High School Basketball

Dorman prevails against Keenan in matchup of top-ranked teams at Chick-fil-A Classic

Keenan’s Dillon Jones drives on Dorman’s PJ Hall on Friday at the Chick-fil-A Classic.
Keenan’s Dillon Jones drives on Dorman’s PJ Hall on Friday at the Chick-fil-A Classic. dmclemore@thestate.com

Dorman and Keenan certainly didn’t disappointment on the big stage at the 17th annual Chick-fil-A Classic. The top-ranked teams in Class 5A and 3A respectively battled nip and tuck from opening tip to buzzer before the Cavaliers finally prevailed with a 60-50 victory in the Friday evening nightcap.

Part of the crowd included South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Clemson coach Brad Brownell.

Dorman will play for the American Division Bracket championship Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. against Salesian College Prep from California. Keenan faces Independence (NC) in the third-place contest at 3:40 p.m.

“You know where you are after you play them (Keenan),” Dorman coach Thomas Ryan said. “I was proud of our guys for being tough and defensively we were outstanding tonight.”

Keenan coach Zach Norris was disappointed in his team’s defensive effort. But he knows in the long run, playing in this type of game will only help in the long run.

“I’m going to be honest, we didn’t play defense like they’ve been taught,” Norris said. “Dorman is going to be there, so we got better for sure tonight. In a way, we might have needed something like this. They controlled the tempo and we couldn’t exploit our mismatches.”

Turns out, two huge runs by the Cavaliers turned out to be the difference.

Dorman used an 11-0 run in the first half with Myles Tate, Sam Long and Tyrese Pilgrim hitting 3-pointers to give the Cavaliers a 19-8 lead with just over eight minutes remaining in the half. Keenan responded behind Latrell Taylor’s 11 first half points to only trail 25-22 at the half.

The Cavaliers fell behind by three early in the second half but used a 14-1 run to take a 46-36 lead with just over four minutes remaining.

The Raiders made one final run and got within 46-42 with 2:47 remaining but they couldn’t get any closer.

“Early on, we got up big and PJ (Hall) got his second foul and Keenan was able to get back in it,” Ryan said. “I did think the run there in the (second half) was big. We hit a couple of shots and Myles Tate was fantastic.”

The trio of Tate, PJ Hall and Ta’lon Cooper led the way for Dorman. Tate, one of the top-ranked juniors in the state with an offer from South Carolina, finished with 19 points and four steals. Hall and Cooper each added 14 points.

Latrell Taylor led Keenan with 23 points. Raekwon Horton added 13 points, but the Raiders only shot 28.6 percent from the field.

In the National Division Bracket, St. Frances Academy (MD) and Bella Vista (CA) advanced to the championship at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday.

St. Frances advanced with a 53-44 win over St Benedict Prep (NJ) on the strength of three players scoring in double figures. Jordan Toles scored 16 points with Rajeir Jones adding 14 points and Adrian Baldwin chipping in with 12. Baldwin, who added nine assists, was offered by both South Carolina and Clemson this weekend.

Bella Vista rallied for a 71-64 double overtime win over nationally ranked Sunrise Christian in the other semifinal. Addison Patterson scored 24 points with Terry Armstrong adding 23 points. Sunrise Christian was the only nationally ranked team in the field, 13th by USA Today.

Gray Collegiate and Ridge View will tip the action off at 12:30 p.m. with eight games on the slate for the final day of the tournament.

Chick-fil-A Classic

Carolina Challenge

Lower Richland 59, York Prep 48

YP – Isiah Benjamin 21, Roman Bowie 13, Deuce Dean 12, McCullough 2. LR – Korey Richardson 18, Fred Archie 12, Demajae Hicks 10, M. Archie 7, Townsend 6, Huff 2, Rivers 2, Clinton 2.

Lakeside (GA) 69, Richland Northeast 52

L – Kalen Williams 18, Tucker Gilbert 18, Tyshun Briscoe 12, Marqavis Allen 10, King 6, Reese 5. RNE – Amere’ Cherry 13, Norman Nowell 10, Tysean Osby 10, Brown 9, Grayson 8, Stinson 2.

American Division

Norcross (GA) 64, Gray Collegiate 56

GC – Tommy Bruner 21, Khalil Robinson 14, Deloach 8, J. Robinson 7, McDuffie 3, Jeffcoat 3. N – Caleb Murphy 18, Brandon Boston 15, Daniel Ramsey 11, Muhammad 7, Sturdivant 6, Eskridge 4, Martin 3.

Roman Catholic (PA) 73 Ridge View 58

RC – Seth Lundy 17, Jalen Duren 16, Hakim Hart 15, Greer 8, Williams 8, Wild 6, Anderson 3. RV – Crosby Harris-James 15, JaVon Anderson 15, Benson 9, Wilson 8, Scott 5, Rice 4, McKie 2.

Salesian College Prep (CA) 41, Independence (NC) 36

I – Matthew Smith 11, Milton 7, Allen 6, Bodrick 6, Harris 3, Pauldin 2, McKee 1. SCP – Shane Bell 20, McClanahan 8, Sawyer 8, Brinkman 5.

Dorman 60, Keenan 50

D – Myles Tate 19, PJ Hall 14, Ta’Lon Cooper 14, Desor 5, Long 3, Pilgrim 3, Renwick 2. K – Latrell Taylor 23, Raekwon Horton 12, Price 6, Jones 2, Sanders 2, Garrett 2, Morris 2.

National Division

The Rock School (FL) 75, 19 Holy Spirit Prep (GA) 64

HSP – Anthony Edwards 18, Ibrahhima Jarjou 12, Michaiah Jeremiah 10, Wallace 9, Peikrishvilli 6, Langlais 3, Cowherd 3, McKie 3. TRS – Jaden Campbell 17, Lynn Kidd 15, Bryan Greenlee 15, Alec Oglesby 10, Nwokeji 8, Kapiti 4, Duke 4, McGriff 2.

Memphis East (TN) 57, Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 56

ME – James Wiseman 24, Antonio Thomas 11, Derrein Merriweather 10, Jacobs 8, Dandridge 4. HP – Dishon Thomas 19, Kyree Walker 14, Devan Cambridge 10, Terry 8, Harris 3, Clark 2.

St. Frances Academy (MD) 53, St. Benedict’s (NJ) 44

SB – Wilcher 9, Nutter 8, Betlow 8, Okani 6, Estrada 5, Cook 4, Orogun 2, Njie 2. SFA – Jordan Toles 16, Rajeir Jones 14, Adrian Baldwin 12, Murphy 8, Alexander 2, West 1.

Bella Vista Prep (Ariz.) 71, Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) 64, 2 OT

BV – Addison Patterson 24, Terry Armstrong 23. Sertovic 9, Tshimanga 7, Elame 5, Issanza 2, Bell 1. SCA – Grant Sherfield 28, N’faly Dante 22, Turner 9, Coleman 3, Crowley 2.

Saturday’s Schedule

Holy Spirit Prep (GA) vs Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 12:30 p.m. Aux gym

Gray Collegiate vs Ridge View 12:30 p.m. Main gym

Norcross (GA) vs Roman Catholic (PA) 2:00 p.m. Aux gym

The Rock School (FL) vs Memphis East (Tenn.) 2:00 p.m. Main gym

Independence (NC) vs Keenan 3:40 p.m. Main gym

St Benedict’s Prep (NJ) vs Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) 5:10 p.m. Main gym

St Frances Academy (MD) vs Bella Vista (AZ) 6:45 p.m. Main gym

Salesian College Prep (CA) vs Dorman 8:30 p.m. Main gym