Dec 23, 2012 12:20 AM by Andrew Masuda

Knights shutout down the stretch, fall 58-52 at Christmas Classic

The Grandview Wolves went on an 11-0 run in the final 3:15 to come-from-behind to stun the St. Joseph boys basketball team 58-52 in a challenge game at Mission Prep's Christmas Classic on Saturday night.

The Knights fell to 3-2 on the season. St. Joseph led 32-22 at the half and 40-33 after three quarters. However, the Knights were outscored 25-12 in the fourth quarter.

After a Case Bruton rebound and putback score, the Knights led 52-47 with 3:15 to go. But the team from Aurora, Colorado never flinched and came all the way back. Woffard commit Eric Garcia poked away the ball from Spencer Casarez, while the St. Joe senior was going up for a layup. Garcia took it the length of the court and dribbled by three defenders inside the key to score the game-tying bucket. A short time later, Tanner Gentry drove to the basket and scored, while drawing a foul with what proved to be the game-winner with 47 seconds left in the game.

Bruton scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half for the Knights. Keith Datu tallied 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Isaac Murillo dished out 7 assists and scored 13 points, all of his points came in the first half.

With the Knights' loss, five Central Coast teams went a combined 1-13 during the four day tournament. Righetti and San Luis Obispo went 0-4, the host Royals went 1-3, and Atascadero and St. Joseph both lost single challenge games.

Mission Hills beat Miramonte to capture the Elite Division championship. Nate Delaney was named the Elite Division's MVP.

Bishop Montgomery, the 15th ranked team in the nation, defeated Seattle Pacific in the National Division title game. Lamond Murray, Jr. won the National Division MVP. He scored 27 points in the championship game.



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