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Link Year Prep, Jordan Walsh down Prolific Prep, Adem Bona 70-64 in Hoophall Classic Final

The final game of the Hoophall Classic came and went putting an exclamation mark on what is still a showcase of high school basketball talent. And like the rest of the games, Missouri-based Link Year and California-based Prolific Prep featured plenty of future top college basketball players.

It was Link who walked away with the 70-64 victory over Prolific Prep on Monday. While it was a home and away game, Link created some distance from the second half. Prolific Prep lost the lead, but Link walked away with the victory in the final game of the high school showcase.

Tarris Reed Jr., the No. 33 high school student in the class of 2022, according to ESPN, was the difference maker for Link. Reed had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Jordan Walsh (#7, 2022) had 15 points and Julian Phillips (#14, 2022) had 12 points and three assists.

“There’s been a lot of hate there recently,” Walsh told ESPN after the game. “My focus comes from my team which gives me confidence, my coach gives me confidence, my fans give me confidence. Besides that, all I do is follow the coach’s game plan. I’m not doing anything special. I just do what he tells me to do.

Prolific Prep also had a lot of star power. The crew relied on a few guys for their score, namely MJ Rice (#20, 2022) had 23 points and four rebounds. Tre White (#35, 2022) had 18 points and nine assists, while Adem Bona (#17, 2022) had 13 points, six rebounds and four blocks.

The game has ended the Hoophall Classic in Springfield as the showcase event ends. There were plenty of other games that featured highlights, much like the final. Bona had a good alley-oop dunk early in the game to make a statement. But, of course, Link won on Monday.