In front of a packed house and two large and raucous standing rooting sections at Antelope High School for the marquee neighborhood finale of the two-day, 10-game Common Good Classic, the towering duo of Isaiah Ellis and Gabe Bealer helped No. 5 Antelope break open a one-point game at halftime to defeat No. 13 Center 60-46 in a boys basketball game tonight.
The 6-6 Ellis and the 6-5 Bealer, both juniors, dominated the inside in blocking and altering shots, rebounding and combining for 34 points. Jarvis Watkins added 16 points for Antelope (16-1).
Christopher Smith led Center (13-4) with 17 points.
"Our 10 days off really showed early on," said Antelope coach Rob Richards. "We were a little indecisive, little slow, little lethargic. Our guys should have known better. Center is a great ballclub. They're playing well. We can't come out like that. But we woke up at halftime and started to bang inside and got back to our basketball."
In orther Common Good games today:
Davis boys 73, No. 18 Cordova 70 - In a roller coaster contest, the Lancers (9-6) held the state's top scoring team 11 points below its 84.1 points per game average, but couldn't overcome 30 turnovers. Grant Dickerson's three-point shot with 1:55 to play put the Blue Devils (10-8) ahead to stay 68-67.
Hiram Johnson boys 59, Laguna Creek 52 - Kenneth Grant scored 15 points, Philip Morgan 14 and Charles Mills 11 as the Warriors (6-8) defeated the Cardinals (8-10). Frank Obi scored a game-high 20 for Laguna Creek.
No. 5 St. Francis 63, No. 6 Kennedy 51 - Najah Queeland had 17 points and MacKenzie Conarro and Gabby Blanchette 11 points each to lead the Troubadours (10-6) past the Cougars (13-5). Lynette Johnson had 26 points for Kennedy.
No. 13 Antelope girls 31, Center 20 - Tyler Ellis and Ashley Hawkins combined for 14 points each to lead the Titans (11-5) past the Cougars (5-11).