North Carolina Dominates in 2017 Carolinas Classic All-star Basketball Games
The 20th annual Carolinas Classic All-Star Basketball Games, sponsored by the North Carolina Coaches Association and the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, were played March 18th in Myrtle Beach. North Carolina swept the two games with only weak resistance. Mikayla Boykin (Clinton HS) who is headed to Duke was the women’s MVP on a team which had six double figure scorers. Coaches Sherry Norris (Chapel Hill HS) and Debbie Jones (Page HS) saw their team jump out quickly to a lead that reached over twenty points at the half and stretched to the final score of 95-67.
North Carolina men’s coaches Scott McInnes (Millbrook) and Aubrey Hollifield (Shelby) saw their boys run out early and lead by twenty or more three times; but South Carolina cut the lead to seven or less each time until the final score of 134-115 was reached. VCU recruit Lavar Batts Jr. (Robinson HS) was one of seven double digit scorers and brought down the house with a thunderous fast break dunk to squelch the last South Carolina comeback and was named MVP.
North Carolina shot 52% from the field and set three Classic records: most points scored with 134 (breaking the South Carolina 2006 record of 121), most points by two teams of 249 (the old record was 219 in 2006), and most points given up by a losing team (old record of 100 in 2005). Patrick Dorsey (Millbrook HS) set a Classic record with 5 made three pointers. The North Carolina women lead the series 12-8 and the men 13-7.