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March 17, 2018

3/6/2018 1:21:00 PM
Boys Home 2nd At NLCA Tourney

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. — Boys Home won three of five games and finished second at the New Life Christian Academy Tournament here Friday and Saturday.

The Hilltoppers defeated Seneca Trail Christian Academy on Friday 88-60 and started Saturday with a 70-39 victory over South Charleston Christian.

Boys Home then played three games against the hosts, winning 47-45 and losing 73-42 and 77-40 decisions.

“The tournament was an amazing experience,” said Boys Home coach Jason Cordova. “The team really came together to exact a little bit of revenge on Seneca Trail. The next game against South Charleston was one of the rare games when everyone scored.

“The three games against New Life were a little rough, primarily because they were played right after the South Charleston game,” he added. “With practically the entire crowd behind us, we managed to take one of the three games. I think the final game ended around midnight.”

Maurice Williams and Lamar Samuel were both named to the all-tournament first team, while Ael Nyamsi was named to the second team.

Williams was also named the tournament Most Valuable Player by the broadcasting company that was taping all the games.

Daylen Owens-Watson won the dunk contest, Williams finished second, while Brandon Shrewsbury finished second in the 3-point shootout.

“Daylen got a perfect score from the judges after throwing down a one-handed tomahawk jam,” Cordova said. “Maurice finished second with a two-handed, off-the-backboard putback.”

Game-by-Game scoring:

• Boys Home 88, Seneca Trail 60: Maurice Williams 38, Daylen Owens-Watson 11, Lamar Samuel 8, Abe Ashebir 6, Nehemiah Reeves 6, John Smith 5, Ael Nyamsi 4, Philip Neville 3

Williams 12 rebounds, Nyamsi 8 assists

• Boys Home 70, South Charleston 39: Williams 20, Samuel 14, Nyamsi 8, Owens-Watson 8, Brandon Shrewsbury 5, Smith 5, Reeves 4, Shama Baggot 2, Neville 2, Ashebir 2

Williams 10 rebounds, Owens-Watson 7 rebounds

• New Life Christian 73, Boys Home 42: Williams 22, Owens-Watson 7, Samuel 6, Reeves 4, Smith 3

Williams 10 rebounds, Owens-Watson 8 rebounds

• Boys Home 47, New Life Christian 45: Williams 30, Nyamsi 8, Owens-Watson 4, Shrewsbury 3, Samuel 2

Williams 11 rebounds, Samuel 8 rebounds

• New Life Christian 77, Boys Home 40: Williams 22, Nyamsi 6, Ashebir 4, Shrewsbury 3, Owens-Watson 2, Samuel 2

Williams 4 rebounds, Owens-Watson 4 rebounds

The Hilltoppers closed their season with a record of 12-13.

“This season was a huge improvement over last,” said Cordova. “Not only was our record improved but our scoring output increased as did our defensive pressure. The guys gelled early and managed to overcome the losses of certain members of the team (the biggest loss being Chavas Walker, who only got to play two games this season).

“The best part is that with only two players graduating, we could potentially be returning up to eight players,” he added. “The downside? One of those graduates is Maurice. That’s a huge offensive and defensive part of the team identity. Hopefully the co-captain of this year’s team, Abe Ashebir, can step up and continue to improve his game.”

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