What had been a close game for 3 1/2 quarters became a rout quicker than you can say Danny Enowitz.
Grant High closed the championship game of the Birmingham tournament Wednesday night with a 16-3 run and defeated the Braves, 57-39.
Enowitz, who was named the tournament’s most valuable player, had 11 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and led a 25-point fourth-quarter surge.
Birmingham (4-4) trailed, 41-36, with four minutes to go and scored only three points thereafter.
“We weren’t able to penetrate for 3 1/2 quarters,” Enowitz said. “But then we were able to open it up and I was able to hit Sean.”
Sean Watkins, who finished with a game-high 18 points, scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. The all-tournament selection scored 27 fourth-quarter points in the tournament.
Grant Coach Howard Levine heaped praise on Enowitz.
“He was all over the place,” Levine said. “He didn’t play his best game, but he still wound up with a triple-double.”
The lead changed hands four times during the game. Adam Berman, who finished with five points, hit a short jumper to pull Birmingham to within 41-36 before the Braves went cold.
Grant (7-2) jumped to a 9-0 lead before John Rice gave Birmingham its first points on a jumper with 1:58 left in the first quarter.
Glen Sucich gave the Braves their first lead, 17-16, with two free throws late in the half. But Grant’s Mike Fried and Vince Watkins each scored as Grant regained the edge and took a 22-18 halftime lead.
Poly 74, Reseda 52--Poly outscored Reseda, 23-7, in the second quarter and went on to rout the Regents in the consolation championship.
Bobby Ntoya led the Parrots (6-3) with a game-high 18 points, 14 in the second half. Scott Cooper scored 14 points and John Bruner added 11.
Omar Wilson led Reseda (2-7) with 14 points, including eight in the fourth quarter to narrow Poly’s lead. Sheldon Donnell added 10 points.
Van Nuys 72, Canoga Park 52--With balanced scoring from Jimmy Chriss (21 points), Troy Gibson (17), Alonzo Galloway (15) and Leonard Weems (12), Van Nuys (4-4) took seventh place.
Canoga Park (1-8) trailed, 35-32, at halftime but was outscored, 19-8, in the fourth quarter. Sophomore center Brandon Battle led the Hunters with 14 points and Darren Caldwell added 13.
Agoura 78, Monroe 58--Agoura forwards Frank Jacobellis and Dave Corridori led the Chargers in the third-place game. Jacobellis, who led all scorers with 26 points, connected on four three-point shots, including three in the second quarter as Agoura (5-8) forged a 38-30 halftime lead.
Corridori, who scored 21 points, made 11 of 12 free throws, including 9 of 10 in the fourth quarter. Monroe (1-6) was led by Michael Bell with 20 points and Tom Konkel with 12.