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RALEIGH — After seeing its 24-game winning streak come to an end Friday night, the Greenfield School varsity boys basketball team got back in the win column Saturday with a 71-70 win over Henderson Collegiate in the second day of the seventh annual Phenom Hoops National High School Showcase at Ravenscroft School.
The Knights, defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champions, improved to 2-1 after fending off the Pride (0-4), the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A runner-up last season. Greenfield led by as many as 16 points in the second half but struggled from the foul line to let Henderson Collegiate creep back in.
Senior Trey Pittman, who led the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds, sank four free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
“We really bounced back and came out ready to go,” Greenfield head coach Rob Salter said. “I think our experience kicked in. We’ve played a lot of games like that, back-to-back.”
Senior Collin Guilford had 18 points for Greenfield while classmate Creighton Lebo had 17 points and eight rebounds. Dji Bailey added 13 points for the Knights, who shot 47% from the floor and 50% (6 of 12) from 3-point range. However, Salter was concerned that his team only shot 54.2% from the foul line and missed nine in the fourth quarter.
“That’s something we’re going to work on this week,” he assured.
Sophomore Javonte Waverly’s game-high 25 points paced the Pride.
Greenfield has three home games this week, starting Tuesday against Trinity Academy of Raleigh.
Guilford 18, Bailey 13, Pittman 19, Lebo 17, Holland 3, Evans 1.
HENDERSON COLLEGIATE (70)
Green 5, Matthews 16, Waverly 25, Holden 16, Allen 4, Venable 4.
Score by quarters:
Greenfield 18 19 20 14 — 71
Henderson Coll. 16 10 18 26 — 70
Tigers tamed by Cape Fear Christian
ERWIN — Finding itself down 17 points in the first quarter, the Wilson Prep varsity boys basketball team fought back in the second half Saturday against host Cape Fear Christian before finally succumbing to the Eagles 78-59 in the second day of the Cape Fear Christian Senior Classic.
It was the first loss after two wins to start the season for the Tigers, who managed to cut the lead to six points in the third quarter.
“But we had just ran out of gas,” said WPA first-year head coach Anthony Atkinson Jr. “They ended up hitting some big 3s in the final quarter that sealed the deal. The score doesn’t really tell what happened in the game. Our guys fought their buts off and showed a lot of heart to make a comeback. I’m proud of our guys, not for the loss but for the effort and will to fight back and make a game out of it. We learned a lot about our team and the sky is the limit We will bounce back and become better from this learning experience.”
Junior Nasir Blackston tossed in a game-high 26 points to go with six rebounds for the Tigers while Adrian Land bucketed 12 points and Eric Wynn, despite foul trouble, had 10 points.
Cape Fear Christian (3-0), which hit 12 3-pointers, was led by 18 points each from Paul Tako and Jamael Carter.
Wilson Prep will visit The Epiphany School in New Bern on Tuesday.
WILSON PREP (59)
Blackston 26, Wynn 10, Land 12, J. Johnson 2, O. Johnson 7, Bullock 2.
CAPE FEAR CHRISTIAN (78)
McWilliams 12, Moneymaker 8, Carter 18, Fockleov 8, Prodonaic 3, O’Brian 1, P. Tako 18, S. Tako 10.
Lady Cyclones get 1st win for Atkinson
Community Christian lost its first two varsity girls basketball games to start the season, but first-year head coach Kenneth Atkinson thinks that helped his Lady Cyclones earn their first victory Friday night, a 42-25 triumph over visiting Crossroads Christian of Henderson.
“It helped us a lot to be able to fight harder,” Atkinson said of CCS’s losses to Terra Ceia Christian and Northwood Temple Christian last week.
Logan Vaughn led the Lady Cyclones with 11 points while Alexis Langley had nine points and nine rebounds for CCS (1-2). Kaitlyn Manning netted nine points, all on 3-pointers for the Lady Cyclones. Olivia Walker contributed eight points and six steals while Lily Lyndon pulled down seven rebounds to go with two points.
Atkinson pointed to the improved shooting by his squad as a key to the victory.
“Their shooting is getting better and that’s one of the main things we’re working on,” he said.
The Lady Cyclones return to action Tuesday at home against Cape Fear Christian at the Peace Church gym
Crossroads christian (25)
Woodward 9, Patterson 2, Edwards 7, Macklin 3, Grissom 4.
COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN (42)
Langley 9, Logan Vaughn 11, Walker 8, Webb 3, Manning 9, Lyndon 2.
Score by quarters:
Crossroads 5 2 8 10 — 25
CCS 9 9 17 7 — 42