Archbishop Stepinac (NY) became the second school from New York to claim a Chick-fil-A Classic championship when the Crusaders downed Irmo (SC) 79-56 in the American Bracket Championship.
American Bracket MVP Danny Carbuccia, a freshman, scored 15 points and Isaiah Alexander added 14 points to lead four players in double figures for Archbishop Stepinac (7-1).
Irmo (10-2) opened up a 10-5 lead in the first quarter, but the Crusaders closed the period on a 13-0 run to for an 18-10 lead. They never trailed after that. The lead was 37-30 at the half before a huge third quarter that gave Archbishop Stepinac a comfortable working margin. Carbuccia connected on a deep three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Crusaders a 58-38 lead at the end of three quarters.
This was the second championship game appearance for Irmo in the Chick-fil-A Classic. The Yellow Jackets won it all in 2010 before the runner-up finish this season. This is the first time they’ve played in the Classic since then.
Samuel Gibbs added 12 points and Joel Baez added 11 in the balanced effort for the Crusaders.
Juice Kiett led Irmo with 18 points and eight assists. Dylan Williams, who was named the American Bracket Most Outstanding Player, added 11 points and five rebounds. Brandon Crawford added 12 points and seven rebounds.
MVP of American Bracket
Danny Carbuccia, Archbishop Stepinac
Most Outstanding Player, American Bracket
Dylan Williams, Irmo
All Tournament Team, American Bracket
Cade Tyson, Carmel Christian
Dennis Parker, John Marshall
Cam Scott, Lexington
Tyrese Elliott, Grayson
Samuel Gibbs, Archbishop Stepinac