The first game of Phenom Hoops’ MLK Showcase took place between two young, competitive junior varsity programs in Gaston Christian and Victory Christian. Although the opening minutes were somewhat sluggish for both squads, things quickly picked up, Victory Christian took the lead, and it became a fairly exciting battle. The Kings finished the quarter with a 22-13 advantage and continued to expand their lead behind defensive aggression and fast-break opportunities. Despite continued fight from the Eagles, Victory Christian maintained their advantage at 40-25 going into halftime. Following the break, Gaston Christian started to chip away at the lead and mount a comeback, but were ultimately stifled by the Kings. They held onto their double-digit lead and finished with a 56-42 lead after the third quarter. In the final quarter, the Eagles put forth a huge comeback but fell just short in the last minutes, allowing Victory Christian to claim a 72-68 win over Gaston Christian.
Victory Christian JV:
5’5 ’24 Andrew Williams
While there were numerous strong performers for this squad, Williams’ was arguably their main leader on both ends of the floor. He’s smart, unselfish, and generally makes quality decisions with the ball in his hands—both as a scorer and playmaker. Williams handles the ball effectively, moves well without the ball, and displays nice defensive understanding. He consistently set the floor for others throughout this contest.
5’0 ’26 Justyn Whitfield
It’s easy to be impressed with Whitfield, especially given the way he shot the ball throughout this showing. He’s a dangerous spot-up threat and should not be left open under any circumstances, as he can effortlessly hit shots at an efficient clip from beyond the arc. Whitfield was the youngest player on either team, but did not display this notion, as his IQ and communication skills were evident on both sides of the ball. He will be one to watch over his continued physical development.
Gaston Christian JV:
5’11 ’24 Bobby Erwin
Although the Eagles struggled to find a ton of offensive success, Erwin’s contributions were impossible to ignore. He’s a smart, young, unselfish guard prospect with nice size, vision, and penetration ability. Erwin consistently found ways to make the best possible play, particularly as an offensive leader, and also set the tone seamlessly on defense. He has great tools and should only continue to get better going forward.
5’7 ’23 Nikos Koveos
Though somewhat undersized, Koveos found ways to make his presence felt as a penetrator throughout this contest. He made the extra pass, rebounded well for his size, and finished nicely around the basket. Koveos also provided great effort defensively and ran the floor hard in transition.