Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, NV) won the championship game of the Beach Ball Classic, 54-50, but you have to give Columbia (Decatur, GA) all the credit in the world for controlling the tempo and making the Championship Game a real dogfight.
Neither team led by more than five points throughout the first half, and believe it or not, Columbia was actually up 26-25 at the intermission. And once again Columbia's best player was 6-foot-5 JerShon Cobb from Decatur (Columbia) GA. Not only was this Northwestern-bound two-guard getting to the spot and hitting the mid-range pull-up jumper, but he also was knocking down the outside shot en route to half of his team's 26 first-half points.
The leading scorer for Bishop Gorman was 6-2 Taylor Spencer, who had nine points. However, Bishop Gorman also was only shooting 9-20 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc and was getting beat bad on the boards (21-12) in the first half.
Columbia also set the tone early in the second half with a 7-2 run, but 6-3 Anson Winder from Gorman made big baskets at the 10:20, 8:23, and 5:21 and 5-10 Jonathan Loyd hit a big three-pointer with 3:20 left in the game to give Bishop Gorman their first lead in the second half. And their next lead came when hit a lay-up to make it 52-50 with 15.9 second left in the game.
Columbia still had a chance to win when Cobb missed a three-pointer with 6.7 seconds left that would have put his team back up one, but then Alex Turner got the rebound and hit a pair of free throws to ice the game. Cobb, who finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, is one of those guys who seems to get better every time we watch him.
The leading scorer for Bishop Gorman was Loyd, who finished with 17 points, three assists, four turnovers and three steals. He took home tournament MVP honors.