Whitney Named MVP
Over 700 fans witnessed Christian Faith's 82-76 win over Mount Zion at the charged up Durham Magnet Center. The atmosphere was as good it gets for a post-Turkey Day event. Toss in the fact that a serious rivalry is brewing between the combatants and this was a thriller.
Power forward Kelly Whitney was the scoring leader for CFC as he hit for 25 points and was named MVP. When he accepted the MVP trophy, he did so with JR Morris right by his side and rightfully so. The two will be teammates at Seton Hall next season and the award could have gone to either one them. Morris scored 24 in the title game and was the best prospect on the floor in the senior class. Whitney displayed an increased skill level throughout the event as he showed an ability to put it on the floor and get to the rim. He also served as the "energy" guy for CFC, especially on the glass.
CFC led most of the game but did trail Mount Zion 42-39 at the half.
David Bell finished with 13 points, most of his offense coming in the first half where he was draining threes. The high-scorer for Mount Zion was sophomore Glen Dandridge was hit for 19. His stroke from beyond the arc is outstanding. It's a compact release and he gets it off quickly. He's constantly running and uses screens and picks to free himself. He's a big-time prospect.
Clearly, this was a big game for both teams. It had all the intensity of a state championship game and it meant a lot to the combatants. Bragging rights among the local prep schools in the Durham-area carry a lot of weight. For now, those rights belong to Christian Faith Center and they certainly earned it.
Colleges in attendance: NC A&T, Charlotte, Florida State, Duke, Oklahoma and Hampton. ... Charlotte watched CFC's Doug Thomas but contrary to reports has not been offered. He made a few big-time athletic plays, but was not a factor offensively on either night. ... Berkshire guard Ismael N'diaye struggled at the event. He's got to take better care of the ball for his team to win. ... The play of the day came when Coastal's Mike Battle didn't quit when it appeared Roy Bright had an open dunk. Battle chased him down and pinned his shot on the backboard. ... Every dunk at the Bull City Classic was greeted with a "boom shaka lacka" from the public address announcer. ... Mount Zion's Roscoe Biggers and CFC's Dwayne Green engaged in one of the best trash talking exhibitions we've ever seen. ... Props to CFC's Jeff Granger who hit some big threes for his team en route to the title. ... Forwards Almany Thiero and Mohammad Tangara are both from Mali as was Ousmane Cisse. They all play hard and like Cisse, it's like they coil up and launch themselves at the basket. Each plays extremely hard. ...