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KERSHAW – Great Falls used a clutch late flurry to foil Andrew Jackson’s upset bid in the boys championship game of the annual Comporium Christmas Classic at AJ High on Wednesday night.
The top-rated Red Devils, up 37-35 at the half, used a 23-12 surge in the final eight minutes to post the 60-47 win over host Andrew Jackson.
GFHS’s Xavier Holmes, the tournament MVP, ignited in the second half to score 20 of his game-high 24 points to pace the winners. Holmes hit 15 in the final period to power Great Falls to the win. Holmes had 50 points in two tourney games.
The Red Devils’ Jemarcus Culp, an all-tournament pick, scored 14 and Ernest Talford tallied 13.
The talented Red Devils were in a battle for the bulk of the game as the host Vols fought to the end. Great Falls led 15-12 after the opening period, but AJ used a 9-0 run to take a 21-15 lead in the second period.
The Vols’ charge helped them to a 26-24 halftime edge.
Great Falls, gaining steam for a strong push, rallied to gain a 37-35 lead with a period to play and then pulled away at the end for the 13-point victory.
“Great Falls deserved to win,” AJ coach Danny Wright said. “In the second half, we had too many turnovers and missed some key layups.”
Wright said he was proud of the Vols’ play.
“We played hard for four quarters and that’s all I can ask from our guys,” Wright said. “We played with a lot of heart and desire tonight. We can build on this effort.
“Great Falls is an outstanding team and we battled with them,” he said. “This game will help us prepare for region play.”
AJ’s Avalon Truesdale, an all-tournament selection with senior guard Bobby Delly, hit 16 points to pace the Vols. Delly finished with seven points.
Truesdale scored 26 points in two tourney games.
Quadarius Fair scored eight and Quincy Grier netted seven. Chris White tallied six and Dustin Eddins added three.
In the consolation game, Indian Land rolled to a 105-61 win over Whitmire.
Hayden Sawyer, an all-tournament pick, hit 32 for the Warriors, who held a 55-27 halftime lead on the way to the 44-point win.
Chris Barnes hit 15 and Quran McMillan scored 14. Tyler Watson netted 12 and Jalen Burrell had 11.
Lee McCall hit seven and Cameron Davis scored six. Marty Cauthen chipped in four. Brandon Barnes scored two. Drew Richardson and Connor Butler added one point each.
Tracey Ruff led Whitmire with 25 points.
Andrew Jackson was impressive in its tournament opener.
The Vols had all its players score in the 38-point win.
The Vols led 41-22 at the half and used a 21-14 to gain a 62-36 lead going into the final period.
Dustin Eddins led AJ with 29, 18 in the first half. He drilled four treys.
Avalon Truesdale scored 10 and Bobby Delly netted eight. Quadarius Fair hit seven.
Kolby Whitley and Wade Eubanks tallied six points each. Chris White and Deshawn Kirkland each netted four. Quincy Grier and Zack Clyburn hit three apiece. Lemarcus Bracey, Tilson Kirkland and Cameron McIsaac had two points each.
Tracey Ruff led Whitmire with 23 and Julian Hunter had 10.
Great Falls rolled into the finals with a 95-49 win over Indian Land on Tuesday afternoon.
The Red Devils led 43-22 at the half and held a 63-36 edge after three before posting the 46-point win.
Xavier Holmes hit 26 and Jamarcus Culp netted 23 to pace GFHS. Shaquille Simpson added 15 and Brandon Smith hit 10.
IL was led by Hayden Sawyer’s 34 points. Quran McMillan hit six. Cameron Davis scored five. Lee McCall and Tyler Watson each hit two.