In a game of ties and lead changes, it was Bishop Gorman (Nev.) that came up with the plays at the end.
Jonathan Loyd hit two free throws with 58.2 seconds remaining to put Bishop Gorman up by three and the Gaels held on to beat Scott County (Ky.) 61-56 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to earn a spot in the Beach Ball Classic championship game.
Scott County had two chances to tie the game while down three with under a minute left. Austin Flannery got off a 3-pointer that missed and, after and offensive rebound, Dakotah Euton got a look from behind the arc only to see it draw the back of the iron. That led to two more successful free throws for Bishop Gorman, which will face Columbia (Ga.) in today's championship game.
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Halftime: Tied 26-26. 3-Point goals: Scott County 2 (Flannery 1, Euton 1), Bishop Gorman
5 (Spencer 2, Loyd 2, Allen 1). Team fouls: Scott County 17, Bishop Gorman 16. Fouled out: Guyn (Scott County). Technical Fouls: None.
Records: Scott County 8-2, Bishop Gorman 8-2.
Columbia (Ga.) 55, Cedar Hill (Texas) 51 | Leading by one with 1:44 remaining, Columbia made only 5 of 10 free throws down the stretch but a turnover sandwiched between two Tanner Milson missed 3-pointers allowed the Eagles to build a four point lead and eventually hang on to reach the championship game.
Cedar Hill had a chance at the end.
With 10.1 seconds on the clock, Cedar Hill's Thomas Gipson got an easy bucket to make it 53-51. On the ensuing inbound pass, Columbia's JerShon Cobb was fouled and knocked down two free throws to put the game away.
COLUMBIA (55) - Cobb 24, Grier 10, Reid 10, Allen 5, Shamsid-Deen 4, Mike 1, Jones 1.
CEDAR HILL (51) - Gipson 21, Wilson 8, Milson 7, Johnson 7, Wells 6, Young 2.
Halftime: Columbia 25-21. 3-Point goals: Columbia 3 (Grier 2, Allen 1), Cedar Hill 2 (Wilson 1, Milson 1). Team fouls: Columbia 17, Cedar Hill 28. Fouled Out: Wells (Cedar Hill), Wilson (Cedar Hill), Young (Cedar Hill). Technical Fouls: None.
Records: Columbia 11-3, Cedar Hill 14-3.
St. Frances (Md.) 64, Daniel 52 | Dante Jones had a game-high 21 points and R.J. Williams scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half to lead the Panthers past the Lions.
Antonio Cannon led four Daniel players in double figures with 15.
ST. FRANCES (64) - Holmes 21, Sparrow 14, Williams 14, Cassell Jr. 8, Lewis 5, Goines 2.
DANIEL (52) - Cannon 15, Hopkins 12, Lawson 12, Dotson 10, Draper 3.
Halftime: St. Francis 27-24. 3-Point goals: St. Francis 2 (Holmes 2), Daniel 5 (Cannon 4, Draper 1). Team fouls: St. Francis 15, Daniel 13. Fouled out: None. Technical Fouls: None.
Records: St. Frances 8-4, Daniel 6-2.
Mount St. Joseph (Md.) 78, J.L. Mann 53 | Erik Atkins fueled an 18-4 run over a 2:13 span when he scored seven points, ripped three steals and dished out four assists as the Gaels pulled away.
Atkins - who scored a game-high 20 points - capped off the run with a behind-the-back-pass in transition to Phillip Lawrence to give the Gaels a 68-44 lead with just under seven minutes to play.
J.L. MANN (53) - Whitley 14, Leonard 13, Myrick 7, Jones 6, Boggs 6, Horn 2, Brown 2, Baker 2, Bowser 1.
MOUNT ST. JOSEPH (78) - Atkins 20, Beaumont 17, Miller 16, Nardolilo 6, Clinton 6, Windsor 5, Stephenson 4, Morton 2, Lawrence, 2.
Halftime: Mount St. Joseph 33-26. 3-Point goals: J.L. Mann 3 (Leonard 2, Myrick 1), Mount St. Joseph 7 (Miller 4, Beaumont 1, Windsor 1, Atkins 1). Team fouls: J.L. Mann 10, Mount St. Joseph 11. Fouled out: None. Technical Fouls: None.
Records: J.L. Mann 66, Mount St. Joseph 12-1.
Wheeler (Ga.) 54, Nichols School (N.Y.) 53 | With less than two seconds to play, Wheeler forward Joey Jerome hit an open layup to give the Wildcats a victory over Nichols.
Jelan Kendrick grabbed an offensive rebound with less than six seconds left to play. After several pump fakes, he dished the ball to Jerome, who made the Vikings pay.
Nichols was unable to get off a shot attempt in the final half-second.
WHEELER (54) - Kendrick 20, Jerome 10, Taylor 7, Frye 6, Simmons 5, Cochran 4, Mitchell 2.
NICHOLS SCHOOL (53) - Regan 18, Weir 14, Vandegriff 11, Mackinnon 4, Canestro 4, Clauss 2.
Halftime: Nichols School 33-28. 3-Point goals: Wheeler 3 (Taylor 1, Simmons 1, Kendrick 1), Nichols School 2 (Weir 2). Team fouls: Wheeler 15, Nichols School 15. Fouled out: None. Technical Fouls: None.
Records: Wheeler 9-3, Nichols School 5-2.
Alexander Hamilton (Wis.) 60, Concord (N.C.) 57 (OT) | Alexander Hamilton's Chuck Lee made a jumper with 19 seconds left to break an overtime tie and Itavian Belcher hit the back end of a two-shot trip to the free-throw line to help the Wildcats beat the Spiders.
Chuck Lee led Alexander Hamilton with 16 points.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON (60) - Lee 16, Cook 16, Belcher 10, Parks 8, Bray 5, Prater 3, Crowder 2.
CONCORD (57) - Gridine 12, Moore 10, Vanderburg 8, Templeton 8, Cannady 7, Black 5, Stywall 4, Knorr 3.
Halftime: Concord 29-22. 3-Point goals: Alexander Hamilton 4 (Lee 2-5, Bray 1, Prater 1), Concord 6 (Vanderburg 2, Templeton 2, Knorr 1, Black 1). Team fouls: Alexander Hamilton 17, Concord 19. Fouled out: Cook (Alexander Hamilton), Gridine (Concord). Technical
Records: Alexander Hamilton 5-1, Concord 6-5.
Myrtle Beach 73, Socastee 69 | Everett Golson scored 26 points - including the game's final four - and hit four 3-pointers as the Seahawks held on in a close contest with the Braves.
Despite the win, Seahawks coach Craig Martin wasn't exactly satisfied.
""It was disappointing," Martin said. "Every time we play, it seems like the [opponent] shoots 50 percent. Our defensive intensity has just gotta get better. We've got to play harder."
Zack Slucum had 18 points and Ty Sessions added 16 for Socastee, which shot 45 percent from the field.
Golson also had nine rebounds and six assists.
MYRTLE BEACH (73) - Everett Golson 26; Timothy Jones 13; Tramond Wilson 12; Steven Cobb 11; Eric Goings 7; Raheem Page 2; Desmond Wilson 2.
SOCASTEE (69) - Zack Slocum 18; Ty Sessions 16; Brandon Alston 8; Chris Horn 7; Tyrieke Morton 6; Travis Frye 6; Michael Rives 5; Dougie Warstler 3.
Halftime: Myrtle Beach 43-41. 3-Point goals: Myrtle Beach 7(Golson 2, Cobb 2, Goings 1, Jones 1, Wilson 1), Socastee 11 (Slocum 4, Sessions 2, Horn 2, Morton 2, Alston 1). Team fouls: Myrtle Beach 17, Socastee 12. Fouled out: None. Technical Fouls: None.
Records: Myrtle Beach 2-7, Socastee 4-7.
Sun News contributer Ian Guerin contributed to this report