Glaxo Invitational: Day Two
Virginia Beach (VA) Coastal Christian Academy 73, Raleigh (NC) Bonner Academy 66
In the US Challenge bracket of the tournament, the team with fewer big names prevailed when Coastal Christian defeated a Bonner team featuring Vincent Grier (Charlotte), EJ Drayton(College of Charleston), Fabian Davis (Virginia Tech), and unsigned talents Jo Holmes and Dakin Braddick. Greg Harrison ran the point for the deep Coastal Christian club, who also featured sophomore Jermaine Bell, a tall, skinny post man with a world of potential. Grier led the Hoyas in defeat, scoring 25 points in the loss.
Kinston (NC) High 79, Raleigh (NC) Millbrook 73
A break for lunch resulted in us only being present for the second half of this game, but that was enough to know the game story. The two teams battled back and forth until the waning moments, when Kinston converted free throws to expand on their slight lead and win the game by six points. Super junior guard Jeremy Ingram was quiet for Kinston, finishing with 10 points. Teammate Corey Rouse (ECU) picked up the slack, leading all scorers in the game with 21 points.
Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell 64, Asheville (NC) TC Roberson 57
Bishop O'Connell, featuring some of the best young talent in the nation in sophomore big man Brian Johnson and freshman guard Marcus Ginyard, was able to hold off a feisty Roberson team led by Greg Benton's 20 points. St Bonaventure signee Ahmad Smith led O'Connell with 18 points and steadied the young team from the point position. Ginyard added 16 points, and Johnson contributed 10 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks for the victors.
Rockville (MD) Montrose Christian 75, Birmingham (AL) Parkway Christian 47
In the second game of the US Challenge bracket, Montrose Christian out-sized, out-athleticised, and out-played Parkway Christian in a 28-point victory. Montrose senior guard Troy Hailey and forward Nick George provided outside shooting and intensity on both ends of the floor, respectively. Junior post man Linus Kleiza set the defensive tone with some monster blocks, and freshman point guard Eric Price commanded the team on both ends of the floor. The game was only a seven-point differential at halftime, but Montrose came out on fire, putting away Parkway right out of the gates in the second half.
Wake Forest (NC) Rolesville 49, Raleigh (NC) Broughton 46
Call it the clash of the titans. ACC-bound big men Eric Williams (Wake Forest) and Shavlik Randolph (Duke) squared off in this semifinal matchup of the Holiday Invitational bracket. Early on, however, guard play set the tone and Broughton jumped out to an early lead, 9-8 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, the two big men got it going, as Williams led his team into the lead with 11 first-half points. Randolph kept Broughton in it, scoring eight points and grabbing six first-half rebounds. Halftime score: 24-21, Rolesville. It was a lead they would hold at the end of both the third and fourth periods. In the second half, it was more of the same. Back and forth fought the two post players, Randolph using finesse to score 10 second-half points and Williams relying on his brute strength to score six. More importantly, Williams showed the ability to make the pass from the post, and finished the game with eight assists, truly impressive for a bigman. When the final buzzer sounded, Rolesville was the victor. This was a great game to watch, as evidenced by the attendance record set during the matchup. Williams finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. Randolph answered with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and five blocks.