Dell Curry Shootout: Day Two

<b>CHARLOTTE, N.C. –</b> Mount Zion and Laurinburg are going to battle for the Dell Curry Shootout championship. Each cruised in semifinal action on Friday.

Mount Zion 86, Charlotte Latin 46
Laurinburg Institute 57, North Mecklenburg 37
West Charlotte 70, Garinger 65
Charlotte Christian 46, Roanoke Catholic 44
North Augusta 73, Victory Christian 71
Waddell 60, Vance 54
Seagoville 72, Eastern Commerce 68


Glen Dandridge, SG, Mount Zion: There were a number of high-scorers for Mount Zion in the rout of Latin. But, it was Dandridge who came out of the locker room smoking 3s. His fast start set the tone. He went 5-for-6 from the floor for his 17 points. It was over in a hurry and his important points came before garbage time.

Anthony Morrow, SF-SG, Charlotte Latin: Things didn't come quite as easily for him as they did in his first game. Mount Zion started Brandon Rush on him and the junior did a nice job. In the end, Morrow didn't have nearly enough bullets by himself and despite 20 points, couldn't muster much of a challenge against a stacked Mount Zion team.

Hatila DeSouza, PF, Laurinburg: The unsigned senior had 8 points and a dozen rebounds. At this point, we've seen him enough to know what he does: he's a rebounding machine who can defend inside. Offensively he's limited but he's got a high-major body and will be a power forward-center for someone provided he doesn't sign overseas.

Matt Salley, F, N. Mecklenburg: He had 8 points and 10 rebounds against Laurinburg but there was just too much size for him to impact the game. He did give Mecklenburg some energy and projects a mid-major prospect.

Shawn Taggart, PF, Mount Zion: That's right, he got some minutes against Latin. Inside that growing body there is a guy capable of signing with a high-major school. He had a pair of nice dishes and did some work on the glass. He had 7 points and 6 rebounds and there's a player inside that frame.


Jeremy Goode, PG, Garinger: Coming off a 27-point outing and playing against a rival, Goode wasn't nearly as effective as he was on Thursday. West Charlotte really played good, pressure defense. We had him 5-for-14 for 12 points and 3 assists but the official box game him a team-high 19 points.

Ryan Boyd, SG, Seagoville: We weren't in the gym for this loser's bracket game but Boyd went 11-for-22 from the field for a game-high 27 points against Eastern Commerce.


Jamie Skeen, PF/SF, N. Mecklenburg: Unofficially, he was credited with a dozen points and 7 rebounds against Laurinburg. As a sophomore, his game is much more in line with being a power forward and that makes sense because he's growing all the time. He'll put in work inside and take the free throw line jumper if it's there.


Roanoke Catholic forward Paulius Morkeliunas looks like he's lost some confidence offensively. He's had a tough tournament and has been passing up some shots after he's failed to finish plays inside. … Stephen Curry, a sophomore at Charlotte Christian, is the passer in the family. Dad Dell, the former Toronto Raptor, is the big time shooter. Stephen has a nice feel for the position. …

Appalachian State signed Vincent James of Charlotte Christian might need a redshirt year before he can play the power forward. … Matt Salley of N. Meck made a nice commitment to rebounding the ball against a big Laurinburg frontline. … If Charlotte Latin hadn't gone to a 1-3-1 zone, Mount Zion might have scored 60 in the first half. The zone really slowed them down. …

Sure, Charlotte Latin got blown out by Mount Zion. However, coming out of the half, Anthony Morrow was competitive and did his best to kick start his team. There's something to be said for being a competitor. …


It's great to see former Davidson and Virginia Tech head coach and recent Clemson assistant Bobby Hussey back on the bench. Hussey is out and about after last year's medical problems. He's helping Duane Lewis on the North Meck bench and everyone who knows the coach couldn't be more excited for him. …

Our Savior New American elected not to participate in Friday's game and the uninjured team members returned to New York on a chartered bus. … Furman and VMI watched Paulius Morkeliunas on Friday. … Larry Harris of NC State and Kevin Nickelberry of Clemson watched Jamie Skeen of North Meck. … Speaking of Skeen, Wake Forest's Skip Prosser and an assistant from Georgetown have seen him this year. …

North Meck's Matt Salley needs a good test score to gain eligibility. If he doesn't get it, Hargrave could be an option. Tigers coach Kevin Keatts was in the gym watching him today. Georgetown and St. John's are interested. Salley wouldn't mind heading north as he's from NYC. …

Ohio State assistant coach Monty Mathis made the trip to watch Mount Zion's Brandon Rush. … In the stands today was former UNC assistant Matt Doherty and ESPN analyst Jay Bilas. …

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