Taylor is King at City of Palms

Taylor King

Taylor King helped Mater Dei (Calif.) stay perfect for the season with another impressive performance at the City of Palms. However, there were plenty of sophomores and juniors who put up big numbers on the final day of the event.

Taylor King made certain that Mater Dei (Calif.) remained unbeaten.

The Duke-bound senior forward scored 25 points, had five rebounds and earned MVP honors as he led the Monarchs to an 85-80 victory over Liberty Tech (Tenn.) in the championship game of the City of Palms.

Big man Alex Jacobson (Arizona) added 17 for the 11-0 Monarchs.

In the consolation game, it was no surprise that the Florida-bound duo of Nick Calathes and Chandler Parsons led the way in Lake Howell's 87-74 win against Greg Monroe's Helen Cox team.

Parsons finished with a game-high 35 points and 8 boards and was a perfect 11-for-11 from the foul line while Calathes added 31 points and Joey Rodriguez (VCU) added 21. Monroe, the top-ranked player in the Class of 2008, finished with 22 points and 9 boards in the loss.

In other action at the City of Palms, it was sophomore scoring guard Kenny Boynton Jr. that stole the show with a tournament-record 45 points in Pompano Beach Ely's rout over Arlington Country Day.

Boynton was 15-of-30 from the field and 10-of-17 from long range.

Boynton wasn't the only sophomore guard putting up numbers. Lance Stephenson poured in 39 points to lead Lincoln (N.Y.) to a win over Arizona-bound guard Jerryd Bayless (22 points) and St. Mary's (Ariz.).

Tyreke Evans, who holds the No. 2 spot in the Class of 2008 behind Monroe, scored 37 points to lead American Christian (Pa.) to a 76-65 win against Monsignor Pace. Rayford Shipman finished with 14 in the loss for Pace.

A pair of Pennsylvania standouts both led their teams to wins with big games.

DeJuan Blair, a big man who has signed with Pittsburgh, scored 25 points and grabbed 16 boards to lead Schenley (Pa.) to a 10-point win against Fort Myers. Lance Kearse (VCU) had 20 for the host school.

Junior two-sport star Terrelle Pryor had 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead Jeanette High to a overtime victory over Golden Gate High, which was paced by Joey Woods' 25 points and 12 boards.

The following is the all-tournament team from the City of Palms:

Most Valuable Player: Taylor King, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei

Jerryd Bayless, St. Mary's (Ariz.)

Kenny Boynton, Pompano Beach Ely

Kamyron Brown, Mater Dei

Nick Calathes, Lake Howell

Tyreke Evans, American Christian (Pa.)

Lance Kearse, Fort Myers

Devon Lamb, Arlington Country Day

Greg Monroe, Helen Cox (La.)

Chandler Parsons, Lake Howell

Joey Rodriguez, Lake Howell

Josh Sain, Liberty Tech (Tenn.)

Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (N.Y.)

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