Kinston, Lake Highland (FL) earn Holiday Invitational title berths

tstevens@newsobserver.comDecember 27, 2013 

  • Holiday Invitational

    Girls

    at Cary Academy

    10 a.m. Durham Hillside vs. Durham Riverside (seventh)

    11:30 a.m. Greensboro Dudley vs. Cary (fifth)

    1 p.m. Broughton vs. West Craven (third)

    at Broughton

    4 p.m. Chapel Hill vs. West Forsyth (championship)

    Summitt Hospitality

    at Broughton

    8:30 a.m. Hammond vs. Middle Creek (seventh)

    11:30 a.m. Word of God vs. Sanderson (fifth)

    2:30 p.m. HCYA/Trinity loser vs. Wilbraham and Monson (third)

    7 p.m. HCYA/Trinity winner vs. Carlisle (championship)

    Shavlik Randolph

    at Broughton

    10 a.m. Garner vs. Moss Point, Miss (seventh)

    1 p.m. Broughton vs. Clayton (fifth)

    5:30 Wheeler vs. Apex/ Lake Highland loser (third)

    8:30 Kinston vs. Apex/ Lake Highland winner (championship)

Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland and Kinston made late comebacks on Friday night to earn berths in the championship game of the Shavlik Randolph bracket of the 42nd Holiday Invitational basketball tournament at Broughton High.

Lake Highland and Kinston will play for the bracket title on Saturday.

Kinston point guard Andrew Lopez made two free throws with 10 seconds left to tie the Vikings’ game with Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler and then made a steal and a contested layup to give Kinston a 47-45 victory.

Brandon Ingram led the Vikings with 23 points.

University of North Carolina recruit Joel Berry led Lake Highland to a 73-68 overtime victory over Apex. Apex’s T.J. Evans hit a three-pointer to give the Cougars a 68-67 lead with 3:09 left in overtime, but Apex did not score again.

Evans had hit a three-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in regulation and intercepted a Highlander pass to force the overtime.

In an earlier game at Broughton on Friday, Clayton’s Gary Clark scored 35 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and blocked nine shots in a 77-64 win over Moss Point, Miss. Moss Point’s Devin Booker, a Kentucky recruit, scored 38 points in the loss.

Clayton will play Broughton, a 79-69 winner over Garner, in the fifth-place game at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Garner and Moss Point play at 10 a.m.

This will be the Vikings’ eighth championship appearance in the tournament, which began 42 years ago as The Raleigh Times Holiday Festival.

Sotello Long and Mark Dail led the Vikings past a Phil Ford-led Rocky Mount team in the title game in in the second tournament in 1973. Ford led Rocky Mount to the title in the initial tournament.

Chapel Hill girls roll: The undefeated Chapel Hill girls will play West Forsyth in the Holiday Invitational girls tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Broughton High.

The Tigers, ranked No. 1 in The News & Observer poll, have had little trouble in securing their finals berth. Chapel Hill beat Durham Hillside 57-40 on Thursday and toppled West Craven 76-52 in Friday’s semifinals. Chapel Hill led West Craven 24-5 after the first period.

Raziyah Farrington led the Tigers with 21 points. Jamella Smith had 16 and Catherine Romaine had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Jamie Cherry had 32 for West Craven.

West Forsyth beat Broughton 70-56 to earn its championship despite 31 points by the Caps’ Kaila Ealey.

In a loser’s bracket game, Cary’s Azura Stevens had 36 points and 26 rebounds in a 61-58 win over Durham Hillside. Cary plays Greensboro Dudley for fifth place at 11:30 a.m. at Cary Academy.

Virginia team wins: Carlisle, Va., had little trouble beating Wilbraham and Monson of Wilbraham, Mass., 59-47, to advance to the finals of the Summitt Hospitality bracket of the Holiday Invitational.

Thon Maker, a 7-foot sophomore, led the win with 26 points.

The Virginia team will play the winner of the game between Fayetteville Trinity and Homeschool Christian Youth Association in the 7 p.m. finals.

Middle Creek, which lost to Sanderson 67-64, plays Hammond, S.C., at 8:30 a.m., in the seventh place game, while Word of God, a 77-60 winner over Hammond, takes on Sanderson in the fifth place game at 11:30.

Millbrook boys and girls in finals: The Millbrook boys continued their torrid play Friday in the Leon Brogden Holiday Invitational in Wilmington as they roared into Saturday’s championship game at UNC-Wilmington’s Trask Coliseum with a 70-41 win over Wilmington Hoggard.

The 9-2 Wildcats opened the tournament with a 97-29 win over Wilmington Laney on Friday. They will play Wilmington Ashley or East Carteret in the championship game at 8 p.m.

The Millbrook girls will play Wilmington Ashley at 6 p.m. for the girls championship after beating Havelock 43-33.

Gibbons boys win: Cardinal Gibbons defeated Charlotte Myers Park 55-46 in the Holy Angels tournament in Charlotte. Gibbons will play Charlotte Latin in the semifinals. Gibbons’ Moses Romocki had 26 points.

Leesville girls advance: The Leesville Road girls defeated Southern Durham 40-31 to earn a spot in the championship game of the Vision Sports Holiday Basketball Invitational at Cary Academy.

Leesville will play Durham Academy, a 47-28 winner over North Raleigh Christian, in the title game.

The boys’ final matches Fayetteville Christian, a 65-57 winner over Voyager Academy, against Norfolk Academy, a 58-47 winner over Cary Christian.

David Justice contributed to this story.

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