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Bronny James, Sierra Canyon Lose in Final of Bass Pro Tournament of Champions

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 16, 2022

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 11: Bronny James #0 of the Sierra Canyon Trailblazers reacts during the Hoophall West tournament against the Perry Pumas at Footprint Center on December 11, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Paul VI defeated Bronny James and Sierra Canyon 72-65 on Saturday night at the Bass Pro Shops Tournament of Champions behind DeShawn Harris-Smith's 23 points. 

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REEL IT IN! Paul VI claim their second <a href="https://twitter.com/BassProTOfC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BassProTOfC</a> trophy after defeating Sierra Canyon 72-65 in front of a sold-out JQH arena πŸŽ£πŸ†<a href="https://twitter.com/PVIHoops?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@PVIHoops</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNPlus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNPlus</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamFinkelstein?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AdamFinkelstein</a> <a href="https://t.co/YgxdqTvYJ5">pic.twitter.com/YgxdqTvYJ5</a>

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Paul VI beats Sierra Canyon in the <a href="https://twitter.com/BassProTOfC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BassProTOfC</a> <a href="https://t.co/rCjmymJlwJ">pic.twitter.com/rCjmymJlwJ</a>

James had a solid game, putting up 13 points, six boards, three assists and two steals, while his teammate and UCLA commit Amari Bailey led the way with 18 points. 

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Bronny James makes it look easy on this floater 🎈<a href="https://twitter.com/BassProTOfC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BassProTOfC</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/SCanyonSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SCanyonSports</a> <a href="https://t.co/tb81J5QqC4">pic.twitter.com/tb81J5QqC4</a>

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Bronny + Amari combo gets the <a href="https://twitter.com/BassProTOfC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BassProTOfC</a> crowd on their feet! πŸ‘<br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNPlus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNPlus</a> <a href="https://t.co/MXirEsxTVT">pic.twitter.com/MXirEsxTVT</a>

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Amari Bailey just ANNIHILATED the rim on a fast break 😱<br><br>πŸ“Ί <a href="https://twitter.com/ESPNPlus?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ESPNPlus</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/BassProTOfC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@BassProTOfC</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/SCanyonSports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SCanyonSports</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamFinkelstein?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AdamFinkelstein</a> l <a href="https://twitter.com/UCLAMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UCLAMBB</a> <a href="https://t.co/TpoBS6a1qt">pic.twitter.com/TpoBS6a1qt</a>

It was revenge for Paul VI, which lost to Sierra Canyon 52-49 at December's 'Iolani Classic. James notched nine points and two assists in that contest. 

Given how close that previous matchup was, it wasn't the biggest shock that Paul VI pulled off the upset. It's likely to bump Sierra Canyon down the MaxPreps High School rankings, however, as they were No. 4 coming into the contest. 

Meanwhile, Paul VI was ranked No. 22. They'll get a nice bump after Saturday's win.