Northside Christian and Bull City Prep National started Day 1 off at the Phenom November Classic. Northside came out strong, led by Wesley Tubbs and getting to the rim but Bull City Prep National answered right back to hold the early 1-point lead after the first quarter.
Bull City Prep continued to attack and get opportunities at the line, helping expand their lead to double-digits in the second half. Northside Christian struggled at times to knock down shots but they continued to apply pressure on both ends of the floor to stay within striking distance at the half, 34-28.
In the second half, Bull City Prep came out strong again, getting out in transition and eventually building another double-digit lead in the third quarter. But Northside Christian and the energy that they brought, along with the mindset of never giving up, started to chip away in the third and in the fourth quarter, cutting it down to as many as one. Still a one basket game with under a minute, Northside Christian was able to create a late turnover but just came up short with the game-tying three, as Bull City Prep took home the 65-62 win.
Final: Bull City Prep 65 – Northside Christian 62
Bull City Prep National:
LJ Thomas: 23 points
Dondre Watson: 16 points
Treyvon Byrd 13 points
Wesley Tubbs III: 16 points
Glynn Hubbard: 14 points
Noel Tesfa: 9 points
2023 6’7 Wesley Tubbs (Northside Christian): Tubbs is going to be a special talent in North Carolina. He has a terrific ability to attack off the dribble and score on the opportunities that is given but doesn’t force anything as well. Tubbs uses his length really well over defenders, displaying soft touch but also can throw it down with energy. But what I really liked was his ability to penetrate and kick to find the open teammate. Motor and energy are what you get with this young man.
2022 LJ Thomas (Bull City Prep): Thomas did a really good job in pushing the break, getting out in transition, and finishing under control around the rim. He plays with a really good feel on the floor and doesn’t seem to be sped up; just playing his game. I also like the leadership he brings on the floor as well.
2021 Glynn Hubbard (Northside Christian): Hubbard is an underrated guard in the state of North Carolina in my opinion. This is a young man who excels with the ball in his hands, is shifty and changes direction well, and does a good job in penetrating. He has a natural blend of scoring and finding his teammates for open shots.
2022 Treyvon Byrd (Bull City Prep): Byrd had his flashes and really stepped up with his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. It is just another factor in his game that coaches should like, being able to get to his spots and stretch the floor, but also be a secondary ball-handler and create havoc on offense and defense with his length. Can really put him in multiple situations and see him flourish.