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Mission Prep Christmas Classic 2010 Championship Day

San Luis Obispo, California 21 December 2010

Championship day games are underway at the 2010 Mission Prep Christmas Classic with host Mission Prep playing Cathedral at 9am this morning. A full slate of 8 games are scheduled for today’s final action of an exciting 2010 tournament including:

San Luis Obispo vs. Stockdale at 12 noon and the two championship games:

Granite Bay vs. Mission Hills in the Elite bracket Championship game at 615pm and Pasadena vs. Taft in the National bracket Championship game at 8:00pm in the tournament finale. Here’s today’s complete schedule:

9:00 am:   Mission Prep vs. Cathedral
10:30 am: Stockdale vs. Sylmar
12:00 pm: Stockdale vs. SLO High
1:30 pm:   Campbell Hall vs. Marin Catholic
3:00 pm:   Campolindo vs. Santa Clara
4:30 pm:   Price vs. Washington Prep
6:15 pm:   Elite Championship – Granite Bay vs. Mission Hills
8:00 pm:   National Championship – Pasadena vs.Taft

Stockdale plays a back to back because an extra was needed to fill a void in the Elite bracket and they volunteered.

In day 3 results from Monday’s action:

Game 1: Sylmar 73 vs. Campbell Hall 101

This may be the highest scoring game in Classic history. Austin McBroom and KJ Smith both had huge days for the Vikings with 35 and 32 points, respectively. Both teams lived off fastbreak points but Sylmar turned the ball over too many times to stay in this one. Alex Moreno had another strong showing in the loss for the Spartans with 29 points and a handful of blocked shots.

Game 2: Cathedral 54  vs. SLO 60

Once again San Luis Obispo had a great team effort today. Michael Hansen totaled 16 points and Steven Sainsbury had 11 points of his own for the Tigers. In defeat, ball-handler Chris Spears filled it up once again with 23 points for Cathedral.

Game 3: Marin Catholic 67 vs. Stockdale 61

Jordan Roggenbuck, 17 points, led four Wildcat scorers in double figures as Marin Catholic overcame a first half deficit to beat Stockdale. Jarrett Irvin was one of three Mustangs scorers in double figures with 17 points, but it wasn’t enough.

Game 4: Sylmar 52 vs. Mission Prep 78

Host school Mission Prep rebounded from last night’s heartbreaking loss to beat Sylmar. They took advantage of a Spartan squad that had to play the 9 am game today and as a result looked fatigued from the tip. Zack Allmon led four Mission Prep scorers in double figures with a big 25 point game. Coming off a 29-point performance in the morning game, Sylmar forward Alex Moreno continued his torrid offensive pace with 26 points in the loss.

Game 5: Campolindo 47 vs. Granite Bay 64

Granite Bay appears to be the team to beat in the Elite Bracket especially after an impressive win over a solid Campolindo squad. Robert Duncan light it up early and often as the Grizzlies jumped out to a 27-3 1st quarter lead. Duncan had 14 points in the 1st quarter and finished with a game-high 31. Jon Davis contributed with 16 points of his own for Granite Bay. Griffin Piatt was the only Campo scorer over 7 points as he finished with 12.

Game 6: Pasadena 52 vs. Price 49

Price center Norvel Pelle sat out this game with flu-like symptoms. Pasadena took advantage. The Bulldogs exploded out of the gates for a 37-16 halftime lead by playing some inspired basketball. They got contributions up and down the lineup as Blake Hamilton finished with a team-high 12 points. Kenny Green and Skylar Spencer mounted a Knights comeback while scoring 22 of their combined 30 points in the second half. Price got the lead all the way down to 3 points in the final minute but 4 late free throws from Carl Robinson and John Hayward sealed the victory for Pasadena. I guess, tonight, the Price was wrong.

Game 7: Mission Hills 61 vs. Santa Clara 46

In a rematch of an earlier tournament game, the outcome was the same. Kibret Woldemichel scored a team-high 12 points as Mission Hills once again defeated Santa Clara. Sophomore point guard Juan Valdovinos had 13 points in the loss for Santa Clara.

Game 8: Washington 51 vs. Taft 74

Taft once again showed its strength in this affair. C.J. Blackwell tallied a game-high 22 points while Khiry Williams and Stephen Maxwell added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Washington pulled it within 3 points in the 2nd half before Taft went on a sharp 15-0 run to put the game out of reach for good. Chris Brown had 13 points for the Generals in a losing effort.
To view the tournament brackets and additional information please visit the Mission Prep Christmas Classic website at www.mpchristmasclassic.com.

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