With their 67-44 win today over Wesleyan Chritian Academy(High Point Wesleyan), Northern Guilford moved to (9-0) on the young season and they could end up meeting Greensboro Day School next week in the Pizza Hut Invitational semifinals at the Greensboro Coliseum…..
NG #4 will have to knock off Ragsdale a #5 seed and the team that defeated Northern in the semifinals of the Pizza Hut tournament last year and GDS as the #1 seed will need to stop #8, the Smith Golden Eagles, to make this semifinal matchup a reality.
Today, at Northern in the Berico Heating and Cooling Holiday Classic, the Northern Guilford Nighthawks, led by senior Jonathan Frye and his game-high 30 points, pushed past Wesleyan and even though the HPW Trojans were a defensive problem early, with the Leek brothers and their long wing-spans that rejected numerous NG shots, as the game wore on and the Nighthawks settled down, they had no trouble with Wesleyan and Frye was the man that broke down the Trojans and made them pay dearly.
Jonathan Frye and Jon McBeth were the two keys in the first quarter that helped get NG untracked and the combo of Jon and Jon, or J&J made HPW pay for their attempts to try and take Northern out of their game plan……
J&J with the trey and lay,(lay-ins) and NG was on the way to a first quarter lead of 15-8….The Nighthawks stretched it out and doubled up the lead as it swelled to a 14-point deficit by halftime as the Nighthawks took over and went into the Purple locker room with a 33-19 advantage after one half…..
By the end of the 3rdQ the margin was up to 15 with Northern holding a 49-34 cushion over the now getting tired and weary Wesleyan squad….As we stated earlier, the final came in at:
HPW 44….The Nighthawks claim a 23-point victory and if you have followed along on our journey throughout the game, you can see that Northern expanded upon that lead in each and every quarter……
The Leek brothers were a factor for Wesleyan, but they did not change the outcome of the game and that is what 6’6 and 6’11 young men are supposed to be able to do.
Jonathan Frye changed the outcome of the game as he was able to nail five three-pointers by our count and he was also able to go up and under on the Trojans and there was not a thing that they could do about it. No disrespect directed at the Trojans, but Frye was smarter than any player on the court today. He knew what to do when some of his teammates got shook early and he also had some of his shots sent back early in the game, but he figured out how to take the ball at the Trojan big-men and they had no answer other to than to swat at the ball and come up with nothing but air….
Jon McBeth was not far behind Frye in his effort today, as McBeth was putting the ball on the floor and making Trojans committ and when they did McBeth made them look silly….McBeth along with Frye and Dylan Berry give Northern some real valuable experience every night when they take the court….Barry Scoggins got spooked a bit early, but he came around and had himself a decent game once he realized that he could still be a force inside with his timing on shots and fakes, even though he was giving up 6 inches or more to the Leeks……
There were some adjustments to be made today at the point for the Nighthawks as Patrick Chander went flying to the locker room with the NG trainer in the first half, but Jalen Ross stepped in and he along with Shaq Daniels were able to quiet the storm. Ross was a key as were Frye, McBeth, Berry, Scoggins and the other men we mentioned previously…..
Northern and coach Ryan Freeman should be ready to give a strong account of themselves at next week’s Pizza Hut Invitational…….
Here is how the scoring went for both teams in this afternoon’s ballgame:
Jonathan Frye 30 points with 5 three-pointers and just one free throw….
John McBeth 11
Barry Scoggins 8
Dylan Berry 6
Jalen Ross 4
Joe Daniel 3
Shaq Daniels 3
Daniel Downing 2
Wesleyan Christian Academy:
Deng Leek 10 points
Leak Leek 9
David Leonard 7
Drew Crenshaw 6
Will Coble 4
Mitch Purgason 3
Jacob Caldwell 3
Spence Slobach 2