Nate Britt’s 30 Highlights Day 1 of Gonzaga DC Classic
Nate Britt highlighted the first day of the Gonzaga DC Classic scoring 23 of his game high 30 in the first half and didn’t miss a shot until his half court heave was off mark to end the first half.
Four games took place Friday in the first round of the 23rd annual Gonzaga DC Classic. In the first and most competitive game of the tournament Sagemont of Weston, Florida came away with a four point victory in overtime over John Carroll of Bel Air, MD. Sagemont junior Egor Koulechov, who just moved to the US from Israel was the high scorer on the day going for 31 points while making 15 of 16 free throws. Columbia University commit Jeff Coby added 10 for Sagemont. Freshman sensation Justin Jenifer scores 18 for John Carroll in a losing effort.
In the tournaments second game the host Gonzaga Eagles downed Central Catholic of Pittsburgh, PA. Britt was unstoppable in his 30 point effort, the second highest scoring mark so far in this years tournament. He also added 7 assists. Kris Jenkins added 12 and Will Rassman chipped in with 9 points. Central Catholic was led by Robert Morris commit Lincoln Davis who scored 21. Many expected Gonzaga to win this game easily, but Central Catholic put up a tenacious effort, mainly attributed to their long range shooting. The Pittsburgh school connected on 10 3-balls. In the fourth quarter Gonzaga finally pulled away but the game was back and forth for the first 24 minutes.
In the third game Sidwell Friends had their way with Chicago’s St. Rita High. St. Rita got off to a hot start leading 18-7 at one point. Sidwell Friends’ trio of Matt Hillman (21 points), Josh Hart (17 points), and Jamal Lewis (17 points) scored all but 7 of their teams points. St Rita, playing shorthanded after losing 6’7” University of Western Michigan commit AJ Avery to a wrist injury played a sloppy game and sent Sidwell to free throw line 36 times in the 32 minute game.
The fourth and final game of the evening saw Neumann-Goretti of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania dismantle Bishop McNamara by a score of 73-46. Neumann-Goretti had 10 players score in the victory and were led by Rider commit Derrick Stewart who scored 17. Stephan Jiggetts was the loan bright spot for McNamara as he scored 23 and was the only player in double figures for the Forestville school.
On Saturday the tournament changes venues as they transition over to American University’s Bender Arena. Saturdays schedule is as follows:
3:15PM consolation 1 John Carroll (7-1) vs Central Catholic (0-1)
5PM consolation 2 St. Rita (0-1) vs McNamara (2-1)
6:45PM semifinal Gonzaga (3-0) vs Sagemont (5-1)
8:30pm semifinal Sidwell Friends (3-3) vs Neumann-Goretti (5-0)
FRIDAYS LEADING SCORERS
31 Egor Koulechov (Sagemont)
30 Nate Britt (Gonzaga)
23 Stephan Jiggetts (McNamara)
21 Lincoln Davis (Central Catholic)
21 Matt Hillman (Sidwell Friends)
19 Kaman Stokes (John Carroll)
18 Justin Jenifer (John Carroll)
17 Derrick Stewart (Neumann-Goretti)
17 Jamal Lewis (Sidwell Friends)
17 Josh Hart (Sidwell Friends)
In other action Mount St. Joseph won an overtime thriller over St. Frances 78-76 on Friday evening in Baltimore. Mount St. Joe’s junior Javon Long blocked St. Frances guard Tevon Saddler’s shot as time expired to preserve the win. Junior Kameron Williams led Mount St. Joe’s with 28 points. Sophomore guard Phil Booth scored 8 of his 20 points in the overtime session to propel the Gaels to victory. Junior guard Maurice White scored a game high 31 for St. Frances in a losing effort. Mount St. Joseph improved to 7-0 on the young season and gave head coach Pat Clatchey his 450th career win with the victory.
Capitol Hoops first rankings of the 2011-2012 season will be out after this weekends play.