Miller School ends Gaels’ win streak in Benedictine final; Gerstell places 4th
Despite an outstanding performance from James Bishop, top-ranked Mount St. Joseph High dropped the championship game of the Benedictine Christmas Classic in Richmond Saturday in a 48-45 loss to Virginia’s Miller School of Abermarle.
Bishop, who’s committed to LSU, scored 15 of his 26 points in the final quarter. The 6-foot-2 guard (75 points in three games) was selected the tourney’s Most Outstanding Player.
Miller’s Tariq Balogun, a 6-9 forward/center, was the MVP as the defending Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association champion (12-1 overall) ended the Gaels’ nine-game winning streak. The Irvington school defeated Virginia’s Walshingham Academy (77-49) and Pennsylvania’s Archbishop Ryan (73-47) to reach the title game.
In its first appearance, No. 13 Gerstell Academy finished 4th, dropping an 86-75 decision to Ryan in the consolation final. The defending MIAA B Conference champ Falcons (7-6) defeated event host Benedictine College Prep (70-67) in the opening round before Miller School routed them, 61-32, in the semifinals.
Mount St. Joseph (12-2) returns to MIAA A/Baltimore Catholic League play Friday at Archbishop Spalding. Gerstell plays at St. John’s Catholic Prep Friday.