Gamecocks collide in semifinals

Brian Richardson and Greenfield knocked off Damontre Harris and Trinity Christian in the NCISAA state semifinals, and Eric Smith and Anthony Gill advanced to the 3-A finals to faceoff against one another.

LEWISVILLE, N.C . — Fouls stunted a pair of South Carolina commits from shining, but that didn't stop one Gamecock's shining moment as he knows he has one last game as a senior.

What is he playing for in that last game? A state title.

"It was a big win for us. It all came together," Brian Richardson said after advancing to the state title game. "All that stuff that happened in the past and previous seasons when we couldn't finish, it finally happened. We got a big win."

The 6-foot-5 wing scored 12 points in 70-39 blowout of the No. 1 seed Trinity Christian in the 1-A division of the NCISAA playoffs.

Richardson picked up two quick fouls in the first quarter, and he picked up his third foul with 7:11 left in the second quarter.

"I know if I would've sat there and pouted, we wouldn't have went up for as big of a lead that we had," he said after sitting the majority of the first half.

Powering the way for Trinity Christian was Damontre Harris.

At 6-foot-9, he delivered some vicious dunks, but guard play was the deciding factor in the game.

"It feels horrible. Especially since we lost by 30 points." Harris said after completing his final high school game. "It was my last year, my last time playing with these guys. I just want to take it out real strong."

Harris tallied eight points in the loss, as his team struggled mightily to get him the ball in the post.

"(The tournament experience) just let me know that I have to go hard every day and just keep getting better," he said.

Richardson looks forward to today's state championship against United Faith after picking up his fourth conference player of the year award last week.

"We just got to come and stay focus and get the win," he said. "It's my first championship in four years, so it's an honor to just be in the championship."

3-A Results

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A repeat of the Chick-Fil-A Classic championship game is in order tonight as another pair of Gamecocks will battle for the state championship, thanks to a buzzer beater by South Carolina signee Eric Smith.

The 6-foot point guard had 24 points and hit a bomb from 10-feet behind the line to lift Christ School to a 67-64 win.

After that game, it was junior commit Anthony Gill's Charlotte Christian team that handled business in its semifinal match.

"I'm looking forward to (the championship)," the 6-foot-8 Gill said. "I'll bring my best, he'll bring his best."

Gill had three quick dunks within the first two minutes of the second quarter that helped aid a 20-6 run that spanned over two quarters.

That spurt would be good enough as Charlotte Christian held on 52-45 in front of South Carolina assistant coach Neill Berry.

"It feels good," Gill said. "We worked hard all season to come out here and to get ready to play for this championship."

Gill finished with 15 points and scored 11 in the first half.

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