Sometimes, shots fall. Other times, they don’t. This was the main takeaway from Court Two during the first of three days at an exciting Phenom Team Camp at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Court Two was an action-packed site for most of the first day, including two match-ups that lived up to the hype. First up is the game between Moravian Prep (NC) and Chapmanville Regional High School (WV). Both are talented teams; players on either side of this matchup have drawn DI interest from multiple basketball schools throughout the country. Chapmanville, led by 6’9 forward Obinna Anochili (class of 2020) and energetic 6’1-point guard Andrew Shull (class of 2020), lost by 20 points to the Moravian Prep team, a team with future college star Josh Hall, a 6’8 stud who has earned a place in the Top 25 prospects for the class of 2020. Both teams played well, but Chapmanville’s shots didn’t fall when they should have. It was a loss for the West Virginia team but they didn’t let it phase them. They won their next game by about twenty points. Moravian Prep also lost to a strong Southern Durham team. Both teams are tough and fired up for two more days of competition.
The other, highly anticipated game of the day was Henderson Collegiate against Bishop McGuinness. This game was special for all players, coaches, and fans, as it brought back the memories and reignited the rivalries that formed during that state championship game. Bishop McGuinness bested Henderson Collegiate by one point, a heartbreaking loss that they were able to avenge today. Best friend duo Javonte Waverly and Kalib Mathews of Henderson Collegiate were as cohesive as it gets. They flowed together and didn’t make mistakes. They controlled the tempo of the game, getting the crowd loud and wild with a breakaway dunk before calming them with an easy layup. They beat Bishop McGuinness by more than twenty points, but the boys from Henderson Collegiate said it would have meant more if they’d beaten them for the title. Regardless, these teams are a force to be reckoned with heading into Saturday and Sunday.
While there is no clear “best” in this field of talented high school teams that are anxiously awaiting the start of another school year and thus another chance at a state championship, there are a few teams that lead the pack. The domination seen today is misleading. Tough teams that were beaten by 15 points, bounced back to destroy another fantastic team that was loaded with talent. No team is safe heading into the weekend.