Phenom Hoops went out Wednesday night out to Kannapolis to check-in at AL Brown high school, as they came into the night with a 2-2 record and looking to get on the winning side of things.  They welcomed in Mooresville, a program that was searching for their first win on the season.

Early on, AL Brown played strong and used a balanced attack offensively, while Mooresville just couldn’t seem to get their offense going.  It helped AL Brown get out to an early double-digit lead after one, up 18-4.  AL Brown continued to hold that large lead, as Ted Russell helped lead the charge with 11 first-half points.  Mooresville was able to put 10 points up in the second quarter but found themselves down big at halftime, 37-14.  Throughout the second half, AL Brown continued to attack, pick up the pressure on defense, and create opportunities for themselves. They also found a nice balance from outside and finishing strong around the rim.  It helped them maintain around a 30-point lead and eventually, AL Brown moved to 3-2 on the season with a 68-44 win at home.

Stats:
AL Brown:
Ted Russell 21 points
Kheni Briggs 13 points
CJ Wilson 8 points

Mooresville:
KC Shaw 15 points
Christian Herring 8 points

Standouts:

2023 Teddy Russell (AL Brown): Russell was the player of the game in this one, scoring 21 points and simply just seemed to be always in the right spot at the right time. Only 6’2, he played down low for AL Brown, running the floor well to get to his spots, always moving to make himself available for easy baskets, and was extremely active around the paint. Really played well in this game.

2022 Kheni Briggs (AL Brown): One of the top players in the state and one that certainly can put up points, Briggs had a nice balance in this game.  In this one, he showed us his ability to knock down shots from outside, hitting three 3-pointers but also continuing to put the ball on the deck and use his body to score around the rim.

2022 CJ Wilson (AL Brown): Sturdy point guard plays strong with the ball in his hands, helping create for others, finding open teammates in the right position, but also knocking down shots when the opportunity was there. Good balance from him in this one.

2022 KC Shaw (Mooresville): Shaw is a long guard that can score from multiple levels but also does a good job in finishing high and over defenders in transition; though he is still developing his overall feel.  Though his outside shots didn’t quite fall in this one, he stayed aggressive in attacking the rim and getting to the line.

2021 Jordan Wise-Smith (Mooresville): A 6’4 big and still developing, Wise-Smith caught out eyes with his activity level on the floor. Was able to score a few baskets around the rim but also liked his activity level on the boards as well.