Providence (Fla.) rolls over Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) to reach championship game

ablondin@thesunnews.comDecember 30, 2013 

KEITH ALAN JACOBS

Bishop Loughlin (N.Y.) jumped on Providence (Fla.) early with its patented full-court pressure in the teams’ Beach Ball Classic semifinal game at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Monday night.

Though Providence trailed just 4-0, Stallions coach Jim Martin was none too pleased with the early look of his team and took a timeout just 1:24 into the game.

The quick attitude adjustment was apparently all the Stallions needed.

His pair of talented senior guards began to exert their will on the game, and the Lions’ lead survived only another minute. A 16-2 run from the end of the timeout gave Providence a lead it never relinquished in a 74-55 win.

“We had a little bit of a game plan, and they were playing a little different than what I had asked them to do,” Martin said. “So we had to refocus on what I asked them to do. I just had to get their attention. We responded after those first two minutes.”

The Stallions (9-3) from Jacksonville, Fla., will face Northland (6-2) of Columbus, Ohio, in Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. championship.

Senior 6-4 guards Grayson Allen, who is committed to Duke, and Christian Terrell, who is committed to Florida-Gulf Coast, displayed their considerable skills for much of the contest.

Allen had 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting and added seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. He had a pair of deep 3-pointers and a pair of three-point plays, scored a layup with a defender draped on him, and aroused the convention center crowd with a block at one end that led to a soaring one-handed dunk on the other.

Terrell scored 18 on 7-of-13 shooting and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. He had 10 of his team’s 12 points during one stretch early in the second half with a 3-pointer, three-point play, inside basket and dunk after coming down the center of the lane and taking a pass from Allen as he was cutting beneath the basket.

Junior 6-9 center Wyatt Walker added 14 points and 11 rebounds inside for Providence and added three assists, including a no-look, over-the-shoulder dish.

Bishop Loughlin 6-3 senior guard Khadeen Carrington, who is headed to Seton Hall next season, matched Allen’s game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting and added six rebounds and two steals, but it wasn’t nearly enough for his Brooklyn school (5-2).

The lead was pushed to 14 in the first half and reached 25 points with 4:30 remaining in the game.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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