Beach Ball Classic: Day One

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- The opening day of the Beach Ball Classic was dominated by 2014 wing L.J. Peak, as he dropped 40 points in a loss on Tuesday.

Evan Nolte, SF/PF, Milton – Everyone knows that Nolte, a 6-foot-8 combo forward, shoots it well from long range, but it was impressive to see him go about things on the offensive end in a different way. Nolte scored off a pair of post ups and was more aggressive on the offensive end, which was evident by his seven trips to the free throw line. The Virginia signee hasn't been complacent and is getting better. Nolte finished with 14 points and four rebounds.

Lavonne Holland, SG, Ballard – The junior broke out in a big setting for the Bruins. A 6-foot scoring guard, Holland filled the stat sheet going for 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Majority of his buckets were manufactured from drives to the rim, as he used his athleticism and usage of both hands to score around the basket. Holland has the look of a Division-1 basketball player.

L.J. Peak, SG/SF, Gaffney – Mark Huff's squad needed a big effort from Peak to keep their match up with Ballard close. While they couldn't get a win, Peak, a sophomore, put on a show at the Beach Ball Classic, scoring 40 points on 13-for-24 shooting.

The 6-foot-4 wing prospect managed points from three, mid-range and at the rim. He's a very good athlete that will go up and punch it on a defender in a transition, but he's also a very good shooter from long range, which was evident by the six three-pointers he pumped in. Peak had the signature performance on day one of the event.

Quentin Snider, PG, Ballard – In a 15 point win over Gaffney, Snider was forced to the bench in the first half. In the second frame the Louisville commit controlled the pace and tempo of the game and made all the appropriate passes against Gaffney's press. Snider mixed in three three-pointers on five attempts on his way to 10 points, four assists and just one turnover.

*Tevin Glass is one of the better 2012 post prospects still available. Glass is at his best in run and jump situations, but still must improve his low post scoring. With that said, he was solid in an opening round game going for 14 points and 11 rebounds.

*Georgia signee Charles Mann scored 11 points and grabbed seven boards in Milton's 20-point victory. Mann finished 5-for-8 from the field and scored most of his points around the basket.

*Jayln Patterson is a sophomore guard to keep an eye on. The 5-foot-11, 165-pounder has impressive speed and made a handful of plays in transition. He scored six points and add five rebounds for Milton.

*Shabazz Muhammad finished 10-for-16 from the field and scored 24 points in Bishop Gorman's big win. Rosco Allen chipped in 12 on 6-for-8 shooting, while Demeteris Morant scored 11.

*Tevin Glass, whose father played at Murray State, listed the Racers, as well as Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, Texas, Tennessee and Auburn as schools showing interest.

*Sophomore guard Jayln Patterson said he's heard from Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee State, Georgia Southern, College of Charleston and Richmond.

*L.J. Peak said he's heard a lot from South Carolina, Clemson, Texas, Marquette and Georgetown. His high school coach – Mark Huff – said South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Charleston Southern have stopped by the school. Darrin Horn is the only head coach to stop by the school.

During the opening day of the Beach Ball Classic just a few college coaches were spotted. South Carolina, Monmouth and UNC-Wilmington all had coaches in the convention center.

SCOREBOARD
*Milton 51, Miami Senior 31
*Ballard 91, Gaffney 76
*Lakota East 61, Socastee 38
*Bishop Gorman 81, Rye 33

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