PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Northwood Advances to the NCHSAA 3A State Championship with Overtime Win over West Carteret

Tuesday night was loaded with regional finals that couldn’t be missed. In the NCHSAA 3A East Regional, West Carteret (11-2) hosted Northwood (13-2) for the chance to go to the State Championship. The first quarter started with West Carteret’s Jaxon Ellingsworth putting his team on the board first with a drop-off finish. Ellingsworth picked up right where he left off after his...

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Wilson Prep Advances to the NCHSAA 1A State Championship with Win Over Riverside Martin

By: Rod Bridgers Tonight felt normal. Almost a year into this pandemic I watched a basketball game with fans and it felt good. Even better for me, it was in my hometown as the Wilson Prep defeated Riverside Martin 66-50 to advance to the 1A NCHSAA State Championship game Saturday. The first quarter was filled with a bunch of turnovers and missed opportunities from both teams. Blame it on nerves....

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Ardrey Kell advances to the NCHSAA 4A championship

Ardrey Kell advances to the NCHSAA 4A championship  In a game that absolutely lived up its billing. North Mecklenburg and Adre Kell played at a high level for the opportunity to play for the state championship. You have two of the best high school coaches in the state. Both teams are well coached and as expected, the game came down to the final possession. It was one of the best high school...

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Open Gym Report: Team BOND 17U

On Sunday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the heart of Winston-Salem, North Carolina to preview some quality talent within one of the top up-and-coming programs in Team BOND. There was an abundance of appeal and intrigue inside the gym, featuring an interesting variety of prospects from 17U and 16U squads. Although we were able to watch both teams, this article will take a closer look at their 17U...

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NCISAA 2A State Championship: Northwood Temple v. The Burlington School

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops returned to The Burlington School for another highly anticipated playoff matchup between the Spartans and Northwood Temple for the 2A NCISAA state championship. As we mentioned in our preview article, this rematch from last year’s title game would be the Spartans chance to get revenge and the Eagles opportunity to become back-to-back champions. Similar to their...

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Johnston County Elite Youth Basketball League: All Star Game Recap

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Clayton, NC to watch the Johnston County Elite Youth Basketball League All Star Game. League Director, Brandon Sanders, has done an incredible job of providing a platform for the youth in Johnston County and the surrounding areas to play the game they love. In just it’s first year, the league was an incredible success. Typically when watching an...

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On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships

On the Road Again, Cannon wins back-to-back state championships  It was only fitting, the top two teams in the NCISAA 4A were playing for the state championship. That being said, Cannon road to the title came the hard way, just like the year before. They had to win on the opposing team’s home court. Last year, Cannon beat Charlotte Latin and then beat Carmel 94-85 to capture the coveted...

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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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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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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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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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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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Phenom Game Report: Westminster Catawba vs. Northside Christian

Playoff basketball, there is nothing like it in North Carolina. This was a battle to go to the Final Four, as Westminster Catawba and Northside Christian had a ton of storylines coming into this one.  Two very well-coached teams went at it to start in the first quarter, and both offenses seemed to make plays. Northside found success from the perimeter while Westminster attacked and got to the...

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Insider Exposure Nationals: WV Elite vs. Elevation Prep

Phenom Hoops went out to the Mooresville area to check in on the Insider Exposure Nationals, which was a terrific event that brought a ton of talent. We first want to thank Insider Exposure for allowing us to come out.  The first game we wanted to check out was WV Elite vs. Elevation Prep, as it had a ton of talent that you could be seeing play at the next level. WV Elite brings you a ton...

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Phenom Game Report: Mountain Island vs. Pine Lake Prep

Phenom Hoops tuned in Saturday afternoon as Mountain Island and Pine Lake Prep battled it out on the court.  A very intriguing battle between these two winning programs this year, it looked to be a close battle and it certainly was. The game started out slow, as Pine Lake Prep was able to get out to a 12-6 as JT Harper and Cole Callaway led the charge early for Pine Lake.  Mountain...

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Game Recap: Oak Hill Academy wins over Bull City National

Oak Hill Academy 90 Bull City National 67 Phenom Hoops traveled to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia for a Saturday afternoon contest between Bull City National and Oak Hill Academy. Playing in its first home game in over three months, Oak Hill was eager to play on the court named after their Hall of Fame coach, Steve Smith. It’s always tough to beat Oak Hill at Turner Gymnasium. Matter of fact,...

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Wayne Country Day Advances to the NCISAA 2A Semifinals with Win Over Trinity Academy

In a Saturday afternoon matchup, Phenom Hoops traveled to Raleigh to see Trinity Academy (11-1) host Wayne Country Day (22-2) for the NCISAA 2A State Quarterfinals. The winner would advance to the state semifinals. We were in for a treat. Both teams came into the matchup averaging 79 points per game, so it was expected to be a high scoring back and forth game. For the first quarter and a half,...

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