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Urspring makes history with Arby's title

staff report • Dec 31, 2012 at 8:58 AM

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Urspring made Arby's Classic history on Monday night at Viking Hall.

The school from Germany, a longtime participant in the annual holiday basketball showcase, became the first international team to win the championship with a 63-51 win over Mentor, Ohio.

Kenneth Ogbe, a 6-foot-6 senior, led the German squad with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field. He also hauled down eight rebounds in the 30th edition of the event.

Nicholas Burgard and Kevin Bryant chipped in 10 points apiece for Urspring, the tournament runner-up in 2010.

Urspring held a 31-22 lead at halftime. It won the rebound battle 32-22. The Germans went to the line 25 times, making 17 of its attempts. Mentor hit 9 of 13 foul shots.

The Cardinals, last year's runner-up to Christ School (N.C.), had a tough night shooting. They went 17-for-56 (32 percent) from the field — attempting 33 shots from 3-point range, but making just eight.

Brandon Fritts had 12 points and Jeff Foreman 10 to lead Mentor.

In the third-place game, 2011 Arby's champion Christ School made a late push, but Melrose came away with a 57-53 victory.

The Greenies trailed 43-32 entering the fourth quarter. They rallied, outscoring the Golden Wildcats 21-14 in the final frame, but their comeback came up short.

Melrose's dynamic duo of Jamerrio Jones and Marlon Hunter scored 34 points — 17 apiece — with Jones shooting 7-for-8 from the floor and Hunter 7-of-11. The duo combined for 11 rebounds, Jones with six and Hunter with five.

Kenneth Goodwin was a catalyst for the Wildcats. He dished out nine assists and came up with five steals, also closing the game with 12 points.

Jon Elmore hit 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range and finished with a game-high 22 points for Christ School. Shannon Hale added 18.

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