Dell Curry Shootout, Day Three
National Tournament Winner's Bracket
Mount Zion 66, Charlotte Latin 60
Regional Tournament Winner's Bracket
Roanoke Catholic 59, West Charlotte 53
All-Tournament Team: Matt Nowlin, Roanoke Catholic (MVP); Curtis Hines, West Charlotte; Tony Hairston, Roanoke Catholic; KC Rivers, Independence; Nathan Farley, Charlotte Christian.
Martin Iti, C, Mount Zion: 17 points and 10 rebounds were nice stats but we were more impressed with his poise at the line down the stretch. The tournament MVP came up huge when it mattered most.
Reyshawn Terry, SF, Reynolds: Well, we said it would be up to him to get Reynolds going and he went for 27 in a win over Laurinburg. Clearly he was more aggressive and assertive on offense and he got himself to the line. Maybe this win and some games at home will be enough to change the fortunes of the defending state champions.
Paulius Joneliunas, C, Roanoke Catholic: He averaged 13.6 points and 12 rebounds a game for the tournament and a strong case was made not only to be all-tournament, but for MVP of his bracket. Tough to argue with the double-double average for three games.
Matt Nowlin, SG, Roanoke Catholic: The Elon-bound guard followed up an 18-point semifinal performance with a 21-point effort in the title game. For that, he was awarded the MVP award.
Chase Estep, SG, Charlotte Latin: He showed tremendous resolve in both the semis and finals by taking and making big shots. The kid has a huge heart and a great stroke. He's hearing a lot from Division II schools, but he's got the kind of intangibles that make him attractive for someone at the D-I level.
Albert Webber, SG, Mount Zion: He was the only guy who had a handle on Charlotte Latin's defense in the first half. He used a sweet stroke from downtown to make crucial perimeter shots for the Mighty Warriors. He earned his all-tournament selection.
Anthony Morrow, SG, Charlotte Latin: He hit for 23 points and did just about everything but draw up plays for Latin. He made shots – big ones – and rebounded. He defended bigger kids in the post. He did what he could to keep his team in the ballgame.
Ra'Sean Dickey, PF, Marlboro County: Dickey scored 13 points for the Bulldogs who were soundly defeated by Marietta (Ga.). Dickey struggled to play to his capabilities in any of the three games he played at the Dell Curry Shootout. We've seen him excel at the highest level and he's capable of better efforts.
James Mays, PF-SF, Garner: The junior had a huge game as the Trojans captured 5th place in the regional tournament. He posted 19 points and a game-high 15 rebounds (13 in the first half). He was active, energetic and passed the ball extremely well. He really sees the floor better than most forwards and he's a super athlete who finishes well.
KC Rivers, SG, Independence: What can you say about him? The lefty averaged 21 points a game for Independence here. He had 15, 29 and closed with 19 points against Garner. His shot was not falling against Garner but he showed great basketball savvy and hit the boards to the tune of 10 rebounds. He might not have had his scoring touch, so he found another way to contribute.
Off The Dribble
Cassan Breeden, sophomore forward with Marlboro County, scored 13 points on Saturday. Breeden will be a high-major player in college. … Jazz Ross helped Marietta put away Marlboro County with a game-high 20 points. … Laurinburg guard Arturas Jomantos scored 18 points in the Tigers loss to Winston-Salem Reynolds. …
East Carolina assistant coach Richard Morgan watched James Mays this morning. So did Clemson assistant Darren Tillis. … North Mecklenburg junior forward Matt Salley didn't play in the event but he attended Saturday's session. We hear East Carolina, Dayton, College of Charleston and Clemson are recruiting him right now. … South Carolina sent assistant coach Ernie Nestor to watch Paulius Joneliunas today. …
Ousmane Konate left the event and headed to New York where he's having surgery on his broken foot in the next few days. … It was a big time atmosphere for the National Bracket championship game. They turned out the lights in the Beck Student Center and did the introductions up right. Charlotte Latin has a big time building. …
Tony Hairston of Roanoke won the slam dunk contest in front of a celebrity-laced group of judges. David Thompson, Hersey Hawkins, Blue Edwards, Andrea Stinson and Al Wood were among the judges. …