• March 2nd, 2018

    The North Carolina Independent HS Athletic Association held the Final Four for each of their three classifications, February 23 and 24, at Forsyth Country Day School in Lewisville.

    Here’s a recap of those championships.



    In this Report:

    3A Championship:  Greensboro Day 67, High Point Wesleyan 53

    2A Championship:  Carmel Christian, of Charlotte 74, Gaston Day, of Gastonia, 72 2OTs

    1A Championship:   Trinity Christian, of Fayetteville 70, Greenfield School 62




    3A NCIHSAA State Championship

    Greensboro Day 67, Wesleyan Christian 53

    Greensboro Day took control from the onset and went on to defeat regular season conference champion High Point Wesleyan, which had defeated the Bengals by double figures on two occasions during the conference season.

    Greensboro Day School  19, 14, 16, 18 –  67
    Wesleyan Christian          11,   9, 15, 18 –  53

    Clemson bound senior, Johnny Newman, a tenacious, 6-5 small forward scored 24 points and led the way for the champions, as he relentlessly displayed his always present “heart of a champion”.
    The relentless leader of the Coach Freddie Johnson’s team, scored 12 points in each half for a game-high 24 points, topping the game off with a ten-point 4th quarter, as the Trojans tried to come back.

    Freshman, Alex McCorkle came off the bench and knocked down three first half treys and finished the game with 15 points.

    Tripp Greene, a senior guard, knocked down two first quarter treys and scored eight of his 10 points in the first half.
    Tripp’s leaping leaner, at the buzzer capped the first half, sending the Bengals into half-time on high note with a 33-20 lead.

    Mike Fowler, with some help from his teammates, helped hold Wake Forest bound senior, Jaylen Hoard scoreless in the game.

    Noah Dunn came off the bench to score five of his seven points in the first quarter and then he added two free throws in the fourth quarter, to help snuff a Trojan rally.

    Alex Michael took only a couple of shots, but the veteran senior came up big for the Bengals playing an excellent all around game, cushioning the blow of the Bengals having to play without the dynamic Will Dillard, who missed the latter stages of the season, due to a blood clot.

    Austin Inge played a solid floor game at the point guard position, as usual, handling the pressure applied by the talented Trojans.

    Nicholas Evtimov also played solid minutes for Greensboro Day, which won its 10th state championship under the tutelage of veteran coach Freddie Johnson.

    For Wesleyan:

    Aaron Wiggins, a 6-6 forward, who has signed with Maryland, led Wesleyan with 18 points, , which included four three-pointers.

    Shawn Walker Jr. added 17 points and Keyshaun Langley scored 12 points for Wesleyan.

    Results from Friday’s Semifinals

    High Point Wesleyan 87, Providence Day 80

    Wesleyan defeated guard oriented Providence Day, which got all 80 of its points for their talented guard trio of Kansas bound, Devon Dodson, Santa Clara signee, Trey Wertz and talented but unsigned fellow senior Isaac Suffren.

    Greensboro Day 75, Christ School 60

    Greensboro Day defeated Christ School of Arden, NC, near Asheville. The talent laden Christ School team will return their top three prospects in Jalen Leque, Brandon Stone and Justice Ajogbor




    Myles Pierre hit the game winner with 8 seconds left in the second overtime to propel Carmel Christian, of Charlotte to a 74-72 win and the 2A NCIHSAA State Championship.

    Pierre, a combo guard, led Carmel with 28 points. The tenacious young man hit four treys, among his 10 field goals in the game.

    Pierre and Donavon Gregory combined for 20 third quarter points to help cut a 10 point half time deficit, at 37-27, to four, as the third quarter ended with Carmel trailing Gaston Day 51-47.

    Gregory scored 11 in the third quarter and he finished with
    19 points for the champions.

    Ford Cooper, who was starting due to an ankle injury to 2G, Marten Maide, scored five of his 13 points in the second overtime.

    After Gaston Day’s Nate Hinton gave his team a 68-67 lead, Cooper hit one of his three treys in the game to give Carmel the lead at 70-68, with 2:30 to go in the second overtime

    Quan McCluney’s bucket tied the game at 70-70, but Cooper drove the lane and scored on a short runner to give Carmel the lead at 72-70.

    It was after Nate Hinton’s scored with 38 seconds left, when the hero and my MVP, Myles Pierre scored the winning bucket with 8 ticks left on the clock to give Carmel Christian the 2A State Championship.


    Nate Hinton, a 6-4 guard, who signed with Houston University, led his team with 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists

    MJ Armstrong, a 6-2 185 senior, added 17 points, while Quan McCluney, a 6-6 senior forward, who is headed to College Of Charleston, added 11 points and Demi Adelekun scored ten points.

    Results from Friday’s 2A Semifinals

    Carmel Christian 92, Village Christian 80

    Gaston Day 64, Asheville Christian 54 ***




    Trinity Christian, of Fayetteville 70, Greenfield School, of Wilson 62

    Trinity Christian, of Fayetteville defeated the Greenfield School 70-62 to win the 1A NCIHSAA State Championship.

    Trinity, which trailed 26-25 at the half, used a 25-16 fourth quarter to pull away from Greenfield at the end of the contest.

    Greenfield School:  12 14 17. 16—  62
    Trinity Christian:      8 17 20 25—  70

    The winning Crusaders used a balanced attack over Greenfield. The teams split games in the regular season.

    Au’Diesi Toney led four double figure scorers for Trinity, with 17 points.

    Joey Baker and Keith Marshall Jr. added 16 points each, while Greg Gantt scored 14 points.

    Baker, a 6-7 junior has verbally committed to play collegiately at Duke University.

    Coby White led Greenfield with 25 points. The 6-4 senior guard, who became the leading scorer in state history earlier this year will begin his college career at the University of North Carolina next fall.

    Bryson Baker and Elijah McCadden added 11 and 10 points respectively for Greenfield.

    McCadden, a 6-6, Guard/Forward will continue his basketball career at Georgia Southern University next fall.


    Greenfield School — Coby White 25, Elijah McCadden 10, Bryson Baker 11, Bailey 8, Pittman 6, Foster 2.

    Trinity Christian — Greg Gantt 14, Keith Marshall Jr. 16, Au’Diesi Toney 17, Joey Baker 16, Jones 5, Ginyard 2
    Three Point Goals: GF — White 4, Bailey 2, Baker 3, Pittman. TC — Gantt, Baker 3


    Records: Greenfield School 25-10, Trinity Christian 25-6

    This was Trinity’s third state championship in the last four years.


    In Friday’s Semifinals

    Trinity Christian defeated United Faith of Charlotte, 84-69

    Greenfield School defeated The Burlington School 65-37