Under Armour Holiday Class Action Stream
National Division All-Tournament selection Devearl Ramsey with Tournament Director John Olive (Photo by Anna Scipione)
Congratulations to our 2013 Under Armour Holiday Classic All-Tournament selections.
- Most Valuable Player: Max Hazzard, Loyola
- Thomas Welsh, Loyola
- Parker Jackson-Cartwright, Loyola
- Sedrick Barefield, Corona Centennial
- Deontae North, Corona Centennial
- Devearl Ramsey, Sierra Canyon
- Lonzo Ball, Chino Hills
- Bryce Aiken, The Patrick School
- Joey Covarrubias, Cantwell Sacred Heart
- Sam Worman, Torrey Pines
- Kendall Small, Mayfair
- Theo Pinson, Wesleyan Christian
- Ivan Rabb, Bishop O'Dowd
- Most Valuable Player: Iman Chatman, Mater Dei Catholic
- Jaylen Hands, Mater Dei Catholic
- Tommy McCarthy, La Costa Canyon
- Most Valuable Player: Evan Fitzner, Francis Parker
- Terrence Johnson, Cienega (Ariz.)
- Most Valuable Player: Khy Kabellis, Escondido
- Most Valuable Player: Brian Finley, Santa Fe Christian
- Jack Langborg, Santa Fe Christian
- Matt Lizanich, The Bishops School
National Division champion Loyola (photo by Anna Scipione)
After dominating each of its previous three games in the 2013 Under Armour Holiday Classic by double-digits, it’s only fitting Loyola cruised to the National Division championship in a 78-57 rout of Corona Centennial.
Just as appropriately, the Cubs overwhelmed the Huskies with their patented brand of balanced basketball. Four Loyola players scored in double-figures, led by center Thomas Welsh’s 25 points.
Centennial had no one to match the 7-footer Welsh’s size on the low block, and Loyola exploited it often—but the Cubs big man didn’t need to dominate the ball to make an impact. Such is the strategy Loyola rode to the Holiday Classic title.
“We have great chemistry off the court, so it helps us on the court,” Welsh said. “And coach [Jamal Adams] knows how to use that so we feed off one another.
Feeding off each other carried Loyola in all of its four wins, including Monday’s. With Welsh working the post, the Cubs’ perimeter players handled business outside.
Guard Max Hazzard score 17 points to put a cap on his National Division Most Valuable Player honors. Hazzard scored on a variety of mid-range jumpers and drives to the basket, another hallmark of this Loyola team throughout the tournament.
Thomas Lapham added 10 points and point guard Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 15.
Centennial scratched and crawled in the first half to stay afloat behind the hot shooting of Deontae North and Sedrick Barefield. The Huskies duo combined for 42 of Centennial’s 57 points. North, an All-Tournament selection, led all scorers with 27.
But this night belonged to Loyola. The Cubs jumped ahead early then maintained a 9-to-12-point cushion for much of the first half.
Loyola blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Centennial 25-15 to build a 20-point edge it held for the remainder of the night.
The Cubs will head into the new year near the top of every California ranking, and appearing in plenty of national polls. The Holiday Classic gives them an accomplishment to reflect back on, but according to Welsh, not for too long.
“We don’t want to concern ourselves too much with the past,” he said. “We want to get better and go after our goals.”
Mater Dei Catholic of Chula Vista is just fine with being overlooked and underappreciated on the Southern California basketball scene.
“We’re the underdog everywhere we go,” forward Robert Harris said.
No one is going to be able to overlook the Crusaders any longer—not after they beat La Costa Canyon in overtime, 69-67, to win the American Division championship of the Under Armour Holiday Classic.
American Division Most Valuable Player Iman Chatman led Mater Dei with 20 points, feshman Jaylen Hands added 19 points off the bench and Harris knocked down 10-of-11 free throws to lead an upset of the San Diego Section’s No. 2-ranked team.
The underdog mentality manifested in a give-no-quarter style from the Crusaders. Their relentlessness down the stretch, particularly in dominating the glass, made the difference.
“We like to finish games to prove a point,” Harris said.
Mater Dei’s Holiday Classic victory should make that point loud and clear throughout the San Diego Section: The Crusaders are no longer the underdogs.
La Costa Canyon guard Tommy McCarthy led all scorers with 23 points in the loss.
Cantwell Sacred Heart combined for 13 3-pointers, led by four from E.J. Mejia and three from All-Tournament selection Joey Covarrubias, and the Cardinals outlasted Torrey Pines in overtime of the UnderArmour Holiday Classic National Division consolation championship, 68-67.
The Cardinals backcourt duo preserved the win in the extra frame, combining to go 6-of-7 from the free throw line. Cantwell Sacred Heart’s work from the charity stripe was significant, as the Cardinals scored on just one field goal in the overtime.
Torrey Pines nearly bridged a six-point gap in the final minute thanks to guard Dominic Hovasse. He made two of his four 3-pointers in the waning moments, including a last-ditch effort to force a second overtime. However, he was unable to draw contact for the necessary four-point play.
The host Falcons forced overtime on All-Tournament selection Sam Worman’s buzzer-beating triple, the culmination of an eight-point final period for him.
Mayfair 77, Faith Baptist Christian 54
All-Tournament selection Kendall Small finished the UnderArmour Holiday Classic with a flourish, scoring 29 points to lead Mayfair in a 77-54 rout of Faith Baptist Christian Academy.
Small erupted during a second half in which the Monsoons outscored the Crusaders, 41-21, scoring 16 of his points. Joining him in Mayfair’s decisive final stretch was Dillon Reise. Reise had been quiet in the first half, but went off for 12 of his 14 after intermission.
Faith Baptist battled through the first half behind the hot hand of Jahman Delancey. He scored on three straight Crusaders possession in one stretch, and went into the locker room with 14 points. He was held to just four in the second.