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Northern Nash 2
Charles B. Aycock 1
Rocky Mount 1
Lee County 1
BOYS RUNNER-UP FINISHES
Greene Central 3
Saratoga Central 1
Fayetteville Westover 1
Fayetteville Cape Fear 1
Raleigh Athens Drive 1
Raleigh Sanderson 1
2016 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULT
Fike 57, Hunt 55
THIS YEAR marks the 42nd rendition of the Wilson holiday boys basketball tournament, formerly the Eastern Carolina Classic and now the Farris & Farris Holiday Tournament.
DECEMBER 18 is the earliest date the tournament has started, with all 41 previous editions tipping off after Christmas.
SAMSON STRICKLAND of Fike was named the Harvey Reid Jr. Most Valuable Player of the 2016 tournament.
TWO MEMBERS return off the 2016 all-tournament squad — juniors Kavaris Evans of Fike and Anthony Council of Smithfield-Selma.
FIKE has won the most tournament championships with 14. With their win last December, the Golden Demons have two more titles than Hunt, which lost in the last two tournament finals.
THREE POINTS is the combined margin of defeat for the Warriors in those championship losses the last two years. The Warriors lost 66-65 to Beddingfield in 2015.
HUNT and FIKE have each three-peated as tournament champions as the Warriors did it from 1995-97 while Fike accomplished the feat from 1986-88.
FIKE is hosting the tournament for a record 14th time. The first two ECC tourneys were held in Wilson Gymnasium on the Atlantic Christian, now Barton College, campus.
HUNT-FIKE has been the championship game 11 times overall.
FIKE holds the record for biggest margin of victory in a title game, its 92-59 ripping of Hunt in 2008. There have been six one-point finals, including last year, and 22 have been decided by five or fewer points.
BEDDINGFIELD was the first Wilson team to win the tournament when it beat Fike in the 1979 title game.
FOUR CHAMPIONSHIP games have gone to overtime with three needing two extra periods to settle matters.
THE 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP featured 151 total points in Fike’s 92-59 conquest of Hunt and tied the 1988 championship game as the highest scoring ECC final. Fike defeated Raleigh Sanderson, 80-71. The fewest points (69) in a final — by far — was Fike’s 35-34 defeat of Hunt in 2005.
SMITHFIELD-SELMA will attempt to become the first non-Wilson team to win a boys tournament championship since C.B. Aycock in 1994.
GREENE CENTRAL was the last non-Wilson team to reach the boys championship game, losing 52-39 to Hunt in 2006.
ELM CITY and Saratoga Central are the only two Wilson County schools besides Beddingfield, Fike and Hunt to play in the tournament.
ROCKY MOUNT, led by future NBA player Buck Williams, won the tournament in its only appearance in 1976.
LEE COUNTY joins C.B. Aycock as the only visiting schools to have won both boys and girls titles.
EB SPORTS is sponsor of the tournament trophies, including the girls and boys MVP hardware.
ADMISSION: $8 for the first two nights each and $10 for the championship games Wednesday.
SPECTATORS are urged to arrive early as metal detectors will be in place at the entrances. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to the first games each day, at 4:15 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be two entrance lines at the doors.