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2nd quarter the difference as California team eases past Plano East in Whataburger Tournament title game
HALTOM CITY — After spending 10 of 14 days on the road, Long Beach Poly returned to California with the first-place trophy from the Whataburger Basketball Tournament.
Poly outscored Plano East 17-5 in the second quarter on its way to a 51-40 victory.
“It didn’t look good early on,” Poly coach Sharrief Metoyer said. “And Plano East is a strong team, so I’m happy.”
The deciding second quarter included an 11-0 run which flipped the score from 16-13 in the Panthers’ favor to 24-16 for Poly. Poly led 26-20 at halftime, and Plano East never came within six points of Poly again.
Poly senior forward Roschon Prince — a USC pledge — led all scorers with 19 points, and teammate Jordan Bell — an Oregon pledge — finished with 14. Both had a slow opening quarter, but once they began playing above the rim, Plano East could not slow the duo. Along with his 14 points, Bell added seven blocks and nine rebounds, controlling the offensive and defensive ends.
Senior guard Xavier Smith led Plano East with 15 points.
The third piece of Poly’s dynamic trio, highly recruited junior guard Kameron Chatman, remained on the bench as the California Interscholastic Federation has ruled him ineligible until March 16.
Richardson Berkner 57, Arlington Martin 48: Arlington Martin managed to cut a 13-point deficit to eight points with a pressing defense, but a strong defensive performance from Fresno State signee Soma Edo lifted Berkner.
Edo added 10 points while Keenan Evans poured in 23 points as Berkner captured third place.
Bullitt East (Ky.) 55, North Crowley 53: Bullitt East needed every one of Kentucky signee Derek Willis’ 30 points to take the fifth-place trophy back to the Bluegrass State.
North Crowley held a one-point lead but missed a free throw with 23.3 seconds left. Willis grabbed the rebound, his ninth of the night to accompany five blocks, and seconds later he hit a deep three-pointer to provide the Chargers their winning margin.