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Via Beach Ball Classic website. Archbishop Spalding Victorious Over Dudley 64-53 Archbishop Spalding (MD) trailed for a total of 19 seconds in cruising to a 64-53 victory over Dudley (NC) in the consolation bracket of the 2003 Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, SC. Dudley's (7-3) William Graves netted the first basket of the day at the 15:29 mark. The lead was short-lived as just 19 seconds later, Jesse Brooks connected on a long 3-point basket to give Archbishop Spalding the lead for good. The Cavaliers went on to build an 11-point lead in the opening half and led by as many as 14 in the second stanza. Rudy Gay led all scorers in taking the Cavaliers to the victory with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots. Lawrence Dixon added 14 points, while Jesse Brooks controlled the offense and dished out 11 assists, the fourth most assists in a single game in the BBC. Graves paced Dudley with 19 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Swinton added 16 points and seven boards.
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Spalding upsets #20 ranked Dudley (NC) 64-53

Posted by Michael Glick at Dec 31, 2003 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )
by Clark Francis Hoop Scoops Tuesday, December 30, 2003 For the second straight day I caught a 5:45 AM flight and arrived in Myrtle Beach, SC in time to watch the first game of the final day at the Beach Ball Classic, which featured 6'8 Rudy Gay from Severn (Archbishop Spalding) MD against 6'7 Jr Kevin Swinton from Greensboro (Dudley) NC and 6'6 Soph William Graves in what turned out to be one of the most interesting match-ups of the entire Holiday Tournament season. Gay, who is ranked #8 nationally in the senior class by the HOOP SCOOP, finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but 18 of those points came in the first half, as he put on a show from both mid-range and beyond the arc (7-15 field goals and 4-8 3-pointers). Swinton and Graves combined for 35 points and 13 rebounds, but Graves was the more aggressive of the two inside, plus he impressed us with his ability to handle and shoot, as he hit 2-5 3-pointers and handled the ball some on the perimeter. In other words, Graves, who is ranked #23 nationally in the sophomore class by the HOOP SCOOP, proved that he's the better of the two, even though Swinton is ranked higher (#21 nationally in the junior class by the HOOP SCOOP). Remember, the sophomore class is much better than the junior class, plus Swinton already had a reputation for being a dominant force against lesser competition, but not as tough when matched up against better players his own size. And, while Swinton didn't back down and he did show some flashes, he still did not step up and take the game over the way he had hoped he would. And that's why Archbishop Spalding never got closer than five in the second half. Also stepping up for Archbishop Spalding were 6'5 Jr Lawrence Dixon, who finished with 14 points, 12 of which came in the second half, and 6'0 Jesse Brooks, who finished with eight points, 11 assists, two steals, and three turnovers. Final Score: Severn (Archbishop Spalding) MD 64, Greensboro (Dudley) NC 53.
Via Beach Ball Classic Website Edgewater (FL) held off a second half charge by Archbishop Spalding (MD) for a 66-54 victory to move into the semifinals of the 2003 Beach Ball Classic. After leading 30-23 at halftime, Edgewater (5-2) watched Archbishop Spalding (7-1) open the second half with a 10-5 run and close the gap to 35-33 with 11:40 to play. After exchanging baskets, Edgewater went on a 14-3 run that would prove to seal the victory for the Eagles. The run left the Cavaliers trailing 51-38 with 6:35 on the clock. Brandon Johnson and Darius Washington led Edgewater with 22 and 21 points, respectively. The Eagles controlled the boards 33-20, resulting in 17 second chance points. Rudy Gay paced Archbishop Spalding with 14 points and eight rebounds. © Beach Ball Classic • All rights reserved worldwide. Site created and maintained by Creative Consultants Group, Inc.
Via Beach Ball Classic Website Archbishop Spalding (MD) built a double digit lead in the second half and then had to hold off a charging Landmark Christian (GA) squad for a 62-55 victory in the opening round of the 2003 Beach Ball Classic at the Myrtle Beach (SC) Convention Center. In a tightly contested first half, the two squads battled to six ties and three lead changes. Archbishop Spalding (7-0) took its largest lead in the opening period at 16-8 on Marquis Sullivan's jumper with 9:12 on the clock. Landmark Christian (7-2) battled right back, scoring nine of the game's next 10 points to knot the score at 17-17 with 6:59 remaining. The game was still tied at 24-24 with 1:54 to play when Archbishop Spalding scored the half's final eight points to take a 32-24 lead at the break. The Cavaliers continued to hold the advantage throughout the second half, building the lead to aa at 51-40 with 4:39 remaining in regulation. Landmark Christian refused to roll over and used a 13-4 run over the next 2:46 to close the gap to just two points at 55-53 with 1:53 on the clock. Archbishop Spalding connected on 7-of-8 from the free throw line the remainder of the way to seal the victory. Rudy Gay led Archbishop Spalding with 22 points and seven rebounds, while Jesse Brooks added 12 points off of the bench. Randolph Morris paced Landmark Christian with 21 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. © Beach Ball Classic • All rights reserved worldwide. Site created and maintained by Creative Consultants Group, Inc.
Center hits 16 in opener in Del.; Glen Burnie wins From Staff Reports Originally published December 27, 2002 No. 4 Archbishop Spalding edged Georgetown Prep, 45-40, in the first round of the 13th Slam Dunk to the Beach National Invitational at Cape Henlopen High in Lewes, Del., last night. After early foul trouble, Will Bowers scored 10 of his game-high 16 points in the final period to pace the Cavaliers (7-1). Spalding was down by seven with seven minutes left, but the Maryland-bound Bowers went 7-for-7 from the line down the stretch to rally his team. Spalding advanced to an 8:30 semifinal tomorrow against the winner of Cardinal Dougherty (Pa.) and Our Savior New American (N.Y.).