CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Even after Quality Education Academy (Winston Salem, N.C.) fell to Huntington Prep (Huntington, W.Va.) 50-42 on opening night of the Charlotte Hoops Challenge, Pharoahs’ forward Tyrek Coger felt that if Quality “would’ve made just a few more plays" it would’ve won pretty easily.
The Express currently hold down the No. 1 spot in the Super 25, and the Pharaohs are unranked.
“They are definitely beatable,” said Coger, a senior who scored 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss. “We knew they were the No. 1 team and all that, but I think that everyone saw that we could’ve absolutely beat them. We missed our chance, but I would love to play them again.”
Huntington Prep was more convincing Saturday in its 70-39 win over Kennedy Charter (Charlotte, N.C.).
West Craven wins in style
Not only did West Craven’s (Vanceboro, N.C.) boys’ basketball team win on the scoreboard, 53-51, in its game against Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) Saturday, the Eagles also won with style points.
West Craven sported wacky pink, green and purple socks during the game, and the fashion sense wasn’t planned, according to senior swingman Josh Cuthbertson. He said when the Eagles were walking into the gym tournament officials “handed us the socks to take home.”
“We all just looked at each other and said ‘let’s be different,” Cuthbertson said. “It was a little crazy, but we liked it and, hey, we won so it worked out pretty good.”
White dominates the competition
Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.) forward Jatarie White scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked nine shots in the Chargers’ 45-42 win over West Craven (Vanceboro, N.C.) Saturday in the girls’ tournament.
White, a 6-foot-2 junior, is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN HoopGurlz Terrific 25.
Gill-Caesar may be the next big thing
Given that Huntington Prep wing Andrew Wiggins drew the biggest crowd, his teammate Montaque Gill-Caesar, a sophomore, had an equally strong buzz this weekend at the Charlotte Hoops Challenge.
Gill-Caesar, a 6-foot-5 wing, averaged 12 points a game over the weekend and was named player of the game in the win over Kennedy Charter Saturday.
Gill-Caesar is ranked No. 18 in the 2015 class by Scout.com, which Wiggins says is “way too low.”
“He’s the No. 1 player in his class,” said Wiggins, the consensus top player in the 2013 class. “Y’all just don’t know. Remember I said it first.”
Quote of the Day
“I’m gonna stay and watch some guy named Andrew Wiggins. Never heard of him though, is he good or something?” West Craven swingman Josh Cuthbertson as his teammates laugh and shake their heads in disbelief.
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