Cary 69 Summerville 52
Tournament MVP Donte Tatum dropped a game-high 21 points to lead Cary in a 69-52 victory over Summerville on Wednesday night.
The Imps, ranked No. 9 by Maxpreps.com, carried an 11-point lead at the half and held the Green Wave to just seven points over the final eight minutes of the game to clinch this year’s Leon Brogden Tournament Championship.
Tatum went 5 of 7 from the free throw line and hit two treys in the third quarter, while Cory Gensler chipped in with 15 points. Kyle Gensler also sank four shots from long range to finish with 12 points.
Tournament MVP: Donte Tatum, Cary; All-Tournament Team: James Johnson, Roger Bacon; Ramello Williams, New Hanover; Cory Gensler, Cary; Terrelle Bowens, Summerville
New Hanover 67 Roger Bacon 66
With three sophomores in the starting lineup, New Hanover Coach Kirk Angel challenged his team to respond following Tuesday’s setback and the Wildcats answered the call in a hard fought 67-66 result over Roger Bacon High School.
Acchaeus Fields hit 1 of 2 from the free throw line with 6.1 seconds remaining to grab the one-point result as the final attempt by the Spartans fell short at the buzzer. Both teams had three players finish in double figures, while there were 15 lead changes and eight ties throughout the closely played third place consolation matchup.
“I was interested to see how our guys would react playing in a consolation game coming off yesterday,” said New Hanover Coach Kirk Angel. “I thought we stepped up and put in a solid effort today. We’re still looking to be more consistent and looking for some guys to step up on the bench.”
While both teams struggled to find their stroke from long range, New Hanover shot 58 percent from inside the arc. Ramello Williams went 8 of 12 from the field to lead the Wildcats with 19 points. Roger Bacon hit four treys on 14 attempts, but went 22 of 27 on two-point shots thanks to a big effort from Justin Johnson, who recorded 15 points and six rebounds.
Both teams used a pair of 8-0 runs during the second quarter to keep pace as play moved up and down the floor until Fields drove the lane just before the break to put the Wildcats in front 35-32 after 16 minutes of action.
New Hanover was 16 of 21 from the charity stripe. Shaq Hampton scored 9 of his 18 points in the final frame, while Fields chipped in with 16 points, five rebounds and three assists.
“Acchaeus [Fields] played well tonight, but looking for that type of play on a consistent basis,” Angel added. “Shaq [Hampton] continues to work and Ramello [Williams] has the potential to be a special player.”
Johnson led Roger Bacon early with consistent play inside, but was held to just two points in the second half. Fulton led the Spartans with 16 points and James Johnson hit three treys to finish with 13 points.
Trailing by two, the Wildcats scored six straight to start the final frame for a 56-52 advantage before William Greene ended a three-minute drought with a floater in the lane to get Roger Bacon within two. Freddie Taylor drove to the basket for two points, Williams sank two free throws and finished a tip-in to grab the four-point lead.
An 8-2 push by New Hanover late in the game put the Wildcats in the driver’s seat until the Spartans leveled the score 66-all on a put back by Fulton.
New Hanover recorded its tenth win of the season to improve to 10-3 overall. The Wildcats get back into conference play at Laney on January 5.
Roger Bacon 18-14-20-14=66
New Hanover 19-16-15-17=67