Unbeaten Enloe tops Gibbons

CorrespondentDecember 27, 2009 

— It wasn't a work of art, but it was a win that Enloe coach Tommy Moore was glad to get.

His Eagles jumped ahead early but could not pull away in taking a 56-50 win over Cardinal Gibbons in the first round of the Shavlik Randolph Foundation bracket of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational at Broughton's Holliday Gymnasium.

Enloe will play either New York Rice or Durham Riverside at 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Gibbons plays in the losers bracket at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

"I was very pleased with the way my team hung in there when nothing seemed to be going right," Moore said. "We got off to a good start, but then we were missing shots, missing free throws, and Cardinal Gibbons hung in there. It was a tough win, but I'll take it."

Enloe (10-0) led 15-5 after the first quarter and stretched the lead to 27-11 with just under 3 minutes left in the half.

Gibbons cut the deficit to 29-18 by halftime when Kyle Haskin hit a jumper and Andrew Shafer hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the half.

Midway in the final period the Crusaders cut the lead to 49-45 but could get no closer.

"When they came back on us, Jared Blakney got some key offensive rebounds for us, and D.J. Rich hit a couple of mid-range jumpers we needed," Moore said.

Blakney scored 15 points and had 10 rebounds for the winners. Rich scored 10, and Wake Forest recruit Melvin Tabb added eight.

Albert Munoz led the Crusaders with 20.

Also Saturday

Apex 75, Wilson Greenfield 68: Wilson Greenfield had the heralded players and heralded team, but Apex played with the hustle and heart to secure the first-round win.

The win puts the Cougars in the second round of the Summit Hospitality Group against Word of God at 9 p.m. Monday.

Greenfield (11-4) plays Southern Wayne at 11 a.m. Monday.

The two teams battled evenly most of the way, with the score tied 54-54 entering the final period.

After Greenfield went ahead 56-54, Apex's 6-foot-7 senior center Weston Murphy (29 points, 8 rebounds) knocked in a 3-pointer, drove for a layup and hit a pair of free throws for a 61-56 Apex lead.

"I was really proud of our team tonight," Apex coach David Neal said. "We played really well. This was our highest point total of the season. We've got three good guards [Mike Fogg, Connor Belicic, and Sunil Ram] who handled the pressure, and Weston had a monster game for us, and we needed every bit of it."

Ram sparked the Cougars (7-2) offense early, hitting four of five 3-pointers in the first half. He finished with 17 points and four assists. Fogg added 11 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Jeremy Jeffers, a 6-6 perimeter player headed to Drake, led Greenfield with 18 points. Brian Richardson, a 6-6 South Carolina recruit, had 14.

Word of God 72, Southern Wayne 50: It didn't take long for the capacity crowd at Broughton to see what they came to see.

Less than a minute into Word of God's win over Southern Wayne in the opening round of the Summit Hospitality Group, Holy Rams star C.J. Leslie already had two jaw-dropping dunks, one off a long alley-oop pass and the other on a one-handed follow shot.

Word of God (7-2) is in the tournament for more than just creating highlight material, though.

"This tournament is very important to these guys," coach Erasto Hatchett said. "It's a chance to be the best in the city, and also we don't want out-of-town teams to come in here and beat us."

Word of God never trailed and led 21-7 after the first period and 39-27 at halftime.

Leslie ended the game with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Joel Kindred led Word of God with 19 points, followed by Bishop Daniels (13) and Dezmine Wells (12).

Rashadd Hill led the Saints (6-5) with 13, followed by Khrai Faison with 12.

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