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West Coast teams capture championships at Chick-fil-A Classic

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West Coast teams Salesian College Prep (Calif.) and Bella Vista (Ariz.) won championships at Chick-fil-A Classic on Dec. 29, 2018.
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West Coast teams Salesian College Prep (Calif.) and Bella Vista (Ariz.) won championships at Chick-fil-A Classic on Dec. 29, 2018.

Salesian College Prep traveled farther than anyone else to play in the 17th annual Chick-fil-A Classic. The Pride will return home with a little extra hardware.

JoVon McClanahan knocked down the go ahead 3-pointer with 1:40 remaining to propel Salesian College Prep to the American Division championship Saturday night with a 45-39 victory over Dorman.

Dorman was trying to become the sixth team from South Carolina to win a Chick-fil-A championship. Hammond is the last to accomplish the feat in 2015 and the Cavaliers were right there until running out of steam over the final two minutes.

Myles Tate tied it at 36 with a 3-point play but the Pride scored nine straight before Dorman could score again with 12 seconds remaining.

Dorman, the current top-ranked Class 5A team in South Carolina, is the two-time defending Class 5A champions and falls to 12-3 on the season. All three losses have come to out of state competition – Charlotte Latin, Oak Hill and Salesian.

Shane Bell led the Pride with 11 points and Jaden McClanahan added 10 points. Bell was named MVP of the American Division.

Tate, who is a target for South Carolina and Clemson in the 2020 class, finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four assists. PJ Hall, another top-ranked junior, added 11 points and seven rebounds. Tate was named Most Outstanding Player of the American Division and Hall made the All-Tournament Team.

In the National Division title game, Bella Vista became the first team from Arizona to win a Chick-fil-A title when it defeated St. Frances 55-46. Addison Patterson was the only person in double figures for either team.

Three South Carolina teams competed in the American Bracket Division other than Dorman. Keenan claimed third place of the American Bracket with a 60-58 victory over Independence. Dillon Jones scored on a driving layup with about eight seconds remaining for the winning basket. The Patriots’ shot at the buzzer rolled out.

Jones finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Asanti Price led the way with 20 points and Raekwon Horton, a member of the All-Tournament Team, added 16 points.

“It was a great showing for our kids,” Keenan coach Zach Norris said. “I wish we could have gotten to the finals, but I think we grew up a little bit. It will help us going forward.”

Ridge View used a huge second half to overcome Gray Collegiate 70-62 in the seventh-place contest of the American Bracket.

Crosby Harris-James led the Blazers with 22 points with Ja’Von Benson and Malcolm Wilson adding double-doubles. Benson had 16 points and 13 rebounds with Wilson adding 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Ridge View played without guard Walyn Napper and Gray Collegiate was without forward Dallaz Corbett.

American Bracket

Championship

Salesian College Prep (CA) 45, Dorman 39

SCP – Shane Bell 11, Jaden McClanahan 10, Lazo 7, Brinkman 7, Jo. McClanahan 7, Moore 2, Sawyer 1. D – Myles Tate 14, PJ Hall 11, Cooper 6, Desor 4, Renwick 4.

Third Place

Keenan 60, Independence (NC) 58

I – Raja Milton 18, Matthew Smith 10, Andra’ McKee 10, Allen 10, Pauldin 6, Bodrick 6. K – Asanti Price 20, Dillon Jones 19, Raekwon Horton 16, Morris 3, Taylor 2.

Fifth Place

Roman Catholic (PA) 72, Norcross (GA) 62

RC – Hakim Hart 27, Seth Lundy 17, Justice Williams 15, Jalen Duren 10, Wild 3. N – Brandon Boston 22, Kyle Sturdivant 11, Murphy 9, Martin 9, Ramsey 4, Harris 3, Muhammad 2, Eskridge 2.

Seventh Place

Ridge View 70, Gray Collegiate 62

GC – Jalil Robinson 18, Khalil Robinson 14, Tommy Brunner 14, Deloach 6, McDuffie 5, Kelly 3, Jeffcoat 2. Crosby Harris-James 22, Ja’Von Benson 16, Cincere Scott 16, Malcolm Wilson 12, Bynum 2, McKenny.

National Bracket

Championship

Bella Vista (AZ) 55, St Frances Academy (MD) 46

BVA – Addison Patterson 17, Armstrong 8, Talbot 8, Elame 6, Galbrath 5, Bell 5, Issanza 4, Tshimanga 2. SF – Alexander 9, Baldwin 7, Toles 7, Murphy 6, Jones 5, West 4, Brown 4, Montague 4.

Third Place

Sunrise Christian Academy (KS) 55, St Benedict’s Prep (NJ) 42

SCA – Austin Crowley 16, Grant Sherfield 13, N’faly Dante 11, Coleman 7, Turner 4, Muscadin 4. STP – Caleb Wilcher 16, Aaron Estrada 11, Cook 7, Nutter 4, Bakare 3, Diarra 1.

Fifth Place

Memphis East (TN) 59, The Rock School (FL) 58

ME – James Wiseman 26, Merriweather 7, Jacobs 7, Dandridge 6, Thomas 5, Cathey 4, Harwell 2, Haywood 2. TRS – Bryan Greenlee 16, Jaden Campbell 11, Zimife Nwokeji 10, Kapiti 8, Duke 4, Kidd 3, McCray 3, Oglesby 3.

Seventh Place

Hillcrest Prep (AZ) 95, Holy Spirit Prep (GA) 83

HSP – Anthony Edwards 24, DeAndre Brown 17, Miles Wallace 14, Michaiah Jeremiah 12, Langlais 6, Jarjou 4. Peikrishvilli 3, Cowherd 3. HP – Devan Cambridge 18, Dishon Thomas 18, Kyree Walker 17, Dre Harris 15, Dayton Holman 14, Terry 6, Olden 5, Baptiste 2.

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