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Greyhound Tipoff Classic

The Greyhound Tipoff Classic took place on Saturday, December 16th.  The event featured two defending state champions in LC Bird and IC Norcom, Division I commits Joe Bryant (Lake Taylor/Norfolk State), Tyrek Williams (LC Bird/Norfolk State), Johnathan Norfleet (Salem/Wagner), Chris Ford (LC Bird/Norfolk State) and several unsigned seniors who have the attention of college coaches including Bluefield Head Coach Richard Morgan, Hampton’s Brian Graves, Chowan’s Steve Jecewicz who were among the coaches in attendance.  Here is a brief recap of each game and we will also take a look at some of the standout performers at the Greyhound Tipoff Classic     

Churchland  77,  Lakeland 58

Dallas Wilson scored all of his 10 points in the first half and Resean White added 9 before halftime as Churchland built a 16 point halftime lead and never looked back cruising to a 77-58 win.  Wilson, a 6’6 unsigned senior forward also finished with 14 rebounds and helped Churchland get out in transition where they did most of their damage.  Zytaviah Quick scored 11 points in the win but his guard play along with solid point guard play from Jaquan Askew allowed Churchland to keep the fast paced tempo as they frequently got penetration into the Lakeland zone defense.  Rontre Pope scored 11 points and Jamil Wright 8 for the Truckers.  Lakeland freshman Quinten Livingston scored a game high 24 points and sophomore Clint Wright, Jr added 17 in a losing cause for a young Lakeland team that starts one junior, three sophomores and a freshman.

Hampton 87, Salem 54

Hampton used a 10-3 second quarter run sparked by Quishon Harris and Jaquez Yow to shake off a sluggish start and turn back Salem 87-54.  Salem built a 17-11 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to five quick points from Jaiden King and led 21-13 with 6:19 left in the half.  Enter high motor 6’6 senior Jaquez Yow whose rebounding on the defensive glass limited Salem’s second chance opportunities.  Yow got a stick back and was fouled with 6:19 left in the second quarter and completed a three point play to cut the Salem lead to 21-16.  He scored nine points in the quarter to spark the Hampton rally.  Quishon Harris hit a corner three pointer with 5:35 left before halftime and on the ensuing possession found a streaking James Harris in transition for a layup to spark the 10-3 momentum changing run for Hampton.  The Crabbers led 34-30 at the half and continued their onslaught into the third quarter as they pushed their lead to 10 with 5:06 left in the quarter, an 18 point swing!  The Crabbers put 30 points on the board in the fourth quarter thanks to Jaquez Yow’s 10 and James Harris’ 7 points as they cruised to their 6th win of the year in six outings.  Yow finished with 22 points, James Harris and Quishon Harris added 13 points each for Hampton.  Wagner bound guard Johnathan Norfleet finished with 13 points for Salem, 12 points below his season average.                

Lake Taylor 69, Landstown 58

Dereon Seabron had 24 points, 15 rebounds and Norfolk State commit Joe Bryant added 16 points including his 1,000th career point and the Titans used a big third quarter to topple Landstown 69-58.  The Titans used a 9-0 run midway through the third sparked by a pair of Joe Bryant three pointers and outscored Landstown 21-9 in the quarter.  Lake Taylor employed a    1-2-2 full court trapping zone that forced Landstown into some bad shots and turnovers and helped the Titans push their lead to as many as 19 with 3:43 left in the third.  Also key for the Titans in the third quarter was the guard play of junior Tyquan McNair and freshman Kaeshawn Ward who had three assists each in the frame and handled Landstowns full court man to man pressure.  Ward had five points and McNair four in the quarter as the Titans pulled away.   Tisheed Jones and Jason Ford scored 13 points each for Landstown and Lamont Oliphant added 11 points, 11 rebounds in defeat.

LC Bird 56,  Woodside 45

Senior guard Raheem Jenkins scored 21 points and Corbin Slayton added 17 to lift LC Bird to a 56-45 win over Woodside.  The defending group 5A state champion Sky Hawks built a 10-2 lead behind smooth shooting guard Corbin Slayton who hit a pair of three pointers and scored 8 points while Woodside struggled.  Bird led 12-6 after the first quarter and despite Woodside’s cold shooting start could not manage to pull away.  Sophomore point guard Quishaun Brevard who holds a Hampton University offer scored 6 points in the first half as the young Woodside Wolverines seemed to finally settle in.  Despite their shooting woes Woodside only trailed the defending champions 23-19 at the half.  The third quarter was a tug of war.  Senior point guard Raheem Jenkins caught fire and helped LC Bird push their lead to 30-23 at the halfway mark of the third quarter.  Jenkins’ counterpart, Woodside senior floor general Xavier Askew despite foul trouble began to attack the rim and managed to get to the foul line himself where he scored 4 of his six points in the quarter as Woodside pulled to within four with just over two minutes to play.  The Wolverines would be within four points on two occasions in the third only to see LC Bird rally.  Raheem Jenkins scored 8 in the quarter, Corbin Slayton five and LC Bird held off a pair of third quarter runs to build the lead to 10, 42-32 by the end of the third quarter.  LC Bird pushed the lead to 13 points with 6:18 left in the fourth quarter only to see Woodside come charging back behind consecutive three pointers by Quishaun Brevard.  Woodside was within six with 2:21 to play but LC Bird turned it up once again and Raheem Jenkins put the finishing touches on this one.  Jenkins scored six of his game high 21 points in the fourth quarter as LC Bird held on to win it

Green Run 52,  Norcom 46

The Green Run Stallions saw their 10 point fourth quarter lead cut to two with 3:26 to play and went 6-6 at the free throw line in the final frame to hold off the hard charging Greyhounds 52-46.  The Green Run defense held Norcom to just two field goals in the second quarter as they built a 27-14 halftime lead.  Ashley James turned in another productive scoring effort scoring seven points in the second quarter and eight in the third finishing with a game high 22.  He had three rim rocking slams during a furious third quarter spurt that saw Green Run open up their largest lead, 39-24 with 2:33 left in the third.  Norcom turned up the defensive pressure and made a run of their own early in the fourth sparked by the defense and shooting of Carlith Hamlin and Donnell Langford.  Hamlin buried a corner three, then hit a short jumper ahead of a Donnell Langford three pointer from the top of the key as Norcom got to within two with 3:26 to play in the fourth.  Green Run used a timeout to right the ship and held Norcom to just two points the rest of the way.  Meanwhile the Stallions sealed the deal with 6 for 6 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter as Ashley James, Devontae Griffin and Aisaiah Phillips converted on a pair of free throws each to shut the door on the Norcom comeback bid.  In addition to James’ 22 point effort, the Stallions got 10 points from Aisaiah Phillips and 12 rebounds from 6’7 senior Jachon Brown.  Norcom was led by Donnell Langford (11 points) and Carlith Hamlin (10).      

Let’s take a look at some of the events top performers:

Dallas Wilson (Churchland 6’6 2018).  Dallas scored 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Churchland.  The unsigned senior has D2 and D3 interest and recorded his third double/double of the young season. 

Resean White  (Churchland 6’5 2018).  The transfer from Nansemond Suffolk Academy has been a huge addition to Churchland both offensively and defensively.  The smooth shooting wing scored 7 of his 11 points in the first quarter to help Churchland jump to a 21-12 lead.   

Quinten Livingston  (Lakeland 6’4 2021).  Livingston, a transfer from Kings Fork High School scored a game high 24 points against Churchland and grabbed 8 rebounds. 

Clint Wright, Jr  (Lakeland 5’10 2020).  Clint Wright is one of the 757’s best shooters and the son of his coach and former Norfolk State University star Clint Wright, Sr. Wright scored 17 points in a loss to Churchland.

Jaquez Yow  (Hampton 6’5 2018)  Yow is having s breakout season for Hampton.  The high motor and versatile wing scored 22 points and dominated the glass in a pivotal third quarter run. 

James Harris  (Hampton 6’5 2019).  Harris scored 13 points, right at his season average but is also averaging 13 rebounds on the season for Hampton.  His rebounding was key in the win for Hampton.

Quishon Harris  (Hampton 6’1 2019).  Quishon scored 13 points, dished out 5 assists and had four steals in the win for Hampton.

Dereon Seabron  (Lake Taylor 6’6 2018).  An unsigned senior wing Dereon scored 24 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, he also blocked 3 shots to lead Lake Taylor to the win.

Joe Bryant  (Lake Taylor 6’1 2018).  Norfolk State bound Joe Bryant received a nice ovation from the crowd when he scored his 1,000th career point with 4:42 left in the second quarter to give the Titans an 18-16 lead.  Bryant finished with 16 points in the win.    

Tyquan McNair  (Lake Taylor 6’1 2019)  McNair scored 12 points and dished out 6 assists in the Titans win.

Tisheed Jones  (Landstown  5’11 2019).  Tisheed scored 13 points and added 5 steals in a losing effort.

Lamont Oliphant  (Landstown 6’4 2019).  Lamont had 11 points, 11 rebounds but it wasn’t enough as Lake Taylor pulled away from Landstown in the second half.

Raheem Jenkins  (LC Bird 6’1 2018). A crafty, high IQ floor general Raheem scored 21 points and came up big in the fourth quarter as the defending Group 5A state champions pulled away for a win.  Jenkins is hearing from school’s such as Chowan and Longwood but expects his recruiting to pick up as the season progresses.  He came off the bench last year behind current Delaware State guard Pinky Wiley.

Corbin Slayton  (LC Bird 6’2 2019).  Slayton, a transfer from Life Christian Academy can flat out score the basketball and is averaging double figures to help LC Bird get off to a great start.  Slayton scored 17 points in the win.

Quishaun Brevard  (Woodside 6’2 2020)  Brevard, who transferred from Denbigh HS already has a Hampton University offer and has established himself among the top guards in his class in Virginia.  Brevard had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals against LC Bird.

Ashley James  (Green Run 6’4 2019).  James dazzled the crowd with three monster jams as he scored 22 points to lift Green Run to a win over the defending Group 3A State Champions.   

Aisaiah Phillips  (Green Run 5’11 2020)  Phillips, a transfer from Norfolk Christian has really turned it up a notch averaging 11 ppg for Green Run over the past 6 games.  He scored 13 and hit crucial free throws down the stretch as Green Run outlasted Norcom.

Jachon Brown (Green Run 6’8 2018).  Brown saw his season cut short last year due to injury but he has looked good this year running the floor and rebounding the basketball.  He grabbed 12 rebounds in Green Run’s win.

Donnell Langford  (Norcom 6’0 2020).  Langford has put together some big scoring games for Norcom so far this season.  He scored 11 points and hit a big three pointer in a late Norcom rally. 

written by Coach Frank

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