At the University of Maryland, the Maggie Lena Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies (MLWGSGIS) A (13-1) trailed Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology A (13-1) by 150 points with 6 questions to go but rallied to claim a 395-345 championship victory in what many considered the best PACE NSC final in history.
Thomas Jefferson B (11-1) was kept out of the final four by finishing behind St. John’s (10-3) and MLWGSGIS A 170-165-145 in a thrilling mini-match tiebreaker. In the semifinals, MLWGSGIS A defeated Richard Montgomery A (11-2) 385-205 while Thomas Jefferson A upended St. John’s 480-230 in the other semifinal.
#15 seed James Hubert Blake (6-5) pulled off several upsets, including a 340-220 win over #1 seed Detroit Country Day (7-3), to win the consolation bracket. #6 Gonzaga (7-4) defeated #5 Solon (6-4)385-190 to claim third place. In the consolation semifinals, Blake defeated Gonzaga 330-275.