The 10th Annual Coventry Health Tournament of Champions has come to an end, but not without plenty of fireworks, high-flying action and record breaking performances! Here is a look at the highlights from this year’s ToC!
WASHINGTON WINS #4!!
The Washington Panthers pulled off the impossible in this year’s ToC! With a starting lineup of 5’8”, 5’9”, 5’11”, 5’11” and 6’0” the Panthers defeated the Little Rock Baptist Prep Eagles and their 7’3” All-America sophomore Connor Vanover and 7-foot sr. Brandon Vanover, 53-50! Coach Kevin Brown pushed his team to the very end- as Devin Whitelow and Lou Grffith combined for 41 points in the game. However, it was the two huge free throws by 5’7” Fr. Peyton Havens that iced the game for the Panthers.
The Panthers then met the Lee Generals from Huntsville, Alabama for the Washington Invitational title. The game went back and forth between the two teams, before Lou Griffith took control to the tune of 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The freshman Havens hit a hard-nosed, driving layup to once again ice the game for the Panthers. Griffith was named MVP of the Washington Invitational, as the Panthers captured their fourth ToC championship trophy!
LA LUMIERE IS FOR REAL!
The Lakers from La Porte, Indiana proved that they will be a strong contender for the 2016 National High School Basketball Title! The Lakers relied on several different players throughout the National Classic, and showed their incredible depth in doing so.
The Lakers’ 6’7” Jr. Brian Bowen was named MVP of the National Classic, but he received major assistance from Brandon Cyrus, Jeremiah Tilmon, James Banks, Grant Beucler, Isaiah Coleman-Lands, Algevon Eichelberger and 6’0” Fr. Tyger Campbell- who broke the ToC record for most assists (29) in a tournament.
BEST TOC DUO!
The best dynamic duo of the event came from Spain Park, Alabama- 6’10” Jr. Austin Wiley and 6’4” Jr. Jamal Johnson. This duo was responsible for impressive jumpers, dunks, rebounds, blocked shots and nifty assists.
Wiley averaged 20 points, 13 boards and 5 blocks per game. Johnson averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists per game.
10 PLAYERS- TOC FANS RAVED ABOUT (that weren’t fom La Lumiere or Spain Park)
CONNOR VANOVER, LITTLE ROCK BAPTIST, 7’3” So.
- At 7-feet, 3 inches tall- Connor Vanover was a “Can’t Miss” individual when he was walking around Torry Gymnasium. And, when Connor was on the floor, he was definitely the center of attention, because of his incredible skill set. He hit 3-point bombs from 30 feet, as if he was shooting a layup. He blocked shots, made passes and was automatic with jumpers in the paint. He is going to be a BIG TIME player at every level of basketball, and the ToC fans were glad they got to see him on his way to the top.
SHACQUILLE DAWKINS, BISHOP ALEMANY, 5’8” Sr.
- Dawkins was a blur in the open court! He simply dominated in three of his four games, and fans could not wait to see what he was going to do next. He was a great scorer, passer, defender and an incredible leaper!
LUGUENTZ DORT, ARLINGTON COUNTRY DAY, 6’3” So.
- “He’s only a sophomore?!!” This was the sentiment of every ToC fan who watched Luguentz Dort play. He was physical, athletic and poised on the floor at all times. He is a big time talent who will continue to improve with each game he plays. Dort was one tough hombre!
LOU GRIFFITH, WASHINGTON, 5’8” Sr.
- What can you say about Lou?! He was bound and determined to lead the Panthers to the Washington Invitational title and gave 110% at all times on the floor. His slippery, slick drives to the hoop were incredible. He scored, rebounded and made big passes throughout the week. Lou Griffith definitely deserved his Washington Invitational MVP honors!
EVAN WILEY, HUNTSVILLE LEE, 6’7” Sr.
- Wiley was a high energy swing man who attacked the basket and scored big buckets during clutch moments of his games. He ran the floor, played tough defense and was the top player for Lee during the week.
D.J. Mc DONALD, BISHOP ALEMANY, 5’10” So.
- Mc Donald opened some eyes in a big way during the tournament. He is only a sophomore, but he was lethal on the offensive end of the court. He buried 17 3’s in the event, and passed out 19 assists. He played with poise and energy throughout the tourney.
DANIEL SACKEY, ST. LOUIS CHRISTIAN, 5’10” So.
- Sackey was a slick point guard who got better with each game he played. He is only a sophomore, but he played well beyond his years. He is going to be a special player one day!
MARIO Mc KINNEY, ST. LOUIS VASHON, 6’0” Fr.
- Mc Kinney was unstoppable when the ball was in his hands. He had tremendous ball handling skills, and his jump shot was picture perfect from the perimeter. He is a future star at Vashon!
BRANDON VANOVER, LITTLE ROCK BAPTIST, 7’0” Sr.
- Brandon Vanover was Mr. Clutch for the Eagles during the week. His soft touch in the lane and his brilliant use of the backboard was old school at its best! His rebound, put-back bucket in the waning seconds of his Eagles’ game against Proviso East was unbelievable.
PEYTON HAVENS, WASHINGTON, 5’7” Fr.
- The 5’7” freshman was lights out for the Panthers! He can defend, run the offense and score at the most crucial points of the game. He had ice water running through his veins in Washington’s last two victories.