Sophomore Luke Kennard poured in a tournament-high 43 points and pulled down nine rebounds for Franklin (Ohio) on Saturday.
In the end, Kennard’s effort wasn’t enough and the Wildcats fell to Orem (Utah) 86-77. The Tigers were 24-for-44 (61.4) percent from the field.
“I thought our team played well together,” Kennard said. “That’s a tough team. They’re the defending state champs out of Utah, and right there I think we proved we can play with anybody in the country.”
Zach Hunsaker (21), Cooper Holt (18), Dalton Nixon (18), Jordan Darger (14) and Quinn Peters (13) scored in double-figures for Orem, which advanced to the consolation championship.
The Wildcats received help from Travis Lakins, who scored 20 points.
Consolation bracketSt. James 60, Socastee 42
The Sharks were 25-for-45 (55.6 percent) from the field, and outrebounded the Braves 28-17.
Socastee’s Will Caswell had a game-high 16 points and Dante Moore added 14 points, but no other Braves player scored more than three points.ST. JAMES (60) Halftime: 3-point goals:
Rufus King forced 20 turnovers opposed to only nine of its own and the Generals outscored the Wildcats 21-7 in points off turnovers.
Austin Malone-Mitchell poured in a game-high 24 points and Chris Howell had 16 points to go along with 12 rebounds for Rufus King.
Trevin Steede had a team-high 10 points and Daniel Giddens had a game-high 16 rebounds for Wheeler.RUFUS KING (51) WHEELER (44) Records: Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 67, St. Rita of Cascia (Ill.) 58
Trailing 33-29 at half, Bishop Gorman put on the burners and outscored St. Rita by 13 in the second half to secure the win.
Dominique Matthews had a team-high 22 points for the Mustangs.ST. RITA (58) BISHOP GORMAN (67) Halftime: 3-point goals: Team fouls: Fouled out: Technical fouls: Records: Spring Valley 78, East Rutherford (N.C.) 67
Jabari Johnson (16), Perry Dozier Jr. (12) and Jordan Bruner (11) also finished with double-figure scoring for Spring Valley, which trailed 34-30 at halftime. The Vikings were 17-for-24 (70.8 percent) from the field in the second half and Spring Valley outscored East Rutherford 34-20 inside the paint during the contest.
Travis Waldroup-Rodrigue had a team-high 23 points for the Cavaliers and Rodric Ross added 17.EAST RUTHERFORD (67) SPRING VALLEY (78) Halftime: 3-point goals: Team fouls: Fouled out: Technical fouls: Records: