John Carroll finishes fifth at prestigious boys basketball tourney

The John Carroll boys basketball squad recently wrapped up its stint at the prestigious Iolani Classic Boys Basketball Tournament in Hawaii, taking three wins and one loss to earn fifth place overall.

In addition to placing high, the Patriots were also selected to receive the tournament's Ray Wong Team Award, given to the team that best represents the principles of combined effort over individual achievement.

The tournament this year hosted 16 teams, many of which sport top-20 national rankings.

In their final game on Saturday, the Patriots knocked off the Yates Lions of Houston, Texas, 63-49.

"Yates is a talented, long, athletic, deep and aggressive group that plays pressure, full-court, trapping basketball for the full 32 minutes, and that puts a high premium on sound play from your guards, as well as team ball handling," John Carroll Coach Tony Martin said. "The Lions do a great job of taking teams out of their offense, making it nearly impossible to run a set, as every possession involves attacking traps."

John Carroll trailed, 25-24, at halftime, but managed to outscore the Lions, 22-11, in the third quarter to jump ahead for good.

Coming through big for the Patriots in the 14-point victory Rodney Elliott, who had eight rebounds, five points, three assists and two steals. Elliott, who Martin described as the Patriots, "orchestrator," was selected for the All-Tournament Team.

John Carroll's Mike Owona had 15 points, 14 rebounds and three assists, while teammate Jordan Martin came up with 10 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal. Kimbal Mackenzie had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Patriots, while teammate Michael Tertsea notched nine points, six rebounds and one blocked shot.

The Patriots bounced back last Friday from their lone loss of the tournament to defeat the Coolidge Colts of Washington, D.C., 46-34.

Owona had a career-high number of rebounds, pulling down 18 in the victory, while also posting eight points, two blocks, two assists and one steal.

Tertsea had eight points, three rebounds and two blocks, while teammate Trystan Pratapas knocked down a trio of three-pointers to register nine tallies. C.J. Keyser had four points, five rebounds and two steals in the win.

John Carroll suffered its lone loss of the tournament on Thursday, Dec. 20, as the Patriots were topped, 43-28, by the Montrose Mustangs of Rockville.

Elliott led the Patriots in scoring with 12 points.

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