Greene Central’s Donte Johnson comes to the bench during the John Wall Holiday Invitational opener against Christ School. The Christ School Greenies defeated the Greene Central Rams 66-60 on Dec. 27, 2017. Photo Courtesy of the John Wall Holiday Invitational
Greene Central’s Donte Johnson comes to the bench during the John Wall Holiday Invitational opener against Christ School. The Christ School Greenies defeated the Greene Central Rams 66-60 on Dec. 27, 2017. Photo Courtesy of the John Wall Holiday Invitational

High School Sports

John Wall Holiday Invitational recaps from Day 1 games

By J. Mike Blake

mblake@newsobserver.com

December 27, 2017 05:39 PM

RALEIGH

Attendance for early games on Day One of the John Wall Holiday Invitational are typically low, but that wasn’t the case on Wednesday at Broughton’s Holiday Gymnasium, where the boys games were played, or Cary Academy for the girls games.

The first two girls games of the day – Heritage versus Northwood Temple and Southeast Raleigh against Neuse Christian – had lively crowds, and Holiday Gymnasium was almost at capacity by halftime of the first game: host Broughton against Downey Christian.

Thursday’s matchups are set, including the semifinals in the David West and girls brackets.

DAVID WEST BRACKET

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Broughton 71, Downey Christian, Fla. 51: The undefeated Captials (11-0) went up 37-25 at halftime and didn’t look back against the Patriots (7-7) from Orlando. Downey Christian scoring sensation Julian Newman was held to 12 points as Broughton starter D.J. Thomas and reserve Darian Williams hounded him. Broughton’s Jalen Finch scored a game-high 26 points on 9 of 10 shooting. Tyler Palmer added 10.

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Broughton's DJ Thomas defended one of the nation's top scorers in Julian Newman and held him to just two made field goals and 12 total points in the John Wall Holiday Invitational opener. J. Mike Blakemblake@newsobserver.com

Christ School 66, Greene Central 60: Greene Central’s Rams (7-3) and Christ School’s Greenies (9-5) traded the lead nine times before Christ School pulled away at the end to avoid an upset. Christ School star Jalen Lecque had 19 points and center Brandon Stone had 16 to go with 10 rebounds. Greene Central’s Imajae Dodd had 16 points and DonQuez Davis added 15 in the loss.

Jalen Lecque discusses playing in the Triangle, in front of NC State coach Kevin Keatts. He had 19 points in a win over Greene Central in the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27, 2017. Jonas Pope IVjpope@heraldsun.com

Greenfield School 85, Kinston 63: UNC recruit Coby White was sizzling from the jump, scoring 27 first-half points – 46 on the night – en route to a win. Kinston (6-1) was handed its first defeat of the season, while Greenfield (9-5) advanced to Thursday’s semifinal against Broughton. Damian Dunn of Kinston had 19 points in the loss. White’s 46 points are tied for fourth-most in Holiday Invitational history.

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Garner 81, Trinity Christian 67: Garner (8-1) is moving on to the semifinals, where it will play Christ School on Thursday. The Trojans got a balanced scoring effort, and point guard Marque Maultsby came alive with his midrange game to get it going. Trinity Christian (7-4) suffered an early blow when Duke recruit Joey Baker took a hard foul and missed the second quarter.

Garner defeated Trinity Christian of Fayetteville in the first round of the John Wall Holiday Invitational on Dec. 27, 2017. J. Mike Blakemblake@newsobserver.com

Thursday’s schedule:

Trinity Christian vs. Greene Central, 10:30 a.m.

Downey Christian vs. Kinston, noon

Broughton vs. Greenfield, 1:45 p.m.

Garner vs. Christ School, 5:15 p.m.

T.J. WARREN BRACKET

Wesleyan Christian 91, Word of God 70: Wesleyan Christian (14-2) looks like a contender to win the T.J. Warren bracket. The Trojans were up 51-25 at halftime against a younger Word of God team. Word of God (12-5), which recently lost sharpshooter Max Farthing with a possible tear in his meniscus, had four scorers in double figures: Zach Newkirk (15), Aaron Cash (12), Chase Forte (11) and Jamal King (10). Wesleyan got 27 apiece from Jaylen Hoard and Aaron Wiggins.

Thursday’s games

Cannon School vs. IMG Academy (Fla.), 3:30 p.m.

Panther Creek vs. University School (Fla.), 6:50 p.m.

Heritage vs. Hillcrest Prep (Ariz.), 8:30 p.m.

GIRLS BRACKET

Heritage 51, Northwood Temple 47: Heritage was down with less than three minutes to go and had its top scorer, Demi Washington, fouled out. Yet the Huskies (10-1) rallied by Northwood Temple (7-3) to advance to the semifinals. Northwood Temple’s Ciara Moore had 17 points while Kendal Moore added 16. Heritage’s Cydney Johnson had 17.

The Heritage girls basketball team defeated Northwood Temple Academy despite being down with 3 minutes to go and being without leading scorer Demi Washington, who fouled out. Heritage won 51-47 on Dec. 27, 2017 to open the John Wall Holiday Invita J. Mike Blakemblake@newsobserver.com

Southeast Raleigh 48, Neuse Christian 29: In a battle of undefeated teams, Southeast Raleigh led 32-11 at halftime to trounce the Lions (10-1) of Neuse Christian. The Bulldogs (11-0) created numerous turnovers and lived up to their national ranking.

Mallard Creek 69, Wesleyan Christian 61 (OT): Mallard Creek advanced in overtime in a showdown of two out-of-town teams. Mallard Creek (11-1) is in Charlotte, Wesleyan Christian (11-4) in High Point. Wesleyan’s Shaniya Jones had 28 points, while Mallard Creek’s Dazia Lawrence had 24.

Hillside 54, Cary 46: The Hornets are moving on after holding off Cary (6-6) down the stretch. The Hornets (5-3) are the bracket’s only NCHSAA 3A team and were led by Faith Blackstone’s 15 points.

Thursday’s games

Northwood Temple vs. Cary, 11 a.m.

Neuse Christian vs. Wesleyan Christian, 12:30 p.m.

Heritage vs. Hillside, 2 p.m.

Southeast Raleigh vs. Mallard Creek, 3:30 p.m.