Back in Rock Hill, as we bring you two teams that have winning pedigrees and were looking for a strong win on Tuesday night, as The Burlington School and Henderson Collegiate took the court. Henderson came out strong and looking to prove themselves, playing hard on the defensive end and looking to be aggressive offensively.  It took The Burlington School a few minutes to get settled but started to find some early rhythm on offense, getting multiple players involved in the action.  It wasn’t until the second quarter that The Burlington School was able to create some space, due to some key three’s and balanced scoring.  Right before halftime, TBS was able to get some key free throws late to expand their lead to 39-24 at halftime.

The Burlington School continued to come out strong, effectively working their offense to push their lead to more than 20 but Henderson Collegiate continued to battle and try to cut into the lead one possession at a time. But there just seemed to be too much firepower for TBS, as they added to their lead by the end of the third, leading 64-41.  It was pretty much cruise control for The Burlington School throughout the fourth quarter, ultimately securing the Tuesday night win in Rock Hill, 83-51.

Stats:
Burlington School:
Jakel Powell 14 points
Jamarii Thomas 13 points
Shane Peterson 13 points
Zion Walker 13 points

Henderson Collegiate:
Javonte Waverly 15 points
TJ Ragland 8 points
AK Holden 12 points

Standouts:

2021 Jamarii Thomas (Burlington School): Thomas played how he always play; plays hard and relentless, attacking defenders, getting them on his hip, and finishing strong through contact or getting to the line. What makes him so tough on the court is that he makes you play his game, gets under your skin… which is what he wants; he simply can get into opponents’ head with his energy and treats every opponent the same. 

2022 Shane Peterson (Burlington School): Peterson understands his role for this team and he doesn’t always get the spotlight but he plays his game. Terrific outside shooter, spreads the floor well and gets to his spot, and just makes those hustle plays that you love and wins you games.  Might not be the star for this team but is a key piece for this team.

2021 Javonte Waverly (Henderson Collegiate): Waverly was the leader for Henderson in this one, creating well off the dribble, showing his ability to get by defenders, as well as knocking down some shots from all three levels.  Waverly though looked to be a playmaker with the ball in his hands, finding teammates but also creating for himself.

2022 TJ Ragland (Henderson Collegiate): The junior played tough and aggressive on the floor.  He didn’t back down, pushed the ball in transition when available, and looked to put pressure on the defense and try to step up on the defensive end. Had some nice moments in finishing at the rim and showing off a smooth mid-range.

2023 Jakel Powell (Burlington School): The sophomore made some strong plays in this matchup, shooting the ball really well from the perimeter, getting to his spots for his open jumper.  He hit multiple three’s in this game.