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adidas Kingdom of the Sun Invitational Tournament

Day One Friday Dec. 26, 2003

Game 1: North Marion 79, Citrus 70 (2OT)

North Marion's Greg Carr 29 points in the Colt's double overtime win. Citrus' Jamaal Galloway had 30 points.

Game 2: Ocala-Vanguard 65, Brooksville 55

Vanguard got Jordan Carrier's usual game as he netted 16 points. However, 6'3" Junior Jamal Naylor dropped 23 points to lead Vanguard in the win over Brooksville. Brooksville was led by 6'7" Kyle Swanston with 25 points and Jeff Brown added 16 points.

Day Two Saturday Dec. 27, 2003

Game 3: John I Leonard 55, Washington Union, CA 50
John I. Leonard won this game behind Hilton Pitts and Charlie Coley and their quickness. Washingotn Union tried to get bak into it. But, Leonard prevailed.

Game 4: St. Andrews, RI 69, Berkeley Prep 59
Berkeley Prep senior guard Spiros Ferderigos had an off game. Mason Conrad tried to pick up the scoring slack but to no avail. The stronger, bigger St, Andrews squad kindof hung around to take the win.

Game 5:
Miami Senior 62, Fairdale, KY 36
Miami Senior sophomore Dwayne Collins and freshman Edwin Rios continue to lead the Stings to victories. Collins took advantage of Fairdale and their size in this one.

Game 6: Tabor Academy, MA 57, Columbia, GA 34
Too much Tabor in this one. Tabor Academy looks loaded with talent again. This was an easy win for them.

Game 7: Mitchell, TN 73, Admiral Farragut Academy 63
Admiral Farragut is suspect to losing to good teams. The question would be, Is Mitchell a good team? They were the better team today. Neither of the talked about Lampleys had great offensive games as Farragut had 3 players in double figures.

Game 8: Bakersfield, CA 72, Sunland Lutheran, Bahamas 42
Senior All-American 7'-2" Robert Swift has got game. He had 33 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocked shots on the way to an easy win over an undersized Bahamas team.

Day Three Sunday Dec. 28, 2003

The Slam Dunk and Three Point Contests were featured on Sunday evening. Although, the Slam Dunk contest ended the night it will finish first in this article. Needless to say, it was a bit of a bore, even BreakDownMagazine's Brionne Gillion, a judge for the contest, seemed bored with the entire contest. The first round did not offer much as more dunks were missed than made. The second round offered a few made dunks. The eventual winner, Wasihngton Union's Dwight O'Neil, threw one off the wall, jumped over a trash can, and had a nice behind the basket 3 step dunk that showed a good variety. The only challenger was John I. Leonard's Charlie Coley. This young kid is a high riser. He went before O'Neil and cleared a chair on top of a desk that had to be 45" tall. He cleared the combination with ease and threw the ball through the rim with some authority. He inspired the entire crowd and even caused Brionne to rise up from his chair as well as the entire gym out of their seats. Coley would have won the contest if he would have followed O'Neil. O'Neil's final round dunks were pretty much mimics of Coley's. The behind the basket dunk led the judges to give O'Neil an 8 point total higher than Coley's.

I thought the Three Point Shootout was actually better than the Slam Dunk Contest. How about Miami Senior's Edwin Rios and Citrus' Jamaal Galloway for starters? First off, the round of the night went to Galloway. He tied Teddy Dupay's record of 18 3's in one minute. The top shooters from the first round went to the second round where Rios went cold only hitting 12 3's. However, one St. Andrews' player and Galloway were left after each hitting 13 3's in the second round. The third round was more of the same as each hit 12 3's. Jamaal Galloway eventually outlasted the St. Andrews player hitting 14 3's in the fourth and final round. There were 3's raining everywhere for this one. A jump shooter's paradise as they outlawed the set shot after the first round.

Day Four Monday Dec. 29, 2003

Game 9: Columbia, GA 77, Wasington Union, CA 63
Talk about too much DeVario Hudson. This kid can play. He went off for 35 points in the win. Brian Kelly helped Columbia's cause with a 15 point game. Slam dunk winner Dwight O'Neil had 15 points and Trevon Willis added 18 points.

Game 10: Berkeley Prep 60, Fairdale, KY 55
Berkeley Prep guard Spiros Ferderigos still couldn't find the basket in this game. However, he hit some key 4th quarter free throws to ice the game. Mason Conrad came through again supplying a 20 point offensive effort. Fairdale's Mario Jones had 18 points in the loss.

Game 11: Sunland Lutheran, Bahamas 64, Admiral Farragut 63
A highly contested battle that featured Tommy Lampley (17 points) and Lewis Lampley (9 points). Vitor Boccardo added 12 points in the losing effort that saw too many turnovers down the stretch from the Farragut guards. Jameek Pitts (14 points), Brent Sands (17 points), and Jordan Darville (21 points) of Sunland showed more enthusiasm toward winning this game than Farragut. They were after every loose ball and rebound. They came to play while the younger Lampley appeared to be Farragut's best player.

Game 12: Hernando 54, Citrus 46
An interesting "local" game as three point shootout winner Jamaal Galloway hit 7 more 3's and a game-high 29 points. Galloway's size will severely limit his opportunities for college. However, his quick release is something to behold. I can only hope that something awaits Galloway. Kyle Swanston scored 20 points and Jeff Brown added 17 points to carry Hernando to the next round.

Game 13: St. Andrews, RI 71, Miami Senior 53
The showcase for Miami Senior freshman sensation Edwin Rios (21 points) and sophomore standout Dwayne Collins (18 points) turned into a rout for St. Andrews. Collins ability to get into early foul trouble was exploited again. St. Andrews had 4 players in double figures and put better numbers in every quarter against the young Miami team. Rios and Collins can't do it on their own. I want to find something good to say about 5'4" starting point guard Eric Rodriguez. So, I'll say the way undersized freshman guard can handle the ball. His size will be a detriment to the team when opposing teams 6' something guards start exploiting his size. Miami is in desperate need of some bench players. Also, I still have yet to see the 6'-10" freshman Jose Ramos get off of it. I will question his abilities until I actually seem him in the game. Although, you definitely can't teach tall.

Game 14: Tabor Academy 66, John I. Leonard 58
Don't let the final score fool you. John I. Leonard got down real early in this game. A 36-18 halftime lead by Tabor Academy said it all. Hilton Pitts may have been game-high with his 31 points. But, he did not distribute the ball. Junior Charlie Coley finished with only 8 points, coming off of one dunk and 3 offensive rebounds says it all. Pitts will have to look for his teammates more if they want to win more games.

Game 15: Ocala-Vanguard 57, North Marion 55
What can you say about a nice little Marion County rivalry? How about a great game! This was a battle to remember as Vanguard held the early lead before a more than sell out crowd. North Marion made their run and took the lead until Jordan Carrier made two free throws late in the 4th quarter for Vanguard. The host Knights will play the Robert Swift-led Bakersfield, CA team in one semifinal on Tuesday.

Game 16: Bakersfield, CA 63, Mitchell, TN 58
Senior center 7'-2" Robert Swift came and conquered as Bakersfield defeated Mitchell to move to a semifinal matchup against Jim Haley's host Vanguard High School. Swift came prepared and scored 24 points before fouling late in the 4th quarter. Mitchell mounted an attack to make the game close with 4 players in double figures.

Day Five Tuesday Dec. 30, 2003

Game 17: Columbia, GA 57, Berkeley Prep 49
Berkeley Prep had a nice run in the tournament but Columbia's Devario Hudson came up big as Columbia came out with the win.

Game 18: Hernando 55, Sunland Lutheran, Bahamas 54
Another chance for the Sunland Lutheran squad to win a close one. Unfortunately they came up short in this one as Hernando squeaks by with the one point victory.

Game 19: John I. Leonard 70, Miami Senior 66
A nice matchup bewteen two of the better Class 6A teams in the state. Hilton Pitts (27 points) and John I. Leonard just proved too much for the Miami Senior squad anchored by sophomore Dwayne Collins (26 points) and freshman Edwin Rios (25 points). John I. Leonard had four players in double players. Miami Senior is going to have to find a reliable 3rd scorer if they want to win more games.

Game 20: Mitchell, TN 70, North Marion 65
Greg Carr (26 points) and North Marion tried to keep Mitchell, TN contained. However, Theddeus Young and his 27 points combined with Brandon Powell, and Andre Thornton just outscored North Marion. They used a 3rd quarter run that North Marion couldn't match to take the win.

Game 21: Tabor Academy, MA 56, St. Andrews, RI 37
Wow, you would have expected a better game in this one. However, Tabor Academy is on a mission to win a championship. They have yet to win a championship having reached the final game four times in their last five attempts. A balanced attack with 4 players in double figures and Colby Santos leading the way with 15 points all but shut down St. Andrews. St. Andrews did not reach 30 points until nearly halfway through the 4th quarter.

Game 22: Bakersfield, CA 67, Ocala-Vanguard 43
Bakersfield is not a one-dimensional team. Standout center Robert Swift was limited to 10 points. However, he managed 23 rebounds, 8 blocked shots and 6 assists. A nice all-around game. The offense was supplied by Timothy Shelton and Danny O'Neal as they each had 16 points. Vanguard kept it close for a while. However, an injury to Jamal Naylor seemed to change the game for the Knights. Normally reliable scorer Jordan Carrier was limited to 9 points in the loss.

Day Six Wednesday Dec. 31, 2003

Game 23: Columbia, GA 45, Hernando 39
All-tournament selection Devario Hudson's 16 points led Columbia to go 3-1 and claim the consolation championship against a defiant Hernando team. Jeff Brown (17 points) and all-tournament selection Kyle Swanston (19 points) paced Hernando. Columbia stayed ahead for most of the game including a 15-7 3rd quarter run that as Hernando never revocered from.

Game 24: John I. Leonard 70, Mitchell, TN 51
Hilton Pitts (20 points) was an all-tournament selection as he lead 4 players in double figures in an easy victory for 5th place over Mitchell, TN. John I. Leonard finished 3-1 for the tournament. Thaddeus Young led Memphis and was an all-tournament selection as well.

Game 25: St. Andrews, RI 71, Ocala-Vanguard 50
St. Andrews used a 15-8 run to close out the 3rd quarter and outscored Vanguard 21-8 in the fourth to take the 3rd place trophy. All-tournament player Nick Mattone (14 points) led 4 St. Andrews players in double figures. Vanguard's Jamal Naylor had a great tournament and was selected for the all-tournament team.

Game 26: Tabor Academy, MA 65, Bakersfield, CA 53
Noy quite a Jack and the Beanstalk story. However, giant 7'2" center Robert Swift and Bakersfield, CA fell to a championship-hungry Tabor Academy team. Tabor Academy had 4 players in double figures including all-tournament selections Colby Santos and Charles Burch. Tournament MVP Bilal Abdullah's 22 points led the way. However, it was the defnding of Swift that forced Bakersfield to switch to an outside game as Anthony Locke hit 19 points. Tabor Academy was leading by 20 points at the end of the 3rd quarter. Swift and Titus Shelton earned all-tournament selections for Bakersfield.

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