Webb's Terry takes his turn in the spotlight
Mitron Terry scored 32 points and demonstrated that Oxford Webb is more than a one-man show as the Warriors completely dominated Clinton 88-67 in the first round of the Shavlik Randolph Bracket of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational on Wednesday.
Terry took advantage of a sloughing Clinton defense that was more concerned with defending 6-9 Isaiah Hicks on the perimeter and scored on a variety of drives to the basket. Terry was an efficient 12 of 18 from the floor, including a 3-pointer. He also was 7 of 10 from the free throw line.
"They gave (the drives) to me and it was pretty easy," Terry said. "They were all worried about Isaiah but this isn't a one-man team. Anybody can have a 30-point game."
Hicks, a UNC recruit, still scored 24 points before fouling out with 2:44 left in the game. Hicks was content to let his teammates create the early flow and he didn't crack the scoresheet until there was 1:05 left in the first quarter with a shot in the lane. He also scored on Webb's next possession with a jam to make it 19-13.
Webb coach Leo Brunelli said he was pleased with his team's unselfish play.
"Everybody is doing their part," Brunelli said. "We try to find the hot hand every night, whoever it is. (Hicks) brings a lot of guys his way and he is so unselfish."
Tyrek Beverly also reached double figures for Webb with 15 points as the Warriors improved their record to 10-1.
After Clinton's Ryan Chester hit a 3 on the Dark Horses first possession of the quarter to cut the margin to 21-18, Webb's lead was never challenged again.
Webb took advantage of 13 turnovers by Clinton in first half to build a 46-31 lead by halftime.
Clinton coach Randy Jordan dismissed the impact Hicks had on the game and said his team needed to shoot better and take better control of the ball.
"(Hicks) didn't present any challenges we didn't expect," Jordan said. "They were able to exploit some weaknesses in the first half and we made some mistakes. The kids responded very well to the challenge and we played with intensity."
Webb's offense was an efficient 36-of-65 shooting (55.4 percent) and the Warriors outrebounded Clinton 35-30. Hicks led the way with 13 boards and he also had four blocked shots.
Clinton (7-1), which suffered its first loss, was led by Shian Bradshaw's 21 points.
Webb's next game will be on Friday night at 9 p.m. at Broughton against Raleigh Word of God.
Oxford Webb 88, Clinton 67
CLINTON -- Wil Pearson 4, Greg Smith 4, Dementio Bryant 10, Ryan Chester 12, Osharmine Jones 2, Zach Underwood 4, Shian Bradshaw 21, Jalen Banks 1, Thaxter Spruill 9.
WEBB --Tyrek Beverly 15, Isaiah Hicks 24, Mitron Terry 32, Devonte Williams 5, Stefan Cates 2, Tre Wilkerson 2, Bryan Smith 8.
3-Point FG--Clinton 5 (Bryant, Chester 2, Bradshaw 2). Webb 3 (Hicks, Terry, Williams). Rebounds--Clinton 30 (Bradshaw 7), Webb 35 (Hicks 13). Assists--Clinton 13 (Bryant 4). Webb 13 (Terry 4).
Records--Clinton 7-1. Webb 10-1.