Sallie helps lead Laurinburg

Washington recruit Roburt Sallie and his #1 ranked Laurinburg Prep teammates captured the inaugural National Championship for Prep Schools on Friday evening, February 25th. The game was played in Boone, North Carolina (home to Appalachian State University). This game became part of the 2nd Annual "Champions Classic", which features some of the best high school basketball teams in the country.

Laurinburg Prep (38-0) played national power and #2 ranked Hargrave Military Academy (31-0) from nearby Chatham, North Carolina in the title game. With two undefeated teams, something had to give.

Both teams are known for their high-powered offensive games, but this game would be different. Laurinburg, also known for their outside shooting, surprised Hargrave by driving the lane for their first four scores. The score was tied at 12 when Sallie initially entered the game at the 15:36 mark. Roburt almost always defends the other team's best wing/guard player.

The lead went back and forth throughout the first half. Roburt made a 3-point play at the 1:24 mark off an offensive rebound and put-back and was fouled. This helped Laurinburg finally open a ten-point lead at half.

Offensive rebounds kept Hargrave in this game during the first half. They out rebounded Laurinburg by 7 (20-13) with most coming on the offensive end. Sallie had 8 points, (0-2 on 3's), 1 assist, 4 rebounds (2 offensive) and 2 turnovers.

Hargrave opened the second half by making four 3-pointers in a row for a 56-53 Laurinburg lead. They traded baskets till the 15:02 mark when Tommie Liddell from Hargrave scored on a three point play and a dunk to give Hargrave its first lead of the second half (58-56).

Enter Roburt Sallie.

Sallie was asked to stop Hargrave's best shooter (Richmond signee AD Vassallo). He was called for two quick fouls, helping give Hargrave a 66-63 lead. Vassallo challenged Sallie a third time. Sallie showed his determination, blocking AD's shot to get Laurinburg going. At the 8:45 mark, Sallie slammed home a missed shot which ignited the crowd and his teammates.

Things looked bleak for Laurinburg when their leading scorer (6-10 Memphis recruit, Shawne Williams) got his fourth foul and was forced to sit. Sallie did his best to help pick up the slack in Williams' absence. First, he hit a three point shot from the corner which again ignited the crowd and gave Laurinburg a 74-73 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

Sallie then took a charge at the 4:51 mark. He tipped a missed shot to one of his teammates, allowing Laurinburg to take valuable time off the clock. Hargrave was forced to foul. Laurinburg hit their free-throws down the stretch for a 95-83 final score and the National Championship.

For the game, Sallie finished with 17 points (1-3 from 3 point range), 1 assist, 10 rebounds (5 offensive), took 1 charge, committed 2 fouls and also had 2 turnovers (unofficial stats).

Sallie wants all Washington fans to know he's excited to be a Husky and is looking forward to next season.

Husky fans, you are in for a real treat when you see Roburt play. I feel his game is patterned after Tre Simmons and Brandon Roy. He is quick and plays with lots of heart. He plays ‘Husky'-style basketball. Top Stories