John Marshall ran through a strong field on its way to its first Chick-fil-A Classic championship.
The Richmond, Va., high school defeated two nationally-ranked opponents, including Friday’s 68-55 win over Wheeler (Ga,) to win the American Bracket title at River Bluff High School.
The Justices defeated Columbus (Fla.) on Thursday to make it to the championship game. Columbus High was No. 12 in ESPN’s high school rankings while Wheeler was 17th.
North Carolina State signee Dennis Parker led JM with 23 points in the win. Guard Damon Thompson added 17 points and was named the bracket’s MVP.
Freshman Latrell Almond had 16 points and guard Jason Rivera added 12 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Rivera also earned all-tournament honors.
John Marshall led 39-29 at halftime but Wheeler cut the lead to 50-45 on an Isaiah Collier basket with 3:52 in the third quarter.
John Marshall dominated inside with a 40-20 advantage in points in the paint and outbrebounded them, 41-25.
Southern California signees Arrinten Page and Collier led Wheeler with 18 points and 13 points, respectively. Both earned all-tournament honors.
American Bracket All Tournament Team
Jaydon Young, Greensboro Day; Arrinten Page, Wheeler, Isaiah Collier, Wheeler; Jason Rivera John Marshall; Cayden Boozer, Columbus
Most Outstanding Player: Cam Boozer, Columbus
MVP: Damon Thompson, John Marshall