Jan 1, 2009
RALEIGH — The GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational concluded Tuesday with Christ School, Centennial and Broughton winning championships, but a number of records appear to have been tied or broken during the tournament.
HighSchoolOT.com has been pouring over the numbers over the last two days and comparing them to the official record book. The records that we found to have been broken have been submitted to GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational officials for confirmation.
Earnest Ross (Panther Creek), an Auburn signee, led the tournament in scoring with 79-points over the course of three games.
Ross posted 27-points in the Catamounts' opener against Enloe, going 12-of-20 from the field. Panther Creek beat the Eagles, 61-46. Ross led all scorers in the game.
The Catamounts faced Ravenscroft in the second round of the Glaxo tournament, and despite losing 77-53 to the Ravens, Ross posted 29-points for the Catamounts. The senior hit nine free throw shots, and went 9-of-15 from the field en route to his tournament high.
After losing to Ravenscroft, Panther Creek beat Knightdale. Ross hit another nine shots from the foul line, but added six field goals to post 23-points in the game. His performance led all scorers, with the next closest player being Marques Oliver with 17-points.
Ross' 79-points puts him in a three-way tie with Doug Edwards (Miami, 1988) and Mickey Hinnant (Cary, 1985) for 29th on the all-time scoring list for the Glaxo. It also propels him past names like Greg Paulus, Chris Duhon, and Jerry Stackhouse on the scoring list.
Other players will find their names in the record book next year.
Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft), a Duke recruit, scored 77-points in the tournament, three-points better than his performance in the 2007 Glaxo tournament. Kelly will now find his name by itself in 34th place.
Like Ross, Kelly will also pass Paulus, Duhon, and Stackhouse on the scoring list.
Junior Tashawn Mabry (Rocky Mount) could return to the Glaxo tournament next year to find his name already in the record book. Mabry, who has not made a commitment to a college, scored 71-points. Mabry's point total puts him in a tie for 51st place on the all-time scoring list with Hunter McClintock (Northern Durham, 2007), Chris Wright (St. John's College Prep, 2005), Larry Johnson (Hillside, 1991), Shawn Bradley (Emery County, 1989) and David Henderson (Warren County, 1981).
The record book posts point totals from players who scored 60-points or more during the tournament. Six other players from the 2008 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational will find their names amongst the tournament's top scorers next season. Those players include:
Lorenzo Brown, 67 (Centennial)
Reggie Bullock, 63 (Kinston)
Garrius Adams, 62 (Middle Creek)
Nolan Dennis, 61 (Richland) Scored in two games
Tom Tankelewicz, 60 (Middle Creek)
Akeem Richmond, 60 (Southern Lee) Scored in two games
Middle Creek set more than one record in this year's GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. Other than having two players score 60-points or more in three games, Middle Creek tied the team record for most 3-pointers in a tournament, and they came just one 3-pointer shy of tying the record for most treys in a single game.
The Mustangs tied a record that stood for 14-years. Santa Ana (Calif.) Valley hit 23 treys as a team during the 1994 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational, and Middle Creek did the same during the 2008 tournament.
Garrius Adams hit six of the team's 23 3-pointers, while Rashod Elliot, Leon Hargrove, Jon Moore and Robbie Wilder all added one 3-pointer over the course of the tournament.
The other 13 treys came from one player.
In 1998, Matt Bonner (Concord, N.H.) scored 13 3-pointers in the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. Freddy Little (Bunn) repeated that feat in 2004. But in 2008, Tom Tankelewicz hit 13 3-pointers, which means his name will be found in the record book at the 2009 tournament.
Tankelewicz, who will play at Charleston Southern this fall, scored four 3-pointers in each of his first two games at the tournament, then capped it off with an additional five treys against Rocky Mount in the final game of the Glaxo.
As a team, Middle Creek came one 3-pointer shy of tying the all-time record for most 3-pointers by a team in a single game. The record of 11 treys is held by Kinston, and it was set in the 1994 tournament when the Vikings played Durham Jordan.
Middle Creek scored ten 3-pointers in its final game of the 2008 tournament against Rocky Mount. Tankelewicz had five of the treys, Adams posted an additional four, while Elliot hit another 3-pointer. Middle Creek was 10-of-22 from behind the arc against the Gryphons.
The rims were kind to teams shooting the 3-point shot in the 2008 GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational.
The Broughton girls' basketball team set a tournament record in their first game of the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational against Ravenscroft.
The Caps scored eight 3-pointers in the game, shattering the previous record of six. Southern Durham held the previous record, and it was set in the 2005 tournament.
Despite losing to Broughton handily, 67-35, Ravenscroft contributed to another record involving 3-pointers.
To go along with Broughton's eight treys in the game, Ravenscroft got one 3-pointer from Hillary Margolis. The single 3-pointer from Ravenscroft and the eight from Broughton combined for nine total 3-pointers in the game, which tied the single-game record set by Cardinal Gibbons and Hillside in 2003.
After scoring eight 3-pointers in their first game, many members of the media believed Broughton was poised to break the record for most 3-pointers in a single tournament. Lumberton holds the record after scoring ten 3-pointers in 2001, but Broughton didn't make a single 3-point shot in six tries during the championship game against Hillside on Tuesday.
Seven of Broughton's eight 3-pointers came from Brittany Morris, the tournament's most valuable player. Morris broke the individual record for most 3-pointers in a tournament.
Morris' seven treys means the previous record of five will be wiped from the top spot of the record book in 2009. The previous record was held by Jennifer Filipowski (Wake Forest-Rolesville, 2001), Monica Johnson (Hillside, 1995), Tynesha Lewis (SouthWest Edgecombe,1996), and Jasmine Parker (Southern Durham, 2005).
Enloe's Dana Brown would have tied the old record of five 3-pointers had Morris not scored seven against Ravenscroft. Brown hit two 3-pointers against Hillside, and three against Ravenscroft during the 2008 tournament.
Since all seven of Morris' 3-pointers came in a single game, it also breaks the old individual record for most 3-pointers in one game. The previous record of four 3-pointers was held by Parker, and it was set in 2005.
Apex head coach David Neal said he wasn't going to sugar coat things after their second straight loss of the tournament. Neal said his team was disappointed in their 0-2 showing, and they set a record that they probably want to forget.
The Cougars only made seven free throws in their stay at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational. The previous record for fewest made free throws in a tournament was ten, set in 1996 by Enloe.
In their first game of the tournament, Apex hit 4-of-5 free throws in a 71-56 loss to Ravenscroft. It got worse on Saturday when Apex lost to Enloe, 48-40, as the Cougars hit 3-of-5 free throw attempts.
Seventh place games were not held at the GlaxoSmithKline Holiday Invitational this season, and because Apex lost their first two games, the Cougars went home early.
Players who score 30-points or more in a single game are noted in the record book each year. Four names from the 2008 tournament will be added to the record book, but one name will appear twice.
Nolan Dennis (Richland), a Memphis recruit, scored 30-points in the Rebels' opening game against Knightdale, then added another 31-points against Father Carr.
North Carolina commit Reggie Bullock (Kinston) will have his name in the 30-point game column for the first time after he scored 33-points against Southern Lee in the tournament opener for the Vikings.
In the same game, Akeem Strickland (Southern Lee) scored 31-points. The Cavaliers lost their first two games, so they did not play a third, but Strickland came one-point shy of reaching the 30-point threshold for a second time against Middle Creek.
Ryan Kelly (Ravenscroft) has already put his name in the record book for scoring more than 30-points, but it will appear again. The Duke recruit posted 30-points against Panther Creek, going 13-of-18 from the field.