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Wednesday, April 4
Consolation bracket (Court 2)
Game 17: Network Stars beat Tri-City Ballers
A balanced effort let the Network, as Zaim Barnes scored seven points and Dallas Williams six points. The Ballers got 11 points from Vincent Rainey and seven points from Desean Johnson.
Game 19: Rising Stars 55, Bucaplaa 34
Julian Vazquez ripped the twine for 15 points and Fabian Ortiz and Diego Reyes each chipped in eight points to lead the Rising Stars into the 13th-place game. For Bucaplaa, Ernesto Roman scored 14 points and Yavid Morales added eight points. Rising Stars held a 29-15 command by halftime.
Game 21: Homewood 32, Ponce Constancia 30
LaBrian Poole (five points) hit a pair of free throws in the final 10 seconds to propel the Vikings into Thursday's consolation championship. Mason Ross paced Homewood with 10 points. For Constancia, Uriel Cains copped game-high scoring honors with 12 points.
Game 23: St. Thomas, VI 53, Chi-Town NBN 41
The Jaguars used a 21-8 fourth-quarter scoring margin to pull away and earn a spot in the consolation title game, behind scoring leaders Delijah Peltier (15 points), LeRoy Bylden (10 points) and Tazhaun Donadelle (nine points). Chi-Town got twin 14-point efforts from Aminu Habib and Lavarus Bracey.
Game 25: Bucaplaa beat Tri-City Ballers (15th Place)
The Pumas were sparked by Diego Muniz with 13 points and Gil Villegas with eight points. For Tri-City, Desean Johnson copped game-high honors with 14 points and Renie Thurman also cracked double digits with 11 points.
Game 27: Rising Stars 37, Network Stars 34 (13th Place)
The Rising Stars held off a late charge to capture 13th place, as Julian Vazquez scored 15 points behind three three-pointers, and Carlos Miguel added nine points. The Network was sparked by Destiny Johnson with 10 points and Kyell Sherfield with six markers.
Game 29: Chi-Town NBN 60, Ponce Constancia 53 (11th Place)
Three in double figures ignited NBN to 11th place, including Lavarus Bracey and Steve Brown with 16 points each, and Aminu Habib with 14 markers. Chi-Town took matters in hand with an 18-10 differential in the third period. For Constancia, Gabriel Roche hit a trio of three to lead the way with 13 points.
Championship bracket (Court 1)
Game 18: Bayamon ABB A 35, Southern Ponce 31
Joel Negron poured in 21 points and Yahil Caraballo and Eric Guillermo each added six to key Bayamon, which closed things out with a 15-10 margin in the final stanza. Thirteen points from Nicolas Torres topped the effort for Southern Ponce.
Game 20: Robert Taylor 41, Marquette Best 29
The Panthers jumped to a 19-2 command before holding off a late run, as Khalid Crockeran paced Robert Taylor with 10 points and Andrew Beasley added nine. The Panthers sealed the deal with 16 fourth-quarter free throws. The Best got a game-high 11 points from Jalon Mixon.
Game 22: Solo Pirates 47, Kenosha 42 (semi)
Collin Wainscott buried five three-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points, as the Pirates knocked off the defending champs to earn a title-game berth. Ben King added seven points for Solo, which hit four fourth-quarter free throws to seal the verdict. Kenosha was paced by Carson Nye with 12 points and Brady Davidson with 10 markers.
Game 24: Chicago Heights 42, Highwood 30 (semi)
The Green Streaks did it with defense, limiting Highwood to 10 second-half points, to earn their first title-game appearance since 2012. Meyoh Swansey led Chicago Heights with 11 points, while Devin Davis added eight points. The Heat was led by Jacob Cohn with 10 points and Gabe Shamberg finished with 10 points.
Game 26: Marquette Best 41, Southern Ponce 37 (7th Place)
A 24-11 blitz in the final period erased a Best defense and produced a seventh-place finish, as Latrell Hannah tallied 10 points, Ali Booker nine and Jeremiah Nancos seven for the winners. Southern Ponce, which held a 26-17 lead after three quarters, got 10-point outings from both Nicolas Torres and Ian Alberto.
Game 28: Robert Taylor 49, Bayamon ABB A 45 (5th Place)
A 22-4 onslaught in the final stanza propelled the Panthers to fifth place, as Khalid Crockeran scored 12 points and Amari Hall added 10 markers. ABB, which owned a 41-27 cushion entering the final period, got 15 points from Yahil Caraballo and eight points from Yael Reyes.
Tuesday, April 3
Round of 16
Game 1: Southern Ponce 40, Tri-City Ballers 33
Despite getting blanked in the opening quarter and trailing by three at halftime, Southern Ponce roared back to advance behind 11 points from Ian Alberto and 10 points from Robert Santos. The Ballers got twin 10-point performances from Desean Johnson and Jabari McNeal.
Game 5: Robert Taylor 59, Bucaplaa 30
Andrew Beasley scored 10 points and Sincere Tompkins and Yaris Irby each added seven points to spark Robert Taylor, which vaulted to a 29-8 command by halftime. Bucaplaa was ignited by Gil Villegas with nine points on a trio of three-pointers, while Alex Claydio chipped in six points.
Game 2: Kenosha 50, Homewood 21
Jumping to a 16-1 command after the opening quarter, defending champion Kenosha rolled behind 12 points from Calvion Hunter and nine points by Brady Davidson. Homewood, which was outscored from the foul line, 21-7, was paced by Jaydon Watts with 11 points.
Game 6: Highwood 45, St. Thomas, VI 39
The Heat used a balanced attack to prevail, as Brandon Rieger scored 12 points, Miles Cohan added 10 points and Alex Finger finished with eight markers. The Jaguars saw a late run fall short, as Elijah Pettier tallied 11 points and LeRoy Blyden finished with eight points.
Game 3: Bayamon ABB A 71, Network Stars 30
A dominant first half sealed the deal early for ABB, which went into halftime with a 40-8 bulge. Yahil Caraballo led Bayamon with 13 points and Alejandro Chaves chipped in 10 points for the winners. The Stars were sparked by Elijah Whitey with 11 points.
Game 7: Marquette Best 47, Rising Stars 35
The Best edged away with a scoring advantage in every quarter, as scoring was provided by Mason Mosely (16 points), Kendall Larry (10 points) and Jaleon Dixon (nine points). The Rising Stars got a team-high 13 markers from Julian Vazquez.
Game 4: Solo Pirates 63, Ponce Constancia 36
Using three players in double figures, the Pirates pulled away from an early close encounter with a 41-18 margin in the second half. Lionell Bell scored 22 points to lead Solo, while Collins Wainscott chipped in 18 points and Ben King finished with 10 points. Uriel Cains shared game-high scoring honors for Constancia with 22 points.
Game 8: Chicago Heights 43, Chi-Town NBN 33
A 12-6 finishing kick for the Streaks held off a late NBN run, as Meyoh Swansey led Chicago Heights with 14 points and Devin Davis chipped in 12 points. Chi-Town got a game-high 17 points from Aminu Hakis.
Consolation quarterfinals (Court 2)
Game 9: Homewood beat Tri-City Ballers
In an exhibition victory for Homewood, the Vikings were led by Mason Ross with 11 points and LaBrian Poole with 10 markers. Desean Johnson clicked for a game-high 16 points to lead the effort for the Ballers.
Game 11: St. Thomas, VI 39, Bucaplaa 18
The Jaguars turned up the defense to advance to the consolation semifinals, limiting Bucaplaa to five first-half points before gaining a 14-4 scoring advantage in the third quarter. Elijah Pettier scored eight points and Vern Frett seven to lead St. Thomas, while five points from Ernesto Ramon led Bucaplaa.
Game 13: Ponce Constancia 39, Network Stars 37
Uriel Cains poured in nine of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter when Constancia gained a 15-11 scoring margin to determine the outcome. The Network led after each of the first three periods and was led by Damani Anderson (16 points) and Kyell Sherfield (11 points).
Game 15: Chi-Town NBN 70, Rising Stars 49
Ten different players hit the scoring books for NBN, led by Steve Brown with 14 points. Aminu Hakis and Laterion Colbert each chipped in 12 points for Chi-Town, which never looked back after jumping to a 20-8 lead after one quarter. Julian Vazquez tallied a game-high 21 points to pace the Stars, while Carlos Miguel finished with 10 points.
Championship quarterfinals (Court 1)
Game 10: Kenosha 46, Southern Ponce 21
The defending champs make a return trip the semis, propelled by a huge first half that produced a 24-1 halftime command. Carson Nye led Kenosha with 12 points, while Calvion and Calviontae Hunter each chipped in nine points. Southern Ponce got six points each from Ian Alberto and Diego Vargas.
Game 12: Highwood 31, Robert Taylor 30
Jacob Cohn hit a pair of free throws in the final seconds to secure the Heat's ticket to the Final Four, as Highwood gained a 14-10 scoring advantage in the final stanza. Cohn and Brandon Rieger each scored nine points to lead the winners, as the duo scored all of Highwood's fourth-quarter points. Sincere Tompkins and Amare Hall each scored eight points to lead the Panthers, who were denied a third straight trip to the title contest.
Game 14: Solo Pirates 62, Bayamon ABB A 46
Collin Wainscott paced three in double figures with 20 points, as the Pirates rolled into the semifinals. Jeremiah Pickens added 13 points and Ben King 10 for Solo. Bayamon saw a late run fall short, but was let by 19 points from Yahil Caraballo.
Game 16: Chicago Heights 47, Marquette Best 21
Terrion White ripped the nets for 17 points to send the Green Streaks back into the semifinals. Kendon Capeheart and Devin Davis each chipped in eight points for Chicago Heights. The Best, which was outscored in every period, was led by Latrell Hannah with eight points.