Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the thunderstorm dodging piedmont. The Amazing One will now deal out his musings on Day 2 of the Phenom Team Camp Session 1 at Queens University. Once again, there was plenty of talent and memorable plays to be seen and The Sadster was impressed. To the Court 2 game recaps we go!…….

The first game had an impressive Central Cabarrus squad sailing past Langtree Charter 62-36. Zach Bessette collected 21 points and teammates Tre Bost and  Christian Cornish added 16 and 10 respectively. Josh Miller was a bright spot for Langtree with 11. This Central team will figure prominently in the South Piedmont 3A race this coming season.

Game 2 had an AAU 14U tilt with the Royal Knights nipping Team Felton 49-44. Nick Green pumped in 20 points and Kameron Brooks helped out with 14. Alik Lewis impressed as usual, scoring 20 for Felton.

Game 3 had a solid Chapmanville, WV team sliding past a surprisingly good NW Cabarrus group 53-50. The crew from the mountaineer state rallied late and took a 51-50 lead on an Obinna Killen layup with under a minute to go and held on. David Tubek put up 15 points and Killen finished with 14 of his own. Trent Grigly and Javier Matthews had 10 each for the Trojans. Northwest was one of three impressive teams from the South Piedmont 3A conference.

Game 4 saw Combine Academy’s varsity team take down Mallard Creek 57-41. Ben Gordo and Sam Alcano post 11 points each. The Creek’s impressive Kalib Baker led his team with 20.

The next game had Chapmanville edging Charlotte Butler 58-54. Obinna Killen and Phillip Mullins tallied 16 a piece for the “Mountaineers”. Butler got excellent play from PG Jordan McPhatter as he put up 23. Moses Payne helped out with 11 for the Dogs.

Next, Gaston Christian rolled past Catawba Ridge 46-24. Mike Peters scored 16 for GCS and had a good overall day as well. Davonte Gonzalez led The Ridge with 7.

Harding then blew past Langtree Charter 66-22, but not before The Tree’s Josh Miller left Harding’s Logan Blair on the floor after an impressive ankle breaking crossover. Nate Rudisill claimed 14 for the Rams and Davieon Woods added 10. Nick Shipp managed 10 for Langtree.

The next contest saw SW Guilford top West Meck 66-51. The Boys were led by Miles Taylor’s 23 and Bryce Causey also had 14. Damari Daniel’s 9 points paced West.

Next to last, Pine Lake Prep fell to Combine Academy’s varsity 61-37. Sam Alcano led Combine with 19 and fellow teammate Jalen Miller had 8. Trace Forest had 9 for PLP.

Finally, in a much-anticipated game, Moravian Prep topped Independence 57-47. This was a good battle which had Indy’s Omarion Bodrick trading smack talk with MP’s Javarzia Belton. Belton then put up 3 straight dunks in building a working margin. The moral of the story is, “let a sleeping dog lie”. Josh Hall led MP with 19 and Belton finished with 16. Jalen Hinton led the Patriots with 17 and Anthony Allen chipped in 12.

There you have it folks! Day 2 is in the books and The Great One will be back Monday to conclude his observations of the final day of the camp. Stay tuned!!!!!

SAD SAM – HS HOOPS GENIUS

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