Governor's Challenge: Session 1 Bracket Play Recap

Session 1 of the 2016 Governor’s Challenge featured nine four-team brackets -- six boys’ side and three on the girls.

 

Featuring 101 teams from nine different states, the 36th edition of the Governor’s Challenge -- held annually in Salisbury, Md. -- was the largest and deepest ever, and has been established as the largest high school basketball event on the East Coast.

 

Our DMVelite staff was on hand for all the action, as we briefly break down each bracket from the event:

 

BOYS BRACKETS (Session 1)

BRACKET 1

CHAMPION

Oakdale Bears (Ijamsville, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Sean Jodrie, Oakdale (11.5 points on 9-for-15 shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals)

 

BRACKET RECAP

Oakdale cruised to the Bracket 1 championship with an average victory margin of 35 points between their two games. After a competitive first quarter against North Caroline, Oakdale blew open the championship tilt with a 26-2 run in the final 11 minutes of the first half, and iced the rout with a 3-2 zone. North Caroline shot 29.5 percent (13-for-44 shooting). Senior 6-foot-5 forward Cory Schlee posted a Bracket 1 championship game-high 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting along with six rebounds. Sean Jodrie registered a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. The Bears shot 47.5 percent from the floor (29-for-61). David Bailey led North Caroline with 20 points.

 

IDEA Charter’s Anthony Coleman turned in a double-double during Tuesday’s contest against North Caroline with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

 

BRACKET 1 RESULTS*

Tues: North Caroline 74, IDEA Charter 64

Wed: Oakdale 79, North Caroline 38

(*Bracket 1 was adjusted after team transportation issues.)

 

BRACKET 2

CHAMPION

Milford Mill Millers (Baltimore, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Jeremiah Simmons, Milford Mill (Averaged 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting)

 

BRACKET RECAP

Jeremiah Simmons’ clutch showing from the foul line (13-for-13 FT) sealed Milford Mill’s bracket victory over C.H. Flowers, 56-52. Simmons earned MOP honors in Bracket 2, as he averaged 15 points on 50 percent shooting (7-for-14, 2-for-4 from deep) between the two games. Milford Mill was able to get out to early leads in its two contests, jumping on Parkside (24-10) and Flowers (18-7) in the first quarter of each. Ugo Ubasi (16 points per game on 12-for-28 shooting) scored 23 points in the 64-58 win against Parkside.

 

C.H. Flowers advanced to the bracket championship game with a 90-79 win over Paint Branch, where six scorers registered in double figures. Demarcus Demonia averaged 15 points on 64.7 percent shooting (11-for-17), 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.5 steals for C.H. Flowers. Xavier Reaves paced Paint Branch with 15 points in their first game, and Parkside’s Rae’Quan Williams scored 19 points and added four steals in the loss to Milford Mill.

 

BRACKET 2 RESULTS

Tues: Milford Mill 64, Parkside 58

Tues: C.H. Flowers 90, Paint Branch 79

Wed: Milford Mill 56, C.H. Flowers 52
 

BRACKET 3

CHAMPION

Thomas Stone Cougars (Waldorf, Md.)

 

CO-MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYERS

Gary Grant, 2019 F, Thomas Stone (13.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists in two wins)

Donovan McCrae, 2018 G, Thomas Stone (coach’s choice, defensive MVP)

 

BRACKET RECAP

A young Thomas Stone team took an early lead over Curley in the championship game on Tuesday and never looked back. After going up by as many as 16 points in the first half, the Cougars’ depth and size proved to be too much for the scrappy Curley team, who however did manage keep things close for a period of time in the second half.

 

Co-MOPs Gary Grant and Donovan McCrae guided their team to the Bracket 3 championship as Grant led in total points and rebounds for the tournament while McCrae seriously impacted both games on the defensive end. Despite falling short in the championship game, Curley’s Deion Booker and Brandon Adams both impressed, as they accounted for more than half of their team’s points over their two games. In the Bracket 3 consolation game, St. Joe’s By The Sea came out on top 69-60 over Snow Hill behind an astounding tournament-high 36 point performance from guard Devin Nicholson. Snow Hill’s Ameer Fisher also solidified himself as one of the tournament’s top natural scorers, averaging 20 points per game while shooting above 50-percent from the field.

 

BRACKET 3 RESULTS

Tues: Archbishop Curley 57, Snow Hill 49

Tues: Thomas Stone 56, St. Joe’s By The Sea 53

Wed: St. Joe’s By The Sea 69, Snow Hill 60

Wed: Thomas Stone 50, Archbishop Curley 38

 

BRACKET 4

CHAMPION

Kings Christian Academy Eagles (Callaway, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Dee Barnes (22.5 points on 13-for-23 shooting, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists)

 

BRACKET RECAP

The Bracket 4 championship game between Kings Christian Academy and Walkersville featured late-game dramatics, along with one of the most lively crowd atmospheres of Session I. D’Angelo Tull (averged 19 points between two games), drilled a 3-pointer as time expired in the third quarter to push KCA ahead, 38-35. With momentum teetering, bracket MOP Dee Barnes (24 points on 7-for-11 shooting in the championship game) accounted for five of KCA’s final six points in the final minute, including the game-deciding three-point-play to give KCA a 53-51 lead with 17 seconds to go. Kyle Daggett from Walkersville finished the Governor’s Challenge averaging 17 points and 7.5 rebounds.

 

Washington split their two decisions, and were led by a herculean effort from Rashaan Fitzgerald, who put up a double-double in the Jaguars' first game, including a tournament-high 17 rebounds and a Day 1-high five blocks.

 

BRACKET 4 RESULTS

Tues: Kings Christian Academy 70, Washington 60

Tues: Walkersville 54, Delmar 42

Wed: Washington 72, Delmar 44

Wed: Kings Christian Academy 54, Walkersville 51

 

 

BRACKET 5
CHAMPION

Kempsville Chiefs (Virginia Beach, Va.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Malik Jordan, Kempsville, 2018 Guard (15.5, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds)

 

BRACKET RECAP

Kempsville had little trouble in their quest for a second consecutive Governor's Challenge bracket championship, picking up two double-digit wins in the process. Malik Jordan asserted himself on both ends of the floor, getting to the free throw line 22 times in two games and turned in a 21-point performance against Douglass-Baltimore. Kempsville held teams to 28.1 percent shooting (25-for-89) in two games.

 

Indian Creek’s Malik McKinney averaged 10 points and four rebounds in Indian Creek’s two games, while Douglass-Baltimore picked up a win in their consolation after losing a tough opener to the eventual bracket champs.

 

BRACKET 5 RESULTS

Tues: Indian Creek 52, Easton 43

Tues: Kempsville (Va.) 60, Frederick Douglass-Balt 50

Wed: Kempsville (Va.) 46, Indian Creek 34

Wed: Douglass-Balt 51, Easton 48

 

BRACKET 6

CHAMPION

The Salisbury School Dragons (Salisbury, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Martin Abraham, 2018 F, Salisbury School (26 points, 15 rebounds per game in two wins)

 

BRACKET RECAP

John Cottingham hit the game winning three-pointer with 7 seconds left to clinch the Bracket 6 Championship for The Salisbury School. The Dragons, down seven at halftime, came out with an increased level of intensity in the second frame, and rode that to the last-second win. Between Martin Abraham’s relentlessness around the rim and some timely three-point shooting, Salisbury School bested Harford Christian in what ended up being the tightest championship game of Session 1. In addition to Abraham’s impressive showing, guard Brock McCabe and forward Mate Zsebe also were pivotal in their team’s win.

 

Harford Christian’s Dereck Orr was another standout in Bracket 6 as he averaged 26 points in the Eagles’ two games. Worcester Prep split two close games, besting Mardela by four in the bracket consolation.

 

BRACKET 6 RESULTS

Tues: The Salisbury School 64, Mardela 51

Tues: Harford Christian 50, Worcester Prep 43

Wed: The Salisbury School 61, Harford Christian 58

Wed: Worcester Prep 41, Mardela 37


 

GIRLS BRACKETS (Session 1)

BRACKET 1

CHAMPION

McDonogh Eagles (Owings Mills, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Kayla Liles, McDonogh, 2018 G

 

BRACKET RECAP

McDonogh defeated Sanford in dominant fashion to take the Girls’ Bracket 1 crown. The Eagles efficiency proved to be key in their 92-point offensive outburst, as the Eagles shot 58 percent from the field and 56-percent from beyond the arc. McDonogh was led by Kayla Liles and Aleah Nelson, who scored 23 and 29 points respectively, but also received steady production from a number of other players. In a game where positives were hard to come by for Sanford, 2019 G Lauren Park-Lane consistently kept the McDonogh defenders off-balance and was an impressive bright spot for the Warriors. The fearless guard is by no means limited by her 5-foot-5 frame and proved herself to be one of the most intriguing prospects in the girls division.

 

McDonogh advanced to the title game after an impressive opening win over Whitman in a battle of top-5 ranked teams in their respective metro areas, while Sanford rode its young core -- who took home the trophy in their Governor’s Challenge bracket last year -- to a nice win over Langley.

 

BRACKET 1 RESULTS

Tues: McDonogh 66, Whitman 53

Tues: Sanford (Del) 44, Langley (Va.) 29

Wed: McDonogh 92, Sanford (Del.) 46

Wed: Whitman 47, Langley 44

 

BRACKET 2

CHAMPION

Wootton Patriots (Rockville, Md.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Katie Gillick, 2018 G, Wootton (14 points in championship, defensive MVP)

 

BRACKET RECAP

In a championship tilt that was a one-possession game until late, Wootton pulled away during the final quarter, handing Stephen Decatur its first loss of the season in the process. Bracket MOP Katie Gillick led the Patriots with 14 points in the championship game, and was lauded by coaches for her defensive efforts between both wins.

 

BRACKET 2 RESULTS

Tues: Decatur 48, St. Andrew’s 42 (OT)

Tues: Wootton 64, Southern Garrett 58

Wed: Wootton 52, Decatur 41

Wed: Southern Garrett 54, St. Andrew’s 40

 

 

BRACKET 3

CHAMPION

St. Joseph By The Sea Vikings (Staten Island, N.Y.)

 

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER

Gia Esposito, St. Joseph By The Sea (23.5ppg, 10-18 3FG)

 

BRACKET RECAP

St. Joe’s By The Sea returned for their second year in the girls’ bracket, taking home a championship in convincing fashion this year. Led by Gia Esposito and her hot hand from behind the arc, the Vikings coasted to the title with a 31-point opening win followed by a 36-point victory over Sherwood in the championship game.

 

Sherwood -- returning for their second year, as well -- and Wicomico both went 1-1, as WiHi managed to pull away from Snow Hill in the consolation matchup.

 

BRACKET 3 RESULTS

Tues: Sherwood 69, Snow Hill 32

Tues: St. Joe’s By The Sea 69, Wicomico 38

Wed: Wicomico 42, Snow Hill 25

Wed: St. Joe’s By The Sea 61, Sherwood 25