All-tournament selection Donnie Shelton scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and beyond to help Centerville of Ohio beat Boone 64-58 in double-overtime Saturday in the championship game of The City Beautiful Invitational Tournament at The First Academy.
Tournament MVP Matt Pearce scored 22 points for the Elks (7-3), who also got 11 points from Ryan Marchal and 10 points from Alec Grandin.
Marlon Allen scored 18 points for Boone. After being held in check most of the game, he scored 12 points in the fourth quarter and the extra time.
“They were feeding me the ball in the right time and the right place, and got me the good shots,” Allen said.
The better news for Boone was getting Sean Halloran back from a finger injury on his shooting hand this weekend. He had missed six games until he returned off the bench on Friday against Melbourne Central Catholic. Halloran scored 17 points and grabbed four rebounds for the Braves.
“This is my first full game back, and it’s a process,” Halloran said. “I’m trying to get back in it.”
Boone coach David Martinson said the Braves struggled a bit to fully integrate Halloran back into the flow. Shukiou Sprauve, who had eight points, also returned from illness.
“Part of it the guys had done something without Sean, and now working Sean back into what they’re doing,” Martinson said.
Pearce hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, forcing Boone to abandon its zone defense. Centerville led by as much as 9 points midway through the second quarter, but the Braves gradually chipped back into the game.
“We like playing against the zone,” Pearce said. “We’re a good-shooting team. We practice a lot of 3s. We like to light it up.”
Shelton scored eight points during the back-and-forth fourth quarter.
“We made sure to drive the lanes,” Shelton said.
Davis Mumaw put back a rebound to send the game into overtime tied 45-45. Buckets by Mumaw and Ryan Marchal put the Elks up 51-47, but eventually Halloran hit a 3-pointer to send the game into the second overtime tied 53-53. Grandin hit two layups during an 10-3 run that put the Elks up 63-56 to clinch the victory.
The game was billed to be a battle of two teams that liked playing deliberate basketball, and it held true to its billing.
“We didn’t play well. Bad night to have a bad game,” Martinson said. “I thought we had a bad game, but a lot of it was Centerville was able to impose their brand of basketball better than we did.”
Martinson said that the crucible of The City Beautiful Invitational gave the Braves a proving ground to see where they need to improve.
That’s important, with district play coming up in six weeks.
“The feeling they had in the locker room watching another team get the big trophy, that’s something they’ll remember six weeks from now,” Martinson said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to come away with the more important trophy, which is the district title.”
First Academy takes third
Elwood Tomlinson scored 16 points to lead host TFA past Melbourne Central Catholic 68-58 in the third-place game. Tomlinson hit two 3-pointers for the Royals (7-6), who went 3-1 in the tournament – playing all of their game’s at the school’s still sparkling new Cramer Family Field House, which opened last February.
“They were really aggressive on defense, so it was easy to go back-door,” Tomlinson said. “When I go back-door and they collapse, I gave my teammates open shots.”
Unlike Friday’s double-overtime loss against Centerville, several Royals contributed to the rush. Joe DeLuzio scored 14 points. He had 10 of those in the second half, including three baskets to help the Royals hold off the Hustlers (9-3). Kamron Summers added 10 points for the winners.
Lorenzo Hardy’s layup with 6:28 left in the game put MCC up 51-50. A jumper by Alex Shields put TFA up 52-51 in the final period and ignited an 18-7 run to close the game.
“We knew Melbourne Central Catholic wanted to get to the rim,” TFA coach Chris Mayberry said. “We tried to make them shoot outside shots, more in the second half.”
Mayberry said finishing the tournament strong will carry the Royals the rest of the season.
“Coming out of this tournament 3-1, I would’ve definitely taken that,” said Mayberry said. “I’m really proud of the guys, coming off a tough double-overtime loss last night.”
Deluzio said ball movement was key to the Royals’ effort.
“When we do our passing game up top and they deliver me the ball, it’s easy to see the opening on the wings so I can throw them the ball so they can make a play,” he said.
John May scored 15 points and Nick Alves had 10 points for MCC.
“We were doing a good job moving the ball in the first half, making the extra pass, being unselfish,” MCC coach Rob Terry said. “In the second half, we tried to play a lot of one-on-one basketball. It didn’t work out.”
The Hustlers grabbed a 35-31 halftime lead, and got two free throws from Pavel Antonov and a Nick Alves layup to stretch that to 39-31. TFA then went on a 14-2 run to grab a 45-41 edge and led 47-46 at the end of the third quarter.