The Carolina Elite 16U Boys Basketball team defeated CP3 in the championship game of NC AAU 16 and Under state championship, by the score of 58-50. This marked the first time in seven years that the NC Gaters and Carolina Flight did not advance to the final game.
CP3 advanced to the finals by defeating the Gaters, the Carolina Flight and the Salisbury Kings. Carolina Elite advanced by defeating the Charlotte Stars, the Timberwolves and the Carolina Raptors.
Local players who participated in the championship game were Dudley standouts PJ Hairston and Reggie Dillard for CP3, and Reggie Perkins from Western Guilford for Carolina Elite. Dillard led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Hairston with 16. Perkins led a well balanced Carolina Elite attack with 13 points.
The state tournament was filled with some of the best talent in the state from the class of 2011 & 2012. The group included 17 players who participated in Dave Telepâ€™s 2009 Carolina Challenge. Some of these players have already received scholarship offers and several others are being recruited by various schools across the country.
Carolina Raptors â€“ Devince Boykins-East Rutherford, Jacquise Moore-Concord, Terry Whisnant-Cherryville, Anthony Williams-Waccamaw Academy.
Carolina Flight â€“Tyler Poole-Hickory, John Cannon-Mountain Heritage, Anthony Gill-Charlotte Christian, Michael Neal-Northern High, Jackson Simmons-Smokey Mountain, Tyler Lewis (2012) Forsyth Country Day, Braxton Ogbueze (2012) Vance.
Carolina Elite â€“ Anthony Stitt-Butler High School, Reggie Perkins-Western Guilford, Terrence Williams-West Mecklenburg
CP3 â€“ PJ Hairston-Dudley High School, Reggie Dillard (2012) Dudley High School
NC Gaters â€“ Jordan Robertson, Greensboro Day School