BRISTOL, Tenn. — German efficiency has gotten Urspring to the brink of history at the 30th annual Arby’s Classic at Viking Hall.
The small school from Schelklingen in southern Germany held off Christ School, last year’s champion, 59-53 on Saturday to advance to the championship with a chance to become the first international team to claim an Arby’s title.
Urspring will face Mentor, Ohio, on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Malik Muller, who closed the game wearing a borrowed jersey from a teammate because there was blood on his own, scored 29 points to lead Urspring. Zaire Thompson added 10 for the Germans, who played in the first game of the tournament and will play in the finale.
Former Science Hill standout Jaylen Allen led Christ School with 20 points. Jon Elmore added 14 points and Shannon Hale, who also transferred from the Hilltoppers, contributed 11.
In the night’s first semifinal, Mentor placed five players in double-figure scoring and hung on down the stretch for a 66-63 victory, advancing to the Arby’s title game for the second straight year.
Conner Krizancic led the Cardinals with 14 points, and Caleb Potter added 12 points and Jeff Foreman, Michael Gallagher and Brody Nelson each had 10 for Mentor.
Jamerrio Jones was tops for Melrose with 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists.
In other Arby’s action, Science Hill beat Big 8 Conference rival Tennessee High 71-52; Father Henry Carr turned back Sullivan East 67-62; and Oak Ridge rolled to a 71-54 victory over Princeton Day Academy of Maryland.