N.C. 3-A: West Rowan Finishes 30-0

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Coach Mike Gurley didn't tell anybody. Neither did Donte Minter. The secret was kept under wraps: Minter was playing Saturday's state title game with a fractured hand. The result was a 29-point MVP performance and state title for West Rowan.

West Rowan Finishes 30-0

On Saturday, Winston-Salem Parkland's storybook run to the state title game ended. West Rowan, led by Donte Minter, defeated Parkland 80-68 and finished the season undefeated at 30-0.

In the postgame press conference, West Rowan head coach Mike Gurley conceded that his Minter played the game with a fractured hand. The injury didn't seem to slow Minter who finished with 29 points and 6 rebounds on a 12-19 shooting night.

Minter won the battle inside against Parkland's Phillip McCandies. Using his strength to his advantage, the lefthander scored 18 first-half points. While he was huge inside, McCandies had to deal with the senior and junior Phillip Williams who was the surprise of the contest, scoring 22 of his own points.

Together, Williams and Minter were too much for McCandies to handle by himself. McCandies stood tall at 6-8, but dealing with a West Rowan frontline that read 6-5, 6-6 and 6-7 was almost too much to ask one guy to handle.

At the break, West Rowan led 41-27 on the strength of a 25-point second quarter. Parkland's leader, point guard Ray Bristow, went down just before the half with an ankle injury. However, he returned after the break to fuel a run in the third quarter and continued his inspirational play into the fourth quarter.

Minter fouled out with just over 2 minutes remaining, but Parkland couldn't close the gap much further.

Bristow finished with a game-high 26 points.

Notes: Minter has yet to qualify on the SAT. That means his letter of intent with Appalachian State could be in jeopardy. Should he not make the score, Minter would likely attend Hargrave Military Academy and then reopen his recruitment. … Stetson, Campbell and Western Carolina were in attendance watching Bristow. Schools are really missing on this mid-major point guard with great quickness and a superior crossover. … Clemson forward Jermere Hendrix committed to Division II Wingate on Saturday. …

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