2017 Governor's Challenge: Day 4 Notebook

By MARCUS HELTON

SALISBURY, MD - St. George’s (DE) 2019 guard Nah’Shon Hyland came into Friday’s DMVelite Showcase Division game against Stephen Decatur 28 points shy of 1,000 for his career.

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He reached the mark in absolutely perfect fashion, scoring his 29th  point late in a 62-28 win to give him 1,001. He reached 1,000 on a drive to the basket on which he was fouled, and then knocked down his free throw. St. George’s coach Rod Griffin then called a timeout to take him out of the game and the achievement was announced to the crowd - all to Hyland’s surprise.

“I was wondering why my coach was keeping me in the game,” Hyland said with a laugh. “He brought the bench in and I’m like, ‘Why am I still in?’ Then I got the And 1 and heard them say ‘1,000 points.’ It just felt great. I was about to cry, but I was like, “Nah, I’ll just hold it in,’ and celebrated with my teammates.”

The 6-foot-3 Hyland has displayed his scoring prowess in St. George’s two DMVelite Showcase Division games thus far, posting 27 points ina  62-59 loss to Gilman (Md.) on Thursday.

“The main part of my game is just having the ability to shoot the ball,” Hyland said, “ and it’s a God-given talent for me right now.” (MH)

LINCOLN EDGES WILSON IN 2OT THRILLER

Thursday’s highly-anticipated DMVelite Showcase Division matchup between Lincoln (Ga.) and Wilson (DC) more than lived up to the hype, with both teams displaying their high-level athleticism in a game that featured big play after big play.

In the end, it was Lincoln that prevailed, surviving two good Wilson looks in the final seconds to win 72-71 in double overtime.

After going back and forth in regulation, Lincoln had the ball with 22 seconds to go and a 61-59 lead, but Wilson 2018 guard Ayinde Hikim stole the ball and tied the game while getting fouled. He missed the free throw and the the game went to overtime.

In the final three seconds of the extra period, the Tigers were clinging to a two-point lead as Lincoln went to the foul line to shoot one free throw. They missed on purpose, and alertly collected the rebound and scored to force the second overtime.

“Ask us if that was the play we drew up,” Lincoln coach Bryan Lippman said with a laugh.

Said Lincoln 2018 guard Myreon Jones: “That free throw, that was the longest two seconds of our lives. In the huddle, we said we wanted to miss it off the backboard and our two bigs would try to tip it in. But he said he was going to try to shoot it on the left side a little bit so I got over there to the 3-point line and I just timed it just right.”

The Tigers had a final chance to win in the final seconds of double overtime, but Hikim’s driving lay-in came tantalizingly close before rolling off the rim. 2019 guard Jay Heath got a decent look at a potential winning 3, but it hit short to end the game.

Myreon Jones led the Bulldogs with 26 points, while Damion Baugh had 14 and Harouna Sissoko 13.

Hikim and Heath scored 18 points apiece to lead Wilson, which got 12 from 2018 wing Ricardo Lindo, 11 from 2019 guard Carlos Dunn and 10 from 2020 guard Dimingus Stevens.

“These are the games we train for,” Hikim said. “We go over situations a lot in practice and I think we beat ourselves. Down the stretch we missed a lot of free throws and we made a lot of mental mistakes.” (MH)

SOUTH LAKES BOUNCES BACK

 

A day after a slow start doomed them in a loss to Archbishop Carroll (DC), South Lakes (Va.) took a different approach to open Friday’s Bracket 9 Consolation game against Pocomoke.

The Seahawks took an early lead and never looked back, cruising to a decisive 70-32 victory. They led 18-10 after one quarter and 41-19 at the break.

“It’s everything,” South Lakes coach Andrew Duggan said of the importance of the fast start. “In terms of the energy, the enthusiasm we play with I think for us we hadn’t had that in a while, even in some of the important games we’ve played lately before coming down here. So that right away was the most important thing we had. That and going after those 50/50 balls and some of those offensive rebounds - those nitty gritty kind of things.”

2018 forward Emmanuel Aghayere had 14 points and 7 rebounds and  2020 guard Joseph Dagbe had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

Playing without star guard Cameron Savage (knee), the Seahawks got contributions from up and down the roster in both of its Governor’s Challenge games.

“We struggled early because we had some internal issues we were dealing with,” Duggan said, “but our kids played hard and we came up short [Thursday]. We played hard today and we got a better result. I’m happy with how our kids have all played - everybody, especially Grant Bower coming off the bench. Emmanuel stepped up and played really well, Andrew Powers, and Joe Dagbe. I’m super excited for us, and when we get Cam back, that’ll be a nice added piece to the puzzle.” (MH)

ST. ANDREWS DUO STARS AGAIN

St. Andrew’s (RI) came into this year’s Governor’s Challenge with two of the most high-profile players in 2018 wing Cole Swider (Villanova) and 2019 gard Brycen Goodine (Syracuse). The duo didn’t disappoint, leading the Saints in scoring in each of their two victories.

St. Andrews defeated Canada Topflight Academy 77-50 in their opener on Thursday behind 23 points from Swider and 21 from Goodine, and each scored 19 as the Saints destroyed Capital Christian Prep 86-35 on Friday.

Swider closed out his successful week by winning Friday night’s M&T Bank 3-Point Shooting Contest - narrowly edging Gilman (Md.) 2019 guard Jalen Rucker 5-4 in a 30-second tiebreaker - while Goodine lost in extra rounds of the M&T Bank Slam Dunk Contest to eventual winner Damion Baugh of Lincoln Academy (Ga.). (MH)

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Jonathan Badmus, Wagner (NY) 2018 Forward
Josh Banks, Olympic (NC) 2020 Guard
Jalen Barr, Olympic (NC) 2019 Forward
Christopher Christian, King Christian (Va.) 2019 Forward

JaShaun Freeman, Kent County (Md.) 2020 Guard
Savion Gallion, Thurgood Marshall (DC) 2018 Guard
Jordan Guerro, New Town (Md.) 2019 Wing
Jermaine Harris, Rock Creek Christian (Md.) 2018 Forward
Ryan Hayden, Urbana (Md.) 2018 Guard
Brycen Hill, St. John’s Catholic Prep (Md.) 2019 Guard
Tegra Izay, Archbishop Carroll (DC) 2020 Center
Judah Jordan, Capital Christian (Md.) 2019 Guard
Nicholas Lang, Linganore (Md.) 2018 Guard
Bleron Lata, Wagner (NY) 2020 Guard
William Leach, IDEA (DC) 2018 Guard
Arion Lewis, Valley Forge Military (Pa.) 2018 Guard
Eli Lockhart, West Mecklenburg 2018 Center
Lawrence Martin, Cesar Chavez (DC) 2018 Guard
Marius Ntwari, Valley Forge Military (Pa.) 2018 Center
Woody Newton, McKinley Tech (DC) 2019 Forward 26 points, 20 rebounds
Rashard Ray, Friendship Collegiate (DC) 2020 Guard
Khalil Robinson, Gray Collegiate (SC) 2019 Guard Yale, South Carolina, Iowa 4.1 GPA
Kenan Sarvan, Bishop Sullivan (Va.) 2019 Forward
Joey Squeri, Walt Whitman (Md.) 2018 Guard
Tyneze Warner, North Caroline (Md.) 2018 Guard
Dallas Wilson, Churchland (Va.) 2018 Forward

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Jourdyn Ayers, New Town (Md.) 2018 Guard
Kayla Cook, Mardela 2018 Guard
Grace Gardner, Worcester Prep (Md.) 2019 Forward
Elyse Lowet, Walt Whitman (Md.) 2019 Guard
Jordn Odom, Gaithersburg (Md.)
Sarah Wilson, WT Woodson (Va.) 2020 Forward