was senior guard and Harford CC commit Larry Ennis, who had 23 points. Wicomico will looks to rebound on Saturday when they face Oakdale at 7:30pm.
Game 23: 7:30 PM Court 2 – Washington (MD) vs. Randallstown (MD)
Final Score: Washington – 83; Randallstown - 81
High Scorers: Shakur Cottman – 35, Washington; Jerell Cooke – 24, Randallstown
Washington high's boys' basketball team beat Randallstown in a late game thriller after junior guard Shakur Cottman hit 2 free throws with one second remaining to give Washington an 83-81 win at the Governor's Challenge.
Washington was down early, trailing Randallstown by ten in the first quarter, but made a run giving them a 4-point lead heading into the second quarter. The game was back and forth from there as the two teams exchanged runs and leads. Randallstown started the fourth quarter out down by 2 points, but went on a 12-4 run to take the lead.
Washington would battle back, and with 18 seconds remaining junior guard Jemir Jones hit two free throws to tie it up at 80-80. Randallstown fired a reckless pass down the court, only to fall into the hands of Shakur Cottman. Cottman drove to the basket as time ticked away and was fouled with a second left as he made 2 free throws. Randallstown was unable to get a shot off and Washington left the floor with a 2-point win.
Cottman led Washington with 35 points, and shot 17 of 24 from the free throw line. He and Wahsington will look to pick up another win on Saturday against CH Flowers at 6:00pm.
M&T Slam Dunk Contest: 9:00 PM Court 1
First Round Scores:
· Lionel Batson – JR - 6'5" - Wicomico High School – Salisbury, MD
· Patrick Johnson – SR - 6'3" – CH Flowers High School – Springdale, MD
· Trevis Buchanon – SR - 6'8" – Paul Laurence Dunbar High School – Baltimore, MD
· Kani Coles – JR - 6'7" – Edmondson-Westside High School – Baltimore, MD
· John Grant – SR - 6'6" – Baltimore City College High School – Baltimore, MD
· Devin Smith – SR - 6'4" – Randallstown High School – Randallstown, MD
· Kenny Hopkins – SR - 5'11" – Laurel High School – Laurel, DE
· Trevor Savage – JR - 6'4" – Seaford High School – Seaford, DE
· Patrick Johnson – JR – 6'3" – CH Flowers – Springdale, MD
· Tim Bonds – SR – 6'5" – Baltimore City College – Baltimore, MD
Second Round Scores:
· Kani Coles: 35
· Tim Bonds: 40
· Patrick Johnson: 50
· Devin Smith: 45
Champion: Name (School, Grade)
Patrick Johnson (CH Flowers, Guard, 2015) won the Slam Dunk Contest after receiving a perfect score in the final round of the contest.
Game 13: 11:00 AM Court 2 – Indian River (DE) vs. Great Mills (MD)
Final Score: Great Mills – 73; Indian River - 67
High Scorers: Melquan Williams – 18, Great Mills; Jaevon Holland – 18, Indian River
In a game where they missed 22 free throws, Indian River high's boys' basketball team would fall to Great Mills by a score of 73-67 in the first game of the day during day two of the Governor's Challenge.
The game was tight for the first half and Indian River was able to close the gap to tie the game at 30-30 by halftime. Leading the way for Indian River in the first half was senior forward London Tucker, who scored 9 of his 12 points in the first half.
In the second half, missed free throws killed Indian River's chances at a win and they would lose the game 6 points. Senior guard Melquan Williams led the way for Great Mills with 18 points, tied for the game high with Indian River senior forward Jaevon Holland, who had 18 points as well.
The win closes out the tournament for Great Mills, while Indian River will take on Maryland's North Bayside Conference's best, Colonel Richardson on Saturday at 3:00pm.
Game 14: 12:00 PM Court 1 – Dickinson (DE) vs. JH Blake (MD)
Final Score: Dickinson – 48; JH Blake - 58
High Scorers: Daryl Smith – 13, Dickinson; Demonte Ojinnaka – 22, JH Blake
JH Blake high's boys' basketball team picked up another win in the Governor's Challenge today, knocking off Dickinson from Delaware, 58-48. Blake was led by senior guard Demonte Ojinnaka who had 22 points.
Dickinson was able to keep up with JH Blake in the beginning, trailing by just 4 points at the end of the first quarter. At halftime however, JH Blake would extend their lead to 11 points, their largest lead of the game.
JH Blake would wind up winning by 10 points, closing out their trip to the Governor's Challenge with two wins. In addition to Ojinnaka's scoring performance, sophomore point guard Jack Tempchin chipped in 10 points and a handful of assists.
For Dickinson, they were led by Daryl Smith and Kawon Spencer Taylor, who had 13 and 11 points, respectively. Dickinson will play their next game on Saturday at 2:30pm against Stephen Decatur.
Game 15: 12:30 PM Court 2 – Thomas Stone (MD) vs. Seaford (DE)
Final Score: (OVERTIME) Thomas Stone – 77; Seaford - 74
High Scorers: Jordan Battle – 21, Thomas Stone; Avontai Bland – 20; Seaford
After trailing by 15 in their Governor's Challenge battle against Seaford high, Thomas Stone's boys' basketball team battled back to force overtime and win 77-74 over Seaford.
After Seaford built an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter, something sparked Thomas Stone to battle back.
"We just realized we weren't playing up to our potential," said junior guard Darrell Lamberth. "Once we noticed what we could really do, we just put our hearts and minds into it."
With just under 2 minutes left, Thomas Stone would battle back and tie the game up to send it to overtime. There, with the game tied at 74-74, Lamberth got the ball on the wing for a three-point shot.
"It's a shot I work on every day," said Lamberth. "It was just a natural flow."
Lamberth's three-point attempt went in and gave Thomas Stone the lead with 1.8 seconds left. Seaford was unable to create a shot and Thomas Stone received their second win of the Governor's Challenge.
Lamberth finished the day with 17 points, while senior forward Jordan Battle led all scorers and Thomas Stone with 21. Leading Seaford was senior forward Avontai Bland, who finished the game with 20 points; teammate Jakeen Banks added 18 for Seaford.
Game 16: 1:30 PM Court 1 – Woodbridge (DE) vs. Westminster (MD)
Final Score: Woodbridge – 57; Westminster - 31
High Scorers: Nick Bullock – 7, Westminster; Khalil Carrol – 20, Woodbridge
Woodbridge high's boys' basketball team added their second win of the tournament after beating Westminster 57-31 at the Governor's Challenge.
Woodbridge started off hot, but things were still close with Westminster as Woodbridge led by only 7 points in the second quarter. After halftime, Woodbridge would go on a handful of runs to extend their lead to double-digits, ultimately winning by 26 points.
Woodbridge ends their Governor's Challenge run this year with two wins, while Westminster heads home with two losses.
Game 17: 2:00 PM Court 2 – Boy's Latin (MD) vs. CH Flowers (MD)
Final Score: CH Flowers – 68; Boys' Latin - 55
High Scorers: Kodye Pugh – 12, Boys' Latin; Patrick Johnson – 19, CH Flowers
Behind the scoring of Patrick Johnson and Devin Shuler, who each had 19 points, CH Flowers high's boys' basketball team beat Boys' Latin 68-55 at the Governor's Challenge.
CH Flowers came out of the gates firing on all cylinders, and led by 15 in the first quarter. By the end of the third quarter, Boys' Latin was able to come back and cut the deficit to just 4 points, but they were unable to tie or take the lead. CH Flowers stretched their lead even further in the fourth quarter and won by 13 points.
CH Flowers will look for their second win in the tournament tomorrow when they play Washington at 6:00pm. Boys' Latin will try to bounce back from their loss against Sussex Central tomorrow night at 9:00pm.
Game 18: 3:00 PM Court 1 – Ben Franklin (MD) vs. Crisfield (MD)
Final Score: Crisfield – 59; Ben Franklin - 52
High Scorers: Alex Cohen – 28, Crisfield; Terry Page – 13, Ben Franklin
Led by senior guard Alex Cohen's 28 points, Crisfield high's boys' basketball team defeated Ben Franklin 59-52 at the Governor's Challenge.
The game was back and forth for the majority; both teams held 4-point leads in the first half, which ended with Crisfield up by 4. In the third quarter, Ben Franklin would go on a 7-2 run late, to regain the lead heading into the fourth quarter. Crisfield would respond with a 13-6 run and took the win by 7 points over Ben Franklin.
Crisfield is now 3-0 since losing to Wicomico at home and after the game Head Coach Dale Turpin talked about how the loss and wins in this tournament has helped them:
"A loss really hurts when you concentrate so much on winning," said Turpin. "A loss hurts, but I think it helped us. You always want to try and play teams you're not familiar with to see how much heart your kids really have. [Ben Franklin] had a lot of intensity and I think we matched that today."
Crisfield ends their trip to the Governor's Challenge with two wins, while Ben Franklin exits 1-1 after beating Pocomoke yesterday. Leading the way for Ben Franklin was junior guard Terry Page who had 13 points. For Crisfield, in addition to Cohen's 28, junior guard Lamount Potter had 11.
Crisfield will resume regular season play again on January 7th when they host Bayside-South rival Pocomoke.
Game 19: 3:30 PM Court 2 – Milford (DE) vs. Mervo (MD)
Final Score: Milford – 69; Mervo - 56
High Scorers: Jason Parker – 22, Milford; Jordan Tucker – 12, Mervo
Milford high's boys' basketball team rebounded from their loss to Crisfield on Thursday night by beating Mervo 69-56.
Milford built a big lead early, but Mervo was able to battle back and trim the deficit to just 4 at halftime. In the second half Milford would pull away again and eventually beat Mervo by 13. Milford was led in this one by senior forward Jason Parker, who led all scorers with 22 points.
Mervo, who was led by senior forward Jordan Tucker's 11 points, will look to bounce back on Saturday when they take on Pocomoke at 4:00pm
MD vs. DE official score: MD (6) – DE (7)