Neither jet lag nor their overmatched opponents could stop Neumann-Goretti's Saints as they rolled into suburban Portland and rolled over Tigard (Ore.), 87-58, Wednesday in the first round of the Les Schwab Invitational.
Junior guard Ja'Quan Newton kept his hot hand, scoring 27 points for the Saints, who did not let the locals gain an ounce of momentum.
A 12-3 run in the second quarter was followed by a 13-0 stretch right after halftime, and Tigard fell by the wayside.
On Thursday afternoon, Neumann-Goretti will face off against West Linn (Ore.) in a quarterfinal.
Boardwalk Classic Showcase. Senior point guard Karonn Davis scored 20 points, dished out seven assists, and led his Friends' Central boys' basketball team to a 57-44 victory over Dobbins at the Wildwoods Convention Center.
Davis was aided by freshman forward De'Andre Hunter, who posted 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals, and a season-high nine blocks in a masterful all-around effort for the Phoenix.
Constitution Tournament. Host Ben Franklin rode junior forward Jarrett Bryant's 14 points to a 44-38 victory over visiting Layton Prep (Del.) in the first round of Constitution Tournament American Division play.
Bycil Elliot added 11 points and Synquel Cottman chipped in 10 for the Electrons, who will face Roxborough on Thursday afternoon.
Undefeated Martin Luther King came out blazing in the first quarter, then kept its foot on the gas pedal to throttle Fels, 79-40.
Six-foot-five center Brandon McNair dropped in 19 points and 10 rebounds, pulling down double-digit boards. He also helped out on the defensive end, swatting away four Panthers shots.
Playing the part of heady floor general, senior point guard Fa'Teem Glenn added a double-double of his own, scoring 10 points and handing out an equal number of assists.
The game's high scorer was Golden Cougars shooting guard Raquan Brown-Johnson, who poured in 22 in the runaway victory.
Freshman Terquin Motte paced Life Center's attack with 20 points in the Warriors' 73-53 rout of Washington.
Point guard Malik Ellison ran the offense with an efficient 11 points and nine assists, while senior Osahan Eghosa snared 14 rebounds to complement his seven points.
In the tournament's National Division, at the Gustine Rec Center, Sayre climbed out of a halftime hole with a balanced attack, then held on at the end to defeat Mastery Charter North, 61-60.
Senior wing Richard Burton scored 20 points for the Panthers, who saw four players hit double figures.
Center Antwan James netted 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds, guard Darius Savage scored 12 points and grabbed 13 boards, while wing Qadir Wilson pitched in with 13 points.
Junior guard Eddie Ferebee scored all 15 of his points from behind the three-point arc, and senior Jamir Leach dropped in 17 for Mastery Charter South in a 67-47 win over Roxborough.
Behind a three-guard lineup, Strawberry Mansion managed to slip by Elverson, 54-52, in a tightly contested matchup.
Ikeal Johnson posted 20 points for the Bulldogs, but could not overcome Donovan Barnes, Raekwon Dial, and Brandon Jiles, who combined for 39 out of the Knights' backcourt.