29th Gonzaga DC Classic Tips Off FRIDAY, December 8

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29TH GONZAGA DC CLASSIC TIPS OFF FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

Field Includes Teams from New York, Philadelphia, North Carolina & DC Region

All Games Played at Gonzaga College High School

December 3, 2017 – The 29th Annual Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament begins Friday afternoon, December 8 at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC. Games continue Saturday and Sunday at Gonzaga.

Gonzaga, the 2016 WCAC Champions, will be joined in this advancing tournament by a very strong field, featuring top talent and highly recruited athletes from up and down the east coast in this advancing tournament.

Along with Gonzaga, teams competing for the championship include Cardinal Hayes (New York City), Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC), Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD), Roman Catholic (Philadelphia), St. Maria Goretti (Hagerstown, MD), St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD) and Woodrow Wilson (DC). All proceeds from program sponsors, advertising and ticket sales go to support Gonzaga’s far-reaching service programs here in the Washington region and across the U.S. and on the U.S. – Mexico border. The tournament’s slogan is, “Great Basketball Supporting Good Works.”

Games begin at 3:15 on Friday at Gonzaga when Charlotte Christian takes on St. Vincent Pallotti. The 5:00 game will feature St. Maria Goretti against host Gonzaga. At 6:45, Roman Catholic takes on Riverdale Baptist and the 8:30 game will feature Cardinal Hayes versus Woodrow Wilson.

Second round games begin at 3:15 on Saturday at Gonzaga.

Sunday’s games, which will also be played at Gonzaga, begin at 1:30 PM and the championship match-up is set for 6:45 Sunday. Tickets are $10 per day. A three-day tournament pass is available for $25.

The entire tournament will be webcast and can be viewed at the tournament website: www.gonzagadcclassic.org. The official tournament twitter feed can be found at @gonzagaclassic and on Instagram at GonzagaClassic.

Qualified organizations and individuals (press, college coaches, scouting services) may request tournament passes via email to Al Jackson at alfredjacksoniii@gmail.com. Please include name and links to your publication(s), website(s) and/or twitter feed(s).

Brief profiles of participating teams can be found below.

Gonzaga College High School (Washington, DC)

Gonzaga enters the 2017-18 basketball season after capturing the coveted triple crown last year. With a 32-5 record, Gonzaga won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) tournament, the DC State Championship, and the Alhambra Catholic Invitational tournament last year. Gonzaga earlier won the 2016 Gonzaga DC Classic tournament and finished the year ranked as the best local high school basketball team by the Washington Post newspaper. With multiple returning players, including two players that have signed National Letters of Intent to play college basketball, there are high expectations for the Eagles. Gonzaga has a strong squad with three returning seniors including Myles Dred, Allin Blunt, Will Turgeon, and Prentiss Hubb. The squad of 2017-18 is fortified by a number of juniors, sophomores, and one freshman.

For the 2017-18 season, Gonzaga will play a very competitive WCAC schedule, as well as a number of nationally ranked opponents including Bishop Loughlin (NY), Mater Dei (CA), and Sacred Heart (CT). Following the three-day Gonzaga DC Classic tournament, the Eagles will participate in the “Slam Dunk to the Beach” tournament in Lewes, Delaware in late December.

Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, NY)

Cardinal Hayes is proud to make its second appearance in the Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament led by Coach Joe Lods, now in his eleventh season (202-56). The Cardinals have a veteran team consisting of seven lettermen from last year’s team which finished 21-6, won the League Championship and the CHSAA NY City and State Championships. Key for the Cardinals this year are junior guard Joe Toussaint (6-0) with 15.0 ppg and 6.0 apg, senior guard and Quinnipiac commit Tyrese Williams (6-3) with 15.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg, senior forward Terry Dawkins (6-3) with 12.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg, senior guard Jontai Williams (6-0) with 13.0 ppg and 4.0 apg, junior center/forward Adam Cisse (6-9) with 6.0 ppg and 8.0 rpg and senior guard Terrence Reaves (6-1) with 6.0 ppg. Senior Michael Richardson and Freshman Jaylen Murray will also be major contributors this year. Antonio Colclough, Shawn Dewangso and Al-Qadir White are seniors who will provide veteran leadership and rebounding. Other players to watch are juniors Brandon Giles, Richard Cruz and Ismar Martinez. The Cardinals will try to build on their first championship since 1990 with this experienced group, and are optimistic about a return trip to the city finals.

Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, NC)

Charlotte Christian coach Shonn Brown is looking forward to having his team in the Gonzaga DC Classic again this year. In their last appearance in the Classic in 2010, the Knights made a strong showing but lost to Gonzaga in the championship game. Coach Brown, in his 12th season as head basketball coach at Charlotte Christian, believes his team can improve this season on last year’s overall 22-8 record and a squeaker loss in the quarterfinals of the 3A North Carolina Inter Scholastic Athletic Association (NCISAA) state tournament.  Despite having lost three seniors to graduation and a promising sophomore transfer to Oak Hill, the team has experienced returnees including senior center Blake Preston, 6’9 220, headed for Liberty University next year, and senior guard Terrell Brown, 6’0, undecided.  Five juniors are also back from last year’s team, including power forward Garrett Shrader 6’5 195 (quarterback on this fall’s 3A division state championship football team) and guards Seth Bennett 6’3,  Efosa E-Udosomwan 6’2,  JC Tharrington 6’0, and Jere Drummond 6’0. Junior “transfer-in,” power forward, Paul Hudson, 6’5 210, is expected to provide strong point and rebound production.  Coach Brown says the Knights play in the tough Charlotte Independent Conference where last year’s 6-4 win-loss record featured a win over the conference champs and several cliffhanger losses. This year, he is looking forward to the challenges in the Gonzaga DC Classic to help get his team ready to take on that conference competition, and move on to the state tournament afterwards.

Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, MD)

The Riverdale Baptist High School, located in Upper Marlboro, MD, returns to the Gonzaga DC Classic for its second appearance and will be looking for another great tournament experience. The Riverdale Baptist “Crusaders,” members of the Capital Beltway League, won the 2017 Maryland State Private School Championship and finished with a record of 31 – 9. Led by Coach Louis Wilson, who is in his 17th year with the Crusaders and is the winningest active Coach in the State of Maryland, the Crusaders return some talented seniors. These players include forward David McCullough (3.8 GPA), 7 points per game (ppg), 4 rebounds; senior guard Wayne Bristol, Jr. (3.83 GPA); and point guard Donovann Toatley, 11ppg, 5 assists  (4.0 GPA). Toatley has signed to play basketball at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga next year. Junior forward Charles Creek (3.0 GPA) and junior guard Myles Anderson (4.0 GPA) are experienced players who are also returning from last season’s squad. Coach Wilson expects contributions from 6’6″ senior forward Thomas Gaskins, 6’5″ senior forward Grant Grimes, and 6’10” junior forward from France Josaphat Bilau. In addition, talented freshman guards Zion Russell and James Gross will see action.

Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA)

In Matt Griffin’s first season as head coach, the Cahillites finished 20-6 overall and third in the Philadelphia Catholic League, after being picked to finish eighth. This year, the team returns three starters, junior Seth Lundy, sophomore Lynn Greer III, and senior Allen Betrand, a Towson University (MD) commit.  All three starters averaged better than 10 points per game last season.  Seth Lundy led the team in rebounds per game and Lynn Greer led the team in assists.

In addition to the returning starters, Roman Catholic has brought up multiple junior varsity and freshman players as well as two transfers: Louie Wild and Hakim Hart.  The entire coaching staff is back this year.  Joining Head Coach Matt Griffin are assistants Bill Goebig (8th season), Mike Wild (2nd season), Bill Lally (2nd Season) and Mike Ringgold (2nd Season).

St. Maria Goretti (Hagerstown, MD)

The St. Maria Goretti Gaels, out of Hagerstown, MD, come to the DC Classic after winning their ninth Mid-Atlantic Invitational Tournament in late November.  In the title game against St. Andrew’s (Potomac, MD), juniors RJ Blakney and Przemek Golek led the Gaels with 23 and 21 points, respectively.

Competing in the Baltimore Catholic League and the Inter-Parochial Athletic Conference, Goretti finished the 2016-17 season with a 29-9 record, good for a BCL regular season co-championship and IPSL championship.  At last season’s Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament, Goretti knocked off DeMatha and was a shot away from beating WCAC champions Gonzaga.  Coach Matt Miller’s Gaels are a young team, with one senior, Josh Mack, on the roster.

St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, MD)

St. Vincent Pallotti High School from Laurel, Maryland returns this year to the Gonzaga DC Classic after participating in last year’s classic. The Panthers finished 13-17 last season in the competitive Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA).

Led by Head Coach Dennis Murphy in his fifth season, the Panthers return a talented team, including three starters.  5’11” senior point guard Stephen Cannady signed a letter of intent with Division II power Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia.  Senior forward Amir Warrick (3.7 GPA) is an athletic 6’5” wing that can shoot the three and get to the rim.   Kyron Martin a senior forward is a 6-4 sharpshooter that will add offensive punch off the bench.  Miles Mallory, a 6’6” junior is a smooth shooting forward that is a tough perimeter defender and is part of the National Honor Society.  Isaiah Lattimore (JR) and sophomore Austin Allison will add toughness and scoring to the line-up along with smooth shooting lefty freshman Edward Johnson.

Coach Murphy notes that two juniors, guard Ronell Giles and forward Gilbert Otoo (4.5 GPA) have several Division I scholarship offers, including Columbia, St. Frances of PA, and Howard University.

Woodrow Wilson (Washington, DC)

Woodrow Wilson High School from Washington, D.C. returns to the Gonzaga DC Classic for the first time since 1997. The Tigers are coming off a highly successful 2016-17 campaign in which they finished 29-4 playing in the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association. (DCIAA).

Led by Head Coach Angelo Hernandez, the Tigers return a talented young team, including 6’8” senior guard Ricardo Lindo who was one of three leading scorers.  5’11 Sr. Guard Ayinde Hikim returns as the leading scorer for Wilson last year. Other returner 6’8 Sr. Center Josiah Marable will return to harness the middle and show a lot of low post moves. Jr. Carlos Dunn returns and looks to finish off where he left off by having a break out game against Gonzaga in the State Semifinals. 5’8 So. Chase Cook looks to return off a great season and add much needed depth at the PG position by leading the team being able to score from several different dimensions. With the additions of 6’8 Sr. Willem Bouma to protect the paint amongst doing many other intangibles. Another addition 6’4 Jr. PG Jay Heath Jr. who brings experience to a group that lost 3 seniors and will look to lead the area in scoring. 6’6 Soph. Dimingus Stevens is another addition who will add depth and the ability to stretch the floor.

Coach Hernandez notes that Ricardo Lindo, and Jay Heath Jr. have several Division I scholarship offers, including Kansas State, Rhode Island, George Washington, Harvard, Long Beach State, Princeton, Yale, to name a few.

“We are excited to participate in this year’s Gonzaga DC Classic. I am well aware of the prestige and history that goes along with the tournament,” says Coach Hernandez. “Our schedule has always been tough and this is a great measuring stick early in the season to see where we are.”

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28th Gonzaga DC Classic All Tournament Team

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team at the 28th Gonzaga DC Classic.

Cole Anthony                                                  Archbishop Molloy

Myles Dread                                                    Gonzaga

Collin Gillespie                                               Archbishop Wood

Raiquan Gray                                                  Dillard

Everette Hammond                                       St. Vincent Pallotti

Prentiss Hubb                                                 Gonzaga

Chrs Lykes*                                                      Gonzaga

Jelani Williams                                               Sidwell Friends

Lucas Williamson                                           Whitney Young

Jordan Wright                                                 Dillard

 

Chris Lykes (Gonzaga) was named Tournament MVP.

Championship Game Summary

Gonzaga (DC) Defeats Dillard High School in DC Classic Championship Game(FL)

Chris Lykes scored 30 points to lead Gonzaga (DC) to a 74-53 victory over Dillard (FL)on Sunday in the championship game at the 28th Gonzaga DC Classic Tournament.

With a 36-24 lead at the half, Gonzaga (DC) pulled ahead early in the game. Gonzaga (DC) cemented their lead in the third quarter, scoring 24 points. Gonzaga (DC) played an aggressive game, racking up 22 fouls.

Making 53% (8-for-15) of shots taken, Lykes had a great shooting game from the field, as well as outside the arc, making 67% (4-for-6) of threes attempted. From the line, Lykes made 100% (10-for-10) of free throws attempted. Prentiss Hubb (17 points), Michael Meyers (8 points), and Myles Dread (6 points) each had multiple three-pointers. Also contributing for Gonzaga (DC) were Terrance Williams(6 points) and Anwar Gill (6 points).

Leading the scoring for Dillard was Jordan Wright with 19 points, followed by Stanley Garner with 10 and Raiquan Gray, who got in early foul trouble, with 8.

Lykes was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.

Game 9 – Pallotti Defeats St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes

St. Vincent Pallotti (MD) defeats St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (VA)

It took overtime to do it, but St. Vincent Pallotti defeated St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 64-62 in the first game of the third day of the Gonzaga DC Classic basketball tournament.

Pacing Pallotti was senior Everett Hammond with 15 points, followed closely by sophomore Abdoul Karim Coulibaly with 11 and Stephen Canady with 10.

Denmark Slay II scored 16 points for the Saints. St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (VA) finished strong, adding 20 points in the final quarter. However, it was not enough to close the point gap. Charles Thompson scored 13 points and Jamal Barnes hit two three-pointers and scored 10 points total and .

Game 7 – Gonzaga (DC) Win Versus Archbishop Molloy (NY)

Gonzaga (DC)  sank a tournament record number of shots beyond the arc and were victorious against Archbishop Molloy (NY) 84-58 on Saturday. 

With an inspiring 25-point second quarter on the strength of an 18-4 run, Gonzaga (DC) pulled ahead and eventually claimed a 48-24 lead by halftime.

Great play from the field made Hubb stand out, as he made 46% (6-for-13) of shots attempted as well as 50% (4-for-8) of threes attempted.

Two other players also racked up double digit scores for Gonzaga (DC). Chris Lykes racked up 16 points and Eddie Scott added 15 points. Myles Dread (15 points) and Michael Meyers (9 points) each had multiple three-pointers. Also contributing for Gonzaga (DC) were Terrance Williams (9 points), Chuck Harris (2 points), and Anwar Gill (2 points).

Gonzaga plays in the Championship Game at 6:15 on Sunday at Gonzaga College High School’s Carmody Center 

Game 4 – Dillard over Sidwell Friends

Dillard over Sidwell Friends in the fourth game of the night
In a great showing, Jelani Williams scored 16 points, but this was not enough as Sidwell Friends (DC) fell to Dillard (FL) 45-41. On a two-pointer from Raiquan Gray, Dillard (FL) clinched their win in the fourth quarter.
Sidwell Friends (DC) finished the half up 22-12 on the heels of a 16-4 run. But this wasn’t sufficient to overcome Dillard (FL)’s 33 points in the final two quarters of the game. With 22 fouls over the course of the game, Sidwell Friends (DC) had an aggressive showing.
Williams made 83% (5-for-6) of free throws attempted.
Also contributing for Sidwell Friends (DC) were Saddiq Bey (9 points), Ross Young (8 points), Mark Chichester (3 points), Ashton Jones (3 points), and Abass Sallah (2 points).

Game 3 – Whitney Young advances over St. Vincent Pallotti

Whitney Young (IL) defeats ​St. Vincent Pallotti (MD)
​Chicago’s Whitney Young surviv​ed a hard-fought battle with St. Vincent Pallotti, prevailing 73-65.
Junior Javon Freeman led the Dolphins with 23 points, followed by Lucas Williamson with 17 and Craig Beaudion with 13.
Abdoul Karim Coulibaly ​scored​ 21 ​for Pallotti, and Everette Hammon had 15. ​
Whitney Young (IL) cemented their lead in the third quarter, scoring 23 points. Both teams were very physical on the court, with St. Vincent Pallotti (MD) picking up 21 fouls while Whitney Young (IL) had 21.
​Whitney Young faces Dillard (FL) in the second semi-final game on Saturday.​

Game 2 – Gonzaga (DC) Win Versus Archbishop Wood (PA)

Host ​Gonzaga (DC) Win​s​ Versus Archbishop Wood (PA)
Prentiss Hubb scored 17 points, helping Gonzaga (DC) notch a 82-66 victory over Archbishop Wood (PA) on Friday.
A 20-5 run during the first quarter allowed Gonzaga (DC) to pull ahead, eventually claiming a 42-32 l​Gon​ead by halftime.
Hubb shot well from the field, making 46% (6-for-13) of shots attempted as well as 60% (3-for-5) of threes attempted.
Four other players also added ten or more points for Gonzaga (DC). ​Miami commit ​Chris Lykes​ ​racked up 15 points, ​freshman ​Terrance Williams contributed 14 points, and Anwar Gill had 10 points. Myles Dread notched two three-pointers and scored 14 points total. Also contributing for Gonzaga (DC) were Eddie Scott (6 points) and Michael Meyers (5 points).
Seniors Collin Gillespie and Matt Cerruti led Archbishop Wood with 15 points each, followed by ​​Tyree Pickron with 14.
​Gonzaga faces Archbishop Molloy (NY) in Saturday’s semi-final.

Game 1 – Archbishop Molloy (NY) Defeats St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (Va)

Archbishop Molloy (NY) Defeats St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (Va) in Opening Game at Gonzaga DC Classic

Archbishop Molloy’s 7’1″ junior Moses Brown led the Stanners to a 78-44 victory over Alexandria’s St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School in the first game at the 28th Gonzaga DC Classic. Sophomore Cole Anthony had 15 points and junior Khalid Moore had 12. Molloy led throughout the game, running to a 53-24 halftime lead and maintaining it throughout.

The Saints were led by senior Denmark Slay II with 15. Also chipping in for St. Stephens & St. Agnes School (VA) were Charles Thompson (7 points) and Jared White (7 points).