Hicks, Webb dominate Outlaw, Person 90-73
J.F. Webb passed what was perceived as its first true test of the season Friday night against Person like it had the answers beforehand.
Isaiah Hicks’ 26 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks led Webb to a 90-73 win over previously unbeaten Person (5-1) and star player Tyrone Outlaw.
Outlaw led the Rockets to the third round of the 4-A state playoffs a season ago.
“I think this definitely sets the stage and lets people know that we’re for real, that we can get after it against anyone,” said Webb coach Leo Brunelli.
The Warriors (5-0) entered the showdown with two wins over South Granville and victories over Granville Central and Franklinton. Webb won those games by an average of 42 points per contest.
Webb led Person 51-30 at halftime and 78-49 entering the fourth quarter.
“All the talk was we’ve played Granville County teams, we played Franklinton,” said Brunelli. “Person, 4-A team, No. 1 in the region — I told the kids I’m not worried about the polls. The end of the year is what I’m worried about. If you’re No. 1 at the end of the year, then we’ve achieved our goal.”
Outlaw, a UNC-Greensboro recruit, finished with a game-high 29 points, but was limited to eight first-half points.
Person didn’t convert a 3-pointer until Outlaw nailed a fade-away jumper at the 3:30 mark of the third quarter. Three of the Rockets’ four 3s on the game came in the fourth quarter.
It was the first meeting between Hicks and Outlaw, AAU teammates at Garner Road, on the high school level since their freshman seasons.
“He’s good, he’s physically strong so that puts him on another level. And he can shoot good too,” said Hicks.
Hicks did a little shooting too. He knocked down two shots from beyond the arc.
It was the future Tar Heel’s play above the rim that set off the capacity crowd in the early stages of the game.
The first four points of the game came following Hicks’ steals and finishes, including a thunderous one-handed slam that brought the house down.
“I think it did (send a message),” said Hicks. “I even got excited. I was yelling and I usually never do that.”
Person struggled to break Webb’s full-court pressure for the remainder of the first half.
The Warriors started the second half with a 14-6 run capped by a Mitron Terry steal and lay-in.
Terry, Stefan Cates, Tyrek Beverly, and Bryan Smith each were double-figure scorers for Webb. Cates had 22, including four 3-pointers.
“I’ll put our five against anybody,” said Brunelli. “Actually I’ll put our starting six against anybody because Bryan Smith, we call him the garbage man — He’s always at the right place at the right time, getting put-backs in, physical, taking charges. He’d start anywhere else on any other team.”
Brunelli said the Rockets are exactly the kind of team Webb needs to be playing to prepare for 3-A Carolina Conference play.
The Warriors continue non-conference action Tuesday in Oxford against Franklinton.
1 2 3 4 FINAL
PERSON 18 12 19 24 73
WEBB 27 24 27 12 90
3pt (4-24), FT (8-15)
Tyrone Outlaw 29, Marquis Torain 7, Jerry Smith 12, Logan Coasts 1, Jeff Hamlette 6, LeRon Cash 2, Jashawn King 2, Tre Tapp 4, David Lamb 5, Derrick Bass 3, Joseph Downey 2
3pt (8-20), FT (6-14)
Isaiah Hicks 26, Devonte Williams 7, Tyrek Beverly 10, Stefan Cates 22, Mitron Terry 14, Bryan Smith 11
Contact the writer at firstname.lastname@example.org.