SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The much anticipated matchup between Sylvan Hills (with Kentucky signee Archie Goodwin) and number one football recruit Dorial Green-Beckham's Hillcrest Hornets turned into a scoring battle between the two stars as SHHS took down Hillcrest 71-57 in the Tournament of Champions fifth place game Saturday afternoon.
Archie Goodwin scored 34 points for Sylvan Hills in the victory, and Dorial Green-Beckham turned in a 31 point performance for Hillcrest in the loss.
Hillcrest started the game off in excellent fashion, as DGB and the Hornets had a 22-12 lead after one quarter of play. Heralded recruit Archie Goodwin refused to back down, however, and he led a Sylvan Hills second quarter charge (SHHS outscored Hillcrest 14-3) as the Bears from Sherwood, Arkansas gained a 26-25 advantage at halftime.
The third quarter was a seesaw battle between Hillcrest and Sylvan Hills, as DGB and Archie Goodwin traded baskets in a hotly contested quarter. Hillcrest outscored Sylvan Hills 17-14 in the third quarter to take a 42-40 lead into the last eight minutes. Sylvan Hills would not allow the game to stay close for long, as Archie Goodwin led a SHHS attack which outscored Hillcrest 31-15 in the fourth quarter on the way to a 71-57 victory.
Archie Goodwin led Sylvan Hills with 34 points on 11-27 shooting (11-13 free throws), while Devin Pearson contributed 11 points to give SHHS just two players in double figures.
Dorial Green-Beckham led the way for Hillcrest as he scored 31 points on 12-24 shooting (7-8 free throws), which also included a thunderous dunk. Austin Petry continued his fine play in the tournament as he contributed 14 points on 5-11 shooting for Hillcrest.
Hillcrest finished 1-2 in the tournament, and along with Glendale the two Springfield schools finished 1-5 in the 2012 edition of the Tournament of Champions.