Charleston Collegiate's Will Simmons nailed a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining in the game to send the Sun Devils to a 58-57 upset of Porter-Gaud in the final of the Porter-Gaud Holiday Classic on Sunday afternoon.
Simmons' shot capped a remarkable fourth-quarter rally that saw Charleston Collegiate overcome a 53-40 deficit heading into the final period.
Charleston Collegiate, led by senior guard Ty Solomon's 17 points, connected on 14 3-pointers in the game.
"We had so many guys contribute in so many ways," said Charleston Collegiate coach Jay Godbolt. "I am really proud of these guys. We had guys stepping up all through the game, and it takes that kind of effort as a team to win these types of games."
Porter-Gaud jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the game and led 15-5 midway through the first quarter. The Sun Devils got hot late in the period to trim the lead to 20-16.
The Cyclones, led by KJ James' 16 first-half points, opened up a 41-30 halftime advantage, but the Sun Devils opened the third period with 3-pointers from Arturo Mata (9 points) and Trayvon Jefferson (12 points) to cut it to five.
Porter-Gaud scored eight of the final 11 points in the quarter to carry a 53-40 lead into the fourth.
Solomon, who played the last 12 minutes of the game with four fouls, hit a pair of treys as part of a 10-0 run to start the fourth, cutting the margin to 53-50. James' basket with 4:30 remaining pushed the lead back to five, but the Cyclones made only one more shot down the stretch.
"We talked before the game that we were going to face adversity today, playing Porter-Gaud in their tournament and in their gym," said Godbolt. "For these guys to respond the way they did today was really special. I really believe this is something we can build on. It was a championship, playoff-type atmosphere and that could help us later on in the season."
Solomon's steal with a minute left gave Charleston Collegiate one more opportunity. The Sun Devils missed two attempts but came away with offensive rebounds to reset. Solomon penetrated into the lane with time running out and whipped a pass to Simmons on the wing for the game-winner.
"We were going for the win because we didn't think going to overtime would be in our best interest with one starter fouled out and Ty having four fouls," said Godbolt. "We're a good shooting team, and we just thought working for a three to win it was the best thing.
"We knew they would try to take Ty away. We just sent three guys to the corners and asked Ty to find the open man. Will stepped up and drilled it."
Charleston Collegiate senior forward Je'Quan Perry was named the Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Perry scored 55 points in the three victories. Solomon and James were selected to the all-tournament team.
Academic Magnet captures girls title
Academic Magnet defeated Orangeburg Prep, 48-36, to claim the girls championship.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Choral Linhart and all-tournament selection Cara Pugh each scored 15 points to lead the Raptors in the championship game.
Academic Magnet (6-1) led throughout the contest, owning a 33-27 halftime advantage. The Raptors held Orangeburg Prep to three points in the third quarter and cruised to the win.
"It was a good total team effort," said Raptors head coach Bud Walpole. "We defended well, we rebounded well and we were able to get out and run some. We had a good weekend. I'm real pleased with the way we played, and I thought we improved a lot in these three games."
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