Seattle Prep's hopes of winning the 32nd annual City of Palms Classic came to an end last night against another No. 1-ranked boys basketball team. Seattle Prep fell to Palm Beach...
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Seattle Prep’s hopes of winning the 32nd annual City of Palms Classic came to an end last night against another No. 1-ranked boys basketball team.
Seattle Prep fell to Palm Beach Lakes (9-0) — the top-ranked Class 6A team in Florida — 64-60 in the tournament semifinals. That means Seattle Prep (7-1) will face another No. 1 team at 4:15 p.m. today in the third-place game.
The opponent today, Jacksonville Arlington Country Day, is ranked No. 4 in USA Today’s Super 25 and No. 1 in Florida’s Class 2A poll. On Saturday, Seattle Prep defeated Dunwoody of Georgia, that state’s top-ranked 3A team, 75-65. On Monday, the Panthers won 60-54 over Milwaukee’s Vincent, ranked No. 16 in the nation by USA Today.
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Seattle Prep senior guard Martell Webster, who has committed to Washington, scored a game-high 27 points yesterday, but made just 3 of 9 three-point field-goal attempts. Spencer Hawes scored 18 points and Jordan Bremond finished with 12.
“They double-teamed me every time I got the ball,” Webster said. “That was their game plan, and they stuck with it. We kept it up, and we got back into the game. We just couldn’t pull it out at the end.”
Seattle Prep coach Michael Kelley was impressed with Palm Beach Lakes.
“There’s no question they are the best No. 1 team we’ve faced,” Kelly said. “The thing they do that really impresses me is they share the ball really well. The thing that makes them special is that they are patient when they need to be.”
Another thing that makes Palm Beach Lakes special, Kelly said, is its outside-shooting ability.
Palm Beach Lakes made 7 of 15 three-pointers.
Palm Beach Lakes coach Lorenzo Hands said his team took the same approach to guarding Webster as it did guarding South Gwinnett (Ga.) guard Louis Williams during the Rams’ earlier tournament win.
“Our main philosophy is to take their guards out of the game,” Hands said.