GHS Nabs Redwood Christian Invitational Championship
Submitted by Alyssa Kiefer in RCS Highlights on December 11, 2019
In an overtime thriller, the Gators from Gateway High School (SF) defeated the Wildcats from Marin Academy (San Rafael) to take home the Redwood Christian Basketball Invitational Championship title. The championship game went into overtime, and the Gators earned the win by just one basket. The final score was 69-67.
The RCS Eagles hosted the 45th annual tournament last Wednesday, 12/4, through Friday, 12/6. The tournament was held at the Bruce D. Johnson Gymnasium on the Redwood Christian Middle School and High School campus. Eight teams competed in this tournament, including RCS, Berean Christian (Walnut Creek), The College Preparatory (Oakland), Drew School (SF), Gateway, Latino College Preparatory Academy (San Jose), Marin Academy, St. Thomas More (SF). The hosting Eagles advanced to the winner’s bracket after its first game by defeating Summit Prep. RCE lost tough matches against Gateway and College Prep to finish 4th overall.
The tournament MVP was Deontae Mayfield (Gateway, Junior) who was an offensive tournament-dominating player. Mayfield was the top overall scorer for the tournament (94 points), had the most points in a game (40), had the most 3-pointers (11), and the most free throws (29). He made his mark in the All-Time Tournament Records with the 2nd place record for top scorer (behind Jim Davis from College Preparatory who scored 41 points in 1978) and the 2nd place record for points per game average with 31.1 points (behind Paul Fortier from Bridgemont High who had 31.6 points in 1979).
All-tournament honors were also given to players showing extraordinary performance and leadership during the tournament. Receiving all-tournament honors (in no particular order) were Santino Biard (Gateway, Junior), Michael Kossman (Gateway, Junior), Will O’Hara (Marin Academy, Senior), William Bennett (Marin Academy, Sophomore), Damon Fitzpatrick (College Prep, Sophomore), Jose Maria Villas-Boas (College Prep, Senior), Marshall Broadus (Redwood Christian, Senior), Thomas De Tar (St. Thomas More, Junior), Brandon Wong-Delizo (Berean Christian, Senior), and Anthony Ayala (Drew, Senior).