Wednesday, April 17
Consolation bracket (Court 2)
Game 17: Orlando Rising Stars 50, Caguas Libac 48
A 16-9 closing kick netted the victory for the Rising Stars, who got nine points each from Carlos Castro and Jomar Bernard. Caguas was paced by Bryan Rivera with 14 points and Yampier Baez with 13 points.
Game 19: Highwood 34, St. Thomas, VI 22
Zach Friedman tallied 13 points to pace the Heat in a defensive struggle. For the Jaguars, Jordan Fleming led the way with six points.
Game 21: Southern Ponce 42, Chi-Town NBN 36
Alexis Collazo hit nine free throws among his game-high 13 points in leading Southern Ponce, which also got 11 points from Abdiel Garcia. Chi-Town, led by 12 points from Corey Hughes, fell just short on a comeback effort.
Game 23: Naranjito 39, Big East Stars 31
Naranjito earned a spot in the consolation finals behind a balanced assault, as Angel Lopez scored eight points and Ivan Rosa and Joseph Benitez each added seven. Jimmy Jones and Devin Artis clicked for double figures for Big East, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Game 25: St. Thomas 51, Caguas Libac 26 (15th Place)
Kareem Pinney led a balanced effort with nine points and Jaden Dowe added eight to lead St. Thomas to 15th place. Caguas, which never recovered after being outscored, 14-2, in the second period, got 11 points from Bryan Rivera.
Game 27: Highwood 35, Orlando Rising Stars 20 (13th Place)
The Heat did it with defense to earn 13th place, while Evan Nagler led the scoring with eight points and Charlie Cross chipped in seven point. Jomar Bernard topped the Rising Stars with seven points.
Game 29: Big East Stars 40, Chi-Town NBN 36 (11th Place)
The Stars used a 16-6 closing kick to capture 11th place, as Devin Artis scored 11 points and Zaim Barnes added 10 points to lead the way. Chi-Town, which led 17-7 after the opening period, got nine points from TyJuan Hunter.
Championship bracket (Court 1)
Game 18: Homewood 56, Bucaplaa 47
Gianni Cobb poured in 23 points and Dorien Beatty added 10 markers to propel Homewood, which overcame a 30-20 halftime deficit to earn a spot in the fifth-place contest. Jesus Quiernan led the way for Bucaplaa with 14 points.
Game 20: Robert Taylor 59, Tri-City Ballers 42
The Panther pulled away with defense and a 33-19 differential in the second half, as Brandon Watson notched 21 points and Marciano Johnson chipped in 19. Noah Rogers also scored 19 points to pace the Ballers.
Game 22: Kenosha 34, Marquette Best 29 (semis)
Eric Kenesie scored 10 points and Elijah Griffin added eight in a defensive struggle that sent Kenosha to its second title game in three years and fifth overall. The winners hit seven of 10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter to seal the semifinal win. For the Best, Taylen Goodwin collected six points to lead the squad.
Game 24: Chicago Heights 52, CIAPR 43 (semis)
The defending champion Green Streaks prevail to seek their fourth overall title against Midwest rival Kenosha. Terrion White scored 20 points and Jamson Coulter added 14 points to pave the way to a title-game repeat for Chicago Heights, which gained a 17-11 scoring margin in the third period to take command. CIAPR, in its first Final Four appearance, got 11 points from Roberto Mendoza.
Game 26: Tri-City 52, Bucaplaa 49 (seventh)
Noah Rogers scored 13 points and Jayden Preston chipped in 10 to lead the Ballers in a close contest for seventh place. Bucaplaa placed three in double figures, including Sebastian Jordan with 17 points, and Ricardo Luna and Jesus Quiernan with 10 points.
Game 28: Robert Taylor 65, Homewood 44 (fifth)
Twelve different players scored to lead the Panther to fifth place, as Brandon Watson tallied 14 points and Amari Edwards chipped in eight points. Homewood got nine points from Labrian Poole and eight points each from Chris Cooksey and Lucas Underwood.
Tuesday, April 15
Consolation quarterfinals (Court 2)
Game 9: Southern Ponce 52, Caguas Libac 39
Balance was the keyword for Southern Ponce, as Alexis Collazo and Karol Figueroa each scored 10 points and Angel Qurindongo collected nine points. Caguas, which was outscored, 17-6 in the second stanza, got 10 points from Yampier Baez.
Game 11: Big East Stars 50, Highwood Heat 35
Jimmy Jones hit a trio of three and Steven Copeland collected 11 points to lead the Big East, which gained a scoring advantage in every quarter. For Highwood, Zach Friedman paced the effort with seven points.
Game 13: Chi-Town 50, Orlando Rising Stars 33
Nothin’ But Net rolled to victory behind JyJuan Hunter with 15 points and Ian Williams with 10 markers. Orlando, which fell behind, 16-7, in the early going, was topped by Ivaniel Rogers with nine points.
Game 15: Naranjito 52, St. Thomas, VI 35
Behind 11 points from Ecrezer Gonzalez, Naranjito prevailed by using a 20-5 differential in the second quarter. St. Thomas was sparked by Nitshu Williams with eight points.
Championship quarterfinals (Court 1)
Game 10: Kenosha 42, Bucaplaa 30
Kenosha overcame a 17-10 halftime deficit to advance to its fourth consecutive Final Four, as Elijah Griffin scored 13 points and Tommy Santarelli added eight. Bucaplaa, which was outscored by a 14-6 margin in the final stanza, was led by Sebastian Jordan with six points.
Game 12: CIAPR 64, Robert Taylor 50
CIAPR makes its first-ever appearance in the Final Four behind 24 points Roberto Mendoza and 11 points Bryan Huertas with 11 points. Robert Taylor made a second-half run, but was eventually outscored, 18-9, in the final stanza. Brandon Watson and Marciano Johnson scored 19 and 13, respectively, for the Panthers.
Game 14: Marquette Best 51, Homewood 33
Gaining a scoring advantage in all four quarters, the Best advanced to its 10th Final Four behind the balance led by Avian Abrams (11 points) and Austin Betts (nine points). Homewood got four threes and a game-high 16 points from Gianni Cobb.
Game 16: Chicago Heights 54, Tri-City Ballers 53
The defending champs survived a last-second potential game-winner by the Ballers behind three in double figures, including Aaron Harvey (16 points), Caden Atkins (14 points) and Jamson Coulter (11 points). Tri-City also had three in double figures, led by Nieko Taylor with 13 points, Jayden Preston with 12 and Cornelius Abraham with 10.
Tuesday, April 15
Round of 16
Bucaplaa 50, Southern Ponce 24
Balanced prevailed for the Pumas, as Sebastian Jordan tallied nine points and Jesus Quiesnan chipped in eight points. Bucaplaa took command initially with a 20-1 margin in the opening stanza. For Southern Ponce, Alexis Collazo tallied a game-high 10 points.
Game 5: CIAPR 40, Big East Stars 35
A 17-10 margin in the final period sealed the deal for CIAPR, which was led by Bryan Huertas with 11 points and Jeremy Velez with 10 markers. Kareem Anthony topped the effort for the Stars with 10 points.
Game 2: Kenosha 67, Caguas Libac 32
Nick Virre poured in 22 points and Leontae Lowery added eight markers to ignite the lopsided victory for Kenosha, which jumped to a 19-2 command after the opening stanza. For Caguas, Jimmy Benites led the way with seven points.
Game 6: Robert Taylor 47, Highwood Heat 22
Brandon Watson nearly outscored the opponent with a game-high 20 points to propel the Panthers, who took command with a 21-7 margin in the third quarter. Marciano Johnson added eight points for the winners, while Highwood was sparked by Charlie Cross with 10 points.
Game 3: Homewood 49, Chi-Town NBN 33
A 21-8 closing run sealed the verdict for the Vikings, who got 19 points from Gianni Cobb and 11 points from Dorien Beatty. Homewood hit 14 fourth-quarter charity tosses to close out the victory. Chi-Town, which missed 26 free throws, got 11 points from Corey Hughes.
Game 7: Tri-City Ballers 58, Naranjito 54 (OT)
After tying the score with less than two seconds remaining to force overtime, the Ballers prevailed behind 14 points from Noah Rogers and 13 from Nieko Taylor. Naranjito was topped by Adrien Berrios with 13 points.
Game 4: Marquette Best 72, Orlando Rising Stars 25
A 26-1 margin after the opening quarter determined the outcome early for the Best, which got 17 points from Austin Betts and 13 markers by Sam Hallenwreck. For the Rising Stars, Sebastian Rivera led the effort with 14 points.
Game 8: Chicago Heights 48, St. Thomas, VI 21
Jamison Coulter clicked for 12 points and Aaron Harvey added 10 markers to spark the Green Streaks, who jumped to a 27-8 advantage by the intermission. The Jaguars were led by Nitsuh Williams with nine points.