MYRTLE BEACH — Bishop Gorman (Nev.) led Rufus King (Wisc.) by nine with 7:47 left Monday, but the Generals maintained their composure. Rufus King guard Austin Malone-Mitchell hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 left to cut the Generals’ deficit to three. Then, Malone-Mitchell hit another trey at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
In the end, the Gaels flexed their muscle and came away with a 61-58 overtime win over Rufus King for a fifth-place finish in the Beach Ball Classic.
“We were kind of sluggish,” said Rashad Muhammad, who finished with a game-high 30 points. “You could tell our guys were tired. We just had to be smart and execute our plays.”
Noah Robotham had 20 points and nine rebounds for Bishop Gorman, which didn’t attempt a field goal in overtime. The Gaels were 12-for-14 from the free throw line overtime.
“It was a good hard game,” Gaels coach Grant Rice said. “We got down early, they jumped on us real early and I was happy we were able to come back. We made a lot of minimal mistakes, we just have to make better decisions out there. I’m very complimentary of Rufus King, though, and the way they played tonight.”
The Generals were led by Malone-Mitchell’s 19 points. Chris Howell had 13 points and Montrell Hobbs contributed 10 for Rufus King.
• RUFUS KING (58) – Austin Malone-Mitchell 22, Corey Bias 6, Jamell Posey 3, Chris Howell 13, Montrell Hobbs 10, Diamante Freeman 2, Marquis Turner 2.
• BISHOP GORMAN (61) – Rashad Muhammad 30, Noah Robotham 20, Stephen Zimmerman 5, Obim Okeke 2, Chase Nomaaea 4.
• Halftime: Bishop Gorman 32-27. 3-point goals: Rufus King 7 (Malone-Mitchell 6, Posey); Bishop Gorman 4 (Muhammad 2, Robotham 2). Team fouls: Rufus King 18, Bishop Gorman 13. Fouled out: Hobbs. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Rufus King 8-2, Bishop Gorman 14-2.
• Orem (Utah) 63, Spring Valley 58 | Facing a 61-58 deficit with 8 seconds remaining, Spring Valley’s Perry Dozier Jr. turned the ball over and Nolan Gray sunk two free throws to lift Orem past the Vikings for the Consolation Championship.
The Tigers’ Jordan Darger, who was averaging 11.5 points per game during the Beach Ball Classic, was injured in the first 20 seconds of the game and didn’t return. But, the rest of the Orem squad stepped it up as Dalton Nixon had a game-high 21 points and Zach Hunsaker contributed 18 points in the win.
Spring Valley shot poorly in the contest going 18-for-58 (31 percent) opposed to the Tigers, who shot 42.2 percent.
Dominique Taylor and Dozier Jr. had 19 points apiece for the Vikings and Jamil Taborn scored 10 points off the bench.
• SPRING VALLEY (58) – Steven Thomas 1, Dominique Taylor 19, Perry Dozier Jr. 19, Jabari Johnson 4, Kenneth Legette 3, Jamil Taborn 10, Ja’lon Williams 2.
• OREM (63) – Zach Hunsaker 18, Quinn Peters 8, Cooper Holt 8, Dalton Nixon 21, Nolan Gray 8.
• Halftime: Spring Valley 27-25. 3-point goals: Orem 3 (Hunsaker, Holt, Nixon). Team fouls: Spring Valley 25, Orem 17. Fouled out: Johnson, Legette, Hunsaker. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Spring Valley 10-5, Orem 6-2.
Consolation bracket game
• Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.) 71, Myrtle Beach 63 | It’s been a long, strange trip for Christ Presbyterian.
The team that vaulted to No. 20 in the MaxPreps.com Xcellent 25 national rankings after winning the King of the Bluegrass tournament before Christmas, finally picked up a win at the Beach Ball Classic, defeating Myrtle Beach 71-63 on Monday.
The Lions (12-2) were unbeaten entering the tournament, but dropped games to St. Rita (Ill.) and Orem (Utah) to end up in Monday’s opening game.
Christ Presbyterian used a hot shooting touch and dominant play inside to widen the gap in second half. The Lions hit 17-of-28 (60.7%) from the field and led by as many as 12 late.
The Seahawks (6-6) led by as many as 4 points in the first half, and Bert Mack’s 3-pointer cut the Christ Presbyterian lead to 29-28 at halftime.
Christ Presbyterian outscored Myrtle Beach 50-24 in the paint and was paced by Jalen Lindsey, who was 10-of-18 from the field en route a game-best 22 points. Braxton Bonds had 19 points and eight rebounds and Jake Allsmiller had 14 points.
Despite the loss, Myrtle Beach notched an entry in the Beach Ball records book. Myrtle Beach was 9-for-17 on 3-pointers, or 52.9 percent, which tied the Seahawks for ninth-best in the event’s history with J.L. Mann in a game against Socastee in 2004.
Nolin Butler finished with 14 points for Myrtle Beach and Brooks Swanson was 3-for-3 beyond the arc with 11 point.
• CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN (71) – Jalen Lindsey 22; Braxton Blackwell 19; Jake Allsmiller 14; Braxton Bonds 8; Paul Adams 4; Parker Howell 2; Thomas Richard 2.
• MYRTLE BEACH (63) – Nolin Butler 14; Brooks Swanson 11; Bert Mack 8; Coleman Martini 8; Mason Lewis 7; Graham Vaughn 6; Soloman Cooper 5; Heath Gray 2; Tyrone Cooper 2.
• Halftime: Christ Presbyterian 29-28. 3-point goals: Christ Presbyterian 4 (Allsmiller 4); Myrtle Beach 9 (Swanson 3, Mack 2, Butler 2, Lewis, Cooper). Team fouls: Christ Presbyterian 12, Myrtle Beach 13. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.
• Records: Christ Presbyterian 12-2, Myrtle Beach 6-6.