Central Park Defeats New Hope For Scenic City Showcase Title

Eagles Are Unbeaten Over Two Years In Chattanooga's Premier Tournament

Saturday, January 18, 2014 - by Larry Fleming

Jinan Nance scored 23 points and led Central Park past New Hope, 66-62, Saturday to capture the second Scenic City Showcase championship at East Hamilton High School.

Nance started and ended a 14-2 run in the third quarter that wiped out  the Eagles’ three-point deficit and produced a 41-33 advantage the Phoenix could not overcome.

“My guys played excellent today,” Eagles coach Donovan Broadnax said. “Considering we played two overtimes in a late game (Friday), we still had some energy. That says a lot about my guys, and I thank God for Jinan Nance.”

Nance’s first five made shots were 3-pointers and he added two field goals and four free throws in the second half.

The Phoenix, out of Thomasville, N.C., were able to cut the Eagles’ lead to 57-56 with 3:20 remaining, but Nance made a fastbreak layup, P.J. Grooms hit two free throws and 7-foot post Borho Dordevic had a break-away dunk for a 64-56 cushion.

Central Park center Abdouleye Gueye scored 16 points, including nine in the fourth quarter, and was named the tournament’s most valuable player.

“We played three tough games up here,” Broadnax said. “We showed a lot of heart. That’s what I’ve been preaching all season. What we have to be the rest of the season is consistent.”

The Eagles are unbeaten in six games over two SCS appearances and they will look for more in 2015.

“We’re already committed to next year’s tournament,” Broadnax said. “This is like a home away from home for us.”

Ryan Johnson pumped in a game-high 28 points to lead the Phoenix to a second-place finish. Johnson matched Nance’s five 3s and he scored 11 of the team’s 17 second-quarter points that enabled New Hope to take a 28-25 lead into halftime.

“We came out flat,” Phoenix coach Mike Shaw said. “We had no energy because we played last night and had to get over here at 10:30 in the morning because our girls and other boys team played early.

“Central Park shot the ball well and we didn’t, and they played good defense.”

Shaw said his squad will return for the 2015 tournament as well.

“It’s a good tournament with a nice atmosphere and folks here run it well,” he said. “We go to other rinky-dink tournaments and there’s no one in charge of the gym, nobody really manages the tournaments, but I told guys here to pencil us in. We’ll be back.

“I love it. They roll out the red carpet for all the teams and run a first-class tournament.”

New Hope’s nationally ranked Lady Phoenix defeated The Rock, 56-37, to claim the girls round-robin title with three impressive wins.

New Hope (23-0), ranked No. 6 by USA TODAY and No. 8 by MaxPreps.com, got 17 points from tourney MVP Kristina King and Timber Tate added 10 points.

Sarah Sagerer led The Rock with 13 points and Katie Polinsky added 10.

In other games involving local teams Saturday, East Hamilton’s kept from being shutout in the tournament with a 62-41 win over New Hope (B), Hamilton Heights bounced back from a double-overtime loss to Central Park on Friday with a 59-52 victory over The Rock behind 14 points by Laurynus Vaitkus and 13 by Aleksa Jugovic, and Tyner fell 60-45 to Prominence, which got 17 points from Charles Norman and Markell Lodge.

East Hamilton’s Lady Hurricanes finished 0-3 in the round-robin, losing 62-32 to Hamilton Heights, which got 22 points from Nina Vukosavljevic.


Boys Championship

New Hope A                                       11 17 12 22 – 62

Central Park                                       14 11 23 18 – 66

New Hope A (62) – Kai Shaw 10, Gathings, Zibertas, Muhammad 8, Ryan Johnson 28, McCauley 4, Giedraitis 7, Poguzinhas 5.

Central Park (66) – Jinan Nance 23, Chairs 5, Grooms 8, Davis, Jones, Dickey 5, Abdouleye Gueye 16, Dordevic 9.

3-Point Goals: New Hope A 9 (Johnson 5, Muhammad 2, Shaw, Giedraitis; Central Park 7 (Nance 5, Chairs, Dickey).

The Rock                                             13 14 8 17 – 52

Hamilton Heights                               10 13 15 22 – 59

The Rock (52) – Baxter 6, Benzon 4, Akimore, Pape Diatta 20, Janjetovic, A. Wilbekin, Harrell 2, Kelly 3, DeVaughn Jenkins 13, Mading 4.

Hamilton Heights (59) – Roknic 8, Joan Duran 11, Nauseda, Huyler, Laurynus Vaitkus 14, Aleksa Jugovic 13, Balogun 7, Ado 6.

3-Point Goals: The Rock 5 (Diatta 4, Kelly); Hamilton Heights 10 (Viatkus 4, Jugovic 3, Roknic, Duran, Balogun).

Prominence                                        10 16 13 21 – 60

Tyner                                                  16 10 6 13 – 45

Prominence (60) – Charles Norman 17, Dickens 8, Rawley 6, Markell Lodge 17, Allen 7, Gaddy 3, Ogide 2, Naraye, Lewis.

Tyner (45) – Sadik Spence 16, Watson 1, Mastin 6, Cameron 1, Watkins 7, Jones 7, Hardwick 7, Bonds, Howard, Strickland.

3-Point Goals: Prominence 1 (Gaddy); Tyner 5 (Spence 3, Mastin, Jones).

New Hope B                                       0 16 7 18 – 41

East Hamilton                                    22 7 14 19 – 62

New Hope B (41) – Luthrell 1, Smith 3, Jalen Morgan 10, Maslauskas 6, Sow, Burdziag, Gememoras, Warren 9, Tobias Edwards 11.

East Hamilton (62) – Tracy Thompson 15, Jackson 2, Lowery 4, Sparks, Kenny Bunton 18, Chacko, Wright 4, Wingard 6, Griffith 2, Mac Brower 11, Beach.

3-Point Goals: 4 (Edwards 2, Maslauskas, Smith); East Hamilton 5 (Thompson 2, Bunton 2, Brower.


The Rock                                             10 10 9 7 – 36

New Hope                                          22 4 13 18 – 57

The Rock (36) – Makazegigutte 2, Trisk 2, Ivanova, Josirputyte, Sarah Sagerer 13, Pejcic, Katie Polinsky 10, Avleeva 9.

New Hope (57) – Kat Harris 10, Rudd 8, Chavis 3, Black 4, Kristina King 17, Tarver 3, Muhammad 2, Timber Tate 10.

3-Point Goals: The Rock 3 (Avleeva 2, Sagerer); New Hope 3 (Rudd, Chavis, Tate).

Hamilton Heights                               12 11 19 20 – 62

East Hamilton                                     10 4 8 10 – 32

Hamilton Heights (62) – Paulauskaite, Balogun 7, Nina Vukosavljevic 22, Zalkauskaite 2, Monyei, Kasclumite 4, Ema Plentauskaite 11, Kievisaite 8, Amber Hunt 10.

East Hamilton (32) – Woods 6, Caudle 3, Stovall 2, Rhyne Howard 15, Denton 2, Wood, Black 2, Giles 3, Zeh.

3-Point Goals: Hamilton Heights 9 (Vukosavljevic 5, Plentauskaite 2, Balogun Kasciumite); East Hamilton 4 (Woods 2, Howard, Giles).

Boys All-Tournament Team

Central Park – Abdouleye Gueye (MVP), Joshua Chairs, C.J. Jones

New Hope A – Ryan Johnson, Kai Shaw

Hamilton Heights – Aleksa Jugovic, Abdul Ado

The Rock – Pape Diatta

Prominence – Markell Lodge

Tyner – Kevin Cameron

East Hamilton – Kenny Bunton

New Hope B – Ben Maslauskas

Girls All-Tournament Team

New Hope – Kristina King (MVP), Katarine Harris, Akela Maize

The Rock – Sarah Sagerer, Katie Polinsky

Hamilton Heights – Nina Vukosavljevic, Augusta Kievisaite

East Hamilton – Rhyne Howard

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)






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