2014 COVENTRY HEALTH TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
The 9th Annual Coventry Health ToC has come to an end, but the memories of this year’s event will be talked about for years to come. Here’s a brief review of this year’s power-packed ToC!
CITY OF WASHINGTON INVITATIONAL
The Montgomery Carver Wolverines, AL became the first out-of-state team to win the CoW since Kinston, NC won the tournament in 2008. Carver defeated Chicago Kenwood in the finale, 49-47. The Wolverines were led in the event by 6’6” Sr. Brandon Austin who averaged 20.5 per game and was named Most Valuable Player of the CoW. Austin poured in 34 points against O’Fallon.
MVP/MOP- Brandon Austin, Montgomery Carver
Leading Scorer- Donovan Franklin, O’Fallon 22.3 ppg
Most Points in a Game- Noah Wells, Champaign Central 42
Gold Medal Dunk- Brandon Austin with the one-hand Thunder Jam against Proviso East!
Most Blocked Shots in a Tournament- Chris Harris, Houston Madison (31- 7.8 bpg)
Most Assists in a single game- Curtis Randle, Houston Madison (12) v. Champaign Central
Most 3-Pointers in a single game- Noah Wells, Champaign Central (11) v. Houston Madison
TEAM WORKS NATIONAL CLASSIC
The Cape Henry Collegiate Dolphins raced to a 31-9 lead against Potter’s House Christian in the finale, but the Lions fought back to take the lead 55-54 with 23 seconds remaining in the game. However with 4 seconds to go in the game, 6’10” Sr. Paul Grinde hit an 8-foot jumper for the game winning bucket for the Dolphins. The dynamic duo of Chris Clarke and Marcus Evans were lethal in the open court and with their long-distance jumpers throughout the event. Evans was named the MVP of the event, while Clarke was named the Most Outstanding Player. The 6’11” 275 Jr. Udoka Azubuike was a mega-force in the lane for the Lions of Potter’s House. Jair Bolden and Mohamed Bamba also made the Team Works All-Tournament Team.
MVP- Marcus Evans, Cape Henry Collegiate
MOP- Chris Clarke, Cape Henry Collegiate
Leading Scorer- Marcus Evans, Cape Henry Collegiate 19.0 ppg
Most Points in a Game- Chris Clarke, Cape Henry Collegiate 27
Gold Medal Dunk- Chris Clarke with the Superman Alley-Oop off the break!
Most Dunks in a single game- Chris Clarke, Cape Henry Collegiate (5) v. St. Louis Christian
UFTRING AUTO GROUP INVITATIONAL
The Lakeview Gators of Campti, LA roared into the ToC and displayed one of the greatest athletic dunk shows ever seen at Torry Gymnasium! The Gators scored 87 points twice in the Uftring Invite with an amazing combination of long range 3-pointers and 15 eye-popping slams! 6’2” Sr. Tay Hardy was named the event’s MVP/MOP as he averaged 25.7 points and passed out 4.7 assists. 6’8” Jr. Adrio Bailey dominated his foes with numerous power slams and driving buckets. One of the other top performers in this event was 6’9” Sr. Dylan Miller of Hillsboro who averaged 23 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks per game.
MVP/MOP- Tay Hardy, Lakeview
Leading Scorer- Tay Hardy, Lakeview 25.7 ppg
Most Points in a Game- Tay Hardy, Lakeview 32
Gold Medal Dunk- All 6 of Adrio Bailey’s slams!!!
CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF ILLINOIS SHOOTOUT SERIES
The Children’s Hospital of Illinois Shootout Series featured four outstanding teams and two big-time Hoopers! In the first game, Neenah-WI defeated Peoria Notre Dame, 64-34. Neenah was led by 6’11” Sr. Matt Heldt who scored 21 points and grabbed 9 boards for the Rockets.
In the second game- Sun Prairie’s Nick Noskowiak poured in 29 points as he led his Cardinals to a 48-41 victory over St. Louis Northwest Academy. Noskowiak hit jumpers from all over the court, and displayed a slick style of ball handling and passing skills.