N.C. 2-A: Freshman Gwynn Excels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Not since Scooter Sherrill led West Rowan to the title in 1997 has a freshman been named MVP of the title game at the Smith Center. Burlington Cummings captured the 2-A championship behind the MVP performance of freshman T.J. Gwynn.

Freshman Leads The Way Cummings

Just playing varsity basketball as a freshman is an accomplishment. Starting for a state title contender is impressive. But, being named the MVP in the state title game, well, that's just amazing.

Cummings defeated North Pitt 80-78 behind 22 points and 12 rebounds from 6-3 freshman T.J. Gwynn. The freshman scored 17 second half points and went 8-10 from the field and 6-11 from the line. His energy carried the defending state champs to another title.

North Pitt's best player, senior forward Travis Parker, was saddled with foul trouble early and missed significant first half action. He played just 21 minutes in this one and without him, North Pitt suffered.

Guard Quentin Preston scored 24 in the loss. Cummings junior guard Drew Williamson scored 21 for the winners. He went 9-for-24 from the field and just 3-for-14 from downtown. Williamson is a likely mid-major hoops player who is also a fine quarterback who passed for over 4,000 yards as a junior.

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