US CHALLENGE: Bonner vs. Coastal Christian
Athletes! Wow! This game was full of athletic moves and terrific action above the rim. While basketball enthusiasts may have cringed at the hectic pace, this game was very entertaining!
Coastal Christian, behind the outside play of 6'5 junior Ray George and the inside play of 6'6 senior Ray Dickens built a 7-point halftime lead by outscoring the Hoyas of Bonner 27-13 in the second quarter.
The player that caught most eyes on this day was do-it-all guard George. He thrashed and shot his way to 18 points while battling Bonner star Vincent Grier (25 pts). Grier was spectacular at times as he beat any would be defender off the dribble with ease.
Jo Holmes aided Bonner's cause with 15 points and 7 boards but Coastal showed a bit more poise within the chaos as they handed Bonner a 73-66 defeat.
GAME TWO DAY TWO
Loser's Bracket Millbrook vs. Kinston
A showdown between two of the better teams in NC as Millbrook met Kinston in a loser's bracket game. This game was nip and tuck throughout as Kinston built a 41-36 halftime lead behind the play of junior Jeremy Ingram.
Millbrook tied the game early in the third but Kinston's Corey Rouse (21pts.) was very effective on the glass in the second half as he pulled down all six of his boards in the second session.
Senior Herbert Hill, a player most coaches in attendance did not know, altered many Wildcat shots while rejecting a game high 7! Mr. Hill also finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds as he displayed a very soft touch.
Millbrook had no answer for the trio of Ingram/Rouse/Hill but junior Durral Peterson lead Millbrook with 19 on 5-11 3 pt. shooting while senior athlete Chris Temple worked his way to 17 points and 9 boards. Sophomore Cameron Stanley added 14 for Millbrook but Kinston pulled away with a 79-73 win.
GAME THREE DAY TWO
Loser's Bracket: O'Connell vs. TC Roberson
While Roberson looked better than they did against Broughton the previous night and actually lead O'Connell at the half, they could not handle
O'Connell's senior guard Ahmad Smith as he burned the Rams for 18 points on 8-12 shooting. Sophomore Brian Johnson was very productive, looked more involved than the night before, and rumbled his way to 10 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocked shots. O'Connell wins it 64-57.
GAME FOUR DAY TWO
US Challenge: Parkway Christian (AL) vs. Montrose Christian
While this looked like a mismatch from the time warm-ups started, Parkway held their own in the first half and trailed powerful Montrose Christian by only seven at the break. Super scorer Jeremy Monceaux showed no sign of being hindered by his repaired ACL as he ended the half with a 3-pt. play and 13 points.
Montrose, which had five guys in double figures, pulled away in the third with an 8-0 run by 6'2 FRESHMAN guard Eric Price. This kid was great all night as he finished with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists.
6'6 Senior Nick George added 15 and 12 boards, and 6'8 junior Linas Kleiza pounded his way to 13 and 10. Monceaux finished with 16 on 5-19 shooting and was helped by Jamaal Halsey with 17 points and 10 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Montrose wins big, 75-47.
GAME FIVE DAY TWO
National Tournament Semifinal: Broughton vs. WF Rolesville
A crowd of 8,500 watched in Reynold's Coliseum as big men and friends Eric Williams and Shavlik Randolph matched up in a preview of two future conference meetings later on this year. While they did indeed guard each other straight up, until they got the ball, this game materialized into which player helped his team by hitting the open guy after being doubled and sometimes triple teamed.
Big Eric did a terrific job as he ended up with a game high 8 assists to go along with his 17 points and 8 rebounds. He was credited with 7 turnovers but I did not see that many?
Shavlik looked a bit unsteady after slightly rolling his ankle in the early going, but did manage to play his way to 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The game was a pleasure to watch, but never really got too exciting as WF Rolesville eeked out a 49-46 win with Broughton missing a long 3 at the buzzer. Round one goes to Big Eric and the Cougars... round two coming up!
GAME SIX DAY TWO
National Semifinal: DeMatha vs. St. Andrews
St. Andrews is ahead by four going into the fourth as they are lead by guard Abdi Lidonde and do everything 3-man Demetris Nichols. The Stags of DeMatha were just that through 3 quarters...STAGnant! But something erupted in the fourth as the Stags went on a 15-0 run and limited Andrews to one field goal in the final frame and outscored the Saints 21-3!
Maryland recruit Travis Garrison was a force on both ends as he finished with 15 points to go along with his 6 blocks! Senior guard Warren Williams was great with 13, 8 boards and 5 assists.
Andrews was lead by Nichols' 15 points. Talk about pulling away, DeMatha wins it 66-51.