by Alex Richardson
The boys varsity Basketball team posted a 2-2 record over Thanksgiving Break at the Tournament of Champions hosted by Washington Community High School in Illinois. Junior Captain Zion Williamson was named to the All-Tournament team after totaling 117 points in the four games.
The Griffins tipped off the competition with an exciting 89-77 victory over much heralded Proviso East High School in Chicago. Williamson had a monster game with an eye-popping 50 points, 16 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 blocks. Junior Captain Kyle Tracy also turned in a solid stat line with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Junior forward Matt Brown added 10 points to round out the double figure scorers for SDS.
In the second game of the week for the Griffins, the team came out hot, putting up 26 points in the first quarter, in which all five Griffin starters connected on a three point shot. However, the veteran Anaheim Esperanza Aztecs erased a 5 point halftime deficit to win 76-59 behind 41 points from 2017 Stanford commit, Kezie Okpala. The Griffins were again paced by Williamson’s 22 points. Junior guard Chandler Lindsey added 12.
On Friday night, the team fell to Chicago Kenwood High School. After trailing by 16 points at the half, the Griffins mounted a furious comeback to cut the lead to two points on a couple of occasions, before falling by a final score of 59-55. Williamson led the team in scoring with 18 points, followed by sophomore guard Bishop Richardson who chipped in 11.
In the final game of the tournament, the Griffins cruised to a 64-47 victory over Union City Tennessee. It was a game in which all ten players who made the trip saw significant action and made meaningful contributions to the victory. The team was led again in scoring by Junior Captains Williamson and Tracy with 27 and 11 points, respectively.
The team returns to the friendly confines of the Webster Athletic Complex for a 6:30 tip off against perennial North Carolina power Gaston Day School on Tuesday night. It will be the last opportunity for fans to see the Griffins play at home in 2016, as a number of away games and Holiday tournaments fill the remaining weeks of the 2016 schedule.