Gill St. Bernard wins dramatic championship

Gill St. Bernard High School wins the 2014 Elite Team Camp National Division

Gill St. Bernard High School wins the 2014 Elite Team Camp National Division

READING, Pa. — For those who discount the importance of summer tournaments, don’t tell Gil St. Bernard (N.J.).

The Knights made four double-digit comebacks in the course of two days — including an 11-point surge in the final — to capture the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp National Division Championship on Sunday with a 47-43 win over St. Anthony’s (N.J.).

“I’m not sure if I like going down early,” said senior forward Ian Demarest,” but it gets the job done.”

His runner in the lane gave GSB its first and only tie with four minutes to play.

“I don’t think anyone thought we would win this tournament,” Demarest said. “Coach gave us little goals. ‘Cut it to five, cut it to six.’ Eventually, it worked.”

National recruit Tyus Battle only scored nine points, but Adam Mitola added 22 points, including a deep 3-pointer from the wing that gave GSB a four-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish.

“When you can shoot the ball well, you’re never out of a game,” said coach Mark Mitola, Adam’s father. The Knights hit eight triples on the afternoon.

Guard Jagan Mosely scored a team-high 17 points for St. Anthony’s while checking Battle on defense for most of the game.

“There’s two top guards in the country going at each other and making each other work for their shots,” Mitola said.

St. Anthony’s forward Taurean Thompson went on a five-point spree to cut the GSB lead to one, but Battle came back with a layup in traffic and a pair of free throws.

Mosely’s 3 at the buzzer was short.

“We didn’t panic,” Mark Mitola said. “We had to make shots and rebound. That’s exactly what we did.”

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