High School Sports

Chick-fil-A Classic: Raiders no match for United Faith

Keenan's Quinton Johnson drives the lane as United Faith Christian Academy's Bradley Fisher, right, looks on in the Classic I championship game at the Chick-fil-A tournament at Blythewood High School.__Blythewood, S.C.12-23-2010. C. Aluka Berry - The State Media Company
Keenan's Quinton Johnson drives the lane as United Faith Christian Academy's Bradley Fisher, right, looks on in the Classic I championship game at the Chick-fil-A tournament at Blythewood High School.__Blythewood, S.C.12-23-2010. C. Aluka Berry - The State Media Company caberry@thestate.com

Keenan ran into an offensive buzz saw against United Faith Christian Academy from Charlotte in the Classic I championship game of the Chick-fil-A Classic.

The Falcons placed three players in double figures for the second straight game and cruised to a 75-57 victory.

The Raiders had a chance to make it a Midlands sweep at the Classic but fell short of their first Chick-fil-A crown since 2003.

They watched United Faith Christian (12-3) jump to a 35-25 halftime advantage. Paris Roberts-Campbell, an East Carolina commitment, scored 17 of his 20 points in the opening half and knocked down four 3-pointers.

“They’ve got size and shooters,” Keenan coach Zack Norris said. “They took us out of our principles of man-to-man defense, and there wasn’t much we could do with them.”

Keenan cut its deficit to single digits only once in the second half. Eric Washington connected on a 3-pointer to make it 41-32, but the Raiders could not get closer.

Braxton Ogbueze, the No. 47 junior in the country, scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to keep Keenan at bay. Peter Jurkin, a 7-foot-2 senior who has committed to Indiana, added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

“We fought hard and I’m real proud of the effort we put forth,” Norris said. “This is part of the growing up process. We know what the ultimate goal is, and playing in this tournament was a step in that direction.”

Quinton Johnson paced the Keenan (7-2) attack with 19 points. Starting Tuesday, the Raiders will host a post-Christmas tournament featuring eight boys and eight girls teams.

UF: Braxton Ogbueze 25, Paris Roberts-Campbell 20, Peter Jurkin 12, Bankovic 7, Edwards 4, Davis 6, Uwadie 1. K: Quinton Johnson 19, Eric Washington 12, Kiante Curenton 10, Stroman 6, Tisdale 7, Johnson 3.

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ROCKDALE COUNTY (GA.) 66, RICHLAND NORTHEAST 55

Kevin Ware scored 19 points to pace four Rockdale County (6-3) players in double figures in the third-place game of the Classic II bracket.

Mike Murphy led the Cavaliers (9-5) with 20 points, and Travis Hammonds added 10.

R: Kevin Ware 19, Darion Clark 15, C.J. Wilson 14, Bernard Thompson 14, Sunderhaus 2, Mitchell 2. RNE: Mike Murphy 20, Travis Hammonds 10, Anderson 6, Quarles 5, Branch 2, Martin 6, Whaley 2, Cruise 4.

NORCROSS (GA.) 54, BENEDICTINE (VA.) 43

Josiah Moore scored 15 points, and Chris Bolden pitched in 13 as the Blue Devils claimed third place in the Classic I bracket. Moore, a Nebraska commitment, added nine rebounds for Norcross (5-6).

Duke-bound senior Mike Gbinije scored 21 points for the Cadets (7-2).

N: Josiah Moore 15, Chris Bolden 13, Nelson-Ododa 9, Herbert 4, Nickerson 5, Croom 6, Coleman 2. B: Mike Gbinije 21, Burgess 6, Moody 3, Davis 7, George 4, Burnett 2

CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN 55, PENN WOOD (PA.) 46

USC signee Anthony Gill scored 15 points and added seven rebounds to lead the Knights (12-2) in the fifth-place game of Classic I.

West Virginia signee Aaron Brown continued his strong play with 18 points for the Patriots (2-3), who came into the tournament ranked nationally by MaxPreps but lost twice.

CC: Anthony Gill 15, Andrew Frowine 12, U-Edosomwan 2, Walker 8, Rooks 8, Robinson 1, Ritcher 4, Warner 2, Lawrence 2, Lynch 1. PW: Aaron Brown 18, Barnes 4, Oakman 2, Anderson 4, Richardson 6, Price 5, Smith 1, Young 2, Kyem 4.

GRACE PREP (TEXAS) 55, NORLAND (FLA.) 35

Isaiah Austin followed up his triple-double Wednesday with 15 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Lions (12-3). The 7-foot junior is committed to Baylor.

Jamal Branch, who is headed to Texas A&M, added 12 points.

Cleon Roberts scored 15 for the Vikings (6-4).

GP: Isaiah Austin 15, Jamal Branch 12, Zach Ghormley 12, Emmanuel Mudiay 10, Hornbeak 2, Wood 2, Dean 2. N: Cleon Roberts 15, Duncan 2, Atkins 3, Roberts 8, Snell 5, Spear 2.

THE ROCK SCHOOL (FLA.) 56, BLYTHEWOOD 33

The Lions led from the tip and claimed seventh place in the Classic I Bracket. Glenn Feidanga scored 13 points, and Alan Chigha added 12 for The Rock.

C.J. Buchanan led the Bengals (5-8) with nine points.

RS: Glenn Feidanga 13, Alain Chigha 12, Wilbekin 5, Harrell 9, Benzon 6, Etienne 2, Mioc 1, Koffi 3, Berljafa 3, Diatta 2. B: Lowery 4, Hall 6, Johnson 6, Davis 2, Harris 2, Williams 2, Buchanan 9, Bowers 2.

DANIEL 57, LOWER RICHLAND 52

Antonio Cannon shook off a poor shooting night Wednesday and scored 21 points to pace the Lions (5-5) in the seventh-place game of the Classic II Bracket.

Cannon was 1-for-13 a day earlier but rebounded to go 7-for-8 from the field.

Eric Eaves led the Diamonds (3-7) with 15 points.

D: Antonio Cannon 21, Shaq Lawson 10, Greenlee 2, Wimphire 6, Gibson 9, Gaines 7, Oglesby 2. LR: Eric Eaves 15, Dominique Miller 11, Vince Hicklin 10, Stephens 7, Brown 2, McFadden 1, King 4, Cole 2.

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