SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame hosted another successful Spalding Hoophall Classic presented by Big Y World Class Markets at Springfield College’s Blake Arena during this past Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.
Over 40 teams – representing 16 states and the District of Columbia – competed including five of the top 10 schools from the most recent ESPN RISE national rankings.
Highlighting the weekend’s games were victories by #2 Oak Hill Academy (VA) over #9 South Atlanta High School (GA), 65-58; #11 DeMatha Catholic High School (MD) over #33 Neumann-Goretti (PA), 88-71; #27 St. Anthony High School (NJ) over Putnam City High School (OK), 58-50; #3 St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) over #35 Wheeler High School (GA), 77-67; #7 LeFlore High School (AL) over #21 Abraham Lincoln High School (NY), 67-54; and #1 Mater Dei High School (CA) over Whitney Young High School (IL), 86-61.
The weekend was concluded with the announcement of the All-Tournament team, which included first-team selections Derrick Favors (South Atlanta/Atlanta, GA), Keith “Tiny” Gallon (Oak Hill Academy/Mouth of Wilson, VA), Jamal Coombs-McDaniel (Tilton/Tilton, NH), Josh Selby (DeMatha Catholic/Hyattsville, MD) and Travis Wear (Mater Dei/Santa Ana, CA). [Complete teams on Page 2]
“We are thrilled with this year’s Spalding Hoophall Classic, especially by the showcase of talent on the court by the teams and players, as well as the sportsmanship all weekend,” said John L. Doleva, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “Our goal each year is to give these student-athletes a first-class Hall of Fame experience.”
At the Spalding Skills Challenge, held on Saturday night at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, fans were treated to a number of incredible individual performances.
Rickey Morrisey (Watertown/Watertown, MA) and Josh Selby (DeMatha Catholic/Hyattsville, MD) paired up to win the Half-Court Hustle shooting competition; Hunter McClintock (Patterson School/Patterson, NC) won the Three-Point Shootout; and Clarence Trent (Patterson School/Patterson, NC) took home the Slam Dunk Contest title.
For more information, please visit the official web site, www.thehoophallclassic.com or www.MassLive.com for box scores and results.
First-Team All-Tournament: Derrick Favors, Keith Gallon, Jamal Coombs, Josh Selby, Travis Wear.
Second-Team All-Tournament: Xavier Henry, DeMarcus Cousins, Lance Stephenson, Alex Oriakhi, Kenny Boynton.
Third-Team All-Tournament: Carson Desrosiers, Preye Preboye, Devon Collier, Erik Murphy, Justin Jackson.