2022 GEICO Nationals tipped off on Thursday and the action did not disappoint.
Link Academy, IMG Academy and Montverde Academy took care of the business to reach the semifinals. Sunrise was stunned by Christian Prolific Prep, when Steve Smith’s multi-faceted coaching career at Oak Hill Academy came to an end.
Let’s take a closer look at what happened during the quarter finals.
After Duke signer Mark Mitchell put Sunrise Christian Academy ahead with a lay-up, Sophomore’s Zion Sensele led Prolific Prep to victory with a game-winning three in the last second. Prolific Prep has been able to defeat Sunrise Christian Academy without its McDonald’s All-American pairing of Kansas signer MJ Rice and UCLA signer Adam Bona, making the win arguably the biggest upset in GEICO National history.
Five-star Arkansas signer Jordan Walsh dropped 23 points and nine rebounds to help Link Academy send Smith and Oak Hill Academy home early. Walsh dominated the tone of a 9-10 shooting performance and helped Link Academy control the lead in the second half after leading just 34-33 at halftime. Smith ended his historic coaching career with 1,232 wins.
Malik Renew performed as one of the hottest recruits in the country on Thursday, scoring 19 points and coming down with six rebounds to help Montverde Academy win by nine points. Montverde led AZ Compass Prep by 13 points in the fourth quarter.
Dominated by Baylor signer Keyonte George and Houston signer Jarace Walker, Cruise won a blowout at IMG Academy. Walker led the way with 23 seven rebounds, five blocks and four assists. George turned to his own performance with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists.