Posted On: 11/7/16 9:47 PM
The high school basketball season is finally here. Tonight one of the first regular season games of the year was between Legacy Charter from Greenville, South Carolina and Carolina Day School in Asheville, North Carolina. Legacy Charter would prevail 70-65 to begin the season 2-0.
Legacy Charter features one of the top 2017 big men in the country with Nic Claxton who has a final five of South Carolina, Georgia, Baylor, NC State and Florida State. Claxton showed his full arsenal tonight finishing with 20 points. The smooth lefty showed his ability to knock down shots all the way out to the three-point line, showed a good handle with the basketball. His length was a problem for Carolina Day School’s big men as he was easily getting rebounds and deterring shots.
Rayshawn Neal, a 5-foot-11 point guard and Charlotte native was steady all night long for Legacy Charter, he attacked the lanes, showed a strong handle with the basketball in his hands, and used his strength to overpower some of Carolina Day’s guards. He finished with 16 points. Big man Tyrell Mendenhall, also knows as “Big Hurt” was impressive tonight for Legacy Charter as he was too much physically for Carolina Day’s big men. He grabbed a lot of rebound and got a lot of easy baskets by using his 240 pound frame. He showed really good footwork and a soft touch.
Carolina Day School had a strong showing from a pair of sophomores as Raishaun Brown poured in 16 points on a variety of shots and wing D’Angelo Elliot who scored 14 points for the Wildcats. Brown, a 6-foot-1 guard was impressive with his ability to handle ball pressure and find the open man while attacking the paint. He plays the entire length of the floor, grabbed rebounds and just made basketball plays. Elliot, a 6-foot-3 wing got his shot going in the second half, knocking down three 3-pointers, and providing a high-level of intensity throughout the game. He was a couple of shots away from having a really big game if a few of his shots that were dead on would have fell.
Luke Rutherford and Peyton Truesdale has solid games for Carolina Day. Rutherford is a strong, workhorse for the Wildcats who provides defensive intensity the whole game and gives his all on the floor. Truesdale is a big guard, who possesses a really good shot, and is a smart basketball mind.
Legacy Charter travels to Christ School (Arden, North Carolina) tomorrow.
Carolina Day travels to Calvary Baptist for The Cougar Tip-Off starting Friday.