Will The Third Time Be A Charm For Parkland?
Twice this year Winston-Salem Parkland has tried to beat Greensboro Dudley. Both times, they came up short. Well, Parkland, by virtue of 61-52 win over Kinston, gets another chance to right the ship on Saturday in the regional finals.
On Thursday, Parkland defeated Kinston 61-52 behind 24 points from point guard Ray Bristow. Remarkably, Bristow sat for 8 minutes in the first half, saddled with 2 personal fouls. He scored just one hoop in the first 16 minutes of play. However, the second half was all Bristow.
The 5-10 unsigned guard controlled the tempo and pace, hit 6-13 field goals, and went 11-12 from the line. It was a mismatch with Bristow and the Kinston guards because of his quickness. He's an extremely fast player who really plays at one speed: light speed. The lefty absolutely gets to the rim and his work at the line, especially down the stretch, was commendable.
Bristow is fully qualified with a test score and core GPA. He's getting interest from some smaller programs but he's a bonafide mid-major recruit at this time. In terms of available point guards, Bristow is more than worth a look and time is running out if schools want to get out and see him.
As dominant was Bristow was in the second half, the first half was pretty much Phillip McCandies. The 6-9 big man is headed to Virginia Tech next season where, with some physical development, he has a chance to be a fine player. In this game, he was matched up with recent Providence addition power forward Herbert Hill.
McCandies owned the big man matchup scoring 14 points and grabbing 14 boards. He was much more active and aggressive than Hill and really got after it from an energy standpoint. Hill on the other hand, has some issues with strength. He's about 190 pounds and in need of development. He does seem to have a decent touch from medium-range but McCandies had a better understanding of how to play inside and he was more athletic.
Adding to Kinston's struggles was the shooting of guard Jeremy Ingram. The 6-2 junior plays with confidence but didn't bring his stroke to Greenville. He connected on just 3-of-14 long-range shots and hit only 2-of-7 two-point attempts en route to 13 points.
ECU bound senior small forward Corey Rouse ended his high school career with 15 points.
In attendance: East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion, Providence head coach Tim Welsh, Virginia Tech assistant Mark Cline and UNC-Wilmington assistant Brad Brownell.