High School Sports

Champions crowned, all-tournament teams announced at John Wall Holiday Invitational

Garner’s Trayvon Ferrell was named the MVP David West bracket boys basketball championship game in the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 30, 2017. The Trojans defeated the Greenfield School Knights 90-80.
Garner’s Trayvon Ferrell was named the MVP David West bracket boys basketball championship game in the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 30, 2017. The Trojans defeated the Greenfield School Knights 90-80.

By the time Garner and Greenfield tipped off, Broughton’s Holliday Gymnasium had been sold out for more than two hours.

It was the perfect end to a thrilling four days of high school basketball.

Garner defeated Greenfield School for the David West bracket title, Southeast Raleigh topped Heritage for the girls’ bracket title and University School (Fla.) held off Hillcrest Prep (Az.) for the T.J. Warren bracket title as play concluded Saturday in the 46th annual John Wall Holiday Invitational.


Garner topped Greenfield 90-80, and the win was historic for two reasons: first, Greenfield’s Coby White scored 41 in the loss, giving him 119 for the tournament and breaking the 1990 record held by Garner’s Donald Williams (115); second, Garner coach Eddie Gray announced after the game that this season will be his last as a coach

Garner, which shot 57.1 percent from the floor, was led by reserve forward Jarren Ellerbe, who had 26 points. Tournament MVP Trayvon Ferrell had 20 and all-tournament selection Marque Maultsby had 14. Demetric Horton added 16 for Garner.

Awards: MVP – Trayvon Ferrell, Garner; MOP – Coby White, Greenfield; All-tournament – Kenyon Burt, Garner; Marque Maultsby, Garner; Demetric Horton, Garner; Elijah McCadden, Greenfield; Jalen Finch, Broughton; Brandon Stone, Christ School; Jalen Lecque, Christ School; Greg Gantt, Trinity Christian.

Team finish: 1. Garner; 2. Greenfield School; 3. Broughton; 4. Christ School; 5. Trinity Christian; 6. Kinston; 7. Greene Central; 8. Downey Christian (Fla.).


Southeast Raleigh took down girls’ defending champion Heritage 44-27 to win its first Holiday Invitational. The nationally-ranked Bulldogs led 20-12 at halftime as back-to-back 3s from Jamia Hazell just before the intermission gave Southeast some cushion that never dissipated. Heritage shot just 25 percent for the game.

Hazell had 10 points, tied with tournament MVP Jada McMillian for a game-high. McMillian, the point guard, also had 10 rebounds. Heritage’s Demi Washington had 12 points and nine rebounds in the loss.

Awards: MVP – Jada McMillian, Southeast Raleigh; MOP – Shaniya Jones, Wesleyan Christian; All-tournament – Anya Poole, Southeast Raleigh; Demi Washington, Heritage; Alissa Smalls, Heritage; Dazia Lawrence, Mallard Creek; Ahlana Smith, Mallard Creek; Kendal Moore, Northwood Temple; Izabel Verajao, Neuse Christian; Tamari Key, Cary.

Team finish: 1. Southeast Raleigh; 2. Heritage; 3. Mallard Creek; 4. Hillside; 5. Wesleyan Christian; 6. Cary; 7. Northwood Temple; 8. Neuse Christian.


University School defeated Hillcrest Prep for the title, 71-66.

Hillcrest Prep, from Phoenix, was led by one of the top sophomores in the country in Kyree Walker. Walker, who had 27 points, is committed to Arizona. University School, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., got 31 points and 11 rebounds from the nation’s top-ranked junior: Vernon Carey Jr. He is expected to commit to a school early next year.

In other Warren bracket action, Heritage defeated Panther Creek 76-32 for seventh place. Jayden Gardner had 21 points in the win. Justin McKoy had 11 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

In the fifth-place game, Word of God edged Cannon School 68-64 in double overtime. The Holy Rams (14-4) got 23 points from Zach Newkirk in a wild game that had 10 lead changes and seven ties.

Awards: MVP – Vernon Carey Jr., University School; MOP – Kyree Walker, Hillcrest Prep; All-tournament – Trey Doomes, University School; Jaylen Hoard, Wesleyan Christian; Aaron Wiggins, Wesleyan Christian; Jahmius Ramsey, IMG Academy; Qon Murphy, Cannon School; Jairus Hamilton, Cannon School; Jayden Gardner, Heritage; Justin McKoy, Panther Creek

Team finish: 1. University School (Fla.); 2. Hillcrest Prep (Az.); 3. Wesleyan Christian; 4. IMG Academy; 5. Word of God; 6. Cannon School; 7. Heritage; 8. Panther Creek.

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