Final on the men’s game was Greensboro Day School 56, Wesleyan Christian Academy 48
GDS now at (25-0) and GDS scoring:Peter Agba led the way with 18 and Darius Moore chipped in 11…Will Dillard and Trevor Mayo had 9 points each…We had JP Moorman with 5 points, while John Newman and Marquelle McIntyre had 2 points a-piece….
Wesleyan Christian Academy scoring:Harry Giles III was tops with 21 points and 7 of the 21 came from the free throw line….Brandon Childress and Kwe Parker each had 10 points, TJ Jackson, the biggest man on the court size-wise had 3 points, Jalen Johnson added 2 and Michael Buckland had 1….WES now at (21-3)….
In the girls game the final was Wesleyan Christian Academy 56, Greensboro Day School 32..
Wesleyan scoring:Jones with 21 points, Mackey had 13, Price got 7, Massie was there with 6, Bailey pumped in 4, Knight had 3 plus Woolard and Dooley nailed down 2 each…WES now at (9-9)
GDS scoring:Tamera Thorpe led all scorers with 22 points(12 made free throws)…Mahlon Brady added 5, Ellie Baldwin had three and Shyleim had 2….GDS now at (20-5)
Details and thoughts on the games coming up….
Coach Mike Krzyzewski from Duke was there at the game tonight and you have to think he was hot on the trail of Harry Giles from Wesleyan(Also coaches Tom Palumbo from Guilford College and assistant Darren Corbett from N.C. A&T at the game and Jeff Capel, assistan from Duke too)….Giles had a very good game, but he didn’t get the greatest shots in the world and that was due to good defense from Greensboro Day….Giles got his points, but he had to work for them and he was one of the best players on the court tonight, there is no doubt about that, but he wasn’t any better than the Bengals’ Peter Agba….Agba has a very good game and I won’t say great, but he did things on defense to help his team stabilize Giles and on offense, Agba put himself into a position where he didn’t have to go right at Giles, he could up a few feet from the bucket and make the 3-5 footer….
Sometimes the Wesleyan players were guilty of watching Giles do his thing and that took away from their team attack, but all-in-all Wesleyan did not play poorly, GDS just took over the game and would not give it back and would not allow WES to re-take the lead…GDS got the lead and it stayed at two for a long time, but in the end the Bengals were able to pad their lead and they hit their free throws done the stretch to salt the game away….
Harry Giles is very tall and he is very long, but GDS was able to get by him tonight and those free throws that came once the Bengals moved in front came from Agba with two, Trevor Mayo with two and Mayo nearly draws rain on his arc, Will Dillard and JP Moorman had one each as did Darius Moore in the second half….
One of the plays of the game came on a steal that JP Moorman made on Harry Giles and it came as Giles was dribbling the ball back up court and Moorman ripped him off from behind and it was a game-changer…
Like we said earlier Agba had a big game and so did Darius Moore and he got him with cramps late in the game, but returned just in time to help seal the win for GDS….
From the GDS standpoint, they had more help….Giles got his, but he did not have the team support that the Bengals displayed….Agba had his 18, but there you go with 11 from Moore and 9 more from both Dillard and Mayo…Plus you get 5 from Moorman which is bonus and then you also get a couple from McIntyre and Newman….GDS just had more balance and the Bengals played that tough defense that is their trademark….A game in the 50’s and they win it again…56-48 and that is a game that the Bengals should win….The trademark defense shows up again…..
The Trojans are going to have to get more out of guys like Jalen Johnson and Michael Buckland…TJ Jackson was a very big man off of the bench and that is going by his size, the man is huge….
Very solid defensive night by the GDS Bengals and if you allow them to impose their will on you, they will and then they will win the game….
The men’s game was real battle that escalated into a war, but the girls/women’s game was not very close at all…Wesleyan was just too young and too athletic for GDS….The Trojan girls could run and they could convert….There are at least 4 girls in that the WES top five that could play for most of the public schools in our area….The kids, with Jones primarily and many more, they are fast and quick, but they know what they are doing with the ball and this team from WES should finish this year very successful….
For GDS, they are so Tamera Thorpe oriented, if her game is off in even the slightest way, the Bengals are in trouble….Reason being, it takes the other girls so long to get their games cranked up….Tonight, WES stepped on the floor ready to play and the main ingredients were Jones, Mackey and Massie….The WES team should go deep into the state tournament if those young girls keep on improving….
GDS has to start looking beyond Tamera and learn to build for the future, and for this season, the Bengals have to learn to understand that Tamera can not carry them by herself…When they face a complete team like WES, you are going to be in for trouble….Got to believe that are a few more teams out there like WES, and with that being said, the post-season terrain could become crowded and before the game the WES fans said they were playing to get into the tournament, but after tonight they look like the team on the way in if GDS is not careful they will out in the early rounds…..
Two that appear to be headed in the opposite direction and the second meeting between these two teams on both the boys and girls sides is going to be very interesting….
Can the GDS men gain the season sweep and put themselves in a position to win the State Title and can the GDS women find a way to slow down and control the WES girls when the two clubs collide again???
Good job by WES athletic director Glen Foster to pull of the big setup for this big Game Night and he was doing double-duty, as he was the Trojans girls basketball coach in the winning locker room this evening…Good job Glen Foster….
And a good night for high school basketball in High Point on Eastchester Drive…..
Click Below for Post-game interview with Greensboro Day School coach Freddy Johnson….