The Heights captures St. Anselm’s Invitational title

The Heights capped its strong close to the season by defeating host St. Anselm’s, 71-52, in the title game of the 67th annual St. Anselm’s Invitational on Sunday.

Isaiah Grigsby led the way with 30 points while tournament MVP Nicolas Segura chipped in 14 to help The Heights, which won seven of its last eight games, claim the crown at the longest running annual basketball tournament in the Washington area.

The performance by the Cavaliers’ top two players helped counter a strong showing by St. Anselm’s senior T.J. Duckett, who scored 25 points. The 6-foot-4 forward averaged 29 points during the three-day tournament, pushing him well past 1,400 points for his career.

“We were up after the first quarter, but we just couldn’t keep up with their size across the line,” St. Anselm’s Coach Paul Grenaldo said. “They had a big second quarter and shot well down the stretch from the foul line. I wish our seven seniors could have gone out with a win, but The Heights is a strong team.”

For the second straight year, Washington Latin guard Tarik Abraham won the Steve English award given to the player with the most three-pointers after draining nine during the weekend.

The other five teams to compete in the three-round event were Avalon, Don Bosco, Seton School (Va.), SEED and Washington International.

Brandon Parker is a sports reporter for The Washington Post.
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