Road Report: C.J. Williams

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – N.C. State commitment C.J. Williams and Jack Britt dropped a league contest at home Tuesday night. The junior small forward has a key stretch on tap and he began "Rivalry Week" with 24 points.

Jack Britt is in the midst of its own "Rivalry Week" and on Tuesday night things got off to a rocky beginning. With the boys from Fayetteville 71st in the house, a win by Britt would keep them in sole possession of first place in their league.

It didn't happen.

At home, Britt fell behind 12-1 after the first quarter couldn't come up with the defensive stop it needed at any point in the second half. "My kids came out hard," 71st coach Bernie Poole said. He wasn't kidding. At the half, Britt had just 14 points.

Britt's junior standout C.J. Williams, a 6-foot-4 small forward could must only 6 points but corralled 7 rebounds at the break. With Britt's primary big men struggling to produce anything, Williams found himself in the post nearly the entire game and shaking free for easy buckets wasn't going to happen.

Kevin Powell

Sophomore Kevin Powell, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of 71st, did a nice job of staying active. He and his teammates made hoops in the paint tough to come by until Williams began getting a handle on the situation in the second half.

The North Carolina State-bound Williams shot 8-for-20 from the floor in the contest and 5-for-6 from the line. At night's end he would have 24 points and 17 rebounds. Williams was an active tipper around the rim played within the structure of the offense. It simply wasn't to be for Britt.

Williams and the team will have to regroup quickly because they have a quick turnaround this week. Fayetteville Westover, another area rival, is on the slate for Friday.

"We've got to come out and respond," Williams said.

Seventy-First's Powell energized himself to 9 points and 8 rebounds. At this stage his level of recruitment will depend on how his game matures and what his body ends up rounding out into. He's a prospect to watch in the state's 2009 class.

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Louis Craft, a 6-foot-7+ power forward out of Britt, is on the radar for a number of low and mid-major programs. If he's to turn interest into offers at some point, he'll have to dial up the aggression inside and make himself a factor. Like a lot of young bigs, he's searching for that comfort zone.

Britt coach Ike Walker thinks that his team is ahead of schedule, maybe a year ahead of schedule. The rapid growth of Williams' production has facilitated their success. Now we're entering a stretch of the year where they've ridden the horse and they'll ask him to keep emptying his tank each time out.

Britt's hoping Williams and Co. can refuel for Friday's game.

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