Phenom Hoops kicked off the week going down to Rock Hill, this time to York Prep as they welcomed in Josh Beadle and company from Cardinal Newman.  Coming in, it looked to be a very interesting game with some high-level guards but in the end, one team simply made a big statement in the win. In the first quarter, it was a choppy game with a lot of stoppage and early fouls, but Cardinal Newman was able to hold a 10-8 lead. Senior Silas Christie was the main scorer, scoring six first-quarter points and it took York Prep a little time to get going in this one. Second-quarter, the script flipped and York Prep did what they do best… get after it on the defensive end, outscoring Cardinal Newman 17-2 to hold a 25-12 halftime lead.

Second half, Beadle finally was able to get going, scoring five points in the third quarter but had to battle foul-trouble all throughout the game. York Prep made plays from outside early on but then allowed their defense turns into offense, turning what was a 10-point lead into a 20-point lead and then more.  It simply got out of hand in the second half, as York Prep cruised to a 69-35 victory at home.

Stats:
York Prep:
Kory Davis 15 points
DJ Barksdale 14 points
Kendall Davis 13 points

Cardinal Newman:
Silas Christie 8 points
Josh Beadle 5 points

Standouts:

2023 DJ Barksdale (York Prep): A young sophomore, Barksdale played really well, knocking down shots from outside early on and helping create some early separation.  But he also got after it on the defensive end and made plays for others offensively, attacking off the dribble and finding his teammates.

2022 Kory Davis/ 2022 Kendall Davis (York Prep): The Davis twins made plays all game long. Kendall was able to be aggressive and get to the line on multiple occasions, while also getting out well in transition for easy buckets.  Kory knocked down shots from multiple levels, created opportunities for himself, and played strong in leading the charge.  Both guards did a tremendous job on the defensive end, taking charges once again and creating turnovers.

2021 Silas Christie (Cardinal Newman): Christie got off to a great start before the game got out of hand, but the 6’4 prospect plays much bigger than listed, operating and understanding how to score well down low around the paint.  He can play faster than bigs which helps him but also plays strong in scoring around the rim.