On the road again, Phenom Hoops traveled just a few miles down south from downtown Charlotte to check-in at Charlotte Catholic. The Cougars sat at 12-3 on the season and 6-1 in conference play but the upset-minded Piedmont Panthers looked to secure the big road win.
Both offenses struggled early on in the first quarter finding ways to put the ball in the hoop, with Charlotte Catholic clinging on to an early 13-6 lead. The Cougar’s full-court defense created havoc for Piedmont, as Charlotte Catholic created multiple turnovers that led to easy buckets at the rim. It helped them secure a 34-24 halftime lead.
Piedmont sophomore Cade Tyson did all he could to help carry Piedmont, scoring inside and out, as well as getting to the free-throw line on multiple occasions. But in the end, there just wasn’t enough firepower for Piedmont, as the Cougars blend of shooters and senior David Pino were too much
Final: Charlotte Catholic 69 – Piedmont 55
2022 6’5 Cade Tyson (Piedmont): The younger brother of Clemson’s Hunter Tyson, Cade did everything he could to keep his team in the game. Still, a developing prospect, his blend of size and shooting ability is tough to stop at times. But he also displayed that he can put the ball on the floor, finish at the rim, or get fouled. Once at the foul line, he is almost automatic as he went 12-for-14 from the charity line. Seeing him earlier in the year, Tyson’s ability to be a 6’5 prospect with range was already known but one can see that he continues to be working on his aggressive nature and using that same size to be a threat in multiple areas. Stats: 31 points/ 8 rebounds/ 3 blocks
2020 6’4 David Pino (Charlotte Catholic): Listed as a 6’4 wing, Pino does an incredible job down in the paint for the Cougars. With their lack of size, Pino is incredibly aggressive on the boards and around the rim offensively. He has a nice soft touch, can play with his back to the basket, and has a constant motor that many won’t outwork him on both ends of the floor. Pino struggled early on but kept after it, really becoming the go-to scorer in the second quarter and second half. Stats: 21 points