Governor's Challenge: Session 2 Bracket Play Recap

Session 2 of the 2015 Governor’s Challenge featured nine four-team brackets -- seven on the boys’ side and two on the girls.

 

(RELATED: Session 1 Brackets Recap)

 

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 2)

BRACKET 1
CHAMPION
Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders (Washington, D.C.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Donald Brewer, Theodore Roosevelt, 2017 Forward (23 points, 9 rebounds in championship)

BRACKET RECAP
Theodore Roosevelt turned in an absolutely dominant performance on the boards to top Aberdeen in overtime for the Bracket 1 title. Senior forward Donald Brewer posted 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Rough Riders, who outrebounded the Eagles 56-40. Andre Whitehead added 16 points and 8 boards, while Derrick Brown had 9 points and 10 rebounds to go with 5 steals.

 

Aberdeen advanced to the title game on the back of a strong performance from UCF-bound wing Myles Douglas, whose buzzer-beater against Linganore gave the Eagles a tight win in one of the most exciting games of the tournament. Linganore split their two games, claiming a consolation win over defending state champs New Town.

BRACKET 1 RESULTS
Thurs: Theodore Roosevelt 82, New Town 55
Thurs: Aberdeen 52, Linganore 51
Fri: Linganore 54, New Town 46
Fri: Theodore Roosevelt 69, Aberdeen 62 (OT)

BRACKET 2
CHAMPION

Dunbar Poets (Baltimore, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Tymu Chennery, Dunbar, 201# Forward (14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds)

BRACKET RECAP
Dunbar overcame a 15-point second half deficit to upend Walt Whitman in the Bracket 2 championship at, 54-44. The Poets trailed by five at the end of the third, and powered ahead with a 29-point fourth quarter. Bracket MOP Tymu Chennery crusaded the comeback with 23 points (6 of 11 shooting, 11 of 17 from the free throw line) and 10 rebounds, with 13 points and nine rebounds in the second half. Damonte Moore (14 points), had 12 points in the second half. Walt Whitman’s Joey Squeri finished the Governor’s Challenge averaging 20 points on 63.6 percent shooting from downtown (7 of 11) and 6.5 rebounds.

Michael Smolin averaged 14 points and four rebounds in two games for Urbana. Freshman standout guard Eden Davis averaged 13 points and three rebounds for Dover (Del.), including a 23-point performance in the 64-57 win over Urbana.

BRACKET 2 RESULTS
Thurs: Walt Whitman 64, Urbana 60
Thurs: Dunbar 39, Dover (Del.) 34

Fri: Dover 64, Urbana 57

Fri: Dunbar 54, Whitman 44


 

BRACKET 3
CHAMPION
Friends School Quakers (Baltimore, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Ross Jones, Friends, 2017 Guard

BRACKET RECAP
Bracket 3 was unquestionably the tightest bracket at Governor’s Challenge in the three years since bracket play has begun at the tournament. With all four games decided by one possession, it was Friends that emerged victorious. Led by the calming presence of Bracket MOP Ross Jones at the point and the scoring pop of William & Mary signee Jihar Williams on the wing, the Quakers held off a late Kent County comeback in the bracket title game. After an early offensive outburst from Williams, the game slowed down

BRACKET 3 RESULTS
Thurs: Kent County 73, Edmondson 70
Thurs: Friends 50, Thurgood Marshall (D.C.) 48
Fri: Edmondson 40, Thurgood Marshall (D.C.) 38
Fri: Friends 35, Kent County 33

 

BRACKET 4
CHAMPION
Tallwood Lions (Virginia Beach, Va.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Adrian Beasley, Tallwood, 2017 Forward (15.5 points, 10.5 rebounds,  in two wins)

BRACKET RECAP
Tallwood jumped out to 17-3 lead after the first quarter and did not look back as they went on to take the Bracket 4 championship with a resounding 71-31 blowout win. A clear choice for Bracket MOP, senior do-it-all forward Adrian Beasley filled up the stat sheet in his second Governor’s Challenge appearance averaging 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds assists in two wins, along with seven assists in the championship game. Pocomoke guard Tyrone Matthews averaged 23 points in two games and put together an overall solid tournament for the Warriors.

In the Bracket 4 consolation matchup, Cesar Chavez came out with a vengeance after their tough opening round loss on Thursday, putting up 50 points in the first half. The Eagles were carried by their dynamic backcourt duo of Keleaf Tate -- who put up 34 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists -- and Jacob Long, who nearly logged a quadruple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals.

BRACKET 4 RESULTS
Thurs: Pocomoke 86, Sts. Peter & Paul 64
Thurs: Tallwood (Va.) 72, Cesar Chavez (D.C.) 65
Fri: Tallwood (Va.) 71, Pocomoke 31
Fri: Cesar Chavez (D.C.) 85, Sts. Peter & Pauls 36

 

BRACKET 5
CHAMPION
Annapolis Area Christian School Eagles (Severn, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Brandon Joseph, Annapolis Area Christian, 2017 Forward

BRACKET RECAP
Rolling to a 17-point win in the Bracket 5 title game over a solid Atholton squad, Annapolis Area Christian made a serious statement with their debut Governor’s Challenge appearance. Led by Brandon Joseph’s dominant performance in the paint (averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds), the Eagles won their two games by an average margin of 22 points.

Atholton and Blake each finished 1-1, as the Raiders were led by sharpshooter Jake Waterworth and sophomore guard Maxwell Murray, while Blake senior guard Kobe Colston turned in an impressive performance for the second year in a row at the tournament.

BRACKET 5 RESULTS
Thurs: Annapolis Area Christian 76, JH Blake 49
Thurs: Atholton 48, Cambridge-SD 30
Fri: JH Blake 58, Cambridge-SD 46
Fri: Annapolis Area Christian 73, Atholton 56

 

BRACKET 6

CHAMPION
Harford Tech (Bel Air, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Darius Dangerfield, Harford Tech, 2017 Guard (Avg. 27 points, 6 rebounds, 15-16 FT)

BRACKET RECAP
Harford Tech overcame two halftime deficits en route to the Bracket 6 championship. In their opener, the Cobras surged past St. John’s Catholic, 67-52, after trailing 29-28 at the half. The next day, they trailed 32-27 at half but defeated SEED School (D.C.), 69-63, to capture the bracket title. Harford Tech outscored opponents 39-18 in the third quarter during the Governor’s Challenge, and senior guard Darius Dangerfield turned in back-to-back 27-point performances and went 15-16 from the foul line. George Anderson averaged 27 points, 8.5 rebounds and three steals for SEED.

 

BRACKET 6 RESULTS
Thurs: Seed School (D.C.) 68, Colonel Richardson 59
Thurs: Harford Tech 67, St. John’s Catholic Prep 52
Fri: Colonel Richardson 61, St. John’s Catholic Prep 50
Fri: Harford Tech 69, SEED School (D.C.) 63

 

BRACKET 7
CHAMPION
Sussex Tech High School Ravens (Georgetown, Del.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Ja’Ron Hunt-Fletcher, Sussex Tech, 2018 Guard

BRACKET RECAP
In a bracket featuring four fairly young teams -- and two from small 1A schools -- Sussex Tech emerged after an impressive team performance. Bracket MOP Jaron Hunt-Fletcher was the team’s Defensive MVP and do-it-all playmaker from the wing, while impressive championship game performances from Khalil Bolden (11 points, 7 assists, 4 steals) and Jaquan Burton (14 points, 5 assists) helped the youthful Ravens become the only Delaware program to capture a bracket title in this year’s tournament.

Surrattsville willed their way to a strong 20-point consolation victory after a close loss to Bennett in their opener, with Colin Dupree turning in an impressive double-double performance with 17 points and 11 rebounds (6 offensive).

BRACKET 7 RESULTS
Thurs: Sussex Tech 57, New Era Academy 54
Thurs: JM Bennett 63, Surrattsville 58
Fri: Surrattsville 68, New Era Academy 48
Fri: Sussex Tech 78, JM Bennett 59

 

 

GIRLS BRACKETS (Session 2)

 

BRACKET 1
CHAMPION
Linganore Lancers (Frederick, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Jessica Mitchell, Linganore, 2018 Forward

BRACKET RECAP
Linganore won the Girls Bracket 2 championship with ease behind their tenacious zone defense as they outscored their opponents by a combined xpoints, allowing only xpoints in their two games. On top of their defensive prowess, they received steady production from their do-it-all forward Jessica Mitchell. Mitchell stuffed the stat sheet for the Lancers leading them in points, rebounds and blacks in their two wins. In the consolation matchup, Mardela came out on top 38-36 over Pocomoke after Mariah Sterrett knocked down the game-winning jumper with 6 seconds left on the clock.

BRACKET 1 RESULTS
Thurs: Linganore 64, Mardela 11
Thurs: Thomas Stone 68, Pocomoke 27
Fri: Mardela 38, Pocomoke 36
Fri: Linganore 62, Thomas Stone 33

 

GIRLS BRACKET 2
CHAMPION
Walkersville Lions (Walkersville, Md.)

MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Eve Bernardoni, Walkersville, 2017 Guard (13.5 points)

BRACKET RECAP
Led by Bracket MOP Eve Bernardoni to a 58-45 win over intra-county foe Oakdale in the Bracket 2 championship, Walkersville’s smothering zone defense was the story of the championship showdown. The Lions forced a whopping 23 turnovers, and Bernardoni finished with 16 points for unbeaten Walkersville. After being tied at halftime, 28-28, Walkersville busted open the third quarter on a 10-2 run to take a 38-30 lead. The closest Oakdale got was within four, 38-34. Soon after, Mak McSweeney (15 points, five rebounds and three steals) flipped momentum in Walkersville’s favor when she finished layup in transition and dropped a midrange jumper, extending the Lions’ lead to 44-36. Oakdale only led for 29 seconds. Along with 16 points, Bernardoni dished six assists. Rian Wright added 12 points for Walkersville. Brianna Walker paced Oakdale with 13 points on 6 of 8 shooting.

BRACKET 2 RESULTS
Thurs: Walkersville 57, JM Bennett 13
Thurs: Oakdale 66, Parkside 16
Fri: Parkside 70, JM Bennett 62 (2OT)
Fri: Walkersville 58, Oakdale 45