I’m multi-media, baby

You can see me on the airwaves of Kinston or hear me on the radio (or Internet) in the next couple of days.

I taped a pretty good segment with our good friend Reece Gardner on TACC-9 yesterday afternoon; I’m the second segment (after FOB Chris Humphrey and before FOB John Nix). It airs at 4 a.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 p.m. Friday and noon and 10:30 p.m. Sunday. There’s also an on-demand option at TACC-9.com, but yesterday’s show hasn’t been posted yet.

I also joined FOB Gattis Hodge for a segment for his awesome show, which will air tomorrow at 5 p.m. “Talkin Sports with Gattis Hodges” airs every Thursday from 5-6 p.m. on the First Media Radio Network: WDLZ 98.3, Murfeeesboro; WTRG 97.9 Roanoke Rapids; 1230 ESPN Radio “The Score” Roanoke Rapids; and on the web at www.thegreat98fm.com. We had our third annual post-GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational talk and I think you’ll enjoy it. Gattis does a fantastic job — and makes me wish we had something similar in Kinston/Lenoir County.

Game 22 (Summit championship): Portsmouth, Va. I.C. Norcom vs. Charlotte United Faith

End of first quarter: Norcom 22, United Faith 11

Halftime: Norcom 38, United Faith 22

Scoring leaders: Norcom — Dorian Finney-Smith 9, Devin Patterson 8, Jeremy Canty 7, Decarlos Anderson 6; United Faith — Braxton Ugbueze 14.

End of third quarter: Norcom 51, United Faith 35

Final: Norcom 71, United Faith 47

I.C. Norcom, of Portsmouth, Va., completed its Cinderella run through its inaugural GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational by routing defending GSK champion Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy, 71-47, in the title game of the Summit Hospitality Group portion of the tourney.

Norcom (10-0) defeated three North Carolina private school powerhouses – Raleigh Word of God, High Point Westchester Country Day and United Faith – on its way to the title.

Virginia Tech signee Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 14 points in the championship game and earned the Summit MVP award. Devin Patterson scored 19 points while Decarlos Anderson and Jeremy Canty contributed 12 each in the victory.

United Faith was led by Braxton Ogbueze’s 19 points and by the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, ECU signee Paris Roberts-Campbell, who had 15.

I.C. Norcom 71, Charlotte United Faith 47

Norcom                22           16           13           20           –             71

United Faith       11           11           13           12           –             47

N: Jeremy Canty 12, Devin Patterson 19, Dorian Finney-Smith 14, Kameron Mack 7, Decarlos Anderson 12, Paul Nicholson 7. UF: Braxton Ogbueze 19, Ivan Benkovic 2, John Edwards 4, Paris Campbell-Roberts 15, Peter Jurkin 3, Zach Davis 2, Henry Uwadiae 2.

Game 21 (Randolph final): Raleigh Ravenscroft vs. Apex Middle Creek

End of first quarter: Ravenscroft 15, Middle Creek 12

Halftime: Ravenscroft 30, Middle Creek 21

Scoring leaders: Ravenscroft — Anton Gill 9, Madison Jones 6, Marcus Bryan 6; Middle Creek — Leon Hargrove 8, Quinton Ray 4, Nate Fleming 4.

End of third quarter: Ravenscroft 43, Middle Creek 32


Raleigh Ravenscroft got 16 points from tournament MVP Anton Gill to down Apex Middle Creek, 57-52, in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation portion of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational Thursday night.

The GSK championship was the first for the Ravens in three appearances.

“When we were invited to this tournament a year ago by (tournament executive director) Bill Sewell, I knew we were going to have a good basketball team this year,” Ravenscroft coach Kevin Billerman said. “I didn’t know how good, but you can see that our team is still growing.”

Gill, a sophomore guard who averaged 16.3 points per game in the GSK, was 7 of 12 from the field. Madison Jones, who made the All-Randolph team with Marcus Bryan, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.

However, it was the team’s defense that caught the eye of its coach.

“This team played outstanding defense for 28 of 32 minutes,” Billerman said. “For 28 of the 32 minutes, we contained some of the quickest guards in the area.”

Middle Creek, also making its third appearance in the GSK, has improved each time it’s played in the Glaxo – finishing eighth in 2006 and fifth in 2008.

“To see the progression this program has made from going 1-43 to playing a championship in front of a lot of people, it is a very proud moment for me,” Mustangs coach David Kushner said.

The Mustangs (12-1) were led by Leon Hargrove’s 21 points. Quinton Ray, who joined Hargrove on the all-Randolph team, finished with 11 points.

Raleigh Ravenscroft 57, Apex Middle Creek 52

Middle Creek     12           9              11           20           –             52

Ravenscroft        15           15           13           14           –             57

MC: Keith Fitzgerald 2, Quinton Ray 11, Leon Hargrove 21, Donta Davis 6, Brandon Hooks 4, Nate Fleming 5, Marvin Wilson 3. R: Anton Gill 1, Madison Jones 11, Andrew Franz 5, Joell Hopkins 7, Marcus Bryan 16, Quinn Billerman 2.

Game 20 (Summit third-place): Arden Christ 62, High Point Westchester Country Day 51

End of first quarter: Westchester 15, Christ School 11

Halftime: Christ School 31, Westchester 26

Scoring leaders: Christ School — Marshall Plumlee 13, Damarcus Harrison 6; Westchester — Josh Level 9, Ike Nwamu 6.

End of third quarter: Christ School 44, Westchester 36

Final: Christ School 62, Westchester 51

Arden Christ School used 20-point-plus efforts from Duke signee Marshall Plumlee and Brigham Young signee Damarcus Harrison to battle past High Point Westchester Country Day School, 62-51, in the third-place game of the Summit Hospitality portion of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational on Thursday.

Plumlee finished with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Harrison added 20 points and eight boards to lead the Greenies to the victory.

“We feel better today than last night,” Christ School coach David Gaines said, referring to his team’s loss to Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy on Wednesday. “We had a real heart-to-heart last night and again this morning. We’ve got to become the team we were a week ago.”

T.D. Dixon also finished in double digits for the Greenies (15-4) with 10 points.

Westchester (9-6) dropped its second straight game in the Glaxo despite getting 15 points, eight boards and five blocked shots from Deuce Bello. Josh Level had his own double-double of 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Wildcats, whose coach – Pat Kahny – admitted his team was a bit winded after the loss.

“We looked like two pretty tired teams out there today,” Kahny said of Westchester . “I don’t know if it was because of the three days in a row, the holidays or because it was a consolation-type game, but both teams looked lethargic. There were streaks in there where both teams looked pretty good, but there were other times where it didn’t look like the same two teams that have played each other before.”

Westchester      15           11           10           15           –             51

Arden Christ       11           20           11           20           –             62

W: Ike Nwamu 7, Cole Morgenstern 4, Deuce Bello 15, Josh Level 11, Davis Tucker 4, Keemon Ingram 4, Josh Burton 6. AC: Rob Gray 5, T.D. Dixon 10, Damarcus Harrison 20, Corban Collins 2, Marshall Plumlee 21, Andy McMillan 1, Justin Dotson 3.

Game 19 (Summit fifth-place): Raleigh Word of God 74, Brandon, Miss. 42

End of first quarter: Word of God 22, Brandon 7

Halftime: Word of God 41, Brandon 19

Scoring leaders: WOG — Torian Graham 16, T.J. Warren 13; Brandon — Trey Brown 7, Tyler Adams 6, Johnathan Sanders 6

End of third quarter: Word of God 54, Brandon 34

Final: Word of God 74, Brandon 42

It wasn’t where Raleigh Word of God coach Quentin Jackson wanted his team to finish – but he likes where they’re headed.

The Holy Rams (7-1) rolled over Georgetown University signee Tyler Adams and Brandon, Miss., 74-42, in the fifth-place game of the Summit Hospitality Group portion of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational on Thursday. Although his team won the consolation championship of the Summit, Jackson said their eye was on a bigger prize.

“Each day we got better,” Jackson said. “We can build from this. … The guys are starting to understand what we’re trying to do; they’re playing together. … I’m excited about where we’re going.”

Torian Graham was spectacular for the Holy Rams, scoring 26 points on 10 of 20 shooting from the field, including 4 of 7 from behind the 3-point arc. He was aided by a 17-point performance from T.J. Warren, while Joseph Uchebo pulled down 12 rebounds for WOG.

Brandon got 11 points each from Adams and Trey Brown. Adams added nine boards and finished the Glaxo averaging 18.3 points and 12 rebounds per game in the tourney.

“We were glad to get out here and get some national exposure and get a win on a national stage,” Brandon coach Frederick Barnes said.

Raleigh Word of God 74, Brandon, Miss. 42

Word of God      22           19           13           20           –             74

Brandon               7              12           15           8              –             42

WOG: Joshua Newkirk 4, Torian Graham 26, Bishop Daniels 4, T.J. Warren 17, Joseph Uchebo 5, Claytin Lewis 2, Yemi Makanjuola 2, Harvey McMurray 3, Abdul Kasim 2, Camden Scott 3, Aaron Dawson 6. B: Trey Brown 11, Rickey Proctor 7, Tyler Adams 11, Patrick Brown 2, Johnathan Sanders 9, Jeremy Jones 2.

Game 18 (Randolph third-place): Cary 57, Durham Riverside 41

End of first quarter: Cary 13, Riverside 2

Halftime: Cary 27, Riverside 15

Scoring leaders: Cary — Anthony Shelton 9, Colton Lehman 6, Donte Johnson 6; Riverside — Brien Berry 4, Terrance Thompson 4.

End of third quarter: Cary 45, Riverside 29

Final: Cary 57, Riverside 41

Cary jumped out to a 13-2 lead after one period and the Imps never looked back as they rolled past Durham Riverside, 57-41, in the third-place game of the Shavlik Randolph Foundation portion of the 2010 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational Thursday afternoon.

The Imps led 27-15 at halftime and 45-29 after three quarters to cruise to the victory.

“I thought we started the game really well and I was real pleased with jumping out to a big lead,” Cary coach Allan Gustafson said. “More importantly, we were able to maintain that big lead.”

The third-place finish was the best Cary has had in the GSK since winning it in 1994.

“This was a nice way for us to finish 2010 and a great springboard for 2011,” Gustafson said.

Donte Johnson had 17 points and seven rebounds, while Anthony Shelton scored 15 to lead the Imps (9-3).

Riverside was paced by Terrance Thompson’s 12 points and six rebounds.

Pirates coach Tim Ross declined to participate in the tournament-mandated post-game press conference but passed along his congratulations to Cary via a tournament media assistant.

Cary 57, Durham Riverside 41

Cary       13           14           18           12           –             57

Riverside             2              13           14           12           –             41

C: Anthony Shelton 15, Colton Lehman 6, Austin Brannen 9, Donte Johnson 17, Stephen Bajorek 2, Luke Akinsola 4, Michael Campbell 2, Stavian Allen 2. R: Nick Collins 3, Brien Berry 8, Al Hughes 3, Xavier Webb 2, Terrance Thompson 12, Chase McCain 2, Corbin Cameron 5, Gary Jones 6.

Game 17 (Randolph fifth-place): Raleigh Broughton 79, Knightdale 66

End of first quarter: Broughton 22, Knightdale 18

Halftime: Broughton 35, Knightdale 29

Scoring leaders: Broughton — Staats Battle 20, Andrew Ocampo 5; Knightdale — Jalen Jones 9, Ahamad Abdullah 5.

End of third quarter: Broughton 51, Knightdale 44

Final: Broughton 79, Knightdale 66

Staats Battle and Raleigh Broughton used the 3-ball to their advantage in Thursday’s first game of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational and finished fifth in the Shavlik Randolph Foundation portion of the GSK with a 79-66 victory against Knightdale. The fifth-place finish is the best for the Capitals since 2001, when Broughton was fourth.

“We have six seniors on this team and they’re the glue for this program,” Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell said. “I’m just very proud of what they’ve accomplished. It’s been a long time since Broughton has won two games in the Glaxo.”

Battle hit 7 of 8 3-pointers – one short of the individual Glaxo game record – to score a game-high 26 points. His effort helped Broughton tie the tournament record for 3-pointers in a game (11), which is held by Kinston (1994). The Capitals also broke the record for 3-pointers in a tournament with 24; the previous record was 23 by Santa Ana (Calif.) Valley, also in 1994.

Broughton (10-2) had three other players score in double digits – Cyrus Stewart with 14, Conor Strickland with 13 and Devonte’ Graham with 12.

The Knights (7-7) were led by Deshaun Griffin’s 18 points, Jalen Jones’ 16 and Ahamad Abdullah’s 12 points and four assists.

“I have to give a lot of credit to Broughton for their shooting in their win,” Knightdale coach Battle Watkins said. “They were also really good at moving the ball around.”

Raleigh Broughton 79, Knightdale 66

Knightdale          18           11           15           22           –             66

Broughton          22           13           16           28           –             79

K: Ahamad Abdullah 12, Brian Okoye 6, Jalen Jones 16, Deshaun Griffin 18, Curry Lassiter 4, Kevin Brodie 6, Charles Person 4. Broughton: Devonte’ Graham 12, Andrew Ocampo 9, Cyrus Stewart 14, Staats Battle 26, Conor Strickland 13, Sam Kipuni 3.

Welcome to Day 4 of the 2010 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational!

It’s been a quick three days of the Glaxo — but now it’s Championship Day at Holliday! Here’s today’s schedule:

11 a.m.: Randolph fifth-place game – Knightdale vs. Raleigh Broughton

12 p.m.: Girls’ seventh-place game – Cary Christian vs. Western Harnett (at Cary Academy)

12:40 p.m.: Randolph third-place game – Cary vs. Durham Riverside

1:45 p.m.: Girls’ fifth-place game – Northern Durham vs. Clayton (at Cary Academy)

2:20 p.m.: Summit fifth-place game – Brandon, Miss. vs. Raleigh Word of God

3:30 p.m.: Girls’ third-place game – Raleigh Enloe vs. Apex Middle Creek (at Cary Academy)

4 p.m.: Summit third-place game – Arden Christ School vs. High Point Westchester Country Day

5:40 p.m.: Girls’ championship game, at Holliday Gymnasium – SE Raleigh vs. Raleigh Millbrook

7:20 p.m.: Randolph championship game – Raleigh Ravenscroft vs. Apex Middle Creek

9 p.m.: Summit championship game – Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy vs. Portsmouth, Va. I.C. Norcom

Statistical leaders:

Boys’ scoring (14 ppg or more)

56 — Paris Campbell-Roberts, Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy

54 — Lanerryl Johnson, Walton, Ga.*

46 — Deuce Bello, High Point Westchester Country Day

44 — Tyler Adams, Brandon, Miss.

40 — Decarlos Anderson, Portsmouth, Va., I.C. Norcom

34 — Brandon Bos, Saltsburg, Pa., Kiski School*

34 – Trey Brown, Brandon, Miss.

33 — Anton Gill, Raleigh Ravenscroft

33 — Terrance Thompson, Durham Riverside

32 — Torian Graham, Raleigh Word of God

30 — Austin Brannen, Cary

30 — Casey Carroll, Saltsburg, Pa., Kiski School*

30 — Dorian Finney-Smith, Portsmouth, Va., I.C. Norcom

30 — Damarcus Harrison, Arden Christ School

30 — Jalen Jones, Knightdale

29 – Karl Cochran, Walton, Ga.*

29 — Ike Nwamu, High Point Westchester Country Day

28 — Anthony Shelton, Cary

* indicates team was eliminated after two games

30-point games (these players will be honored in the GSK program)

35 — Deuce Bello, (High Point Westchester Country Day vs. Saltsburg, Pa. Kiski School)

30 — Lanerryl Johnson, (Walton, Ga. vs. Charlotte United Faith Christian Academy)

Rebounds (7 rpg or better)

28 — Joseph Uchebo, Raleigh Word of God

27 – Tyler Adams, Brandon, Miss.

23 — Marcus Bryan, Raleigh Ravenscroft

20 — Donte Reynolds, Kinston*

19 — Donte Johnson, Cary

19 — Curry Lassiter, Knightdale

19 — Marshall Plumlee, Arden Christ School

18 — Casey Carroll, Saltsburg, Pa. Kiski School*

18 — Dorian Finney-Smith, Portsmouth, Va., I.C. Norcom

16 — Terrance Thompson, Durham Riverside

15 – Trey Brown, Brandon, Miss.

14 — Mike Tyson, Kinston*

* indicates team was eliminated after two games

Assists (4 apg or better)

11 – Madison Jones, Raleigh Ravenscroft

10 — Devonte’ Graham, Raleigh Broughton

9 – Ahamad Abdullah, Knightdale

9 – Anthony Shelton, Cary

8 — Major Canady, Saltsburg, Pa. Kiski School*

Steals (3 spg or better)


Blocks (3 bpg or better)

8 – Joseph Uchebo, Raleigh Word of God

7 — Tyler Adams, Brandon, Miss.

6 — Deuce Bello, High Point Westchester Country Day

6 — Marcus Bryan, Raleigh Ravenscroft

Game 16 (Summit semifinal): Portsmouth, Va. I.C. Norcom 65, High Point Westchester Country Day 37

End of first quarter: Norcom 17, Westchester 5

Halftime: Norcom 30, Westchester 17

Scoring leaders: Norcom — Jeremy Canty 9, Decarlos Anderson 8, Dorian Finney-Smith 6; Ike Nwamu 8, Deuce Bello 5.

End of third quarter: Norcom 44, Westchester 26

Final: Norcom 65, Westchester 37

Norcom                 17       13      14       21    –   65

Westchester          5        12      9         11    –   37

N: Jeremy Canty 14, Devin Patterson 5, Dorian Finney-Smith 10, Kameron Mack 5, Decarlos Anderson 23, P.J. Ratcliff 2, James Whitaker 2, Paul Nicholson 2, Isaac White 2. W: Ike Nwamu 13, Cole Morgenstern 2, Deuce Bello 11, Davis Tucker 3, Keemon Ingram 1, Josh Burton 5, Gasser Elsayed 2.