Day 2 kicked off on Thursday, as 1of1 Academy and Piedmont Classical met at the 4 vs. 5 seed. Two very talented teams looked to play their game and gain the upper hand early on. It was an up-and-down type feel early on, which helped 1of1 Academy gain the narrow edge in the first half, but Piedmont was able to knock down shots from outside and also use its side as well down low. 1of1 Academy’s ability to get out in transition and continue to attack is what allowed them to hold a 36-25 halftime lead. Richard Goods led the way in the first half for Piedmont Classical with eight points.
Second half though, it was 1of1 Academy that came out with maximum energy on both sides of the court. The guards were able to create, make plays for others, and score the ball effectively behind 2024 Sebastian Akins and others, but they also were creating havoc defensively. It is what allowed 1of1 to stretch their lead to over 20 points in the second half. Piedmont Classical was able to chip away at the lead and eventually get it under 10 points with under four minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough to overcome.
Final: 1of1 Academy 81 – Piedmont Classical 67
1of1: Sebastian Akins 23, Taye Smith 15, Yohance Connor 14
Piedmont: Richard Goods 17, Khalif Barnes 13, Nigel Vincent 14
2024 Sebastian Akins (1of1): Akins was the leader on the court in this game, as he did an excellent job in creating for himself off the dribble and getting inside the paint to finish. He was strong in finishing through contact and showcasing strong body control, while also still presenting the ability to knock down shots from outside. Strong play from the junior prospect throughout.
2024 Richard Goods (Piedmont Classical): Though he eventually fouled out, you can’t deny the impact that the big man had and I’m telling you, he is really starting to show what he is capable of being. Goods has good size, strength, and love his physicality in the paint. Incredible strong finisher with power at the rim, blocks shots defensively, and can be a monster on the boards. Should really see his recruitment pick up.
2025 Yohance Connor (1of1): Connor may have not had the offensive game that he has shown in the past, but you can’t deny his impact on the court. One thing you will always get from this young man is energy. He is relentless on the defensive end, never gives up and shows his athleticism on both ends. Connor made timely plays in this game on both ends, and the future looks bright for him.