Hey everyone, this is Nate Taylor, sports editor for the North Raleigh News and Midtown News. The sun is shining – literally – here at Broughton High for the second day, although still some first round games – of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. Part of the court is bright courtesy of the sun shining through the glass windows here at the gym. That will change obviously as the day turns into night, but this is your place for tonight’s boys Glaxo action in the Shavlik Randolph bracket.
Also, remember J. Mike Blake is covering the girls side of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational at Cary Academy.
Now that the first round is over, here is our schedule for tomorrow:
SHAVLIK RANDOLPH FOUNDATION INVITATIONAL
At Broughton High
11 a.m.: Cary vs. Ravenscroft
5:40 p.m.: Riverside v. Middle Creek
9:20 a.m.: Knightdale v. Durham Hillside
12:40 a.m.: Kinston v. Broughton
Final: Ravenscroft 62, Durham Hillside 50
Like earlier in the game, the Ravens won really by playing good defense and by rebounding the ball. The Ravens had 28 rebounds in the game – and nine were offensive rebounds. That really important for a Hillside team that didn’t shoot the ball well from the outside.
The Ravens were also led by four players who scored 10 or more points. Guard Anton Gill and center Marcus Byran each scored 14 points. Hillside was led by forward Darian Allen, who scored 16 points.
Postgame quotes from Ravenscroft:
Coach Kevin Billerman on the Ravens defense:
“I thought we did a good job defensively. We wanted to get a 10-point lead to play our matchup zone to see if they could shoot.”
Center Marcus Bryan on rebounding:
“At first they were getting all the rebounds. Then, our guards started helping us rebound, and I think that was the difference.”
Forward Joell Hopkins on second-chance points:
“It was very important because our second chance points were there to take. We knew we had to box them out to get more possessions.”
Billerman on his team being balanced on offense:
“We don’t have a really explosive scorer. We’re very unselfish and that’s something I’m very proud of.”
Halftime: Ravenscroft 28, Durham Hillside 24
This has been a quick, but well played game so far. Not a lot of fouls and both teams playing defense pretty well. The difference right is how Ravenscroft has been able to rebound the ball so well. Durham Hillside really hasn’t come close to getting any second-chance points. Sure, the Hornets have created a few turnovers, but Ravenscorft has done of good job of driving to the hoop. Even if the Ravens missed the shot, they are able to grabbed the rebound and score on the second attempt.
Hillside is staying in this game by holding the ball on offense and running its play enough to wear down Ravenscroft’s defense enough for points. Look for them in the second half to be patient on offense.
The Ravens are led by forwards Joell Hopkins and Andrew Franz, who have eight and seven points respectably. Hillside is led by Darian Allen, who has 12 points. The winner of this game will advance to the semifinals of the Shavlik Randolph bracket to play at 11 a.m. – a quick turnaround – against Cary.
Final: Riverside 65, Kinston 57
The Riverside Pirates did a lot of things right in the third quarter, which is why they will move on to the second round tomorrow at 5:40 p.m. to play undefeated Middle Creek. Forward Xavier Webb was the catalyst for Pirates by scoring 11 of his 13 points in the second half. And when the game was tight late, center Terrance Thompson knocked down critical free throws on his way to 18 points.
You have to give credit for Kinston’s ability to not give up down 12 points in the fourth quarter. The Vikings were able to cut their deficit to four points by applying full-court pressure. The Pirates also helped out with missed free throws, turnovers and missed layups. But when Riverside needed a bucket, forward Xavier Webb was able to score four points in the final two minutes to secure the win.
Postgame quotes from Riverside:
Coach Tim Ross on the Pirates win:
“We’ve been struggling this year, but we put a complete game together. I think that showed we can beat a lot of good basketball teams.”
Ross on Kinston’s late-game pressure defense:
“We knew the press was coming and that a team like Kinston was going to get up in you. We just knew if we could handle the pressure we wouldn’t fold. We did a good job in transition in getting easy basket. I think it got dicey there, but we hit our foul shot.”
Forward Xavier Webb on making shots while getting fouled:
“That goes back to practice with the pad. Everyone knows they have to finish layups. I want those and-ones, so I know I can score with my left or right hand. Whenever you get an and-one, it’s the momentum-killer.”
Ross on the Pirates needing to rebound:
“We were giving up some size. I told them we had to do a decent job on the boards. In the first quarter I thought they got some second- and third-chances .We talked about that between quarters. We just really battled them on the boards. I think that might have been the telling point in the game.”
Webb on the passing ability of point guard Nick Collins:
“When he gets in his mode of passing it, it’s unbelievable at times. I told him I had to make it up to him to score.”
Center Terrance Thompson on Collins:
“He did a good job of distributing the ball. He came out and played like a true point guard today.”
Halftime: Riverside 31, Kinston 22
This was a pretty even game until a short and speedy guard in Nick Collins came into the game late in the first quarter. Collins, a backup guard for Riverside, did a lot of things well in the first half under limited playing time.
Collins was able to break Kinston’s zone and man-to-man defense by getting into the paint. And once Collins came near the basket he was able to make good decision on whether to shoot or pass. Already, Collins has six points and four assists.
As for Kinston, the Vikings took the early lead by throwing the ball to their two forwards in Mike Tyson and Donte Reynolds. Kinston clearly has the advantage in height, but have yet to produce second-chance points with offensive rebounds.