Ranked No. 2 in
this week's Xcellent 25
, Long Beach Poly (Calif.)
opened the festivities Tuesday at the prestigious City of Palms Classic with a 62-55 win over No. 12 Tift County (Tifton, Ga.)
in Fort Myers, Fla.
Pac-12 Conference signees Jordan Bell
(Oregon) and Roschon Prince
(USC) combined for 36 points and 15 rebounds as Poly improved to 6-0 and advanced to a Wednesday quarterfinal against Omaha Central (No. 15 in the Xcellent 25).
The Jackrabbits led by as many as 15 late in the third quarter and maintained a safe lead over the previously unbeaten Georgia squad through the final eight minutes.
Tift County received 21 points and seven rebounds from Kansas-bound wing Brannen Greene
. Junior guard Tadric Jackson
added 20 points and five steals.No. 3 Chester (Pa.) 85, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) 58
Pennsylvania's defending Class AAAA state champs did as they pleased over the final 24 minutes en route to consecutive win No. 61 and the City of Palms quarters. Chester actually trailed by one early in the second quarter but rattled off a 17-0 scoring run that extended into the second half to take control.
Senior forward Richard Granberry
led the way for Chester with 20 points and seven boards. Arizona-bound point forward Rondae Jefferson
added 10 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists.
Lake Highland Prep was playing without star junior guard Joel Berry
, who is out for the tournament and beyond with a knee injury.No. 13 Omaha Central (Neb.) 62, Eagle's Landing (McDonough, Ga.) 37
Nebraska's three-time defending state champs blew past their Georgia counterparts in the second half for an easy victory.
In a game pitting schools who share the eagle mascot, Central won its 41st game in a row and will face Long Beach Poly in a quarterfinal contest Wednesday.
Central outscored Eagle's Landing 38-18 in the second half, getting a team-high 16 points from Louisville-bound big man Akoy Agau
. Trevin Joseph
led Eagle's Landing with 12 points.More Tuesday scores
American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)
61, Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.)
47Bishop Verot (Fort Myers, Fla.)
49, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
48Bishop Verot's buzzer beaterWednesday's schedule (All times Eastern)
12:45 p.m. – Tift County vs. Eagle's Landing
2:30 p.m. – Prestonwood Christian (Plano, Texas)
vs. No. 5 Southwind (Memphis, Tenn.)
4:15 p.m. – * No. 3 Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
vs. Bishop Verot
6 p.m. – Long Beach Poly vs. Omaha Central
8 p.m. – No. 1 Lone Peak (Highland, Utah)
vs. Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
9:45 p.m. – Lake Wales (Fla.)
vs. No. 10 Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.)* Academy Top 10