Catholic High’s boys basketball team dominated the second half against Parkview Baptist to win the Red Stick Sports Holiday Classic on Wednesday night.
Catholic outscored Parkview 20-5 in the third quarter to take a 60-42 victory in the championship game. Tournament MVP Tolliver Freeman scored 16 of his game-high 27 points in the second half for the Bears (13-3).
Parkview (9-4), which knocked off previously undefeated Christian Life Academy 69-62 Tuesday in the semifinals, trailed 24-20 at halftime and pulled within 24-23 early in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Ryland Vial.
Parkview was plagued by turnovers and missed shots the next few minutes as Catholic went on a 12-0 run with five layups. Freeman had a steal and two-handed jam in the run. The Bears also displayed good patience on offense in the second half against Parkview’s zone defense. Parkview’s 1-2-2 fullcourt press in the first half gave the Bears problems.
“I think we played really well on the defensive end,” Catholic coach Mark Cascio said. “We did a good job of guarding Parkview’s dribble penetration. Our ability to rebound the ball helped us get out and run. Our guys did a good job of sharing the ball.”
CHS’ Sam Cancienne scored six points and also made the all-tournament team.
Vial, who hit four 3-pointers and scored 13 points, made the all-tournament team for Parkview. Senior Tyler Williamson added eight points, and Zak Kingham and Tyree Lomax had six each for the Eagles.
Catholic led 18-10 with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter after Cancienne hit two free throws. Parkview went on a 10-4 run capped by Vial’s 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining. Freeman made a big play to end the half when he converted a one-handed follow.
Cascio said Freeman is having a good season.
“Toliver does a lot for us,” he said. “He can score inside and out. I liked how we played together this tournament.”
Christian Life 66, St. Michael the Archangel 49: In the third-place game, Christian Life outscored St. Michael 28-18 and 18-10 in the second and third quarters to pull away.
Sam Williams scored 11 of his 18 points in the second quarter to pace the Crusaders. Williams hit three 3-pointers in that span. Ludovic Kader also scored 18 and Marquis Webb 9 for CLA (13-1).
Michael Alfred scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half for St. Michael (8-7). Jonovan Pitcher and Brandon Bourgeois added seven points each for the Warriors.
Jehovah-Jireh 65, Runnels 55: In the consolation game, Trenton Payne scored 21 points and Jakobey Hitchens 20 for Jehovah-Jireh. Conner Raines had 13 and Douglas Guilley 10 for Runnels.