2017-18 DIAMOND HEAD CLASSIC GAME WRAP-UPS
GAME 1 12:30 p.m. (HST)
MIDDLE TENNESSEE PRINCETON
(HONOLULU) LYLE DHUR - SPORTVICTORIA
Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders advance to the semi-final #1 with a 69-67 win over the Tigers from Princeton.
The Blue Raiders nail a deep 2-pointer with just over 2 seconds left in the 4th to seal the victory.
Nick King led Middle Tennessee with 18 while Giddy Potts, who nailed the game winner, finished with 14. Tyrik Dixon chipped in 10.
In a losing effort, Devin Cannady led the Tigers with 16 with Amir Bell and Sebastian Much having 11 and 10 respectfully.
GAME 2 2:30 p.m. (HST)
AKRON USC
(HONOLULU) LYLE DHUR - SPORTVICTORIA
The Arkon Zips had to be liking their chances as they held a 4-point lead at halftime at 33-29. But, any confidence they had absolutely shattered in the
2nd half as USC just ran away with it en route to an 84-53 win and a berth in semi-final # 1 vs Middle Tennessee.
The USC Trojans were led by Elijah Stewart with 20, Chimezie Metu with 16 and Jonah Mathews chipping in 10.
Akron got a team high 12 off the bench from Jaden Sayles while starters Daniel Utomi and Eric Parrish each finished with 11.
The Trojans will play the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in semi-final # 1 on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. (Hawaiian Standard Time).
GAME 3 6:00 p.m. (HST)
DAVIDSON NEW MEXICO STATE
(HONOLULU) LYLE DHUR - SPORTVICTORIA
New Mexico State held on for a 69-68 win after a great 2nd half effort from the Davidson Wildcats. At the half the Aggies held a 35-27 lead only to see
Davidson come back and actually had the shot to win at the final buzzer.
New Mexico's leading scorers both came off the bench as Eli Chuha and Keyon Jones each had 13. A. J. Harris had 12 while Zach Lofton had 10.
Davidson was led by Peyton Aldridge with a tournament high 26 points. Jon Axel Gudmundsson added 11 in the losing effort.
GAME 4 8:30 p.m. (HST)
MIAMI (FL) HAWAI'I
(HONOLULU) LYLE DHUR - SPORTVICTORIA
Miami rolled over Hawai'i with a strong 2nd half on their way to a 75-57 win and the final berth into the semi-finals.
Great 1st half as Hawai'i survived the early Miami onslaught and were able to battle back and trade leads with the Hurricanes until Hawai'i nailed 19' jumper
to tie the game at 33 as the buzzer sounded. Hawai'i nailed five from behind the arc to be able to stay with the Canes.
Again the 2nd half started the way the 1st half did with Miami coming out hard and jumping to a quick lead.
Hawai'i is still shooting well from outside but making a number of turnover and mental mistakes and it's killing the Rainbow Warriors.
Miami is just not the type of team that you can keep giving extra opportunities to.
The 2nd half was a different world as Hawai'i was not able to survive the Miami onslaught this time.
The Canes just kept the pressure up and ran away with this one.
Miami's scoresheet leaders were Dewan Huell and Ja'Quan Newton with 16 apiece with Anthony Lawrence II with 11.
The 'Bow Warriors were led by Sheriff Drammeh with 17 and Leland Green with 10.
GAME 5 11:30 a.m. (HST)
WINNER GAME 1 WINNER GAME 2
MIDDLE TENNESSEE USC
Great game as USC, who trailed by 1 at the half, advances to the final with an 89-84 victory
GAME 6 * 2:00 p.m. (HST)
* GAME WILL BE 20 MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF GAME 5
LOSER GAME 1 LOSER GAME 2
PRINCETON AKRON
Princeton overcomes a 7-point half time deficit and wins 64-62.
GAME 7 5:00 p.m. (HST)
WINNER GAME 3 WINNER GAME 4
NEW MEXICO STATE MIAMI (FL)
New Mexico State upsets nationally # 6 ranked Miami, 63-54, handing the Hurricanes their first loss of the season.
The Aggies advance to the final and will take on the USC Trojans.
GAME 8 7:30 p.m. (HST)
LOSER GAME 3 LOSER GAME 4
DAVIDSON HAWAI'I
Hawai'i jumps to an early 30-15 lead and then holds off Davidson for a 79-71 win.
GAME 9 * 7:30 a.m. (HST)
* IF HAWAI'I IS PLAYING IN GAME 9, THEN THEY WILL SWITCH GAME TIMES WITH GAME 10.
LOSER GAME 6 LOSER GAME 8
AKRON DAVIDSON
Davidson survives the "Egg McMuffin game" (early morning game) with a 91-78 win over Akron.
The Tigers were led by Kellan Grady with a tournament high 30. Peyton Aldridge had 16 with KiShawn Pritchett dropping 14 and Oskar Michelsen with 11.
Davidson's Kellan Grady had 30 with 16 from Peyton Aldridge, 14 from KiShawn Pritchett and 11 from Oskar Michelsen. The only starter not to get
double-digits was Jon Axel Gudmundsson with nine. Gudmundsson did lead the team in rebounds and assists with eight of each.
Akron got 68 of their 78 points from Jimond Ivey (25), Daniel Utomi (22) and Malcolm Duvivier (21).
GAME 10 * 9:30 a.m. (HST)
* GAME WILL BE 20 MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF GAME 9.
WINNER GAME 6 WINNER GAME 8
PRINCETON HAWAI'I
Hawai'i make a valent effort to win the consolation side of the their tournament but came up short as the Princeton Tigers had a strong second
half to win 77-63. At the half it was looking good for the Rainbow Warriors as the game was tied at 31 but the 2nd half told a different story as
the Tigers just had too much for the Warriors to contend with.
Princeton was led by Devin Cannady, who scored a season-high, with 28. Amir Bell had 11 and coming off the bench Jerome Desrosiers with 10.
Michael Thomas has 22 in the losing effort and Brocke Stepteau had 15.
GAME 11 1:00 p.m. (HST) TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
WINNER GAME 5 WINNER GAME 7
USC NEW MEXICO STATE
Everything you'd expect in a final. A game that when back and fourth by two good teams.
The New Mexico State Aggies jumped out to a 7-0 lead only to see the Trojans of USC go on their own run - this one was 19-2 to take a 10-point lead at 19-9.
The Aggies then worked hard an chipped away bit by bit and tied the game at 34 with 5-seconds to go in the half.
As the 2nd half started the teams went back and fourth early until New Mex was able to put a few buckets together with take a 6-point lead with just over
10 to go. The Aggies were able to able to hold this lead with buckets going back and fourth and we even able to get to a 7-point lead at 65-58.
Bennie Boatwright dropped a 3 for the Trojans and that started the comeback. A single foul-shot made by the Aggies only to be answered with another 3
by USC's Elijah Stewart and it was a margin of only two at 66-64 with 5:16 to go. The Aggies were able to hold on until back-to-back buckets by USC
tied the game at 72 with :57 left on the clock. Bennie Boatwright broke the tie with trey and then it was fouls and foul shots the rest of the way.
USC completed the comeback with a 77-72 victory thanks to a 9-0 run over the last two minutes of the game.
Boatwright led the way with 33 for the Trojans with Jordan McLaughlin chipping in a dozen.
New Mexico State was led by Zach Lofton with 28, Jemerrio Jones had a 'baker's dozen' and A. J. Harris knocked down 12.
GAME 12 * 3:30 p.m. (HST)
* GAME WILL BE 20 MINUTES FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF GAME 11.
LOSER GAME 5 LOSER GAME 7
MIDDLE TENNESSEE MIAMI (FL)
Not a great game as neither team was really playing for much - Miami trying to protect whatever is left of their ranking.
The Hurricanes led by five at the half and held on for a 3-point win at 84-81.
Dewan Huell led the 'Canes with 21 while Bruce Brown Jr. was only 1-point behind with 20. Dejan Vasiljevic rounded out the top scorers for Miami with 13.
Nick King was tops for Middle Tennessee with 28. Antwain Johnson came off the bench for 16 as Giddy Potts and Brandon Walters each finished with 12.