Bright Rises To The Occasion Again
Behind 34 points from sophomore Roy Bright, Northern Durham outlasted Coastal Christian 75-74 to win the Millennium Cup at the Bull City Classic.
Bright terrorized Coastal from all over the court. On Friday, he displayed his prowess on the perimeter, but against a bigger Coastal team, he went to work inside. The result was a 12-27 shooting performance which also included a 10-14 effort from the line. He made all of his free throws down the stretch when called upon. In the first half, he punished some of the bigger kids Coastal threw at him. He plays at both ends of the court and is kind of a cross between Rashad McCants and Jason Richardson.
Coastal led by five at the half, 40-35. Joe Dickens was the big gun as he went for 18 points. This one turned into a serious nip and tuck affair down the stretch as Coastal tried to overcome a 7-point deficit in the final two minutes.
In taking a closer look at Bright, he might be 6-5 rather than 6-4. His game is versatile and against a good Coastal team, he contributed every way he could. Despite the fact he was terrific, there remains room for improvement. In the first two games, he combined for nearly 20 boards in the first half of action. In the second halves, though his scoring hardly diminished, his rebounding totals did drop. As the season goes on and he plays himself into even better condition we'd expect he'd be as effective in both halves on the glass. Regardless, he was superb.
Bright was the leading scorer at the event with a two-game average of 31 points. He was named the MVP for his division.