Cameron Boozer leads fourth quarter comeback in thrilling win over Sierra Canyon and Bronny James

Cameron Boozer leads fourth quarter comeback in thrilling win over Sierra Canyon and Bronny James

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Blake Arena was filled to capacity three hours before kickoff for one of the biggest high school games of the year with Bronny James and Arguably the best player in high school basketball, sophomore Cameron Boozer and his twin brother, Cayden Boozer. More than 2,000 fans, college coaches and NBA scouts packed Springfield College’s small arena to watch Sierra Canyon (Calif.) take on Christopher Columbus (Fla.) in the Hoophall Classic. The game went down to the wire in a thrilling finish with the Christopher Columbus Explorers outlasting the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers, 47-46.

Cameron and Cayden’s father, former NBA player Carlos Boozer, was in attendance sitting on the baseline and taking in the action, but with the Los Angeles Lakers playing the Houston Rockets home monday night lebron james he couldn’t make the trip to watch his sons, Bronny and Bryce, play.

It was a back-and-forth battle from the start with 10 lead changes and a 1-point game heading into the fourth quarter. Sierra Canyon extended its lead to eight with just over three minutes left in the game. Cameron Boozer was on a mission out of the timeout, scoring 7 straight points in the final two minutes to pull the game within 1 point. The Scouts were down with seven seconds left after Sierra Canyon’s Isaiah Elohim missed the front end of a one-and-one. Cameron Boozer drove the lane and the ball was knocked out of his hands with teammate Malik Abdullahi grabbing the ball for an easy layup as time expired.

“I said [Cameron] just to dig deep and we had to fight to the end,” Explorers head coach Andrew Moran told Yahoo Sports after the game. “I know he didn’t score the game-winning bucket, but he made the play . Both Cameron and his brother stay grounded, they don’t get too upset and Cameron, at such a young age, continues to be a leader and bring our boys together throughout the game.”

After two early fouls in the first half, Cameron Boozer came alive, scoring 11 of his 18 points in the second half. He also added 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals in the win. Cayden Boozer was also a big factor, with 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Sierra Canyon was led by Elohim, a junior guard, who finished with 16 points.

Christopher Columbus sophomore forward Cameron Boozer in action against Sierra Canyon during the Hoophall Classic on January 16, 2023 in Springfield, Massachusetts. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Bronny James continues to have a strong senior season and had one of his best games from start to finish with 13 points (three 3-pointers), eight rebounds, five steals, three assists and just one turnover in 27 minutes on the court.

“I really like Bronny’s game,” Moran told Yahoo Sports. “I got to see him play when he was young in Miami [when LeBron James was playing for the Heat] and watching him grow as a player, and I’ve heard he has a great work ethic. His shot is much improved and has deep range. He’s a team player and plays basketball the right way.”

The Boozer twins are only sophomores, but have already received a handful of early offers, including Duke, Miami, Florida State, Arkansas and Missouri. Duke is the couple’s early favorite because their father played there and they have close ties to the university.

“Duke is just a great school and they have a history of winning,” Cameron Boozer told Yahoo Sports in October. “We were going to take a visit this fall, but we had a conflict with our schedule, so we’ll see what happens after the season.”

Bronny James’ recruitment has been kept under wraps, with the 6-foot-2 only taking one known official visit to Ohio State in early September. Michigan, USC, Oregon and Memphis are other schools believed to be in the running. A decision on Bronny James is not expected until after his high school season or the final signing period in April.

The Explorers will return home to Miami and face Sacred Heart-Griffin (Illinois) on Jan. 21 in the Wally Keller Classic. Sierra Canyon (17-4 overall, 3-0 league) returns to conference action Wednesday night in Los Angeles and will face St. Francis.

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