Martinsville stretched a four point first quarter lead over Bloomington North into a 37 - 26 halftime advantage. May commented, "About midway through the first quarter, they cracked us. It was 15 - 11 and we never saw them from there." And an effective 1-3-1 zone combined with cold shooting by North from the perimeter sealed the win for Martinsville.
Bloomington North finished the season with a 23-3 record while Martinsville takes their 20-4 record on to the regional finals tonight at 8:00 p.m versus Castle (IN).
May's perspective on the game, his season and his future:
No loss is ever easy, especially when it ends your season, yet May was gracious in defeat with these comments: "I was active on the glass. I just took my shots as they came to me. They did a good job of packing the zone in against me. I just couldn't find my shot tonight. I didn't think I played that bad - they just shot the ball really well and it just got to us. Toward the end of the game I lost my composure a little bit and that was out of frustration."
"I just think didn't think we were there, mentally. We came out a little sluggish and it showed. The other team-they played a great game. They hit 10 or 11 threes. We didn't match up well. It wasn't very good tonight."
May was assessed a technical with four minutes to play and explained, "They had been holding me all game and we hadn't really gotten any calls. And I was telling the refs, 'Hey man, get these guys off me.' And one time when one of their guys was defending me, I just pushed him and he was a little guy and he went flying. It was a dumb play on my part and if I could take it over again, I wouldn't have done it, but it really didn't make much of a factor in the game."
About the season just ended, Sean observed, "This season, for the most part it wasn't that bad. I didn't think I got as many touches as I did in the past years. I didn't shoot the ball as much as I did in the past years. I wish the turnout had been a little bit different but that's partly my fault and my teammates."
"I think Erik Suhr and Mike Davis, they both had a really good year. Today's game, no one really played well. We had to take the loss as a team as we would have if we had won. I'd probably say my sophomore season I probably played some of my best basketball. We went to the championship. We got beat, but it was the best time of my high school career."
In anticipation of the coming months, Sean said, "I'm just looking forward to playing in the McDonald's All-American game and the Jordan [Brand Capital] game. [Also] …getting in shape and coming to Carolina. I should be there around June 15th. I'm taking second session."
May heads to Conseco Fieldhouse on March 17th for a ceremony at halftime during which he will receive his McDonald's All-American jersey. On April 4th, at Madison Square Garden, May will join fellow Tar Heels, Raymond Felton and Rashad McCants, as they play in the McDonald's All-American game. He then will play in the Jordan Brand Capital Classic on April 11th in Washington, D.C.
May will arrive at the North Carolina campus on June 15th, after graduation at Bloomington North, and will immediately begin workouts and the second session of summer school.
His arrival just can't get here quick enough for the North Carolina faithful. Congratulations to Sean May for a great year.