Posted On: 12/30/17 8:59 AM

The Beach Ball Classic semi-final games lived up to the hype of one of the longest running national tournaments in the country, and left crowds and fans hungry for what awaits on Saturday.

Cox Mill vs Long Island Lutheran

Cox Mill (NC) vs Long Island Lutheran (NY)

In the first semi-final, Cox Mill High School led by one of the top 2019 recruits in the country, Wendell Moore and UNC signee Rechon Black took on Long Island Lutheran High School (NY) who feature Frankie Policelli, Donatas Kupsas and Tyson Etienne.

Cox Mill High School was down at the half 26-23, but battled back in the opening minutes of the second half to take a 38-29 lead before Wendell Moore went out with a cut above his lip and did not return until late in the second half. By then it was too late and Cox Mill seemed out of their rhythm and Long Island Lutheran would prevail 53-47. Moore would finish with only 12 points and 6 rebounds as Long Island Lutheran advanced to the finals of The Beach Ball Classic tonight against Montverde Academy (FL). Long Island was led by 6-foot-3 senior guard Tykei Greene with 13 points. Greene is a superb athlete who can fill the scoring column up with his ability to get to the rim and 39-inch vertical leap. Also leading Long Island Lutheran was Frankie Policelli who scored 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds. He picked up offers from Dayton and Cincinnati after the game. Those two new offers add to the offers he has from VCU, George Washington, Tulane, UMass and Towson.

Big man, 6-foot-9 senior center Donatas Kupsas who had Hofstra in to see him last night had 7 points to go along with 12 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. He is rumored to be down to Hofstra, Fordham, and Weber State.

Dematha (MD) vs Montverde Academy (FL)

The second semi-final of the night was a little more high scoring as Montverde Academy got the win over DeMatha 76-66 to advance to play Long Island Lutheran. Montverde was led by Duke bound RJ Barrett who scored 24 points to go along with 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Florida bound guard Andrew Nembhard scored 14 points with 7 assists, 6-foot-9 junior Makhi Mitchell scored 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Georgia Tech signee Michael DeVoe scored 6 points in the win. Dematha was led by 6-foot-4 scoring guard Justin Moore with 24 points, as he continued his stellar play all week.