By Van Williams
Classic Media Director
Dillard’s Jalen Haynes recorded a monster double-double with 19 points and 18 rebounds as the Panthers from Florida beat West Anchorage 61-48 to win the third-place game.
The 6-foot-9 premier post player had a huge tournament with 70 points and 44 rebounds in three tournament games.
His 44 rebounds were the most at the Classic since Barrow’s Kamaka Hepa grabbed 48 in 2016. Hepa is now at the University of Texas.
Haynes will join him at the NCAA D1 level next season.
He was part of a powerful 1-2 punch with guard Ivan Reynolds, who amassed 10 points, three rebounds and three assists.
Dillard improved to 7-2 all-time at the Classic. The Panthers finished third in 1991, won the title in 2014 and placed third this year.
The West Eagles played a spirited, hard-charging brand that was missing the night before.
From the starters to the bench players, the excellent effort was there all night.
Take the end of the first half when Anthony Snow converted a layup on his team’s fifth shot attempt on that one possession.
Life wasn’t easy for the Eagles as they faced two 6-9 defenders in Haynes and Jvonni Roblejo, but they went right after the twin towers.
The West defenders played big as well, racking up five blocked shots, including three by 6-3 Blake Muehlenkamp.
Traivar Jackson led the Eagles with 16 points and seven rebounds. Liam Fick was also in double figures with 12 and Wiley Pickett netted eight, including a pair of 3s.
Dillard 12 18 13 18 – 61
West 9 11 12 16 – 48
Dillard – Reybolds 10, Edwards 3, Mack 7, Bernot 1, Desirmo 4, Bromley 7, Burrows 3, Brown 0, Maine 2, Haynes 19, Ashley 0, Bennet 1, Phillips 0, Roblejo 4, Brown 0.