Our championship game is over. Two teams battling it out for it all. The bragging rights to say they were the best in the tournament. Compton versus El Toro. It’s the battle of Orange County and Long Beach. Compton’s athletic players against the fundamental players from El Toro. Which would win out? Each plays a different style of basketball. Yet they both have won all their games to get to this point. To take the 2013 Jim Harris Memorial Tournament of Champions trophy home to their school. Winning a championship is an accomplishment. And the winning team who won it, deserved it.
Compton is our 2013 Jim Harris Memorial Tournament Champions. Congrats on a great tournament.
George Buaku, Sean Harman and Jake Lunardi (El Toro) were big time players for their team in this whole tournament and they play has been rewarded with a spot on our All-Tournament.
Isaiah Bailey and Iziahiah Sweeney (Compton) were each selected to our All-Tournament. Teammate Kyron Cartwright (an LMU signee) was chosen as our MVP of the tournament for his great play.
In a match-up between two teams hoping to leave the gym with the 3rd place trophy, Orange Lutheran showed their prowess and depth at all positions and defeated Trinity International (L.V.) by — points. The final score, in favor of Orange Lutheran, was 76 to 52. Trinity International has pretty much used a 6 man rotation all tournament, and that lack of depth has come back to hurt them and led to their defeat. Orange Lutheran is big and use a 9-10 man rotation to help keep their players out of foul trouble and from tiring out from the gritty, hard nosed game of basketball that is to be expected from a game of this caliber. When you have a deeper bench it helps to keep fresh legs on the court, and Trinity International just didn’t have the extra bodies to help relieve their guys if they got into foul trouble or were gassed. That is not to take away form their accomplishments of getting to this 3rd place game as Trinity International is one of the most fundamental teams who were in our tournament this year. Leading the way for his Orange Lutheran’s 3rd place finish was CJ Hankins 17 points helping to secure his spot on our All-Tournament Team along with teammate Keisean Lucier-South.Â In defeat, Dupree McBayer (Trinity) led his team with 24 points, and was also selected to our All-Tournament team. Sam Bittner from Trinity International (L.V.) was also a selection.
LB Millikan sure does know how to be in ball games, as every game they were apart of in this tournament came down to the wire. The shooting and passing of guard, Michael Orlich, helped keep Clovis West in the game with 5 three point baskets and 6 assists in the first half. Without Orlich’s contributions, LB Millikan would have been up by even more than 7 at the half. Reggie Pope finishing with 8 three pointers compared to 5 from Michael Orlich. The game was well played by both teams, and unfortunately a Clovis West player committed a foul with 1.3 seconds left in the 4th quarter with the game tied allowing Malik Marquetti to go to the charity stripe for a 1 and 1. Converting both free throws, gave his team the win and sent LB Millikan home with the 5th place trophy by a final score of 88-86 over Clovis West. Reggie Pope (LB Millikan) led all scorers with 30 points (8 3’s). Michael Orlich for Clovis West put on a show with 19 assists and 5 three pointers. Orlich also walked away from this tournament with an All-Tournament selection. Malik Marquetti and Reggie Pope, after leading their team to the 5th place win, were also selected to the All-Tournament team.
The 7th place game featuring the teams from LB Wilson and Pacific Hills has just gone final. It was a close game after one (13-11) in favor of Pacific Hills. Pacific Hills extending their lead to 3 points at the half. The first half saw Namon Wright (Pacific Hills) held to 11 points thanks to stellar defense by LB Wilson on him. After having gone for 40+ points for the last two games (both losses) Namon Wright really didn’t have a great offensive output for his team in this game but they came away with the victory. With 2 big 3 pointers by LB Wilson to end the third quarter, they closed out the quarter with an 8 point lead. The final score ended up being 50-42 in favor of Pacific Hills. Dominic Peoples (LB Wilson) and Namon Wright (Pacific Hills) were selected to the All-Tournament team.