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the hol­i­day tour­na­ment ap­pear­ances. “We played Wash­ing­ton, who has some great ath­letes, and with Saints Peter and Paul, who is a tough team, these games help.”

“We’re very young and we just want to keep play­ing,” Grif­fith added.

In the con­so­la­tion fi­nal, Wash­ing­ton topped North Caroline, 53-28. Do­minique Hutt scored 18 points and col­lected 18 re­bounds for the Jaguars. Roberts scored 15 points.

BOYS’ FI­NAL Arun­del 75, SSPP 52 The Wild­cats ex­ploded to be­gin the boys’ cham­pi­onship game dur­ing the fi­nal con­test at the Over­time Live Hol­i­day Tour­na­ment.

With 2 min­utes left in the first quar­ter, Arun­del had a 19-2 lead. None­the­less, the Sabres re­grouped, slowly got back into the game, and cre­ated some ex­cite­ment be­fore the Wild­cats pulled away in the fourth quar­ter.

Tyrese Pur­nell scored 20 points for the Sabres and was name the tour­na­ment MVP. He was joined on the all-tour­na­ment team with team­mate La­mont Pow­ell, Seaford’s An­drez Jones, and Arun­del’s Mike Joyner and Chris­tian Thornton.

Thor­ton scored 21 points to lead the Wild­cats in the fi­nal. Mike Joyner scored 14 points and Quest De­laney added 13.

De­spite the huge open­ing deficit, an 8-0 run by the Sabres pulled them within 31-26 with 1:12 left in the first half. But the Wild­cats coun­tered with an 8-2 run for a 39-28 lead at the half.

A 3-pointer by Conor Mul­laney pulled Sts. Peter & Paul within 46-40 with 4:08 left in the third quar­ter. But that was as close as the Sabres would get.

A 10-0 run by the Wild­cats be­gin­ning with 5:30 left gave them con­trol. Joyner spun inside the lane and scored for a 58-48 Arun­del lead. Af­ter a Sabres’ turnover, Lyric Rad­ford drained a 3-pointer. Af­ter a blocked shot by the Wild­cats, Thornton drove to the bas­ket and scored eas­ily to make it 63-48. He con­verted a three-point play for a 66-48 lead.

In the con­so­la­tion fi­nal, Seaford de­feated Queen Anne’s 65-50. Jones scored a game-high 35 points for the Blue Jays. Follow me on Twit­ter @csknauss / email me at ck­nauss@star­dem.com

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