No. 1 Poly routs Arizona’s Millennium behind Lewis

Poly’s Justin Lewis goes up for two of his 21 points during Sunday’s consolation semifinal at the Beach Ball Classic. The No. 1 Engineers won 71-51 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center in South Carolina.

Marquette University recruit Justin Lewis posted 21 points and 10 rebounds, and senior Brandon Murray added 19 as top-ranked Poly High defeated Arizona’s Millennium in the consolation semifinals at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The three-time defending Class 3A state champs from Baltimore City led by as many as 26 points against last season’s Arizona Class 5A state finalists. Poly (6-1 overall) will play Nevada’s Coronado for fifth-place Tuesday afternoon.

The Engineers, who lost St. John’s College (D.C.) in Saturday’s quarterfinals, never trailed after Murray’s 3-pointer with less than 11 minutes left in the first half. Poly went on a 11-0 run to secure an 18-8 lead en route to a 35-22 halftime advantage.

A dunk by Murray made it 64-38 with six minutes left in regulation. Rahim Ali added 16 points and four assists. Murray and Lewis each finished with five assists.

Beach Ball Classic

at Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention

Consolation semifinal

No. 1 Poly 71, Millennium (AZ) 51

Poly – Lewis 21, Ali 16, Evans 6, Murray 19, Wallace 1, Lamouthe 3, Majors 2, Walden 2, Bethea 1. Totals 25 8-17 71.

Millennium – Jackson 12, Early 4, Devries 12, Marmara 5, Holmes 9, Batchelor 2, Wright 2, Foster 2, Fields 1, Shorts 2. Totals 18 11-20 51.

Poly 35 36 – 71

Millennium 22 29 – 51