Chance Greene may have been the smallest player on the court, but he bombed in some of the biggest shots of the game Friday night to lead Durham Voyager Academy to a 72-62 non-conference win over Ravenscroft.
Voyager coach Mike Huff called the game “the biggest in school history,” as Greene and his teammates are trying to put together a special season playing in the NCHSAA 1A classification.
“I wanted to schedule a game that would help get us ready for the state playoffs,” said Huff, whose team is 16-2 with losses to Virginia Episcopal and 4A Philip O. Berry out of Charlotte. “And to get a team like Ravenscroft, which is so respected and so good, to come here was very big for us, a chance to play a team like that with a very respected coach like Kevin Billerman.”
The Ravens (12-6) led practically all of the first half and led 32-27 at halftime.
Voyager stayed close and Greene, a 5-9 junior with a quick release and high-arching shot, got the home crowd and his team fired up with a 3-pointer that tied the score at 43-43. With 47 seconds left in the third period, he put his team ahead for good, 46-45, with another three and 23 seconds later Chris Sauce notched another 3-pointer for the Vikings, who refused to let the Ravens get the momentum back.
Greene hit six 3-pointers and scored 24, followed by Sauce with 21. Jay Huff, an athletic, slender, 6-10 junior, scored 15.
“This was a big game for us,” Greene said. “We wanted to come out and show everybody what we’re made of. We get along, we’re like a family and feel like we can win a state championship this year.”
For Ravenscroft, David Reynolds scored 19, followed by sophomore Mike Okauru (16) and Ian Dubose (15).
“They outplayed us,” BIllerman said. “We didn’t shoot very well, and fouls hurt us, but that’s a very good team. They shot well, played hard, and played smart. Huff is a very nice player, but the whole team is good. They could win a state championship.”
Voyager, with just its second senior class, lost in the first round of the state playoffs last season. Greene, Collin Faucette and Jay Huff are juniors. Sauce and Diante Parker are the senior starters.
“We’ve got some really good kids here who have worked hard,” coach Huff said. “We emphasize team a lot. Diante may not score much, but he’s a defensive player who shuts people down and Chance is our high-energy, natural leader. And when he gets it going like he did tonight, I tell him to just keep shooting.”