NCAC SEMIS: Voyager, Kestrel Heights to meet for title
Voyager Academy figures on being greedy tonight.
But Kestrel Heights is hungry, too.
They’ll meet at Voyager tonight at 7:30, and the winner will go home with the 1-A North Central Athletic Conference Tournament championship.
In the girls’ title game at 6, Franklin Academy will meet River Mill Academy at Voyager, the host site of the tournament.
Voyager, champs of the NCAC regular season, won last year’s league tournament.
The Vikings are back for seconds, Voyager coach Patrick Walton said.
No. 2 Kestrel made it to the title game by beating Roxboro Community 72-55 on Thursday. Sophomore Devonte Barker scored 34 points for Kestrel.
Top-seeded Voyager earned a title shot in the prior game by handling Raleigh Charter 55-23. McKenzie Barringer (14 points) and Coltyn Faucette (10 points) scored in double figures for the Vikings.
“Voyager has the size. Voyager has the length,” Kestrel coach Lenell Wallace said. “Voyager’s tallest man is their best 3-point shooter. He doesn’t have to come inside. He will take you outside. At our place, we were up a few points. They ran the same play. I’m still having nightmares about it.”
Voyager sophomore Jay Huff is 6-8 and can put the ball in the bucket from distance.
“He took over that game,” Walton said. “There’s no doubt about it, Jay is one of our main guys on the team.”
Huff’s game stretches the court and creates scoring opportunities for his teammates. He scored just three points against Raleigh Charter, but the Vikings still won with no problem.
“It’s pick your poison with us sometimes,” Walton said. “We go with who’s hot.
Kestrel goes with senior Asa Clark.
“My main man is Asa Clark,” Wallace said.
“You’ve got to give Asa credit,” Walton said. “He’s a real tough player that we’re going to have to try to adjust to.”
Clark can do it all and was in the top three in all statistical categories in the NCAC, Wallace said.
“He’s led the league in scoring, assists, blocks, rebounds,” Wallace said. “He’s carried us when we didn’t have everybody. Now that we’ve got everybody, he now defers. One night he had 19 assists.”
Walton said it’ll be about rebounding and locking down on defense against Kestrel.
Wallace made it sound like his guys will make sure a hand is in Huff’s face when he pulls up to shoot.
“I think we’ve made the correct adjustments for them,” Wallace said.
VOYAGER 55, RALEIGH CHARTER 23
NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Raleigh Charter 5 4 7 7 — 23
Voyager Academy 19 12 7 17 — 55
RALEIGH CHARTER —Clark Hannon 8, Andrew Grant 4, Johnny Huntley 6, Colin Bronack 5.
VOYAGER ACADEMY — Nelson White 1, Gary Ford 3, Charlie Stone 5, McKenzie Barringer 14, Patrick Lester 6, Diante Parker 4, Keels Jones 5, Christopher Sause 4, Jay Huff 3, Coltyn Faucette 10.
Records — Raleigh Charter 12-12, Voyager Academy 19-9.
KESTREL HEIGHTS 72, ROXBORO COMMUNITY 55
NCAC Tournament Semifinal
Roxboro Community 7 16 14 18 — 55
Kestrel Heights 5 14 25 28 — 72
ROXBORO COMMUNITY — Darius McGhee 16, Terrance Hawley 4, Mickey Drumwright 10, Christian Ingram 21.
KESTREL HEIGHTS — Johnny Whitted 19, Idee Johnson 3, Devonte Barker 34, Asa Clark 10, Zack Featherstone 2, Treyon Brooks 4.
Records — Roxboro Community 19-8, Kestrel Heights 15-7.