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Christ School defeats Mentor to claim Arby's Classic championship

December 31st, 2011 10:41 pm by Dave Ongie

BRISTOL, Tenn. — The Mentor Cardinals knocked down enough 3-pointers this week to partially rewrite the Arby’s Classic record book.

The Ohio school set records for most 3s made and attempted by a team in a single game and most made 3-pointers by a team in a single tournament.

But once Saturday’s championship game rolled around, Christ School went to great lengths to ensure that Mentor’s name did not end up on the championship trophy.

The long-armed Greenies used a 3-2 zone to apply relentless pressure along the perimeter, forcing Mentor into a 10-for-45 effort from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, local products Shannon Hale and Jaylen Allen helped seal the deal down in the final minutes as Christ School scored a 73-66 victory at Viking Hall.

“I really thought that 3-2 gave them trouble,” Christ School coach David Gaines said. “They started rushing (shots). It’s just tough to win when you shoot 10-for-45 from out there.”

It was a sweet homecoming indeed for Hale and Allen, who transferred to the North Carolina school this past summer after playing for Science Hill last season. The duo engineered the play of the game: Allen executed a spin move near midcourt as he cut through Mentor’s full-court pressure before lobbing the ball up to Hale, who finished with a thunderous dunk.

Hale finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, and Allen added 12 points and eight boards. Both players landed on the all-tournament team.

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