Wesleyan Christian Academy at Forsyth Country Day. Features highlights and recap with Harry Giles, Theo Pinson, Colton Bishop, Deshaunte Carelock, Trey Chapman, Michael Buckland, Cory Hanes and Donovan Gilmore
By Marcus Shockley
Raekwon Harney drives against North Forsyth’s Kendrick Flomo
Today’s Frank Spencer Holiday Classic tournament features matchups with several collegiate prospects in both divisions.
For those not familiar with “The Frank” the tournament structure currently divides the games into two brackets, the “Champion” bracket (named for sponsor Champion apparel) and the “Pepsi” bracket.
The Pepsi bracket title game today will feature reigning champion Forsyth Country Day, who are led by Colton Bishop (PG, 6’1, 2014) and Cory Hanes (SF, 6’5″, 2014). Bishop scored 33 points in his team’s overtime win over McMichael HS to return to the title game, while Hanes added 22.
Forsyth Country Day will face North Davidson, who downed West Forsyth to clear their path the title game. North has a solid big man in Brandon Easter (PF, 6’7″, 2014) and will be looking to take advantage of their size to battle with FCD’s strength on the wings.
In the Champion bracket, a huge showdown between reigning 1-A North Carolina state champion Winston-Salem Prep and 4-A title contender Mt. Tabor will finish off this year’s event. Prep has a really solid bevy of guards in Raekwon Harney (PG, 5’10”, 2013), a deft ballhandler and passer, Mike Hughes (SG/SF, 6’2″, 2014), who is an athletic wing with an excellent game in transition, and Aaron Lipscomb (G, 5’8″, 2014) a deadly three point shooter.
Mt. Tabor has one of the best overall starting lineups in NC this year, possibly even more talented than the team that coach Andy Muse led to the state title a few years ago with current Wake Forest starter C.J. Harris. Matt Madigan (G, 6’4″, 2013) is a very quick handed lefty guard with great ability to pass ahead in transition, and excellent size at the guard spot.
Deion Robinson slashes to the bucket in Mt. Tabor’s victory over Ronald Reagan HS
Lepreece Lynch (SG, 6’4″, 2013) may be the most prolific scoring guard in the state and this year he’s been running a bit more point guard as well. Nate Long (SF, 6’5″, 2013) is having a really solid season and is effective in transition on offense and disrupting the passing lanes on defense. Deion Robinson (PF, 6’4″, 2013) is an extremely consistent player, who makes smart decisions with the basketball and is very effective around the basket. Ty’Quan Bitting (C, 6’8″, 2013) has become an impact player, scoring with a very soft touch around the basket and now becoming a serious shot blocker. In the first round of the tournament, Bitting scored 19 points in one half (finishing with 26) and recorded 8 blocks in the same game.
Both Prep and Tabor are at their best in transition, so it will be a battle to see who can use their strengths more to their advantage. Prep has more speed on the perimeter but Tabor has athleticism and size on their side. Both coaches have won state titles so this should be one to watch.
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Braeshaun Dozier slashes to the hoop as Reagan HS takes on West Stokes HS
The second round of the Frank Spencer Holiday Classic saw more surprising results and one near-rerun of an earlier game in the season.
Both #1 bracket seeds advanced to the championship games, with Forsyth Country Day getting the win over North Davidson, 62-42. FCD was led by SG/SF Andy Bell (SG/SF, 6’3″, 2013), who scored 19 points, while combo guard Jack Young (PG/SG, 6’0″, 2012) added another 11. Forsyth Country Day will face West Forsyth, who won their game over McMichael in a close match, 66-64. Alex McAlister (PF, 6’7″, 2012) was a force for West, pouring in 23 points and was almost perfect from the field. McAlister is a two-sport star, but he’s known for being a high major football prospect, with 16 Division 1 offers already in his back pocket. Quan Mims (PG, 5’9″, 2014) was solid again for McMicheal, scoring 21 points.
Alex McAlister with a short jumper as West Forsyth HS takes on McMicheal HS
Meanwhile, in the Champion bracket, history repeated itself as Raekwon Harney’s (PG, 5’9″, 2013) last second buzzer-beating shot downed Mt. Tabor. Harney hit a buzzer beater to beat Tabor the last time they met, and the win sent #1 bracket seed Winston-Salem Prep to the championship game. Harney is a true point guard with elite ballhandling skills, and has an offer from UNC-Wilmington. Prep was led in scoring by Mike Hughes (SG, 6’2″, 2014), a fluid scorer who pumped in 22 points for the Phoenix.
Prep will face West Stokes, who advanced to the championship after being seeded #7. West Stokes overcame the underdog role for the second game in a row to defeat defending Spencer champion Reagan HS, led by Braeshaun Dozier (PG/SG, 6’1″, 2012), 52-47. Alston Furr led West in scoring with 16 points.
Greg McClinton scores two as Winston-Salem Prep takes on Mt. Tabor HS
Special thanks to TriadSportsCoverage.com for their photo work during the tourney.