2017 Title Game: Whitely takes flight as Riverview (FL) glides to championship

By Van Williams
Classic Media Director

Brion Whitely took flight with a thunderous jam to slam home the point that he was the best player during the Alaska Airlines Classic.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard led the Riverview Rams of Sarasota, Florida, to an 86-54 victory over West Anchorage in the championship game his 18-point, 5-rebound effort in just 15 minutes of work.

Whitely averaged 20.3 points per game and was named the Most Valuable Player of the three-day tournament.

The star guard will attend the University of North Carolina-Wilmington next season.

Riverview shot 54 percent in taking a commanding 55-20 halftime lead.

All-tournament pick Malachi Wideman added 11 points and Jeff Pedro chipped in six points, six rebounds and two assists.

AJ Caldwell of the Rams was also picked for the all-tournament team.

Tournament host West was making its fourth appearance in the Classic title game since 2010.

The Eagles got 12 points from all-tournament selection Ayuel Dak.

West’s Izaiah King was also selected all-tournament.

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