MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Lone Peak's impressive run at the Beach Ball Classic came to an emphatic end Saturday night against the defending 5A state champions from Georgia.
Milton High took control of the championship game midway through the first half and never looked back in a convincing 70-42 victory over Lone Peak which shot just 33 percent from the field and made 2-of-19 3-pointers.
Lone Peak's march to the championship included victories over Myrtle Beach, S.C., St. Augustine, La. and Whitney Young, Ill.
The Knights' bid for the tournament title started to fade early as Milton took the lead for good with about five minutes remaining in the first half, eventually opening up a 32-24 halftime lead. Milton outscored Lone Peak 38-18 in the second half to pull away for the easy win.
Milton was led by its three Division I signees, Evan Nolte (Virginia), Shaquille Johnson (Auburn) and Charles Mann (Georgia). Nolte and Johnson combined to score 39 points while Mann chipped in with six points and seven assists.
Nick Emery, who was named to the all-tournament team, led Lone Peak with 21 points, but he struggled from the field knocking down just 2-of-11 3-pointers. In the previous three games at the tournament, the junior BYU commit drained 5, 5 and 6 3-pointers respectively.
Emery's 119 points over the four games was a new tournament record, eclipsing the previous record of 114.
Talon Shumway chipped in with 11 points while sophomore T.J. Haws finished with four points on a 1-of-11 shooting night after scoring 26 points.
Haws was presented with the Individual Sportsmanship Awards after the tournament, while Lone Peak also received the Team Sportsmanship Award.