Final from the Men’s NCHSAA 4-A West Regional at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center:
Lake Norman Wildcats 61
Page Pirates 58
Page Pirates down 42-25 at the half and this was for sure a game of runs…Page had a first half run to tie the game at 18-18 and then there was an 17-0 run by Lake Norman to take the halftime lead and then with Page down by 17, Page comes out with a strong 18-0 run to go up by one at 43-42….Lake Norman could only score four points in the 3rq quarter, as Page took over with a total 22-4 run in the 3rd period….Lake Norman nailed six threes in that second quarter, but Page was playing lockdown defense to start the second half….
End of 1st Q:Lake Norman 18, Page 14….Halftime:Lake Norman 42, Page 15….End of 3rd Q:Page 47, Lake Norman 46….Lake Norman out-scored Page 15-11 in the 4th Quarter to win the game 61-58…..
Trey Ford from Lake Norman hit a shot from about 40 feet away at the buzzer to win the game for Lake Norman and Ford was one of the more unlikely heros…Lake Norman was trying to get a shot for Kishawn Pritchett or for Hunter Seacat and they ran over a minute off of the clock on their last possession….The ball got loose on the possession and it rolled Ford’s way on the left side of the court in Lake Norman’s half and Ford picked the ball up, stepped into his shot and let it rip and it went the distance, hit the backboard and it just beat the buzzer and the Pirates….
There is no way Ford was set up to take that last shot, but to his credit, he hit it and now nearly two hours later(Sunday afternoon) the rest it history…..Lake Norman’s first option was Pritchett on the last shot, but after scoring 16 points in the first half, he was held to just two points in the second half to finish with 18 total…Very good defense by Jeremy Harris and the other Pirates in the second half as they smothered Pritchett….Pritchett also grabbed 13 rebounds for the contest and he was named the Tournament MVP….
Hunter Seacat would have been Lake Norman’s second option on the final play if they could have gotten him open down low, but he kept on drifting high on the last play….Xavier Hill-Mais did play man-up defense on Seacat and Pritchett inside in half #2, but Hill-Mais got assessed with a personal foul on Pritchett late and then while the smoke from that personal foul was clearing, Hill-Mais got hit with a technical foul…..Pritchett hit 3-4 at the line and them the Wildcats got the ball back too…
The end of the game was a back-and-forth tussle, sort of like the back-and-forth exchange in the prizefight, when both boxers refuse to go down and if they do take a hard blow, they refuse to stay down…..That is the way this game was….Page and Lake Norman exchanged rapid fire early and then bang, bang, bang, Lake Norman goes way out in front and Page is gasping for air, as they are trying to hold on for dear life….
And then they hit the halftime intermission and Page came back out with big-time rapid fire of their own, but they just could not knock Lake Norman out….Lake Norman had Page on the ropes at halftime, but the next thing you know, Page is on the comeback trail and their nearly took Lake Norman under for good…..
After the Page Pirate rapid fire run to get back in this game, it was toe-to-toe for the last five minutes of the contest/bout…..Nobody from Page left anything on that floor, with the exception of a few bodies that could not get up due to exaspiration when the game was over….Very tough to get back up and walk away from a game like this one…You are down, but you fight back, but the team you nearly took out, still walks away the winner…..
It was like watching a heavyweight prizefight today and for Page, the final scorecard read, Lake Norman 61, Page 58 and the judges would probably call this one a technical knockout….Page was wobbly at the half, but Coach James Abell convinced his team that they had to come back out and play defense like this was their last game ever, and that pretty much is what Page did…..
This loss/defeat will leave a black eye for a-while, but Page will recover….Can’t say how long it might take to get over this one, but you have to be proud of the way these kids battled back today….
This one will sting, but you can’t take away how competitive Page was this season….Pirates finish with a mark of 28 wins and just three losses and in those three defeats, Page fell by two points to Greensboro Day in overtime, by one point to Dudley at Page and by three points, on a buzzer-beater to the Lake Norman Wildcats….Three losses, by a combined six points….
Page is going to really miss seniors Jalen Gavin and Jeremy Harris, but they can start working on a game-plan soon, for a starting five that would include Anthony Eaves(senior), Ty Graves(junior), Xavier Hill-Mais(senior), Jalen Seegars(junior) and Diondre Overton(junior) in 2014/2015….Not too shabby, if you ask around…..
Page falls, but they will get back up…..From today’s game Ty Graves led the way for Page with 15 points, Jeremy Harris had 13, Anthony Eaves and Xaiver Hill-Mais had 11 each, Jalen Seegars had 6 and Jalen Gavin chipped in 2, plus 7 big assists for Gavin…Hill-Mais had 8 rebounds to lead the team in that department/category…..
Kishawn Pritchett and Hunter Seacat were the leaders for Lake Norman with 18 points a-piece….Davd Scott added 8 points, Trey Ford and Andrew Souther had 6 each for the Wildcats, while Louis Simms and Parker Jones chipped in 3 and 2 points respectively….Pritchett had 13 rebounds and he also gave out 6 assists for LN….
The NCHSAA West Regional All-Tournament team was made up of:
Ty Graves, Xavier Hill-Mais and Jeremy Harris from Page, plus Hunter Seacat, Davd Scott and tournament MVP Pritchett, from Lake Norman High School….
Page fell today, but they are on the way back up and they will be back bigger and better next season, at least that is the mindset you have to go with and it will be easier to buy into by Tuesday or Wednesday of next/this week…..