Sophomore guard Ramello Williams was perfect from the field and converted on all nine shot attempts to finish with a game-high 18 points as the New Hanover boys defeated T.C. Williams 53-37 in Trask Coliseum.
“We definitely need to play with more intensity if we want to compete tomorrow,” said New Hanover Coach Kirk Angel. “I don’t know whether it was the early start on a Monday after the holiday or what, but we will need to bring it from the opening tip or we’ll get blown out by Cary.”
The Titans went just 4 of 19 from long range and recorded four total points over the final eight minutes of regulation. T.C. Williams trailed for nearly the entire game thanks to a quick start by New Hanover. With the scored tied 4-all, the Wildcats went on a 13-2 spurt thanks to selfless play on the offensive end of the floor.
A three-ball from the corner by Blake Smith started the push and an assist from Acchaeus Fields to Williams made it 17-6 late in the opening period before Tavaris James grabbed a steal and lay-in to keep it a single digit deficit headed into the second quarter.
Shaq Hampton knocked down his only three-ball of the game to make it 20-12 and good ball movement between Hampton and Malique Jacobs resulted in an easy basket for Williams as the Wildcats stretched its lead to 23-14 with under five minutes to play in the first half. A three-pointer by James kept T.C. Williams in striking distance until New Hanover used a 10-0 run late in the period to take a 33-17 advantage.
Hampton finished with 14 points for the Wildcats, while Fields pulled down eight boards and closed with four assists.
James knocked down his third three-ball to get within nine at the 1:40 mark in the third quarter and Jordan Jones hit two foul shots to make it a seven point deficit with under a minute to play in the frame before New Hanover clamped down on defense.
With a 10-point lead headed into the fourth quarter, the Wildcats made it 49-35 on a rebound and put back from Hampton. Taylor and Jacobs sealed the result midway through the period with quick passes in the paint and a good look to Hampton for the finish.
New Hanover moved to 9-2 overall and take on Cary in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. T.C. Williams faces Laney at 4:30 p.m. in Hanover Hall on Tuesday.
Cary 68 Laney 42
The Imps drained 10 treys in the game and broke away from Laney in the second half to pick up a 68-42 victory in Hanover Hall on Tuesday.
Donte Tatum hit a game-high 19 points to lead three players in double figures. Cory Genster sank three shots from long range to close with 12 points and Jay Hicks added 10 points.
Trailing by one after eight minutes of action, Laney kept pace with Cary and trailed 31-21 at the break before being outscored 37-21 in the second half.
Tyler French led Laney with 11 points and Jordan John had nine. The Bucs dropped to the loser’s bracket in the tournament and face T.C. Williams at 4:30 p.m. in Hanover Hall on Tuesday. Cary faces New Hanover in the semifnals at 4:30 inside Trask Coliseum.
Day two schedule
Hoggard vs. Ashley (girls) at 3 p.m.
New Hanover vs. Cary (boys) at 4:30 p.m.
Laney vs. New Hanover (girls) at 6 p.m.
Summerville vs. Roger Bacon (boys) at 7:30 p.m.
Socastee vs. T.W. Andrews (girls) at 12 p.m.
West Florence vs. Ashley/Conway (girls) at 1:30 p.m.
Laney vs. T.C. Williams (boys) at 4:30 p.m.
Ashley vs. Hoggard (boys) at 6 p.m.