Some good news for Friar recruit Joseph Young — he helped his Yates HS team knock off the #1 team in Pennsylvania to win the ‘Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii by scoring 25 points. Oh, and he was the tournament MVP.
Preserving its mythical boys basketball national championship hopes in typically thrilling fashion, Yates (Houston) rallied past Neumann-Goretti (Philadelphia) last night, 97-96, to win the 26th Annual ‘Iolani Prep Classic.
Yates, ranked No. 6 in USA Today’s Super 25, improved to 10-0 on the season after clawing back from a 77-68 deficit early in the fourth period. The Lions took a 95-94 lead on Gary Jackson’s layup with one minute remaining, but Tyreek Duran answered with a layup 14 seconds later to put Neumann-Goretti — Pennsylvania’s No. 1-ranked team — back up, 96-95.
Yates guard Joseph Young, who signed with Providence University, then drove the lane and drew a foul with seven ticks left and sank both ends of a one-and-one to make it 97-96.
Young, a dazzling 6-foot senior, finished with 25 points including several clutch fourth-period baskets and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. Teammate Brandon Peters, a high-flying 6-2 guard who dazzled the crowd with thunderous slam dunks, finished with game-high 28 points and was named Most Outstanding Player.