23 Dec 2019

City of Palms (third place): D.C. Gonzaga 71, McEachern (Ga.) 66

FORT MYERS — Senior big man Terrance Williams went for 22 points and 22 rebounds as D.C. Gonzaga outlasted defending champion McEachern (Ga.), 71-66, Monday in the third-place game at the 47th annual City of Palms Classic.

The 6-foot-7 Williams, who recently decommitted from Georgetown, shot 7 of 15 from the field and made 8 of 11 free throws. He almost single-handedly outrebounded McEachern 22-29.

Gonzaga’s Judah Mintz went 4 for 4 from the free-throw line in the final 22.6 seconds to put the game away. Chuck Harris (Butler recruit) and Malcolm Dread each added 13 points for Gonzaga.

McEachern senior guard Sharife Cooper — an Auburn signee — led the Indians with 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. He had a tough night from the outside, however, finishing 8 of 24.

Cooper made two free throws with 4:50 remaining in the fourth quarter to move into fourth place in City of Palms Classic history with 271 career points. Kenny Boynton, out of Broward County, ranks No. 1 with 406 points; Teddy Dupay is second (380); and Austin Rivers third (358).

Israel Palmer added 12 points for McEachern.

Gonzaga led 52-49 after three, 35-32 at the half and 19-18 after one.


Scotlandville Magnet (La.) 70, Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) 64: Guard Tai’Reon Joseph posted a double-double (29 points, 11 rebounds) to carry Scotlandville. The unsigned 6-2 senior connected on 11 of 25 from the field.

University of North Carolina recruit R.J. Davis led Stepinac with 32 points. The 6-1 senior made 11 of 21 field-goal attempts. Duke junior commit Adrian Griffin Jr. had 17.


Fort Myers High senior Cayden Baker was honored with the Hustle Award at the tournament. The athletic 6-7 center signed a letter-of-intent to play football at the University of North Carolina last Wednesday. Baker is an offensive tackle on the gridiron.

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