City of Palms Classic - Day 6 of 100 Things to do on Sanibel & Captiva
Day 6 of 100
City of Palms Classic Basketball Tournament
December 18-23, 2014
Bishop Verot High School
5598 Sunrise Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Day 6 of 100 Things to do on Sanibel & Captiva takes us off the island into Fort Myers for the CIty of Palms Classic Basketball Tournament. We decided it was important to highlight this event because of the fact that it is the number 1 high school basketball tournament in the country and it is basically in our backyard! Past players that are now in the NBA include John Wall, Kevin Wall, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Chauncey Billups, Lance Stephenson, Greg Monroe, Fab Melo, Glen "Big Baby" Davis.
The City of Palms Classic is a popular spot for professional and college coaches to watch and recruit players. We have met Coach K (Duke's Coach, Olympic Team USA Coach), Roy Williams (UNC Coach), Billy Donovan (Florida's Coach), Larry Bird, and Doc Rivers.
If you are going to follow one team at City of Palms, make sure to watch every game Montverde Academy plays in. They have won the tournament the past 2 years in a row and their coach Kevin Boyle is the winningist coach in City of Palms history.
2014 City of Palms Classic Schedule
THURSDAY, December 18 (5 games)
|2:15 p.m. (Game 1):||Melbourne Florida Air Academy (Fla.) vs. Reserve Riverside Academy (La.)||Florida Air Won 71-69|
|4:00 p.m. (Game 2):||Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (Calif.) vs. Louisville Trinity (Ky.)||Trinity Won 70-59|
|5:45 p.m. (Game 3-Sunshine Series):||Cape Coral Mariner (Fla.) vs. Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.)||Cardinal Gibbons Won 63-55|
|7:45 p.m. (Game 4):||North Port (Fla.) vs. Webster Groves (Mo.)||Webster Groves Won 54-47|
|9:30 p.m. (Game 5):||Radnor Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) vs. Orlando Oak Ridge (Fla.)||Oak Ridge Won 67-66|
FRIDAY, December 19 (8 games)
|10:25 a.m. (Game 6):||Consolation: Gm 2 loser (Sierra Canyon) vs. Gm 5 loser (Archbishop Carroll)||Sierra Canyon Won 59-55|
|12:05 p.m. (Game 7):||Consolation: Gm 1 loser (Riverside) vs. Gm 4 loser (North Port)||Riverside Won 76-50|
|1:45 p.m. (Game 8):||Montverde Academy (Fla.) vs. Huber Heights Wayne (Ohio)||Montverde Won 64-59|
|3:30 p.m. (Game 9):||Gm 1 winner (Florida Air) vs. Alpharetta St. Francis (Ga.)||St. Francis Won 65-50|
|5:15 p.m. (Game 10-Sunshine Series):||Riviera Beach Suncoast (Fla.) vs. Naples First Baptist (Fla.)||Suncoast Won 74-45|
|7:00 p.m. (Game 11):||Chicago Whitney Young (Ill.) vs. High Point Wesleyan Christian (N.C.)||Wesleyan Won 84-72|
|8:45 p.m. (Game 12):||Bentonville (Ark.) vs. Marietta Wheeler (Ga.)||Wheeler Won 61-40|
|10:30 p.m. (Game 13):||Gm 4 winner (Webster Groves) vs. Santa Ana Mater Dei (Calif.)||Mater Dei Won 65-46|
SATURDAY, December 20 (8 games)
|9:30 a.m. (Game 14):||Consolation: Gm 8 loser (Wayne) vs. Gm 7 winner (Riverside)||Wayne Won 67-62|
|11:10 a.m. (Game 15):||Consolation: Gm 12 loser (Bentonville) vs. Gm 11 loser (Whitney Young)||Whitney Young Won 64-52|
|12:50 p.m. (Game 16):||Consolation: Gm 13 loser (Webster Groves) vs. Gm 9 loser (Florida Air)||Webster Groves Won 65-54|
|2:30 p.m. (Game 17):||Quarterfinal: Gm 2 winner (Trinity) vs. Gm 5 winner (Oak Ridge)||Trinity Won 62-57|
|4:15 p.m. (Game 18-Sunshine Series):||Miami Beach (Fla.) vs. Live Oak Suwannee (Fla.)||Miami Beach Won 58-55|
|6:00 p.m. (Game 19):||Quarterfinal: Gm 12 winner (Wheeler) vs. Fairfax Paul VI (Va.)||Wheeler Won 55-52|
|7:45 p.m. (Game 20):||Quarterfinal: Gm 9 winner (St. Francis) vs. Gm 8 winner (Montverde)||Montverde Won 62-59|
|9:30 p.m. (Game 21):||Quarterfinal: Gm 13 winner (Mater Dei) vs. Gm 11 winner (Wesleyan)||Wesleyan Won 67-62|
SUNDAY, December 21 (3 games)
|2:00 p.m. (Game 22-Postgrad):||Montverde Prep (Fla.) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.)||Montverde Won 96-87|
|4:00 p.m. (Game 23-Signature Series):||Vienna DC Timberwolves (Austria) vs. LaPorte La Lumiere (Ind.)||La Lumiere Won 61-46|
|5:45 p.m. (Game 24-Signature Series):||Jacksonville Potter’s House vs. San Diego Balboa City (Calif.)||Potter's House Won 54-51|
|7:10 p.m.:||Bahama Breeze half-court shot|
|7:20 p.m.:||Hahn Loeser 3-point Shootout||Willie Nunez Won|
|8:20 p.m.:||Edison National Bank Slam Dunk Championship||Derrick Jones Won|
MONDAY, December 22 (8 games)
|9:00 a.m. (Game 25):||Challenge-round game: Gm 6 loser (Archbishop Carroll) vs. Gm 16 loser (Florida Air)||Archbishop Carroll Won 77-52|
|10:40 a.m. (Game 26):||Challenge-round game: Gm 14 loser (Riverside) vs. Gm 15 loser (Bentonville)||Bentonville Won 58-55|
|12:20 p.m. (Game 27):||Consolation semifinal: Gm 6 winner (Sierra Canyon) vs. Gm 16 winner (Webster Groves)||Sierra Canyon Won 58-42|
|2:00 p.m. (Game 28):||Consolation semifinal: Gm 14 winner (Wayne) vs. Gm 15 winner (Whitney Young)||Wayne Won 53-49|
|3:45 p.m. (Game 29):||Fifth-place semifinal: Gm 20 loser (St. Francis) vs. Gm 17 loser (Oak Ridge)||St. Francis Won 85-75|
|5:30 p.m. (Game 30):||Fifth-place semifinal: Gm 21 loser (Mater Dei) vs. Gm 19 loser (Paul VI)||Paul VI Won 57-56|
|7:15 p.m. (Game 31):||Semifinal: Gm 20 winner (Montverde) vs. Gm 17 winner (Trinity)||Montverde Won 52-42|
|9:00 p.m. (Game 32):||Semifinal: Gm 21 winner (Wesleyan) vs. Gm 19 winner (Wheeler)||Wheeler Won 76-70|
TUESDAY, December 23 (7 games)
|10:20 a.m. (Game 33):||Consolation championship: Gm 28 winner (Wayne) vs. Gm 27 winner (Sierra Canyon)||Sierra Canyon Won 61-56|
|12:00 noon (Game 34-Sunshine Series):||Northfield Mount Herman (Mass.) vs. Bradenton Victory Rock (Fla.)||Northfield Mount Herman Won 62-61|
|1:50 p.m. (Game 35):||SIGNATURE SERIES THIRD-PLACE Gm 24 loser (Balboa City) vs. Gm 23 loser (DC Timberwolves)||DC Timberwolves Won 57-50|
|3:30 p.m. (Game 36):||Fifth-place championship: Gm 30 winner (Paul VI) vs. Gm 29 winner (St. Francis)||St. Francis Won 77-60|
|5:15 p.m. (Game 37):||SIGNATURE SERIES FINAL!! Gm 23 winner (La Lumiere) vs. Gm 24 winner (Potter's House)||Potter's House Won 57-54|
|7:00 p.m. (Game 38):||THIRD-PLACE FINAL!! Gm 31 loser (Trinity) vs. Gm 32 loser (Wesleyan)||Wesleyan Won 51-47|
|8:45 p.m. (Game 39):||CITY OF PALMS CHAMPIONSHIP!! Gm 32 winner (Wheeler) vs. Gm 31 winner (Montverde)||Wheeler Won 72-65|
For more information be sure to check out the City of Palms Classic website.
Check back during the City of Palms Classic Basketball Tournament for game results and after for videos and photos we took from the event! Be on the lookout for us with our GoPro camera filming every day of the event!
Update: January 4, 2015 at 11:13 AM
City of Palms Classic Recap
After going to the City of Palms Classic Basketball Tournament for probably the past 15 years, I would say that this year was one of the best! The field of players and teams was incredible! Most games came down the the wire with many heading into overtime!
We even had a few celebrity sightings at the City of Palms Classic. I met Kenny "The Jet" Smith who is an announcer for NBA on TNT. He was there a few nights. University of Florida basketball coach Billy Donovan was also there scouting players as well as Roy Williams, UNC's coach. Roy attends every year. They were definitely not disappointed with the players they saw!
What was especially impressive this year was the slam dunk contest at the City of Palms Classic. During the past couple of years, the dunks have just been okay. Not this year! The dunks were on a whole new level and there were a few players that could have won any of the past years. We also saw many great dunks during the games.
The finals of the City of Palms Classic brought Montverde (champions the past 2 years) against Wheeler High School. Montverde was out for a 3 championship in a row. It was back and forth the whole game and then in the last few minutes of the 4th quarter, Wheeler pulled away to become the 2014 City of Palms Classic Champions beating Montverde 72-65.