The Bengal boys made it 2 in a row and Debbie Jones of Page got herÂ first(PHLFI) title as aÂ head coach when Thursday’s championship games were over at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.(PHLFI =’s Pizza Hut Little Four Invitational)
Greensboro Day was down 10 at the end of the third quarter but the Bengals came back and bested the Dudley Panthers 68-63 with Bruce Woodall on fire from three point range and Johnny Thomas, Brandon Davis, and Josh Lanham all having big finishes for GDS.Â
The big question before the game was, “who will it be on Day Three JC or JT?”Â It turned out to be KB.Â Dudley’s Kenny Belton was a major force on the inside scoring 31 points and the Day School started with man-to-man against Dudley but then mixed inÂ a zone defense that kept the Panthers guessing.Â GDS continued to keep an eye on Josh Chavis but heÂ never really hurt the Bengals.Â JC did make several key passes inside to KB, but in the 4th and final quarter it was all Greensboro Day School.Â Johnny Thomas was named the boy’s MVP and the N.C. State signee told AM 950 sportsÂ radio after the game that he was very happy to leave the Special Events Center with his second Little Four Championship trophy.
JT gave much of the credit to his teammates saying that Josh Lanham came up huge at the end of the game and that Bruce Woodall gave GDS a big lift with those 3 point baskets and that Brandon Davis sacrificed self for team success.Â Coach Freddy Johnson was hit with a technical foul in the second half and that might have fired up his teamÂ and it surely got the ref’s attention.
Coach Johnson tied Dudley’s David Price and former Page coach Mac Morris for most tournament titlesÂ with 7 and I would think that DP on Day Three was glad to get another trophy but he would like toÂ have grabbedÂ his eighth championship crown instead of the second place hardware.
Travis Leonard, Josh Hicks, Kevin Holland, RyanÂ Carty, and Christian Pulliam were other key contributors for GDS, while Marcus Heath hit 4 three’s and Mike Coger added inside help for Dudley.
On Day Three what about the BigÂ “P”-AGE?Â The Lady PiratesÂ came out on fire and never looked back as they de-throned the young ladies from Dudley.Â Bijon Fonville hit back-to- back three pointersÂ to start the gameÂ and it was all Page from that time on.Â Â The Pirates led by 9, 38-29 at the half and went onÂ to winÂ the first Little Four title for coach Jones with a 72-60 final, Page the victors over Dudley.
Jasmine Gill, the Pirate junior was very steady throughout the tournament earning MVP honors.Â Gill had 20 points on Thursday night to pace the Pirates while Mercedes Humphries kicked in 13, Alexa Neal 10, Fonville 9, Nini Whitaker 7, Brittany Banks 7, and Destiny Carden 6.Â The Pirates had balanced scoring backing up Gill and Dudley was frustrated by the Pirates all night long.
Sierra Little the 6’4 Dudley center never really got going and ended up with 15 points and joined fellow Panther Helen Terry on the All-Tournament team.Â Â Neal and Fonville from Page with MVP Gill and Trumae Lucas of GrimsleyÂ helped round out the honor squad.Â Great job by the up-start Pirates coming in as the #3 seed and knocking offÂ #2Â Grimsley and #1 Dudley on consecutive nights.Â
Other results from ThursdayÂ included girls NEG 49-GDS 37,Â SWG 40-Smith 38, Grimsley 55-NWG 39……Final girls rundown:1)PAGE, 2)DUDLEY, 3)GRIMSLEY, 4)NWG, 5)SWG, 6)SMITH, 7)NEG, 8)GDS
Boys results from Thursday:NWG 56-Smith 51, Grimsley 60-Page 52 in Overtime,Â NEG 59-SWG 46…..Final boys rundown:1)GDS, 2)DUDLEY, 3)NEG, 4)SWG, 5)GRIMSLEY, 6)PAGE, 7)NWG, 8)SMITHÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Interesting notes for the girls Page seeded third finishes first, for the boys NEGÂ seeded fifth finishes third, Grimsley seeded seventh finishes fifth, SWG seeded sixth finishes fourth, and Smith seeded third finishes eighth……..
Good to see Jeff Carlton and Kellie Dixon working together for the NewsÂ and Record covering the games. Jeff on the boys Thursday and Kellie on the girls(KD Special to the N&R).Â Thanks to Demp Bradford, Sports Event Manager for the Greensboro Sports Commission for his help throughout the Tournament and to Tom Palumbo, the Guilford College Quakers hoops coach,Â who was a guest with Jim Modlin and AD on WPETÂ Thursday night.
Big Jim Modlin’s NFL Picks for the last week of theÂ regular season.Â Â Saturday:SKINS over Giants, Sunday:DALLAS over Detroit, JETS beat Oakland, VIKINGS past Rams, TEXANS take Browns, SAINTS sink Panthers, TENN. tackles New England, SEATTLE slews T. Bay. CINNCY seals itÂ vs. Steelers, KC tops Jags., RAVENS ravage Bills, COLTSÂ maul Miami, CHARGERS chase away Arizona, EAGLES eat up Atlanta, DENVER does in San Fran., andÂ the BEARS break Brett and the Packers…….Picks from Big Jim at the Fitness Today Gym on Randleman Road and details provided by ANDY D.Â (Last week:Bobby Lashley 6-7, Marshall Brown 6-7,Â Andy 6-7, Big Jim 5-8)Â Â Â Â