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Archbishop Neale School boys, Father Andrew White School girls claim SYBL Tip-Off Tournament titles
By PAUL WATSON
The first tournament for the Sunday Youth Basketball League’s 2012-13 campaign is now in the books with two teams getting to call themselves champions.
The league’s Tip-Off Tournament championship games were held at St. Mary’s Ryken High School on Sunday with Archbishop Neale School taking the boys title, while Father Andrew White School won on the girls side.
Archbishop Neale won the boys championship with a 63-9 victory over Little Flower School. Archbishop Neale led 43-6 at halftime.
Archbishop Neale (3-0 overall) had 12 different players score in the contest. Jalen Gibbs led with 11 points, while Ryan Oglesby and Jonathon Preston had 10. Preston was named the boys tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Bryce Travers added eight points, while AJ Davis had six.
Greg Lawrence led Little Flower (2-1) with three points and received the Coaches Hustle Award.
Archbishop Neale reached the championship game with a 61-24 victory over St. Mary’s Bryantown School in the semifinals on Saturday at Ryken.
Archbishop Neale led 29-2 after the first quarter and 38-13 at halftime. It then outscored St. Mary’s Bryantown 22-1 in the third quarter.
Archbishop Neale had 11 different players score in the contest. Preston led with 16 points, while Davis had 10 and Oglesby chipped in eight.
Derrick Carter led St. Mary’s Bryantown (1-1) with 12 points, while Matthew Sharkey had eight.
Little Flower advanced to the championship game with a 41-36 victory over Father Andrew White in the semifinals on Saturday at Ryken.
Little Flower trailed after each of the first three quarters. It was behind 10-8 after the first quarter, 20-13 at halftime and 31-23 entering the fourth, but rallied for the come-from-behind victory.
Lawrence led Little Flower with 19 points, while Seth Blevins had 12. Jordan Jones led Father Andrew White (1-1) with 10 points, while Jake O’Hara had nine.
Father Andrew White girls take title
Father Andrew White shut out Mother Catherine Spalding School in two of the four quarters in the girls championship game on Sunday at Ryken, winning the contest 46-6.
Father Andrew White led 30-4 at halftime, shutting out Mother Catherine 20-0 in the first quarter. It then shut out Mother Catherine 8-0 in the third quarter.
Kate Barthelmes led Father Andrew White (3-0) with 17 points and was named as the girls tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while Mackenzie Loewe had 12.
Jennah Hutson led Mother Catherine (2-1) with four points and received the Coaches Hustle Award.
Father Andrew White reached the championship game with a 42-14 victory over Cardinal Hickey Academy in the semifinals on Saturday at Ryken. Father Andrew White led 26-8 at halftime.
Loewe led Father Andrew White with 13 points, while Michaela Guy had nine and Barthelmes added six. Marissa Laidley and Samantha Vanslyke each had five points to lead Cardinal Hickey (1-1).
Mother Catherine advanced to the title game after a 29-22 victory over Our Lady Star of the Sea School in the semifinals on Saturday at Ryken.
Mother Catherine led 12-9 at halftime, then pulled away in the third quarter as it outscored Our Lady 11-2 in the period.
Hutson led Mother Catherine with 21 points. Erin Balderson led Our Lady(2-1) with 11 points, while Katherine Cecil had seven.
With the tournament having declared its champions, it’s on to the regular season with action on Saturday and Sunday.