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Chaminade College Preparatory def. Huntington St. Joseph Prep, 84-83

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 2, 2016 -- The day’s best game matched Chaminade out of St. Louis (MO) and Huntington St. Joseph Prep from Huntington (WV).

Chaminade survived in a barnburner behind 46 points from Duke signee Jayson Tatum, who is without question, the most versatile offensive player in the country. Chaminade needed all of Tatum’s 46 points to score an (84-83) victory in an overtime thriller.

Both teams got off to a slow start as Chaminade held a (14-13) advantage after one quarter. Tatum scored just four points and Michigan State signee Miles Bridges was shut out.

The Duke signee, Tatum, began his offensive assault with 16 points in the 2nd quarter behind a variety of moves, shots, and dunks. Tatum’s strong quarter allowed the Red Devils to take a (34-31) lead into the locker room despite seven points from Bridges.

Huntington Prep took hold of the lead after the 3rd quarter (52-51) thanks to Indiana signee Curtis Jones and Bridges evenly splitting 14 markers. Tatum added another eight points for the Red Devils.

In the 4th quarter, Tatum’s 12 points helped force overtime at 71. Bridges and Jones tried their best to end the game in regulation as the two studs combined for 13 points.

Tatum scored six points in the overtime and unsung junior Marin Vrucinic netted five points to help Chaminade escape. Bridges and Jones scored nine of Huntington’s 12 points in the extra session.

Tatum added eight rebounds to go with his 46 points. Iowa signee Tyler Cook finished with 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting and added seven rebounds.

Bridges led Huntington Prep with 27 points and nine rebounds. Jones helped the Irish with 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting and chipped in eight rebounds, five assists, and four steals. Senior guard Ivan Gandia chipped in 11 points and six rebounds.

The two teams combined for just 20 turnovers in 36 minutes of play.

Stat of the Game:
Jayson Tatum was 12-of-13 from the free throw line.