Myrtle Beach, SC – December 28, 2023 – In a riveting matchup at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, J. Addison from Canada emerged victorious over Huntington Prep from West Virginia with a final score of 59-48. The game was a highlight of the 2023 Beach Ball Classic’s Prep Bracket, showcasing high school basketball talent at its finest.
J. Addison improved their impressive season record to 16-5, thanks to a balanced team effort. Eternity Eguagie led the charge with 18 points, followed by Tony Ezeonu with 12. Isaiah Flores contributed significantly off the bench, adding 9 points, including three crucial 3-pointers. Abraham Osman facilitated the offense with 5 assists, helping his team maintain control throughout the game.
Huntington Prep, now 6-4 for the season, was led by Dillon Tingler, who scored 15 points. Darryn Peterson added another 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Canadian team. Braydon Hawthorne’s defensive efforts were notable, with 2 steals and 2 blocks, yet the team struggled offensively, shooting just 26.3% from the field.
The game began with Huntington Prep taking an early lead, showcasing their aggressive playstyle. However, J. Addison quickly adjusted, with their defense limiting Huntington Prep to only 4 points in the second quarter. This pivotal moment shifted the momentum in favor of J. Addison, who then maintained a steady lead throughout the second half.
J. Addison’s defensive strategy was effective in containing Huntington Prep’s offense, particularly in the paint where they allowed only 18 points compared to their 28. The Canadian team also capitalized on second-chance points, outscoring Huntington Prep 10-5 in this crucial aspect.
Both teams showed great resilience and sportsmanship, with the game featuring only a few lead changes and ties. J. Addison’s ability to maintain their composure and execute their game plan under pressure was a key factor in their victory.
The Beach Ball Classic continues to provide a platform for young athletes to showcase their skills and compete at a high level. This game was a testament to the talent and potential present in high school basketball, setting the stage for more exciting matchups in the tournament.
[Game Statistics Source: Official Box Score]