The early session of National Division games on Wednesday finished with a flurry. Sheldon (Sacramento) topped Lincoln (San Diego) on forward Nate Iese’s buzzer beating lay-up, 56-55.
Dakarai Allen pushed the ball up thecourt and found the open Iese, just seconds after Lincoln guard Tyree Robinson sank an off-balance 3-pointer to put the Hornets ahead.
Tyree Robinson finished with 17 points, while his twin brother Tyrell led all scorers with 24.
Sheldon survived an early Lincoln onslaught from the free throw line. Eight of the Huskies’ 10 first quarter points came from the charity. Overall, Sheldon connected on 16 of their 28 foul shots.
Allen led the way for the Huskies with 14 points. Kyiron Thomas netted three 3-pointers, all in the second quarter, en route to nine points, while D’Erryl Williams notched nine of his own.
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St. Thomas used a torrid fourth quarter pace to run past Lutheran (LaVerne, Calif.), 64-53 behind a stellar performance from its Stanford-bound guard, Christian Sanders.
Sanders scored 29 points, including three 3-pointers and 12 of 14 from the free throw line. The Eagles overcame a sluggish third quarter in which they scored just four points.
Compton took advantage of the strong defensive effort, with Eric Cooper Jr. leading the way in the period by scoring five of his 13 points.
Jay Miller and Grant Jarrett had 18 and 11 for the Trojans in the losing effort. St. Thomas got 14 points from Chase Brogna.
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A 24-8 second quarter paced Lake Washington’s (Kirkland, Wash.) 69-40 rout of Dominguez (Compton, Calif.).
The Kangaroos’ big man, Darien Nelson-Henry, was one of four players in double figures with 16 points. Kelly Guy drained three 3-pointers, and finished with 13. Guy Lynott came on in the fourth quarter to score eight of his 12, and Jamal Mahammad posted 11.
B.J. Hunt led Dominguez with 12 points. E.J. Johnson hit a 3-pointer, his sixth of the tournament, and finished with those three points.
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Dana Abe continued with his productive tournament. The O’Dea (Seattle) forward had a double-double on Tuesday vs. Windward, and for an encore scored 25 points in the Fighting Irish’s 68-60 defeat of Compton.
The Irish battled back from down 48-47 at the end of the third quarter, drawing fouls and making good on the ensuring free throw attempts. O’Dea went 19 of 24 from the line, including 15 of 15 by Abe.
Sekou Wiggs bounced back from scoring just nine points on Tuesday. He matched that just from beyond the 3-point arc vs. Compton, and finished with 17 points overall.
Victor Robbins picked up where he left off from the Archbishop Mitty game, scoring 19 points. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers in the final quarter to complement his paint work. Chris Lewis also had 19 for the Tarbabes.