It is time for another third-place game, this time in the traditional category between Peninsula Catholic of Virginia and Ohio’s Buchtel. Each team got here by winning their first games, then losing in tough match-ups in the semifinals. Today, one will walk away as the third-best team at the Beach Ball Classic.
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Game Date: Dec. 30, 2021
Game Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
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Peninsula Catholic from Virginia were able to move on to the third-place game today behind 27 points from Stylz Gardner and Travon Gray:
Peninsula Catholic’s journey to the third-place game in the traditional category led through a win on Monday over Evangel Christian, then a loss on Wednesday to Milton.
In their win, they played stout defense, holding their opponent to 37.2% shooting from the field and making all their top scorers inefficient. They also forced 19 turnovers, which led to nine points in transition and 11 points overall, which was effectively the difference in the game.
Gray (14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals )was the star, with Gardner chipping in 13 points and four steals.
In their loss to Milton, they still forced turnovers (15), but allowed 51.1% shooting for the game and lost every quarter for a slow burn loss. Gray was strong again (17 points and four rebounds), but Gardner (eight points and five turnovers) could not get it rolling.
For Buchtel, they survived a thriller, coming back from down six points to start the fourth quarter and win.
Zevin Gadson led the way with 22 points, three rebounds and three steals with Amire Robinson, Christian Harmon and Braylin Wells combining for 35 points and 21 rebounds.
In their loss, it was another close affair, losing to a very strong Bishop O’Connell (VA) team by a score of 68-64 in one of the best games of the tournament so far.
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