Charlotte– Rocky River gymnasium was overflowing with fans, friends, and college coaches over the thanksgiving weekend. Day 2 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 Outlast Jay M. Robinson 76-71
In the most anticipated match-up of the day defending NCISAA 3A State Champions Providence Day took on defending NCHSAA 3A State Champions Jay M. Robinson. After seeing both teams leave it all in the floor it is very possible that they both end up as back to back Champions.
Providence Day jumped out to a 19-1 lead in the opening 4 minutes of the contest and looked poised to run away with the victory, however, the Bulldogs of Robinson would not give up. Robinson would fall down 26-9 before erupting heading into the second quarter. After going on a 22-3 run Robinson captured its first lead of the game with just over 2 minutes to go in the first half.
The second half was extremely competitive, she the Chargers looked to build upon a 5 point 54-49 lead when Devon Dotson picked up his 4th foul with only 3 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter. Dotson would then have to sit and watch as Robinson once again climbed back in to the game. Dotson reentered the game with the score tied 58-58 and helped lead a 6-0 run building a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in route to a 76-71 victory.
2018 Guard Trey Wertz, a 6-5 junior guard, showcased his ability to be a high level player as his poured in 30 points while making 5-of-9 3-point attempts. Wertz showed his all around game grabbing six rebounds and two steals. Devon Dotson missed much of the second half due to foul trouble, still managed to score 20 points, garner 6 rebounds, and dish out a team high 4 assists. Providence Day Freshman Luke Stankavage scored 11 points in the win, and played key minutes at the lead guard spot while Devon Dotson was in foul trouble.
VCU Commit and ESPN top 100 recruit Lavar Batts finished the game with 34 points, seven rebounds, four assists in a 76-71 loss. Batts made 5/9 3-point attempts with VCU coach Will Wade in attendance. Jamari Roberts added 15 points for Robinson.
New Hampstead defeats Berry 71-63
O’ronte Anderson of New Hampstead played marvelous finishing with a game high 30 points, two rebounds, two assists, and two steals in a close fought comeback win over Berry. Berry was lead in scoring by Chandler Ford (15 points, five assists, three rebounds) and Justin Graham (15 points). The Cardinals also received quality play from Jaylen Pledger (10 points, five rebounds).
Burlington School overcomes Charlotte Catholic by a score of 54-48
TJ Jeffers (12 points), Jordan Nelson (11 points, five rebounds), and Trey Cousin (11 points) led the way for Burlington School. Burlington’s bench was the real difference maker in the game as they outscored Charlotte Catholic 22-7. The defending N.C. 4A public school state champions Charlotte Catholic were led in scoring by Trey Kloiber, who finished with had 17 points and seven rebounds.
Conrad (Fla.) Academy defeats Bishop Sullivan (VA) in a barn burner 92-81
Conrad Academy defeated Bishop Sullivan 92-81, despite Rasir Bolton of Bishop Sullivan exploded for 36 points and nine rebounds and had the crowd and college coaches in awe all day. Conrad Academy received outstanding performance from Auburn Commit Austin Wiley (22 points and 10 rebounds) and Lugentz Dortz ( 23 points, 6 rebounds, 5 steals). Dortz had perhaps the most memorable play of the weekend when he skied over the Bishop Sullivan defender.