ORION -- Another terrific day of boys basketball at the 2012 Orion Tip-Off Classic featured a terrific scoring output and a close game come down to the final minute.|
The huge scoring output came from Rockridge Rockets junior Ethan Happ, who poured in 38 points including three rim rattling dunks in the Rockets' 71-36 victory over Fulton.
"I was just letting the game come to me," Happ said. "Defensively, I helped and stole the ball when needed. Offensively if I had the open shot, I took it."
Happ added 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals to his all-around game. He even knocked down a four-point play to begin the game.
"We are playing some good teams in this tournament," Happ said. "But we always have room to get better."
Sherrard 58, Knoxville 53: The Sherrard-Knoxville contest featured plenty of excitement as the Tigers pulled out the victory in regulation, but not before the Blue Bullets made a fierce comeback form a 12-4 deficit after the first period.
"We talked at halftime and I said 'they're going to make a run,'" Sherrard coach Barry Jackson said. "They're too good of a ball club to not make a run like that."
The run Coach Jackson spoke of was the 21-12 run Knoxville had coming out of the break. Sherrard had taken a 24-16 lead into the half before Knoxville charged back into the game.
Knoxville tied the game at 32 when Andrew Hale knocked down a 3. Knoxville didn't take a lead until the fourth when it pulled ahead 47-46. The lead was short lived, though, and that was the only time Knoxville held sole possession of the lead.
"We had to persevere and we handled it well," Jackson said. "We came right back."
Nathan Fay and Jake Coyne led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points a piece. Junior Lucas Boraas had five buckets of his own along with two free throws for 12 points.
Monmouth-Roseville 61, Erie 55: After leading by as many as 15 points, the Monmouth-Roseville Titans held on for the victory.
"It was a poor effort on both ends of the floor all night," Titans coach Chuck Grant said. "Our help was non-existent and we didn't close the ball out. I don't know how you play defense any worse."
One player who did close the ball out was Trayvon Smith on the offensive end. The Monmouth-Roseville junior scored 25 points to go with 11 boards.
"If we would of run our offense right, he would have had 45," Grant said. "He was part of it. Our high-low game wasn't there. When Trayvon cut to the ball and went to work, he scored."
Grant still see lots of room for improvement for the Titans.
"I thought we would be farther along than we are now, but we're not," Grant said. "It's a starting point, so we'll come back (tonight) and see if we can play better."
Jacob Johnston led Erie with 19 points and Connor Saad added 12.
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