Local teams advance at TCBI
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).