The first day of the 2011 Frank Spencer Holiday Classic was an all-day basketball bonanza, with loads of talented players taking the court at two locations in the Triad. Note: For downloadable brackets, go here.
The Champions bracket saw #1 seed Winston-Salem Prep down East Forsyth 61-45, getting 26 turnovers from the trapping and pressing style that has served them so well this season. However, the expected showdown between Prep and #2 seed North Forsyth will never occur, as North lost their opening round match up with West Stokes, 49-42. Austin Fleming, a player we scouted in AAU over the summer, powered Stokes to the win with a late second half surge. Fleming has great footwork in the post, but has a future on the gridiron as a star QB – he led West to the 2-AA football title only a month ago.
Braeshaun Dozier scored 28 points to lead defending champion Reagan HS over RJ Reynolds (84-66), and Mount Tabor downed Glenn 80-71 behind Deion Robinson’s 30 points and Ty’Quan Bitting’s 12 rebounds.
The Pepsi bracket games kicked off at East Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC and saw #1 bracket seed Forsyth Country Day down Atkins High School, 47-23, behind the solid guard play of Colton Bishop and Jack Young. Young led FCD in scoring for the second game in a row with 12 points, and forward Andy Bell added another 11.
#2 seed Parkland did not fare as well, falling to McMicheal HS 80-71 in a back and forth game that was dominated by the play of McMicheal’s Quan Mims and Teco Davis, two quick guards whose defense gave Parkland fits all game. Mims led all scorers with 25 and was the driving force behind McMicheal’s come from behind win.
North Davidson defeated Lexington 64-53 with Charles Brunson leading the Black Knights in scoring with 15 points, while West Forsyth took care of Carver, 50-42. West Forsyth’s John Massengill led their scoring with 14 points.
Special thanks to TriadSportsCoverage.com for their photo work during the tourney.