"It was improbable that we got to this point," West Brunswick coach Dan McGougan told the Star News. "We had many times during the season that we struggled. If you would have told me that we'd finish up this way at Christmas, I would have been very doubtful about that."
In a game that matched the surprising Trojans (13-13) against a very strong Dudley (24-7) squad, it was West Brunswick who led by three at halftime. However the Panthers held leading scorer Chris Bland scoreless in the second half and used a four-man rotation to limit the effectiveness of NC State signee Cedric Simmons.
Bland finished with 12 points while Simmons led the way with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Dudley was again paced by super junior Kevin Swinton (17 points and 8 rebounds) and sophomore William Graves (21 points). Swinton, an early Wake Forest commitment, is considered by most analysts to be the top rising senior in the state of North Carolina.
An outstanding high school career comes to an end for Cedric Simmons. The 6'9 power forward/center will take his game to Raleigh next season and compete for early playing time as a freshman at NC State. Cedric is fully qualified and joins Andrew Brackman, Ilian Evtimov, Levi Watkins, and Jordan Collins to form a strong frontcourt for the Wolfpack.