New Jersey’s Scottie Lewis rose above the crowd Wednesday night in Fort Myers.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Friday night showdown between No. 9 McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) and No. 18 University (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the semifinals of the City of Palms Classic lived up to the billing.
University’s Vernon Carey Jr., the nation’s top-rated junior prospect, took over in winning time and directed a 71-63 victory at Florida SouthWestern State College that sends the Sharks to Saturday’s championship game.
Carey posted a team-high 21 points, including 15 in the second half. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and dominated the final quarter. New Mexico commit Drue Drinnon added 20 points and made key plays down the stretch.
Sophomore point guard Sharife Cooper of McEachern continued his strong showing in Fort Myers, pumping in a game-high 26 points in the loss.
Memphis East, led by former NBA great Penny Hardaway, utilized its size advantage to own the boards 33-25. The experienced bunch outlasted Simeon and outscored them 10-5 in the final five minutes to pull away.
Wichita State commit Alex Lomax closed out the game by converting key buckets and notched 14 points with six assists.
Kenny Pittman tallied a team-high 14 points for Simeon.
Saturday’s championship game tips at 7:30 p.m. EST.
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