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Phenom Game Report: Oak Hill vs. Hargrave

It was a battle of the titans that always get the high school basketball season started for Phenom Hoops.  Oak Hill and Hargrave battled it out at Rise Indoor Sports Facility, bringing some of the top talents in the country on the court. In the first half, both teams were starting to feel each other out with Hargrave taking the early lead.  They were able to stay aggressive, attacking...

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Combine Academy crowned champion at PhenomHoopState Championship

It was the game that everyone wanted, as two of the top teams around the region met for a state championship. Combine Academy vs. Liberty Heights… let the show begin. It was going to be interesting to see which team was going to strike first and we got our answer quickly, as Combine Academy quickly made a statement by going up double-digits.  Robert Dillingham was feeling it early on and it...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: CP3 takes home another title

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. The CP3 program was looking to make it 2-for-2 down in Rock Hill, as Team CP3 and Team HOPE Laney 2023 battled it out late in the afternoon at the Spring Tip-Off Classic.  It was a tight game for much of it, with CP3 having Zion Walker, Kobe George, and Bryson Cokley lead the charge in...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic: Rod Howard wins tight battle

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Rod Howard Select and TNT Hoopsquad 2021 have been solid all weekend long and both wanted to have a chance to compete for a championship.  After rolling through the bracket, they met up on Sunday to settle it all.  Shocker there, it was another tight game throughout, as both teams...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: CP3 2025 captures title

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. The 15u ACC bracket has been a dog fight all throughout but it was Team HOPE vs. CP3 2025 that came out of the bracket and competed for a championship.  CP3 2025 is young but loaded and they certainly wanted to come in and showcase their talent and that they did with a balanced attack, as...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Word of God vs. NC Storm

In what was one of the best games of the HoopState Championship, Word of God got 2 big free throws from PoBoigh King with 5.5 seconds left to secure a 64-62 win over NC Storm to finish in fifth place in the tournament. NC Storm got out to an early lead and Word of God had trouble trying to figure out a way to handle the size of the Storm. With 5 players going 6’7 or taller, they make it tough...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Quality Education vs. Winston Salem Christian

The HoopState Championship has featured intense games throughout the weekend and the action continued on Sunday afternoon with Quality Education and Winston Salem Christian facing off in the seventh place game. Both teams spread out their scoring across the board, and Quality Education held a slim 24-20 lead at halftime, coming back from an early deficit to Winston Salem Christian. Quality...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: Team BOND victorious in Rock Hill

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Down in the 14u division, Team BOND and Carolina Riptide 2025 took the court at the Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic.  First half, both teams really looked to make a statement in the game but neither could break away from each other, as they ended up tied at halftime at 26 apiece. ...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: East Carolina Elite 2024 wins 15u Big East Bracket

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Heading into the 15u Big East bracket, East Carolina Elite 2024 and Carolina Riptide 2024 brought two talented and young teams together in hopes of starting the season off right.  Both teams brought their games and played incredibly hard, as East Carolina Elite 2024 was able to hold a...

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PG Nationals Gold: TSF secures championship in final seconds

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. We moved into the GOLD bracket of the Post Grad Nationals, as both teams were coming off hard-fought wins on Day 2 and wanted to leave with a championship.  Both teams were trading blows and baskets, with Link Year grabbing the early upper hand after the first half.  O’Mar Stanley played...

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First in Flight Division: Franklin Prep’s strong play earns trophy

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. We moved into the First in Flight bracket, as Elevation Prep and Franklin Prep battled it out on the court.  This was a game that looked to be fun with some players that you will want to remember.  Franklin Prep came out strong, clicking on all cylinders, playing scrappy basketball, and...

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PG Nationals Post Grad Silver: TLAP secures win over Rocktop

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. In the Silver division, it provided fans of two programs some may have not seen around the region but they came in ready to battle, and that they did, as Rocktop Academy and TLAP went toe-to-toe throughout this game. In the first half, both teams were trading blows and both teams were...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Bull City National vs. Combine Academy

Last game of the night, as Combine Academy and Bull City National brought us a rematch for a chance to compete for a championship.  In the first matchup, it was an absolute slugfest, with Combine grabbing the narrow win.  Now these two met again and it brought the same energy level.  Combine was able to gain the edge after the first quarter, as they looked focused and ready to compete.  2022 AJ...

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Phenom PG Nationals: Link Prep vs. DME

With a chance to go to the championship, DME and Link Year battled it out in the second game of the night to decide the championship matchup against TSF.  This one was pretty close all throughout, with neither team really being able to create a comfortable cushion.  DME was led by four players that scored five points each, including one of their leaders in Jermontae Hill who was coming...

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Phenom PG Nationals: IMG PG vs. The Skill Factory National

It was a battle of the titans in this one, as IMG post-grad and The Skill Factory National came to battle for a chance to compete for a championship.  It was probably one of the best games we had so far at the loaded event and the smack talk started early in this one.  TSF though came out incredibly strong, building an early double-digit lead led by Jalen DeLoach and Christian Wright, two that...

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Phenom Hoop State: Quality Education vs. NC Storm

Day 2 continued and boy oh boy, did we get a thriller in this one. This was a back-and-forth affair all game long, with neither team being able to break away from each other.  TO start the game though, QEA came out red hot as Camian Shell led a balanced attack that helped get out to a 21-7 lead after the first quarter but NC Storm answered right back in the second quarter, outscoring QEA...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Word of God vs. WS Christian

Day 2 of the Phenom HoopState Championship continued in Rock Hill, as our first game got underway between Winston-Salem Christian and Word of God. Two teams loaded with talent and certainly had pride on the line, not wanting to go 0-2 early in South Carolina. Word of God came out strong but WS Christian battled right back, as it ended 20-20 after one.  Gerasim Bordin shot the ball really...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Combine Academy vs. Quality Education

The action continued in Rock Hill, as the top-seeded Combine Academy started its event against Quality Education.  Both teams really came out strong on both ends, with Quality Education putting Combine on their heels early, attacking the basket, and being aggressive at the rim.  They also wanted to get out and run when they could but head coach Jeff McInnis got his team going and eventually took...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Liberty Heights vs. Winston Salem Christian

On to Game 2 of the first day of the Phenom Hoop State Championship and it was a rematch between these two teams that ended in a thriller the last time around. Liberty Heights and Winston Salem Christian battled it out on the court but it was Liberty Heights that made a point early on, especially on the defensive end.  They jumped out to an 11-4 lead after the first quarter and then...

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Phenom HoopState: Word of God vs. Moravian Prep

Day 1 of the Phenom HoopState Championship was underway and it brought Moravian Prep and Word of God on the court to battle it out in Round 1.  Both teams that have racked up the wins this season, it was Moravian Prep that set the stage early on both ends of the floor.  They were able to run their offense and really showcase their shooting ability from deep, knocking down 11 3-pointers...

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Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship

Farmville Central rolls to third straight 2A state championship  By Johnathan Kirkland Farmville Central came into the NCHSAA 2A tournament as the nine seed despite their undefeated record. They blew through their four opponents heading into the state championship game, with their closest game being an 18-point win in the opening round over Hertford County. Saturday afternoon was no...

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SCHA AA State Championship (Standouts)

By: Shammond Williams Christ Church. 58 vs. Wade Hampton (B) 49 Christ Church Episcopal School John Butler (FSU)- 7’1. used his height and length to impact the game. He scored the ball from all 3 levels, and really disrupted the penetration of Wade Hampton with his ability to block shots in the first half. Finished the first half with 12 of Christ Church’s 28 points Second half John continued...

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Weddington wins NCHSAA 3A State Championship

Phenom game report: NCHSAA 3A state championship game Weddington vs. Northwood By Johnathan Kirkland The first of the NCHSAA state championship games on Saturday featured the 3A game between Weddington and Northwood. Weddington came into the game undefeated at 17-0 and Northwood was 14-2. It was a great game to start the day that stayed close throughout before Weddington pulled away in the final...

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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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