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Thursday / December 14.
  • Kevin Boyle Misses Out on Shot at City of Palms Repeat

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    Kevin Boyle was seeking a unique repeat at the City of Palms Classic.

    Having won the event for the first time last year as coach at Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick, Boyle was attempting to capture it in his first year at Montverde (Fla.) Academy.

    Instead, Montverde lost Tuesday in the semifinals to Arlington (Texas) Grace Prep, 53-45.

    “They outhustled us,” Boyle, who led St. Pat’s to five runner-up finishes at the event before finally breaking through in 2010, told News-Press.com. “We had a very tough shooting night.”

    Montverde shot just 18-of-57 from the field and star junior guard Kasey Hill, returning from a two-game suspension, scored just seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.

    The championship game on Wednesday will feature an all-Texas showdown between Grace Prep and Plano (Texas) Prestonwood Christian, which beat Reserve (La.) Riverside, 71-66.

    The two Texas teams played last Thursday, with Grace Prep winning 79-64 in an ESPN game.

    Prestonwood junior forward Julius Randle, who poured in 31 points and 15 rebounds in the semifinal, told MaxPreps.com his team can win the rematch.

    “We just need to step up,” he told the site.

    Kansas-bound senior Zach Peters added 14 points for Prestonwood.

    For Riverside, former St. John’s commit Ricardo Gathers tallied 13 points and nine boards in the loss.

    In the first semifinal, Grace Prep got 10 points and seven assists from point guard Emmanuel Mudiay and 11 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks from Baylor-bound big man Isaiah Austin.

    “We missed a lot of shots with [Austin] in there that normally we make,” Boyle told News-Press.com. “You can’t go 18-of-57. You’re not going to win any games shooting like that.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.