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Hammond brings Chick-fil-A Classic title back to South Carolina

VIDEO: Hammond wins Chick-fil-A Classic American Division championship

Hammond defeated Greenforest to become first SC team since 2010 to win a title at Chick-fil-A championship.
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Hammond defeated Greenforest to become first SC team since 2010 to win a title at Chick-fil-A championship.

Hammond ended the state’s drought at the Chick-fil-A Classic in impressive fashion.

Seventh Woods poured in a game-high 26 points and Michael Turner added 20 as the Skyhawks defeated defending champion Greenforest 70-58 on Tuesday to win the American Division championship.

Hammond is the first South Carolina team since Irmo in 2010 to win a championship at the 14th annual tournament.

“Coach (Mark McClam) has been telling us since the beginning of the year that he wanted to win the Chick-fil-A,” Woods said. “We have been coming since my eighth grade and have improved, and we were able to put everything together.”

The win also extends the Skyhawks’ winning streak to 26 games, and it might have been one of the biggest ones during the streak. Greenforest came into the tournament as the 11th-ranked team in MaxPreps High School basketball poll and was 11-0 heading into the championship.

Playing in front of his college coach Roy Williams, Woods, a North Carolina signee and the tournament MVP, set the tone early as he poured in 14 points in the opening half to give the Skyhawks a 28-16 lead at the break.

With Greenforest trying to slow down Woods in the second half, that left things open for Turner, who was 5-for-6 from 3-point range in the game. The senior hit three of his 3-pointers in the second half as the Skyhawks lead grew to as many as 22 points. As a team, Hammond hit 9-of-18 3-pointers in the game.

“He was a big-time player,” Woods said of Turner. “He felt it, so I kept feeding him the ball and he made the shots.”

McClam said performances like Turner’s definitely will make the Skyhawks tougher to beat down the road.

“Mike’s got the ability to be a Division I player,” he said. “We have two of the top players in the country like Seventh Woods and Chevez Goodwin, but what is exciting is you see other kids show up every game. We can go 10 deep, our team chemistry is awesome and the team loves each other. It is wonderful that everyone is playing well.”

Greenforest cut the lead to 61-54 with 2:26 left, but Woods hit a jumper from the free-throw line to end the threat.

Senior Chevez Goodwin had his third double-double of the tournament as he scored 12 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for the Skyhawks.

Justin Forrest led Greenforest with 24 points.

Hammond defeated Greenforest to become first SC team since 2010 to win a title at Chick-fil-A championship.

Oak Hill (Va.) 93 Huntington Prep (WV) 85 (OT)

Ty-Shon Alexander scored 28 points as Oak Hill outscored Huntington 17-9 in overtime to win the National Division Bracket championship.

It was the third tournament championship in as many appearances for the Warriors, who have appeared in the Classic every other year since 2011.

Oak Hill, which led by as many as 18 points in the first half, trailed 76-74 late in regulation until Alexander, the bracket’s MVP and Creighton commit, scored on a drive to the lane with 1.3 seconds left.

In overtime, Devontae Shuler hit a 3-pointer to give the Warriors a 79-77 lead and they never trailed again.

Matt Coleman added 23 points for Oak Hill, and Shuler, the former Irmo standout, added 11 points and was voted to the all-tournament team.

Huntington’s Miles Bridges had 35 points, which included 27 in the second half and overtime and grabbed 10 rebounds. The Michigan State signee was named the division’s Most Outstanding Player.

Spring Valley 78, Lower Richland 68

Deangelo Ward scored 21 points, and Jordan Bruner added 18 as the Vikings used a strong second half to defeat the Diamond Hornets to win the third-place game in the American Division Bracket.

Spring Valley trailed 37-28 at halftime and was down 49-42 in the second half but went on a 21-2 take a 63-51 lead with 4:14 left. Ward hit 4-of-6 3-pointers and the Vikings shot 61 percent in the second half.

Ja’Cor Nelson led Lower Richland with 20 points

Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) 61, Blythewood 48

South Florida signee Troy Baxter had 11, and Jerome Merritt added 10 as Oldsmar won the third-place game in the National Division Bracket.

Khalil Shakir-Harris led Blythewood with 13, and Navy signee Eli Lake had 11.

Hammond 70, Greenforest (Ga.) 58

GF: Ayah 2, Iyola 4, Justin Forrest 24, John Ogwuuche 14, Duggan 3, Evans 6, Abdulsalem 5. H: Chevez Goodwin 12, Yuchmow 7, Michael Turner 20, Prickett 2, Seventh Woods 26, Theodore 3. Records: GF 11-1, H 9-0

Oak Hill (Va.) 93, Huntington Prep (WV) 85 (OT)

HP: Miles Bridges 35, Curtis Jones 27, Gandia 3, Bittim 5, Trace Young 13, Kabongo 2. OH: Braxton Key 15, Kegler 10, Matt Coleman 23, Devontae Shuler 11, Ty-Shon Alexander 28, Wigginton 2, Sy 4. Records: HP 13-3, OH 16-1

Spring Valley 78, Lower Richland 68

LR: K. Washington 8, Ja’Cor Nelson 20, CJ Nuttry 16, Townsend 2, Trapp 8, Tisdale 4, Harris 2, Higgins 2, Jones 6. SV: Wall 5, Jordan Bruner 18, Myers 4, Noah Harper 13, Deangelo Ward 21, Tommy Bruner 8, Grant 7, Davis 2. Records: LR 3-9, SV 6-3.

Oldsmar Christian (Fla.) 61, Blythewood 48

OC: Troy Baxter 11, Bassett 6, Weaver 4, Figueroa 5, Acevedo 7, Jerome Merritt 10, Thorp 3, Jones 5, Smith 8, Pursley 2. B: Eli Lake 11, Kahlil Shakir-Harris 13, Churn 2, Bowers 9, Bailey 2, Matthews 6, Jackson 1, Hammond 2, Braswell 2. Records: OC 11-3, B 11-3.

Providence Day (NC) 69, Pace Academy 51

PD: Devon Dotson 18, Williams 6, Trey Wertz 16, Johnson 9, Josh Howard 16, Ferris 3, Wood 1. PA: Baker 5, Sommerville 5, Jackson 2, Zack Kaminsky 11, Wendall Carter 11, Todd 4, Lewis 7, Payne 4, Harris 2. Records: PD 12-3, PA 2-5

Roman Catholic (Pa.) 49, Arlington Country Day (Fla.) 45

RC: Newman 2, Nazeer Bostick 10, Vilmar 1, Tony Carr 20, Stevens 8, Davis 8. ACD: Damir Hadzic 13, Koch Bar 13, Gadsen 5, Luguentz Dort 10, Route 4. Records: RC 6-1, ACD 9-5.

Greensboro Day 71, Keenan 42

GD: Perkins 8, Mewman 9, Dillard 6, Trayvon Mayo 22, Moorman 7, Hemphill 2, Michael 7, Solomon Smith 10. K: Johnson 2, Jones 4, Tariq Simmons 13, Marshall 3, Poole 3, Sanders 2, Sinkler 7, Haney 3, Corbitt 3, Williams 2. Records: GD 14-3; K 3-6.

Richland Northeast 65, Mullins 56

RNE: Chaney 5, James Fuller-Davis 21, Alex Caldwell 20, Tasha Brockington 12, Paulk 4, Garner 3. M: Fabian Carroll 13, Jalek Felton 13, Powell 6, Foxworth 3, Javaris Smith 12, Utley 3, Harley 2, Graham 2, Gore 2. Records: RNE 4-5, M 2-5

All-Tournament Team

National Division

Troy Baxter (Oldsmar), Stephens (Rom. Catholic), Curtis Jones (Hunt. Prep), Braxton Key (Oak Hill), Devontae Shuler (Oak Hill).

Most Oustanding Player: Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep). Tournament MVP: Ty-Shon Alexander (Oak Hill)

American Division

Wendell Carter, Jr. (Pace Academy), Devon Dotson (Providence Day), Justin Forrest (Greenforest), Chevez Goodwin  (Hammond School), John Ogwuuche (Greenforest Christian Academy)

Most Outstanding Player and Tournament MVP: Seventh Woods (Hammond)

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