John Carroll boys basketball takes third place at national tourney

One day after losing a tough semifinal contest at the Stop-DWI Classic Tournament in Binghamton, N.Y., the John Carroll Patriots rebounded Monday night to earn a 57-49 victory over the Philadelphia Math, Civics & Sciences School side in the tournament's third-place matchup.

Leading the way for the Patriots was Kimbal Mackenzie, who scored a game-high 23 points, while also notching six rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Eli Long had 10 points and four rebounds and dished out a team-best seven assists in the victory. Mike Tertsea had 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists, while Malik Tyne produced eight points, five rebounds and five steals. Monty Urmilevicius led John Carroll in rebounds with nine, while also posting two points, one block and one steal.

After the third-place game concluded, Mackenzie was named to the All-Tournament First-Team.

Patriots topped in semifinals

The John Carroll Patriots came up on the bad end of a final score Sunday night in Binghamton, N.Y., where they played a very physical matchup against the Long Island Lutheran team in the semifinal round of the tournament. When the dust had settled after the Sunday contest, John Carroll had to settle for a 46-34 loss.

"[There was] some very physical play that is not allowed in the Baltimore Metro area," John Carroll head coach Tony Martin said. "That said, the boys competed valiantly, and with class in an atmosphere that tested their poise. To the credit of the other team, they held [us] to a season-low shooting percentage of 23 percent."

Martin also stated that the head of the tournament thanked the John Carroll players for their composure in a "combustible situation," and that he planned to meet with other tournament officials on Monday to review the game.

"Statistically all the categories were pretty even," Martin said. "We still played strong defense, and held them to 33 percent shooting from the field."

John Carroll trailed, 24-19, at halftime, and were behind, 41-29, heading into the fourth quarter, during which both teams scored just five points.

Mackenzie led the Patriots in scoring with 14 points, and also posted three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Tertsea had a team-high 13 rebounds, while also compiling six points and one steal.

Jordan Martin had six rebounds, two points, one assist and one steal in the loss, while Long put up eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Lionel Owona notched seven rebounds, four points and one assist for the Patriots.

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