Winning the tournament was the perfect finish to a truly special year! Highlights include:
- Coach Turner was named the first ever Gatorade Coach of the Year.
- The team won the D.C. Classic Championship for the first time since the 2011-2012 season.
- Chris Lykes ’17 was named WCAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
- We won the WCAC Championship for the second time in three years.
- We took home the DCSAA Championship for the first in program history.
- For the sixth time in program history, the Eagles won the Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament Champions.
Here is Coach Turner’s post-game interview after winning the 57th Annual ACIT:
And here is a story that was published in the Cumberland Times-News about the win:
“Gonzaga rolls to 6th ACIT Championship”
MVP Chris Lykes, Prentiss Hubb combine for 61 points in 82-70 win
Chris Lykes, a senior headed for the University of Miami, Florida, and Prentiss Hubb, one of the nation’s top juniors, combined to score 61 of Gonzaga’s points as the Gaels rolled to an 82-70 win over Mount St. Joseph in the 57th championship game.
Lykes finished with a game-high 34 points and Hubb added 27, but it was the manner in which they carried their team that was most impressive.
“We’ve been a complete team all year,” said Gonzaga head coach Steve Turner. “Different night, different guys make big plays, but those guys are our leaders. Both of them are point guards and they feed off of one another. They took turns tonight when they needed to do things to take over the game. It’s why we went on to the victory.
“We stuck to our game plan all tournament, running our offense and defending. We talked about limiting their second chance opportunities and we tried our best to limit Jalen Smith from getting easy paint touches. We really tried to share the ball, but more importantly we wanted to defend and rebound.”
Lykes’ performance landed him Most Valuable Player honors and he scored a tournament-high 72 points in three games. Both he and Hubb were named to the All-Tournament First Team.
The title is Gonzaga’s sixth overall ACIT championship and first since it won three straight from 2008-10. It is also the fourth title for Turner.
Unfortunately for Mount St. Joseph, it was its second title game appearance and first since 2006. The Gaels were trying for their first title.
While the final score differential was 12 points, Mount St. Joseph finished with five players in double figures, but was just 1 of 13 from three-point range.
Darryl Morsell and Jalen Smith tied for the Gael lead with 16 points each. Jaden Robinson was second with 13, while James Bishop and Kendall McMillan finished with 12 and 11, respectively.
For the second-consecutive year, Morsell and Smith captured all-tournament honors. Both were named to the first team.
McMillan picked off a pass on defense and raced to the offensive end where he converted a fast break layup for the first lead of the ballgame for Mount St. Joseph. A minute later, Robinson hit a layup that gave the Gaels a five-point cushion at 54-49.
The fourth quarter belonged to Gonzaga as they slowly pushed the lead to 12 on three occasions inside the final three minutes. Hubb knocked down a three-pointer 35 seconds into the fourth and Gonzaga never trailed again.
Just shy of the midway point of the fourth quarter, Hubb connected on another three-pointer as Gonzaga led 69-60. At 3:22, Eddie Scott tipped in a missed layup as the Eagles increased their lead to 10, 73-63.
Hubb quite possibly put the exclamation point on the title game as he drove the lane and powered a left-handed dunk through the net with 41 seconds left for a 78-66 lead. He capped the game’s scoring with a dunk with three seconds left to set the final at 82-70.
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