In what was one of the best games of the HoopState Championship, Word of God got 2 big free throws from PoBoigh King with 5.5 seconds left to secure a 64-62 win over NC Storm to finish in fifth place in the tournament.
NC Storm got out to an early lead and Word of God had trouble trying to figure out a way to handle the size of the Storm. With 5 players going 6’7 or taller, they make it tough for teams. Word of God eventually figured out a way to cut into the lead and that was King and Freddie Dilione.
The duo combined for 48 of the teams 64 points and scored 28 of their 32 points in the second half. Dillione scored 23 and Dillione had 15 on the night.
With under two minutes to play Word of God and NC Storm traded the lead several times before ending up tied at 62 with 1:15 to play. Word of God then held for what they hoped to be the final shot. After several timeouts called by both teams, Word of God inbounded the ball with 12 seconds to go. King was fouled driving to the lane and received two foul shots for a shot to put his team up with 5.5 seconds left. He hit them both, and a last second chance to win the game for the Storm was tipped and no good.
Word of God won 64-62 and with the win they were the fifth place finishers in the Phenom HoopState Championship.
Word of God
Freddie Dillione 23 points
PoBoigh King 15 points
BJ Keith 10 points
Trey Green 22 points
AJ Allenspach 13 points
Riley Allenspach 11 points
Trey Green (NC Storm) 5’10 2023
Green is a flat out explosive guard. I don’t think there was a play where I didn’t see Green contributing in one form or another on offense and defense. He was consistent the entire game and is a versatile team player. His enthusiasm and grind are contagious and make his teammates want to be better.
Freddie Dillione (Word of God) 6’5 2022
I spoke about how Dillione and King had immense impacts on Word of God in the game, specifically in the second half, but it should be brought up again. The duo will be back together at Word of God next year so be forewarned. Dillione scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, taking charge when they figured out a game plan to get past their bigs.
PoBoigh King (Word of God) 6’5 2022
King is a long, versatile player that is an extremely efficient shooter. King came onto the radar nearly two years ago now and has several D1 offers already, but his name is one you will be hearing often. He is one of the top players in the 2022 class and will be turning heads here for another year.