Dell Curry Shootout, Day Two
National Tournament Winner's Bracket2003 Checklist
Mount Zion 53, Reynolds 48 Charlotte Latin 57, Laurinburg 55 (Latin will play Mount Zion for title)
Regional Tournament Winner's Bracket
Roanoke def. Charlotte Christian West Charlotte def. Providence Day (Roanoke vs. West Charlotte for title)
Chase Estep, G, Charlotte Latin: With just seconds remaining in the game he stepped to line and drilled a pair of free throws that gave Charlotte Latin the upset of Laurinburg. It also gave head coach Jerry Faulkner his 600th win as a high school coach. His players would then put him on their shoulders.
Martin Iti, C, Mount Zion: The Charlotte Observer did a nice spread on him and this morning and he scored 10 points against Reynolds. He had a pair of blocks and 6 boards.
Paulius Joneliunas, C, Roanoke Catholic: This had to be one of his best overall efforts this season. He scored 14 points and had a game-high 15 rebounds, 6 of them of the offensive variety. We also gave him 5 blocks and 3 steals. He shot 7-for-13 from the field and did all of his work in the paint.
Reyshawn Terry, SF, W-S Reynolds: Right now, Reynolds is a team looking for some answers. Against Mount Zion, they didn't find any and Terry fouled out of the game after contributing just 6 points and zero rebounds.
Albert Webber, SG, Mount Zion: Glen Dandridge is supposed to be the big perimeter gun for Mount Zion but it was Webber who hit his grove during a crucial first half stretch that saw Mount Zion close the gap on Reynolds. We counted at least 3 first half bombs as he found a comfort zone in the corners. He led the Mighty Warriors with 16 points in the semifinal game.
Renato Souza, C, Laurinburg: The Tigers held a huge size advantage over Charlotte Latin and Souza was exploiting it throughout. At 6-10 and 340, he's always got a mismatch but this is really the first time this year we've seen him go to work. The plan was simple and he executed it perfectly: catch, turn and score. He did it to the tune of 19 points, but Latin was better down the stretch.
Anthony Morrow, SG, Charlotte Latin: It would have been tough to replicate his 36-point effort on Thursday night but he did score 14 points in the upset win. However, his night shouldn't be defined by statistics. He drilled a 3-pointer to give Latin a 41-39 lead and then nailed another deep one to tie the score at 55. Big shots down the stretch were impressive.
James Mays, F, Garner: The Trojans rolled in a loser's bracket game behind Mays strong play. We didn't witness the game but the stat sheet gave him 21 points, 5 boards, 4 assists and 5 blocks.
Hatila DeSouza, PF, Laurinburg: His coach wants him to get offensive minded and we agree. He's got plenty of tools and athleticism, but again it's important to remember he's been in the country less than two weeks. With that said, he posted his second double digit rebounding effort in as many nights. He had 10 points and tied Joneliunas for the day's high in rebounds with 15 of them.
Ra'Sean Dickey, PF, Marlboro County: Not a game we saw but second hand reports said that Dickey fouled out 2 minutes into the fourth quarter. He had 15 points, 7 rebounds and 6 blocks, but Marlboro County was on the wrong end of a blowout.
KC Rivers, SG, Independence: The sophomore went off for 29 points in a variety of ways against Victory Christian. Particularly impressive was the lefty's medium-range game which he seemed to have a good command of. We credited with 13 makes in 14 attempts from the free throw line and he makes you foul him. The kid just moves around and picks his spots to score.
Off The Dribble
Charlotte Catholic didn't shoot the ball nearly as well from the perimeter as they did when they defeated Providence day before. … Mohamed Tangara was whistled for 3 fouls in the first two minutes of the game against Reynolds. … Justin Bohlander led Reynolds with 13 points on 3-for-11 from the field. …
South Carolina head coach Dave Odom was in the crowd watching Joneliunas. So was Clemson assistant coach Bobby Hussey. … Tommy Amaker sent assistant Charles Ramsey to the Shootout to watch Mount Zion center Mohamed Tangara and Marlboro's Dickey. … There is a plan in the works for Marlboro County big man Ra'Sean Dickey to visit Clemson unofficially on Sunday and watch the Duke-Clemson game. …