Well, there goes my pick to win the tournament. Gonzaga Prep has done in Decatur, toppling the Gators 60-54.
The Gators had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Jerron Smith’s 3-point hit the front of the rim with 15.8 seconds left.
I haven’t tallied it up yet, but I think Bullpups forward Ryan Nicholas has been perfect at the free throw line tonight.
Nicholas finished with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the free-throw line. He also had six rebounds.
G-Prep also got 11 points from Sean Fischer and 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks from diminutive point guard David Stockton. The Bullpups shot just 41 percent from the field (21-of-51), but they were 12-of-14 from the free throw line and also had 15 points from second-chance attempts.
Decatur was led by Marcus Tibbs, who had 19 points (5-of-14 from the field), seven assists and three rebounds. Jarron Smith added 18 points and Jordan McCloud chipped in with 15 points and eight boards.
The Bullpups will meet the winner of the Garfield-Lake Stevens game in the quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m. Decatur will face the loser of the Garfield-Lake Stevens game at 2 p.m.