DAY ONE - GAME ONE
St. Andrews def. Kinston
St Andrews lead 33-31 at the half behind the solid backcourt play of sophomore Emory Outland and junior Abdi Lidonde. These two talented youngsters disrupted any type of set Kinston attempted to run throughout the game and although Kinston's super junior Jeremy Ingram finished with 15 points, he worked hard in doing so as he finished 4-14 from the floor.
ECU signee Corey Rouse had 15 points and 8 rebounds but did not seem to get the touches in the pivotal third quarter. St. Andrews outscored Kinston 28-18 in the third to pull away and by the look on the Kinston players' faces, the game was over. Kinston falls to St Andrews, 84-70.
WF-Rolesville def. O'Connell
This game featured two of the biggest players in the tournament as O'Connell's 6'9 sophomore Brian Johnson dueled WF-Rolesville's 6-9 grizzly bear Eric Williams. While they were rarely guarding each other one-on-one as Williams, who has signed with Wake Forest University, was constantly doubled after getting three dunks with his first three touches, Johnson was the quieter player as his team could not get him the rock early in the game.
One of the most bizarre occurrences in any game I have seen began early in the second half as O'Connell coach Joe Wootten decided to keep two players around Williams and let WF-Rolesville's 6-5 senior Bryan Nieman shoot as if no one else was in the gym. The problem was that every time he touched it, with no one within ten feet of the kid, the entire gym of 5,000 or so would yell at him to shoot it... talk about living in a fish bowl.
He did manage to make enough shots (6-23) to pull the Cougars through, 64-58, and big Eric finished with 22 and 17 boards. Brian Johnson lead O'Connell with 14 points and 8 rebounds while 6'5 freshman Marcus Ginyard showed tremendous promise by adding 10.
Broughton def. TC Roberson
By far the least intriguing game of the day as Roberson was clearly out manned against Shavlik Randolph and his Caps. While Broughton lead by only four at the break, the game never seemed interesting except for the times Shav touched the ball. While the crowd of about 6,000 looked on along with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, Shav responded with a "quiet" 31 points on 13-18 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Jamal Eatmon aided the Caps' cause with 17 points and 6 assists. TC Roberson was lead by senior Christian Moody with 15. Broughton wins a boring game of sorts by a 71-50 count. Next up for the Caps...a match up with big fella Eric Williams and conference foe Wake Forest Rolesville!
DeMatha def. Millbrook
Two teams that play hard all the time! That is a rarity among high school games these days but Thursday night's final game between national power DeMatha and local power Raleigh Millbrook was exactly that. These two teams got after it from the start and with the help of Millbrook going 4:30 without a bucket in the third quarter, DeMatha pulled away with a 63-55 win.
Millbrook, behind senior guard Princeton Terry and junior guard Thomas LaHart managed a 34-29 halftime lead. DeMatha, lead by the strong guard play of Warren Williams (21pts) and the inside presence of 6'9 Maryland signee Travis Garrison, stiffled the Wildcats in the third quarter as Millbrook managed only two field goals.
While Garrison only TOUCHED the ball offensively one time in the first half, his presence in the second made a tremendous difference. He scored 11 points on 4-6 shooting while blocking 6 Wildcat shots. As Millbrook got quality looks in the second half, they could not get shots to fall.
DeMatha was lead by Williams' 21 and by Chris Stephenson who dunked his way to 13 points. Millbrook's leading scorer was Terry with 11, LaHart finished with 10 off the bench, and big time sophomore Cameron Stanley added a quiet 8 points and 7 rebounds.