HP Christian shuts down Webb stars Hicks, Terry to take 3rd
Oxford Webb’s first foray into the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational ended in disappointment Saturday as the Warriors fell to High Point Christian 65-52 in the third-place game of the Shavlik Randolph bracket.
The Warriors (10-3) lost their second straight game of the tournament on day when their shooting wasn’t so crisp. But Webb coach Leo Brunelli still was upbeat about his team’s experience in the tournament and the way it would help it prepare for later in the season.
“We played to the final buzzer,” Brunelli said. “This will prepare us for the state playoffs. There will come a game this year in our conference when we can turn this game from a learning experience into a winning experience.”
Webb’s two best players in the tournament — Isaiah Hicks and Mitron Terry — were limited to a combined 18 points. Tyrek Beverly picked up the slack for the Warriors with 16 points. Webb shot 18 of 54 (33.3 percent) in the game and was 2 of 13 from behind the arc.
High Point Christian coach Brandon Clifford said he knew it was important to limit Hicks, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
“I thought we really guarded Hicks well,” Clifford said. “We have to guard the best player and try to keep him from getting the ball. We played really good defense and limited their chances.
Brunelli said Hicks dealt with the defense well.
“He worked for every single point he got,” Brunelli said. “It shows what kind of kid he is to grind out 12 points.
Hicks said he was disappointed with his shooting.
“I just couldn’t hit my shot,” Hicks said. “I missed over half.”
High Point Christian wore down Webb from the inside as Mike Kobani roamed the lane and scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Kobani made three straight baskets during a key stretch for the Cougars as they rallied to tie the game at 12-12 early in the second quarter. He later helped High Point push its lead to eight points at 22-14 on a stick back with four minutes to play in the half.
Webb fought back to cut the lead to 27-23 but allowed Diante Baldwin to score in the closing seconds of the second quarter to take a six-point lead into the break.
A barrage of 3-pointers in the third quarter put Webb into a double-digit hole and when Alvah Phillip made a trey from the left baseline, the Warriors were down 42-30. High Point Christian hit three of its four 3s during a three minute stretch of the third period.
Webb’s largest deficit came with five minutes left in the game when Jackson Kent followed a miss for the Cougars to make it 52-36.
Webb forward Bryan Smith said the Warriors should be able to bounce back from this tournament disappointment.
“We saw some good competition and it will be good for us later on this season,” Smith said.
HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational
Shavlik Randolph Consolation
High Point Christian 65, Oxford Webb 52
HIGH POINT CHRISTIAN — Joey McLean 4, Alvah Phillip 3, Rick Mack 2, Diante Baldwin 8, Malik Wright 4, Jackson Kent 11, Isiah Gill 8, Connor Flater 3, Mike Kobani 22.
OXFORD WEBB — Tyrek Beverly 16, Isaiah Hicks 12, Mitron Terry 6, Devonte Williams 8, Stefan Cates 8, Bryan Smith 2.
High Point Christian 6 23 15 21—65
Oxford Webb 10 13 9 20—52
3-Point goals—High Point Christian 4 (Phillip, Kent 2, Flater). Webb 2 (Cates 2). Rebounds—High Point Christian 33 (Kobani 9), Webb 27 (Hicks 8). Assists—High Point Christian 6 (Williams 3), Webb 10 (Baldwin 5).
Records—High Point Christian 12-2, Webb 10-3.