Jaden Hardy led Coronado (Nev.) out of the Corn Palace with an 81-69 win over Dominican (Wis.) to kick off the Hoop City Classic on Thursday.
After a slow first half, the five-star sophomore shooting guard scored 18 of his 28 points after the break, breaking a 38-38 halftime tie to give the Cougars a double-digit win. He also added 10 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. Jhaylon Martinez also had 16 points and seven rebounds.
Dominican still managed to stay close in the second half, though. It used 19 points and eight rebounds from Delone Austin. Eferin Burns put in 12 points, while Alex Antetokounmpo had seven points and eight rebounds.
Coronado plays Sioux Falls Washington at 2 p.m. today. Dominican takes on Yankton at 8 p.m. today.
Findlay Prep 78, DeLaSalle 68
PJ Fuller and Tyrell Terry both had a highlight-filled day at the Corn Palace, but it was Findlay Prep's Fuller who had the final one.
A breakaway tomahawk jam shook the rim and gave the Pilots a 14-point lead with 2:30 to play, leading to a win on Thursday in the Hoop City Classic.
"It felt really good, getting a dunk always gets me going," said Fuller, a TCU commit. "I wish I would have gotten one earlier to get me going even faster, but next game I need to just get going faster without the dunk." He scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the final 14 minutes, saying he got his thoughts together after Findlay Prep coach Rodney Haddix told him, "it's time to wake up, it's time to start leading your team." Fuller also had 10 rebounds, five assists and three steals.
Haddix also challenged Taryn Todd, who scored 14 points, in the second half to slow down Terry. Todd responded by holding Terry to six second-half points after the Stanford signee dropped 24 points before the break. DeLaSalle held a 37-33 lead at the half, as a result.
Blaise Beauchamp recorded 20 points and eight boards for Findlay Prep, too. Terry finished with 30 points and recorded his 1,000th career point in the game. Jamison Battle had 22 points and eight rebounds for DeLaSalle.
The Pilots play USA today's No. 1 La Lumiere at 9:30 p.m. today. The Islanders take on USA today's No. 16 Mountain Brook at 3:30 p.m. today.
"I know (La Lumiere) is going to come out and play hard, so we got to come out and play harder," Fuller said. "I know they're going to come out and try to punch us in the mouth, but when they do, we just gotta take it and we got to punch them back."
Mountain Brook 94, Lower Brule 35
Mountain Brook started fast and never slowed down, scoring a classic-record 63 points in the first half. The Spartans scored the first seven points of the game, then took first-half leads of 26-8, 52-19 and 63-21 at the half.
Mountain Brook set four classic records in its win-points in a half (63), offensive rebounds (31), assists (21) and steals (31)-and tied two records-made field goals (38), made 3-pointers (11). It came two rebounds away from setting the rebound record, too, finishing with 52 boards.
"It's our first time out here in South Dakota, so we wanted to put on a show for the fans and get the win,"Mountain Brook's five-star forward Trendon Watford said.
Due to its early lead, Mountain Brook was able to dig deep into its bench. Watford only needed to score nine points, while Colby Jones added 14. Holt Bashinsky (18), Lior Berman (15) and Carter Sobera (10) all scored in double-figures, too, and Jones, Bashinsky and Grant Griffen all had four steals.
Lower Brule struggled with the Spartans' press, leading to 33 turnovers. Brian Laroche Jr., had a team-high 11 points.
Mountain Brook faces faces DeLaSalle at 3:30 p.m. today.