The ASSIST High School Tip-Off Classic featured some of the state’s top teams and top prospects in a full day of action at Meadowbrook High School in Richmond VA on Saturday. Phenom Hoop Report was on hand to provide opening tap to final buzzer coverage! Here is a brief recap of each game.
Final: Blue Ridge 62, Central Virginia Home School 50. Blue Ridge built a 19-7 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. 6’2 sophomore guard Michael Gray scored 13 points and dished out 5 assists and 6’6 senior wing Savion Helm added 12 points to lead Blue Ridge. 6’7 senior forward Ethan Diffee had a game high 14 points and 6’9 senior front court mate Lawson Quinn added 13 points for CVAA. Blue Ridge also got a solid floor game from 6’0 junior guard William Lee and court savvy 5’11 senior guard Chris Rogers. Lee, whose quickness and ability to get into the lane almost at will sparked the early surge scoring 6 points and dishing out 3 assists as Blue Ridge built a 10 point halftime lead and never saw that threatened. Rogers dished out 4 assists and had 3 steals to also help Blue Ridge grab and maintain a comfortable lead throughout. Baron’s guard Michael Gray earned player of the game honors. The sophomore is coming off a huge summer that saw his stock skyrocket while playing for the unbeaten 15U Team Loaded team that steamrolled the competition throughout the summer. Gray has earned offers from Virginia Tech, James Madison, Hampton, Canisius and Drake.
Final: Lakeland 77, Thomas Jefferson 50. With suffocating team defense the Lakeland Cavaliers held Thomas Jefferson to without a field goal for the games first six and a half minutes while building a 16-2 lead. 6’3 junior guard Raymond Bellamy did much of the dirty work all game long and earned game MVP honors finishing with 8 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocked shots and a pair of steals to go along with 7 points. His length and versatility wreaked havoc on Thomas Jefferson’s offensive efforts as he defended the perimeter and the post and made his presence felt all over the floor on the defensive end. Seven different Cavaliers scored in the opening frame as they really moved the back around well. 6’1 junior guard Clint Wright, Jr scored 18 points, 6’5 freshman forward Bravion Cample 11 points to go along 9 rebounds and 6’0 junior Keimari Artis chipped in 9 points and 7 rebounds in the win.
Life Christian Academy 74, Great Bridge Christian Academy 65
Dominique Finney came out blazing hitting on his first 5 field goal attempts scoring 12 points in the opening quarter as LCA built a 20-12 lead. Life Christian Academy led by as many as 12 points and each time Great Bridge Christian Academy made a run Antonio “Spider” Bridy would weave through the defense for a big basket or assist. The 6’2 senior guard finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists while 6’6 junior wing Marcellus Avery added 20 points but it was the 6’5 Finney who did most of the damage knocking down shots from everywhere on the floor and finishing with 22 points to earn player of the game honors. Great Bridge Christian Academy was led by 5’11 senior guard Kris Norman’s 23 points while backcourt mate Kenari Jones (5’11 senior) added 20 points. 6’8 senior and Wagner University commit Deandre Wilkins had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 7’0 junior forward Jeriah Coleman added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals despite both big men being plagued with foul trouble in a game that found both teams in double bonus territory in each half.
John Marshall 69, Norview 59.
John Marshall used a 21-7 second quarter sparked by 6’1 senior guard DeMarr McRae’s hot shooting to build a 35-17 halftime advantage. McRae scored 16 of his 18 points before halftime and earned player of the game honors! The Justices built as much as an 18 point lead in the fourth before Norview finally began to chip away. A Jahn Hines (6’3 junior) basket with 1:35 left got Norview to within 6 but they could not get any closer the rest of the way. John Marshall had four players in double figures led by 6’4 senior guard Jairius Ashlock’s 21 point effort. DeMarr McRae (6’3 senior) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. 6’0 junior Elijah Seward contributed 15 points and added 7 assists while 6’0 senior guard Levar Allen chipped in with 10 points in the win. Norview was playing without their leading returning scorer and All Conference guard Jaylani Darden due to a high ankle sprain.
Meadowbrook 45, Princess Anne 41.
The host Meadowbrook Monarchs held Princess Anne to just 14 points at the halfway mark as they rode guard LaMondre Gregg’s 10 point effort to a 26-14 halftime advantage. Princess Anne struggled to knock down shots and floor general Kanye Clary (5’8 2022) was battling a severely sprained thumb on his shooting hand suffered during a 22 point performance just night’s before. The Cavaliers showed little signs of life offensively when they went to the locker room at the break but surged back on to the floor to start the third quarter with a barrage of baskets and outscored Meadowbrook 19-6 in the frame to pull to within 36-32! 5’11 junior sharpshooter Amory Smith knocked down a pair of three pointers and Kanye Clary scored eight points and dished out a pair of assists to lead Princess Anne’s furious rally. The Cavaliers even claimed a brief fourth quarter lead before Meadowbrook righted the ship thanks to a pair of timely baskets from 6’2 senior guard Alphonzo Mason and cluch free throws from 6’5 junior Zeke Edwards who sealed the deal down the stretch as Medowbrook held on for the 45-41 win. Speedy 6’0 junior guard LaMondre Gregg led the Monarchs with 18 points and earned Most Valuable Player honors.