Northside Christian takes boys' championship

Northside Christian takes boys' championship

Credit: Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Northside Christian's (21) Dionte Adams releases a jump shot in the lane as Victory Christian's (24) Montarius Hall applies defensive pressure during first half action of the boys Bojangles' High School Shootout championship game.

Print
Email
|

by Herb White / Special Correspondent for Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Observer

Posted on January 3, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 3 at 3:30 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Northside Christian was anything but soft in the Bojangles' Shootout.

The Knights swept to the boys' championship Thursday with a 56-54 win against Victory Christian at Bojangles' Coliseum in their biggest victory of the season. Northside Christian (11-1) scored on four of its first five possessions in overtime to beat Victory Christian, which swapped leads in the fourth quarter.

"We just came out here and showed Charlotte-Meck and the state of North Carolina that we're not a bunch of soft kids just because we play in a private school conference," said Northside guard Griffin Pittman, the tournament's most valuable player. "We can play with the best in (the county)."

Pittman, who attended his grandfather's funeral earlier in the day, did his share, scoring a game-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting.

Johan Pennerat (10 points) got Northside Christian off to a quick start in overtime with baskets on the first two possessions, followed by a Pittman basket and Dionte Adams' (12 points) three-point play.

"It was a chance for Northside to come in and introduce themselves to the city game here in Charlotte because Northside's not known for its basketball," Knights coach Byron Dinkins said. "The kids played well for three days and did what they needed to win."

Montarius Hall led Victory Christian with 20 points on 10-of-15 shooting and teammate Lloyd Simmons added 18 for the Kings (4-3).

Berry Academy won the girls' tournament by outlasting Mallard Creek 50-49 in the final. Tournament MVP Essence Baucom and Jessica Marcus (7-of-8 from the floor) each scored 16 to pace the 8-1 Cardinals, who outscored Mallard Creek 24-16 in the paint. Berry led by as many as nine points down the stretch, but the Mavericks climbed to within one on Nicole Graham's steal and layup with 5.3 seconds left.

"We're real young," Cardinals coach Robert Hillis said. "We kind of lost our composure a little bit. I think once we started back to playing team ball, we regrouped and got things back under control."

Graham led Mallard Creek (9-3) with 15 points on 4-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc; teammate Amber Neely added 13 points and five assists.

All tournament: Griffin Pittman (Northside Christian), Dionte Adams (Northside Christian), Sindarius Thornwell (Lancaster), Osandai Vaughn (Berry Academy), Montarius Hall (Victory Christian).

Print
Email
|