Charlotte– Rocky River gymnasium was overflowing with fans, friends, and college coaches over the thanksgiving weekend. Day 1 of the two day event gave everyone in attendance a chance to catch a glimpse of some most talented teams and prospects, both in North Carolina and Nationally . The Charlotte Hoops Challenge in it’s 7th year, has grown to being the most prestigious and only Nationally Recognized Thanksgiving event in North Carolina. The Charlotte Hoops Challenge staff put together an vent that welcomed fans of all ages in to a highly competitive atmosphere and the games did not disappoint.
Providence Day overcomes Rocky River 74-62
The gym was packed for the final game of the day as Providence Day Chargers took on the Ravens of Rocky River. Both teams featured tremendous guard play that would not disappoint. The first half was action packed and featured several lead changes before the Chargers showed poise in route to building a big 20 point 3rd quarter lead the would not relinquish. Providence Day outrebounded Rocky River 48-38 and played stellar defense forcing 17 turnovers in the victory. Freshman Luke Stankavage played stellar and led Providence Day in scoring with a career-high 21 points on 8/15 shooting including 3 makes from deep. High major recruit Devon Dotson showcased an all around game and played with superior toughness finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals. The charger also received good play from Isaac Suffren (13 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals) and Trey Wertz (13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals). Rocky River guard Mikey Maddox wowed the crowd and kept Rocky river in the game early before finishing with 21 points. Anthony Salley added 11 for the Ravens.
United Faith defeats Concord First Assembly 78-72
United Faith behind 25 points from Hartford signee Jalen Knight defeated Concord First Assembly 78-72. Knight was stellar in crunch time sinking 7-8 free throws to close out the game. K.C Hankton finished with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in the win. CFA was led by Stephen Edoka, who despite the loss managed to pour in 26 points and 16 rebounds.
York Prep (SC) holds off New Hampstead 71-65
6’8 Sophomore DJ Burns was dominant all around registering 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists to lead the way for York Prep despite a late run by New Hampstead. New Hampstead was paced by 20 points, five rebounds, and four assists from Calvin Turner Jr
Burlington School downs Ardrey Kell 52-48
Burlington was lead by 13 points, six rebounds from Jordan Nelson in route to victory. North Florida commit Wes Morgan who scored 16 points and grabbed three rebounds, attempted to lead his Ardrey Kell Knight back from a 12 point 4th quarter deficit but came up short. Morgan was on fire from deep knocking in 5/11 shots from deep. David Kasanganay also scored 10 points for the Ardrey Kell.
Conrad (Fla) Academy defeats Independence 66-62
In a battle of talented big men Conrad Academy’s and Auburn Commit Austin Wiley outplayed Independence’s and Temple Commit Justyn Hamilton. Coached by former United Faith coach Shaun Wiseman Conrad Academy escaped with a slim victory over Independence. Wiley, who is ranked as the No. 17 senior by ESPN, played as such dominating all the way through and finishing with 20 points, 15 rebounds and five monster blocks. Matthew Statile led Independence with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Hamilton added five points, six rebounds and three steals.