PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

SCHSA AA Upstate Semis: Christ Church vs. Landrum

BY: Shammond Williams Christ Church 74. Landrum. 47 Landrum High School Mason Raines (2022): a combo guard that shoots the three well. Attacked the basket aggressively, using deception to score at the basket. Penetrated the lane many times against the bigs of Christ Church, and created easy shots and scores for teammates. Finished with 23 points. Isaiah Washington (2022): a 6’0 aggressive guard,...

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Previewing the NCISAA State Championships (3A): Gaston Christian v. Asheville Christian

Although last season’s 3A state champion, Concord Academy (formerly Concord Fist Assembly) was arguably the best team across private school basketball, this year’s field was wide-open. On one hand, Gaston Christian has been battle-tested and fought against some of the best competition throughout their season. Will Kelly has largely carried their offensive attack, showing the ability to score the...

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Previewing the NCISAA State Championships (2A): The Burlington School v. Northwood Temple

Without even saying anything, there is plenty of intrigue surrounding the rematch between The Burlington School and Northwood Temple for the 2A championship. These two teams met last year in the NCISAA 1A state title. After moving up classifications, they meet again. Only 23-years old, Ryan Bernardi is in his third full season as a head coach and second at The Burlington School. His success has...

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Westover v. Northern Guilford

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Northern Guilford in Greensboro, North Carolina, as the Nighthawks prepared to host the Wolverines of Westover High School in a second-round matchup in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs. Last year (prior to everything shutting down), Westover actually made it to the title game and were forced to be named co-champions. They lost numerous seniors, including Traymond...

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South Mecklenburg Advances to NCHSAA 4A Quarterfinals

On Thursday night, South Mecklenburg traveled to Hough in a NCHSAA 4A Sweet 16 matchup. South Mecklenburg entered the game with a 5-2 record, while Hough came in with a 7-2 record. Both teams have built a reputation for executing on the offensive end and playing great team basketball, so we knew it was going to be a great game to watch.

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Game Report: Fuquay Varina vs. Millbrook

The second round of the 4A NCHSAA tournament featured two teams from the Raleigh area going at it for a chance to make it to the elite eight. Millbrook, a perennial powerhouse was playing in their 14th straight second-round tournament game, and Fuquay Varina was in the tournament for the first time since 1996.

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Moravian Prep proving everyone wrong

Last year, it was something special to watch Moravian Prep cut down the nets and claim the title as the top team in the state of North Carolina with their championship win at the Phenom Hoop State Championship.  They were led by several big-time players, including Josh Hall, Shakeel Moore, Jamahri Harvey, and others that are all playing at the next level.  But there was a ton of...

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Phenom Game Report: Weddington vs. Central Cabarrus

The playoffs continued on Thursday night throughout North Carolina, as we checked in at Weddington as they welcomed in a tough Central Cabarrus. However, Central Cabarrus had their work cut out for them, as they had a big task in taking down one of the favorites on their home floor.

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Start Tracking: 2024 Zion Collins (Hillside HS)

It has been an exciting year to finally get a chance to see some of these very intriguing freshmen on the courts at their high schools.  It has given them a chance to start their story with the program but also finally get a chance to watch them in a high school setting. 2024 6’4 Zion Collins from Hillside high school in North Carolina is going to be one of the big-time talents to watch for...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Battle of the SCISA Teams (Quarterfinals)

Yesterday, I pulled up to the Sumter Civic Center to be in attendance for the SCISA Quarter Finals. First Baptist took on Augusta Christian, and Ben Lippen took on Trinity Collegiate. Both games were neck and neck throughout. These were the standout players that I thought absolutely led their team to wins.

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Sad Sam’s 1st Round Recap and 2nd Round Picks

Greetings HS hoops junkies from across the springlike piedmont.  The 1st round of the playoffs yielded some surprises and due to a lack of data input, the ol’ cubic zirconia ball (can’t afford crystal) produced some inaccurate results.  But have no fear for The Sad One has corrected the problem and will no doubt bounce back from a dismal 10-5 round.  (The South Central forfeit to...

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Northwood Temple Knocks Off Westminster Catawba to Advance to the NCISAA 2A State Championship

The NCISAA 2A division was arguably the deepest division in the state this year. On Wednesday night, Northwood Temple hosted Westminster Catawba in the semifinals. Northwood Temple (26-7) entered the game on a 15-game win streak. Westminster Catawba entered the game with a 14-2 record. Both teams have played at a high level consistently all year. The first quarter started with Northwood...

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Previewing the NCISAA State Championships (1A): United Faith v. Victory Christian

It should be pretty apparent, but the 1A matchup of United Faith versus Victory Christian is going to be an absolute bloodbath. Not only are these two squads clearly atop their classification, but there is certainly no love lost on the actual court. Despite playing a brutal schedule, United Faith has been a well-oiled machine, only suffering three losses (each to quality opponents), and stood...

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’4 Graham Calton

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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The Burlington School v. Wayne Country Day

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Burlington, North Carolina, as the Spartans of The Burlington School prepared to host Wayne Country Day School in the 2A NCISAA semi-final. Between their undeniable talent and overall success, the Chargers entered this contest with a ton of momentum. On the other side, The Burlington School has played one of the toughest schedules in North Carolina and...

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HIGHLIGHTS: BJ Freeman X Jackson Holt Lead Moravian Prep Over W-S Christian at Insider Exposure!

Phenom Hoops checked in on championship Sunday at the Insider Exposure Independent School Nationals, as it was another classic battle between Moravian Prep and Winston-Salem Christian, this time with a championship on the line. Moravian Prep was able to secure the 60-46 win. Check out all the highlights from the game.

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Unsigned Senior Spotlight: 6’8 Tavis Bridges

At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked and...

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Game Report: Farmville Central vs. Hertford County

Phenom game report: Farmville Central vs. Hertford County By Johnathan Kirkland The NCHSAA high school basketball tournament kicked off on Tuesday night, and the 2A reigning state champions Farmville Central were in action against Hertford County. Farmville is the nine seed in the east bracket and Hertford County is the eight seed. Both teams entered Tuesday night with perfect regular season...

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Despite Cyclones’ struggles, Phenom Alum Rasir Bolton having strong season

The state of Virginia doesn’t always get recognized for the amount of talent they produce.  But if you remember a few years back, you may remember the name Rasir Bolton.  He was regarded as one of the top guards on the East Coast and was one of the premier talents throughout the state.  We got a glimpse of him when he played at Bishop Sullivan and then he prepped at Massanutten before heading...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Top 50 2023 Maki Johnson Leads WV Elite Over Elevation Prep at Insider Exposure Games!

Phenom Hoops went out to check in on some talent at the Insider Exposure Independent School Nationals, as WV Elite, which consists of several players from Teays Valley, matched up against Elevation Prep. Check out the highlights from an exciting game.

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“Get to Know” 6’4 ‘22 Graham Worland

We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a “Getting to Know” series on some players who have attended events but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball...

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