Park (New York) defeated Gulliver Prep (Florida) 65-60 in the third place game of the King Cotton Holiday Classic Saturday evening at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
Keonjay Carter led Park in the first quarter with six points as the Pioneers shot 66.7 percent from the paint and 33.3 percent from behind the three-point line to enjoy a 14-10 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Pioneers dominated the second quarter, outscoring Gulliver Prep 14-2 while shooting 38.5 percent from the paint compared to Gulliver Prep’s 0 percent. Gulliver Prep was 0-9 shooting in the second period, scoring their only points on a pair of free throws by Tony Sanders midway through the quarter.
Ebuka Nnagbo and Noah Hutchins both led the Pioneers with seven points each in the second quarter.
Gulliver saw their production pick up in the third quarter, shooting 40.9 percent from the paint, 60 percent from the charity stripe, and 25 percent from the three-point line as they outscored Park 23-17 to get within 10 points, making it 45-35 at the end of three.
They continued to make a game of it late, outscoring Park 25-20 in the final quarter of the game, getting within three points at 59-56 with 1:14 left to play, but Park was able to pull away late for the victory.
Tony Sanders came up big for Gulliver Prep in the final quarter, scoring 13 points, including going six-of-six from behind the charity stripe, but it wasn’t enough with the Pioneers getting points from six players in the final three minutes.
Park shot 51 percent from the paint, 55 percent from the charity stripe, and 30.8 percent from behind the three-point line for the game while Gulliver Prep shot 35.3 percent from the paint and 20.8 percent from behind the three-point line. They saw solid production from the charity stripe, where they shot 86.4 percent for the game.