Dell Curry Shootout, Day One
Charlotte 62, Marlboro County 58 Mount Zion 73, South Meck 61 Laurinburg 67, Vance 57 Charlotte Christian 91, Providence 67 Roanoke Catholic 72, Garner 62 West Charlotte 62, Victory Christian 58 (OT) Providence Day 70, Independence 59
Martin Iti, C, Mount Zion: The best game we've seen him have so far this year. He came out blocking shots and rebounding. But most important, his teammates made it a point to get him involved early and he set the tone. When South Meck got within 2 points in the second half, it was Iti time again and the lead inflated. He finished with a team-high 21 points. He was a dunking machine in the paint. The kid dunks everything and you just can't teach that.
Paulius Joneliunas, C, Roanoke Catholic: The Lithuanian had 14 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Really likes to face up and has a smooth touch. Very good passer and could stand to be a little more selfish with the ball. Had 10 rebounds.
Ousmane Konate, PF, Laurinburg: We received a call late Friday night with some bad news. The ice that appeared on Konate's ankle in the second half of the game was a bad sign. Apparently, Konate broke a bone in his foot and will need surgery some time in the next week. That means he's done for the season having just arrived in the country and played just four games.
Ra'Sean Dickey, PF, Marlboro County: The big fella racked up 18 points and 13 rebounds but Marlboro County did its best just to get a tie at 45 apiece. From there, a technical for slamming the ball put Latin on a mini run and they closed it out. Dickey probably faces countless double and triple teams every year, but for some reason he was visibly frustrated with the defense Latin tossed at him.
Hatila DeSouza, PF, Laurinburg: It took him a while to get involved offensively and he had a rather modest offensive game but Laurinburg was flat as a team in this one. We credited him with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
James Mays, PF, Garner: Really came out and was aggressive to start against Roanoke. He had two dunks off teammate's misses that were particularly impressive. Had a run in the game where he was hitting a string of medium-range jumpers.
KC Rivers, PG, Independence: The sophomore standout scored15 points his team was easily beaten in their opener. Rivers is 6-5 and a prospect.
Off The Dribble
Roanoke Catholic benefited greatly from the long range shooting of Tadas Stanaitis in the first half. He was unloading 3's prior to the break. … Roanoke Catholic gives regular minutes to an 8th grader. Guard DeAngelo Robinson gets time for Dick Wall. …
Brian Mason, a shooting guard, is the most offensive minded player on the Laurinburg roster. This team is so young and well, so foreign, that most of the kids don't speak English yet. Mason does and that's a big help. … Jason Watkins and Antonio Howard, a pair of South Meck senior guards, combined for 41 points against Mount Zion. They made 9 3s between the two of them and really kept South Meck close. …
South Meck center Jeff Horowitz battled strong early and finished with 6 points but the Mount Zion frontline was just too big and talented. … We credited Mount Zion junior center Mohamed Tangara with 10 points, 6 rebounds and one power drop step move. … Glen Dandridge has his stroke working in the first half when he made two 3s from 24 feet out. …
Julio Anthony had 24 points in his team's loss to West Charlotte. … Charlotte Latin edged out Marlboro County because the home team beat MC to nearly every loose ball. …
South Carolina sent assistants Rick Duckett and Barry Sanderson for Paulius Joneliunas. Richmond sent Ramon Williams and North Carolina had Doug Wojcik out evaluating. … Larry Shyatt and Bobby Lutz were in the gym watching James Mays play against Roanoke Catholic. … Charlotte Christian assistant is Bobby Jones, a former UNC standout and all-star with the 76ers. … Safwan Muhammed, a senior from Georgia, is now at Mount Zion and has been reclassified as a junior. …
Ohio State was in the building specifically watching Hatila DeSouza. … Stetson sent an assistant to watch South Meck center Ross Wilfley. … Charlotte 49ers head coach watched Iti's big game. … In the building for Ra'Sean Dickey's was Charlotte head coach Bobby Lutz, Georgia assistant James Holland and North Carolina assistant Doug Wojcik who brought his family including wife and sons Paxson and Denham.
Lutz and the 49ers are also recruiting Glen Dandridge and Morrow. … So, who's really in the running for Dickey? We hear Florida, UConn, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Clemson are among the teams likely to make a few cuts. … Thumbs up to Dell Curry. The former NBA player just doesn't lend his name to the event, he basically works it. He was there early and stayed late. …