Our day two opener was a battle of out-of-state opponents as Catholic Catholic (PA) battled Sagemont (FL). The opening quarter was a back-and-forth battle between the two teams as they exchanged the lead three times and were tied up on five occasions. Debaba Tshiebwe looked to get things going for the Vikings ending the opening quarter with a basket to put them ahead 16-14. Bradley Gompers basket to open the second quarter pushed Central Catholic ahead by four points, the largest lead of the game at that time. Tynan Becker got things going for Sagemont with a pair of steals leading to back-to-back dunks to tie the game at 18-18 with six minutes remaining in the half. Cameron Gibson would score on the next possession for the Lions before Becker added yet another dunk propelling Sagemont on a run to push ahead by as many as 13 points before the half. Dominic Issa's three-pointer sent the Lions to the locker room ahead 36-23 at the half.
Randy Wilkerson and Debaba Tshiebwe kept Central Catholic in the game with a 10-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half to pull within 33-38. Ashton Smith's three pointer to end the third quarter capped a 9-2 run for Sagemont as the Lions took control of the game leading 47-35 going into the fourth quarter. Central Catholic never got closer than ten points in the final period as Sagemont put an exclamation point on their KOB debut leading by as many as 26 points in the closing minutes of the game before finishing with a 72-47 victory.
Sagemont's Tynan Becker earned Central Bank Player of the Game honors with a game-high 17 points. Cameron Gibson added 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 6 assists for the Lions. Central Catholic was led by Debaba Tshiebwe with 14 points and 20 rebounds.
Sagemont advances to Sunday's quarterfinals to play North Oldham at 4:30pm. Central Catholic will take on the Trinity at 4:30pm on Sunday in the consolation bracket.
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