Warriors dominate Granville Central ahead of S.C. tourney

Dec. 19, 2012 @ 05:45 PM

J.F. Webb thrashed county rival Granville Central 103-46 Tuesday in the Warriors’ final tune-up before a busy holiday tournament schedule commences.

Webb begins play Thursday in the two-day Chick-Fil-A Classic in Columbia, S.C. before participating in Raleigh’s HighSchoolOT Holiday Hoops Invitational Dec. 27-29.

The Warriors improved to 8-0 with Tuesday’s win behind 24 points, 14 rebounds and nine blocks from Isaiah Hicks, who exited the game about a minute into the fourth quarter.

Webb is a combined 4-0 over Granville Central and South Granville this season, winning by an average margin of 46 points per game. The Warriors’ most competitive game this season came Friday in an 81-75 win at Person.

“What I like is we’re getting after it,” said Webb coach Leo Brunelli. “The teams we should put away early — we’ve done that. I’m pretty pleased with where we are.”

Webb led 23-4 after the first quarter Tuesday and Mitron Terry’s 3-pointer just before the end of the second period sent the Warriors into halftime up 62-18. Terry finished with 16 points.

Bryan Smith tallied 14 for Webb, Stefan Cates had 13 and Devonte Williams was also in double figures with 12.

Brunelli said the team will treat the holiday schedule like the state playoffs.

“We’re going to look at that as our sectional, regional matchups and we’re looking at our first game after the new year against Cardinal Gibbons as our early state championship,” said Brunelli. “I know that sounds crazy, but I try to break things down into what we can anticipate, what we can play for. You have to give them motivation, and that’s what we’re going after.”

Webb meets Cardinal Newman of Columbia, S.C. Thursday at 8 p.m. Cardinal Newman features Austin Ajukwa, a 6-foot-5 Clemson recruit.

The Warriors will battle Shiloh High School of Snellville, Ga. Friday. Shiloh is led by 7-foot-1 junior Trayvon Reed, a consensus four-star recruit in his class, who has received interest from several SEC and ACC schools.

Brunelli added that wins and losses won’t be the only gauge of success in the elite tourneys.

“I don’t think it’s only about wins and losses, he said. “I think it’s how you play.”


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