by: The Sports Fan Network   12/11/2009

Day 1 Photo Gallery

McNamara 64, Iona Prep (NY) 59
Bishop McNamara overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Iona Prep by a score of 64-59 in the third game of the first day of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic Basketball tournament. McNamara went on an 18-5 run to start the second half, aided by the return of center Brandon Coleman, who was forced to leave halfway through the first quarter with two quick fouls. McNamara took a four-point lead into the fourth quarter and, although they could not pull away, Iona could not catch up, coming no closer than three points in the last two minutes.

Bishop McNamara was paced by Ibn Muhammad, with 19 points and Marcus Thornton, with 16. Iona Prep, the defending New York Catholic A League champions, was led by Sandro Carissimo’s 25 points.

Mater Dei 70, Chantilly 67
National power Mater Dei, from Los Angeles, used a withering full-court press to turn a 13-point first half deficit into a narrow three-point win over Chantilly HS in the nightcap of the first day of the D.C. Classic Basketball tournament. Led by Gary Lamb’s 24 points and 22 from Tyler Lamb, Mater Dei forged an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter, but Chantilly came back, twice trimming the lead to three points, the last time with two free throws from Devin Ballam with 16 seconds left in the game.

Mater Dei gave Chantilly one last chance when Gary Franklin then missed the front end of a one and one, but Chantilly fumbled the ball away and Mater Dei ran out the clock to win, 70-67. Chantilly was led by junior Jamie Danehower, with 21 points, and Adam Fridy with 15.

McNamara and Mater Dei will play in the D.C. Classic semifinals Friday night at 8:30 back at Gonzaga.

Calvert Hall 63, Sidwell Friends 43
The Calvert Hall Monarchs of Baltimore beat Sidwell Friends 63-43 in the first game of the tournament. The Monarchs jumped out to a 27-16 lead at halftime and never looked back. The Quakers could not contend with the Monarch’s inside presence of 6-foot-8 center Jonathan Graham, 6-foot-6 power forward Matt Bosse and 6-foot-6 forward Damion Lee. Lee had 19 points and Graham added 18 points for the Monarchs, with many of their points coming on offensive rebounds.

The Quakers were led by sophmore guard Jamal Lewis with 25 points and freshman guard Matt Hillman added seven points.

Gonzaga 83, Jesuit (TX) 69
The Gonzaga Eagles, behind the one-two scoring punch of their senior guard tandem of Tyler Thornton and Cedric Lindsay, pulled away from Dallas Jesuit in the second half of their opening round game in the Gonzaga D.C. Classic Basketball Tournament, winning by a score of 83-69. Lindsay led the way with 21 points and Thornton chipped in 18 as the Eagles turned up their pressure defense to spur the running game and open up a double-digit lead in the third quarter after Jesuit has come back from a ten point half-time deficit to tie the game.

Chris Udofia led the way for the Rangers with 16 points and a strong inside presence. James Leinbaugh added three three-pointers and totaled 15 points. While Gonzaga struggled at times in their half-court sets, center Ben Dickinson scored 12 points off the bench and combined with the strong first-half play of freshman forward Kris Jenkins, who had 11 points, the Eagles placed four players in double figures. Forward Kevin Hogan added three steals for Gonzaga.

Gonzaga will face the Calvert Hall Cardinals in Friday’s second round at 6:45PM at Gonzaga’s CarmodyCenter., while Jesuit will face the Sidwell Friends Quakers in a consolation round game.

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