Mount Vernon turned in a memorable effort tonight in Hawaii, but fell 56-51 to White Station (Tenn.) in the quarterfinals of the Iolani Classic in Honolulu.
White Station entered the game unbeaten and ranked No. 7 in the nation by USA Today. The Memphis public school played without one of its top players, 6-foot-7 Illinois commit Leron Black, the 41st ranked senior in the country per ESPN.
Mount Vernon led 31-28 at halftime, but the Knights saw four of their five starters hampered by foul trouble as their opponent rallied in the second half. Seniors Akeem Krubally and Brandon Martin fouled out and Devonte Banner and Judah Alexander were each saddled with four fouls. As a team, Mount Vernon committed 17 second-half fouls and was outscored badly at the foul line. White Station shot 22 of 30 while the Knights converted on just 7 of 16 free throws.
Banner led Mount Vernon (3-1) with 13 points. Alexander, Martin and Yhanni Bartley each added 10 points. Bartley had a team-high six rebounds; Alexander grabbed five.
Even without Black, White Station was led by the rest of its deep, talented core of Division I signees and recruits. Senior LaDarius Coleman (offers from Tennessee St., Vanderbilt, VCU, Toledo, Jacksonville) led the way with 17 points. Florida commit Chris Chiozza had 10 points and St. Louis commit Davell Roby added nine. Junior point guard Nych Smith (offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Miss. St., Tennessee) also had 10 points.
With the loss, Mount Vernon will drop into the consolation bracket. The Knights will face the host, Iolani, at 8:30 ET tonight. Iolani lost its quarterfinal on Thursday to West Linn (Ore.), 65-59.