No. 1 Poly closes holiday tourney with rout of Nevada’s Coronado; Murray and Lewis combine for 46

Poly boys basketball’s pursuit of a national ranking may have fallen short at the Beach Ball Classic, but the Engineers definitely flexed against the West Coast.

The No. 1 Engineers defeated Nevada’s Coronado, 93-60, Monday, to claim fifth-place at the highly regarded national Christmas holiday event in South Carolina. Senior guard Brandon Murray finished with 25 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Engineers (7-1 overall) and Justin Lewis added 20.

The Baltimore City school trailed for only 13 seconds, capping a 3-1 showing. The three-time reigning Class 3A state champs defeated California private power Harvard-Westlake (56-46) and Arizona Class 5A state finalist Millennium (71-51).

Poly lost to then-undefeated St. John’s College (D.C.) in the quarterfinal round Saturday. St. John’s, ranked No. 3 in the District region by the Washington Post, lost to South Carolina’s Dorman in the championship game Monday evening.

Poly led Coronado, 31-29, with five minutes left in the first half, then went on a 14-2 run, capped with dunks from Lewis and reserve center Adam Walden, and Murray’s three-pointer at the buzzer for a 45-31 halftime lead. The lead grew to 20, 62-42, in the second half on a layup by Raymond English.

Eleven players scored for Poly as senior guard Rahim Ali finished with nine points, seven assists and four steals. The Engineers shot nearly 60-percent (36-of-62) for the game.

Murray was selected to the all-tournament team and won the Hustle Award.

Poly returns to action Friday against ACCE.

Beach Ball Classic

5th place consolation final

at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center

No. 1 Poly 93, Coronado (NV) 60

Coronado – Kohler 5, Hardy 23, Rider 8, Reeves 11, Hunt 10, Schmeling 3. Totals 21 10-12 60.

Poly – Lyndsay 2, Lewis 20, Ali 9, Evans 8, Murray 25, English 7, Wallace 8, Jackson 3, Lamouthe 2, Allison 3, Walden 6. Totals 36 8-13 93.

Coronado 31 29 – 60

Poly 45 48 – 93