Lo­cal teams ad­vance at TCBI

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS THURSDAY - By Buddy Collings and Mike Gra­majo

All three teams ranked in the Sen­tinel Su­per 16 rank­ings scored wins on Wed­nes­day as Or­lando’s The City Beau­ti­ful In­vi­ta­tional boys bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment opened at The First Academy.

Ocoee, ranked No. 9 in the area with four losses against ranked op­po­nents, rolled to a 69-43 vic­tory over Mel­bourne Holy Trin­ity, which brought a 5-1 record into the tour­na­ment. David Green, a 6-foot-7 se­nior, led the Knights (4-4) with 16 points. Kordell Brown, also a se­nior, scored 15 and se­nior guard Sadeem Blake col­lected 7 re­bounds.

Ju­nior guard Javion Phelps poured in 33 points and area No. 10 Boone im­proved to 8-0 with a 70-57 vic­tory against Seffner Chris­tian, last season’s Class 4A state run­ner-up.

No. 11 Dr. Phillips also stayed hot with a 73-58 vic­tory against The McCal­lie School of Chat­tanooga, Tenn., which was the

TCBI run­ner-up last season. Sopho­more guard Denzel Aberdeen led the Pan­thers (7-1), who have won five in a row, with 26 points. Se­nior guard Ab­doulaye Thiam added 19 points, 8 re­bounds and 3 as­sists in the vic­tory.

Eric Rivers had 22 points and 5 as­sists for McCal­lie (3-6).

In quar­ter­fi­nals on Thurs­day, Boone will play at 6 p.m., Dr. Phillips at 7:30 and Ocoee at 9. Ac­tion be­gins at 10:30 a.m. with con­so­la­tion bracket play.

Oviedo lost 52-50 to South­wind (7-3) of Mem­phis, Tenn., mark­ing the fourth loss by 7 points or fewer for the Lions (3-4) this season. Ma­mush Gal­loway scored 17 points for Oviedo.

South­wind, a Ten­nessee state champ in 2013, has won more than 300 games in Paul Ed­wards’ 14 sea­sons as head coach.

Bishop Moore se­nior Osyon Jones scored 17 points but the Hor­nets (2-5) were beaten 62-41 by Bishop Lough­lin (3-3) of Brook­lyn. The Lions were a top-five New York City team last season.

In the open­ing game TFA lost 53-50 to Pre­ston­wood Chris­tian (10-5) of Plano, Texas. Kam Sum­mers had 18 points and Alex Shields 17 for the Roy­als (1-5).

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