Webb vs Person: What we learned
Friday night's game between Person and J.F. Webb in Oxford wasn't the showdown that it was expected to be.
Isaiah Hicks was outscored 29-26 by Person's Tyrone Outlaw, a UNC-Greensboro recruit, but the Warriors won handily, 90-73.
Webb led by 29 entering the fourth quarter and reserves from both sides played the last several minutes of the game.
Hicks nearly recorded a triple double with 10 rebounds and eight blocks while Outlaw was mostly one-dimensional, scoring the majority of his points with drives to the basket.
It was the first meeting on the high school level between Hicks and Outlaw since their freshman seasons. The two have been teammates for the Garner Road AAU team.
Outlaw, a 6-5 small forward, is a talented player, but Hicks rose to the occasion Friday, as he so often does. Person had no answer for Webb's future Tar Heel, who frequently electrified the capacity crowd with big throw-downs.
Hicks isn't doing it alone. Wingmen Stefan Cates and Mitron Terry can fill it up in a hurry - whether that's from outside or slashing to the basket. Cates had 22 and Terry 14.
Person entered the game as HighSchoolOT's No. 1 team in its Triangle Top 10. Webb was No. 3.
“We didn’t really care if we were ranked or not. We just wanted to play hard and compete," Hicks said.
Webb will visit Person for a return match next week.
The Warrior gym was packed before the fourth quarter of the JV game even started. During the final quarter, Webb athletic director Ricky Givens asked the crowd to try to make room for about 150 people waiting in line outside.
“That to me, tonight, is what high school basketball is all about," said Webb coach Leo Brunelli. "Two communities supporting their teams. There’s no nonsense in the crowd. Everyone’s just cheering, having a good time. I’m just glad I’m on the better end of it tonight.”