Greenies explode for 28 points in the 4th quarter to earn a 73-61 victory over the talented and ranked Whitney Young HS (IL) Dophins to advance to a spot in the 5th place game at the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers, Fl. Christ School played excellent defense and had a balanced scoring attack with 4 starters in double figures.
The Greenies used a 6-2 scoring spurt in the last 2 minutes of the 1st quarter to lead 13-7 at that point. In the first 3 mins of the 2nd quarter, the teams traded baskets, then Christ School was able to extend the lead to 25-16 with just about 3 mins to play in the half. The Dophins responded with an an 8-2 run to cut the lead to 27-24 at the break. TD Dixon had 7 pts at the half and the team was able to stay in front by hitting 11 of their 14 FT attempts.
Whitney Young hit a 3-pointer midway in the 3rd quarter to tie the game at 34-34, but Damarcus Harrison came right down the floor and hit a 3-pointer to put the Greenies back up. The Dolphins took their only lead after early in the 1st quarter on another 3-pointer, but Zack Korkowski responded with a long range shot to give the Greenies the lead back. Then Rob Gray scored on back-to-back baskets to put the Greenies up 45-39 late in the 3rd quarter, but the Dolphins scored the last basket of the quarter to keep the game close at 45-41.
Christ School slowly extended the lead to 52-48 midway in the final quarter of the game, then another Rob Gray 3-pointer put the Greenies up 55-48. Later Will Weeks scored and converted the FT to give Christ School their largest lead at 60-48 with 3 mins to play in the game. The Dolphins battled back and cut the lead to 8 pts, but a key 4 pt play by Damarcus Harrison gave the Greenies a 69-57 lead with only :58 seconds to play. Damarcus scored and then converted both FT's on the intentional foul. For the game the Greenies hit 25 of 31 FT's, compared to 8 of 16 for the Dolphins.
Key - Greenies balance from their leaders:
Rob Gray (15 pts, 3 assists and 2 steals)
TD Dixon (15 pts, 6 assists)
Will Weeks (14 pts, 9 boards, 4 steals)
Damarcus Harrison (16 pts, 6 rebs)
Marshall Plumlee (5 pts, 8 rebs, 6 blocks)
Marshall Plumlee, with the assistance of Andy McMillan, won the Tournament Dunk Contest