John Guerra scored what is believed to be a Cary Academy school record 45 points on Saturday in an 83-80 boys basketball overtime victory over the Raleigh Hawks, an area home school team, in the seventh-place game of the Vision Sporting Goods Invitational at Cary Academy.
The 6-foot-1 senior started fast and closed fast. He scored 14 points in the first period and had 10 in the overtime period after getting nine in the third and nine in the fourth.
He made four three-points and nine free throws.
He is a steady scorer, said Cary Academy coach Mindaugas Timinskas. You can usually count on him getting 20 or more in most games. His previous high was 35.
Guerras career best game thrust him into the area scoring lead with 26.1 points per game. Northern Durhams Ricky Council is second in scoring average with 25.5 and Claytons Gary Clark is third with 24.5.
Chapel Hill dominates: The Chapel Hill girls basketball team ripped through the Holiday Invitational to keep its News & Observer No. 1 ranking. Coach Sherry Norris club defeated Durham Hillside, West Craven and West Forsyth to claim the title.
The Millbrook girls, winner of the Leon Brogden Holiday Invitational in Wilmington, move from No. 9 to No. 6.
Northern Durham and Panther Creek remain on top of the boys rankings with Millbrook making a jump from No. 7 to No. 3 with a second-place finish in the Brogden tournament.
Apex moves in at 5-6, despite losing two games in the Holiday Invitational at Broughton High. Apex beat Moss Point, Miss., in the opener and took eventual bracket champion Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland into overtime before losing in the semifinals. Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler blasted the Cougars in the third place game.
Stevens leads: Azura Stevens of Cary played against some of the best girls high school basketball competition in the state last week during the Holiday Invitational at Cary Academy, but she maintained her lead as the areas top girls scorer and rebounder.
Stevens, a Duke recruit, is averaging 31.5 points, about seven points more than junior Grace Hunter of Athens Drive, who is No. 2 on the list.
Stevens leads Rebakah Banks of Cary Academy in rebounding, 21.5 to 19.5.
Orange wins: Orange won the Eastern Guilford Christmas Holiday boys basketball tournament on Saturday night with a 71-68 victory over Burlington Cummings. Orange (9-2) was led by Keegan Crabtrees 18 points. Jawan Chambers had 17.