Felton, Latta keep rolling

12-12-01 Latta HS vs. Mullins HS

Final Score: LHS 77 – MHS 50

MULLINS, S.C. -- In what Coach Stephen Smith described as one of his team's most complete games, Latta High School defeated Mullins High School for the second time this season, 77-50, last night.

With four players in double figures, UNC-bound Raymond Felton "did his usual," setting up his teammates over and over while scoring 22 points himself. Two guard, Marrell Sutton, was the main beneficiary of Felton's assists and was high scorer with 25 points for Latta. Teammates Andrew Grissett and Adrian Harrison both scored 11 points. Yvon Patrick led Mullins with 16 points.

In addition to his 22 points in 28 minutes of play, Felton threaded nine assists, blocked six shots and was a terror on the boards, with 11 rebounds (5 offensive).

On the season, Raymond is averaging 26.9 points with 8.1 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 4.0 steals.

When asked if the Latta Vikings are where he desires in their development at this point, Coach Smith replied, "If we could take away that loss in overtime [to Socastee], I would say that we are. I would say that last night was our most complete game. We finally put two excellent halves together. We'd been playing some decent first half basketball but kind of slacked off in the second half. Last night was our first complete game."

Smith added, "[Raymond] is working on everything; he's a complete player, the quintessential team player. He's working like he always has on everything, every facet and aspect of the game."

Fans of Felton have a lot to look forward to. After Latta faces Dillon High School and Scott's Branch High School over the next week, they will compete in the Dell Curry Tournament in Charlotte, NC (December 20-21).

Then, in one of the nation's top holiday tournaments, Latta will face elite competition in the Beach Ball Classic from December 26-31 in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was there last year that Latta HS stunned the high school world by defeating DeMatha HS and Raymond Felton emerged as one of the nation's top recruits.

"The first eight minutes of that game were as good as I've seen a high school basketball player play – ever … You're talking about Pistol Pete and everybody. I mean, hell, the only thing he missed in the first quarter was a free throw after hitting a three-pointer. I've never seen a school surrounded by people. Folks were trying to find a door to get in -- any door -- and they all came to see one person. Let me tell you something: They all could have left after the first quarter and still gotten their money's worth." -- Beach Ball Select head coach John Rhodes on one of Felton's big performances at the 2000 Beach Ball Classic (ACC Sports Journal)

Asked about the upcoming holiday tournament in Myrtle Beach, Coach Smith said, "Beach Ball always brings the best in the country. We're not going to overlook anybody or put anybody above anybody else. Our first opponent is Lincoln High School out of New York City. They have this kid, Sebastian Telfair – he's supposed to be the number two point guard in the country, and he's only like a sophomore. [we have No. 1 in] Raymond. We play them the 27th [December] at 8:45 p.m."

To order tickets to the Beach Ball Classic, call 843.213.0032 or 843.444.8340. For mail in orders, write: Beach Ball Classic, PO Box 3893, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578. E-mail orders should be sent to: beachballclassic@sc.rr.com

Game Stats
12-12-01 Versus Mullins HS

Minutes played	28
Total Points	22
FG		7-14
3-pointers		3-6
Free Throws		5-6
Rebounds		11 (5 offensive)
Assists		9
Turnovers		3
Assist to Turnover	3.0
Blocks		6
Steals		4

Season-to-date stats per game
As of 12-12-01

Through 7 games:
Minutes played	28.7
Total Points	26.9
FG		68-121 (56%)
3-pointers		25-53 (47%)
Free Throws		27-38 (71%)
Rebounds		8.1 (3.1 offensive)
Assists		8.1
Turnovers		3.0
Assist to Turnover	2.7
Blocks		2.0
Steals		4.0

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