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Posted On: 12/11/17 8:46 PM
The atmosphere for this game was that of a playoff game and it’s only the beginning of December. The gym was already packed before the girl’s game started and by time the boy’s game began there was barely any standing room. Both teams went back and forth in the first half with Hoke County going to halftime with an 8 point lead. In the third quarter Hoke County went on a bigtime run to create a cap in this matchup and never looked back. Hoke would end up with the win 67-54, being led in scoring by Silas Love who would finish with 15 points.
Hoke County Senior Guard Jaleel Ray: D2 programs looking for a shooter should give this young man a call. He started off the game hot from deep knocking down 3 trey balls, would finish with 12 points on the night.
Hoke County Senior Forward Silas Love: UNCP got a good one in this young man, he blocks shots, rebounds and makes plays above the rim. Once he adds some more upper body strength, he will be an absolute terror to guard.
Hoke County Senior Point Guard Dakari Johnson: D1 programs are missing out on Dakari, he has a toughness that you don’t see from many at his age. He can run a team, defend, and score the ball at a very nice level but most importantly he knows how to win games.
Hoke County Freshman Guard Jaquantae Harris: Throughout the game he showed flashes of how good he can be, he’s quick and athletic with a nice overall skillset. Once he adjust to the physicality and speed of the varsity game he will be a special player, finished with 9 points.
Hoke County Junior Guard Eli Wright: Another player that helps Hoke County stretch opposing defense with his ability to shoot the ball. Brings a nice amount of effort on the defensive end of the floor, solid role player for the squad.
71st HS Senior Guard Dontravious Byrd: He does a solid job of getting the team into its sets quickly and not turning the ball over much. He could be a nice pickup for a JC program that is looking for an up-tempo style PG.
71st HS Junior Forward Brion McLaurin: Easily was the most productive player for 71st offensively and is a player to keep a close eye on. He’s 6’6 with a nice wingspan and can shoot the ball well from deep but is not afraid to mix it up inside.
71st HS Senior F/C James Kamara: He had one of the top plays of the day with a dunk in the paint over a Hoke County defender. His athletic ability is what allows to impact the game at a nice level not only on offense but on defense as it showed by the amount of shots he blocked.
71st HS Senior F/C Harold Shelton: There is always a place on the squad for a player that just gives maximum effort and Harold is that guy for 71st. He’s raw offensively but plays with a high motor and battles with opposing bigs.