CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The loud and boisterous Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.) student section rushed the floor and celebrated with the team after the Chargers topped Charlotte Country Day 74-53 Friday night to earn their fifth-consecutive Charlotte Independent School Athletic Association title.
“It’s great. Coming into this season, we lost about 60 percent of our minutes on the floor. We didn’t know what kind of team we were going to be,” Providence Day coach Brian Field said. “It took us awhile to figure it out. We got picked to finish 3rd. I love our guys didn’t listen to any of that noise, and found a way to get our fifth straight.”
The Chargers exploded in the 3rd quarter, outscoring Charlotte Country Day 26-12 to extend a six-point halftime lead to 20.
Four-star 2018 point guard Devon Dotson led the way in the 3rd, scoring 13 of his team-high 27 points.
“I thought he did a great job of showing patience. They did a nice job in the first half jamming up the paint on him and taking away penetration,” Field said. “He didn’t let it frustrate him, and he came out and showed a lot of patience in the second half. He found ways to attack, and got to the rack a lot better in the second half.”
Dotson knocked down a pair of 3-pointers, grabbed 10 rebounds and finished with three assists.
“The knock on him is his lack of perimeter shooting, but he’s shooting 38 percent from 3 on the season. That’s definitely a good statistic for us,” Field said. “He’s continued to work on his outside shot. He’s done a great job with leadership on our team. We’re really young. He’s done a good job pushing them and keeping them calm during games.
“For as much as he scores, he’s not a selfish player. He tends to average five or six assists a game. He gets his teammates the ball, which is great.”
Dotson visited the Jayhawks last week, and also holds offers from Wake Forest, Louisville and North Carolina.
Dotson was honored before the game started as the fourth Providence Day player in the program’s history to hit the 1,500 point mark.
“We’ve had three other players eclipse 1,500. Nobody has hit 2,000,” Field said. “He’s the earliest to get to 1,500. He should pass 2,000 around Christmas if he keeps it up.”
The state tournament is next for Dotson and Providence Day.
“I want him to continue to find ways to lead, and continue to keep our team focused in practice,” Field said. “Just keep us going in the direction of helping us get better down the stretch.”