Holiday Invitational

3-point records fall in Middle Creek victory

Posted December 28, 2013

While many folks across the Triangle were still snoozing Saturday morning, records were being broken in the first game of Day 3 of the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.

Apex Middle Creek broke tournament records for 3-pointers in a single game (13) and 3-pointers in a tournament (29) on its way to a 78-48 rout of Columbia (SC) Hammond School in the seventh-place game of the Summit Hospitality bracket.

The Mustangs hit 13 of 27 shots from behind the 3-point line Saturday morning, breaking their own record of 11 they tied in the first game of the 2013 tournament two days earlier. The original record was set in 1993 by Kinston against Durham Jordan.

“I’m so proud of these guys; to come out here at 8:30 in the morning … to come out and dominate the way we did, I think it says a lot about these guys,” Middle Creek coach David Kushner said. “Honestly, I think our whole team played well. We shared the ball as well as we ever have.”

The Mustangs finished with 29 3-pointers in the tourney, blowing away the previous record of 23 set by Santa Ana (Calif.) Valley in 1994 and tied by Middle Creek in 2008.

All of John Perron’s team-high 15 points came from the 3-point line, as did all nine of Justin Tankelewicz’s points. Perron credited his team’s passing for the record-breaking effort.

“Being unselfish was the biggest positive,” Perron said. “Everyone was finding each other.”

Tankelewicz said, “We played together as a team, fought hard and came out to play.”

Jared Collins had 14 points, Bryson Cousins scored 11 and Isaiah Riley added 10 points off the bench to help the Mustangs to the victory. Kushner, who was nearly despondent after his team lost to Raleigh Sanderson on Friday, was all smiles Saturday morning.

“I don’t really have any negatives I can share today,” Kushner said. “I’m hoping all these positives will help us move forward and help us win our conference.”

Hammond was led by Seventh Woods’ 14 points and Chevez Goodwin’s 10.

Hammond coach Mike McClam praised Middle Creek’s effort.

“Both teams had to play early this morning, so we can’t use that excuse,” McClam said. “I think (Middle Creek) was a little more ready to play than we were. We got off to a slow start and stayed slow. I have to give (Middle Creek) credit: they were raining 3s on us.”

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