Dec 27, 2012
Greensboro Dudley made its inaugural foray into the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational a success as the Panthers staved off a furious comeback from defending HSOT champion Garner to win the four-team bracket championship Thursday, 73-71.
The Panthers were led by four-team tourney MVP Sam Hunt, who scored 20 of his game-high 26 points in the second half. Hunt was aided by 15 points from Devan Gregory and 13 points and 9 rebounds from all-tourney selection Kalil Vance.
"I thought we did pretty good today," said Dudley coach Brian Seagraves, whose team improved to 7-4. "It was a tough game; I knew (Garner) was athletic and we had a tough time keeping them out of the paint. ... I thought our big men played well down the stretch."
Dudley has one of the most prestigious prep basketball programs in North Carolina history and has played in tournaments all over the United States and Puerto Rico. Seagraves said the HSOT, though, is one of the best -- and he'd like to return next year.
"This is a big tournament and I'd like to thank (tournament director) Bill Sewell for giving us an opportunity to play in it," Seagraves said. "I wish we can play in it again next year, but play in the bigger bracket."
Garner (8-2) was led by 19 points from Julius Barnes and 18 from tourney Most Outstanding Player Demarcus Sanford. Jasper Stallings added 16 points and 8 boards before fouling out in the fourth quarter for the Trojans.
"We made a heck of a comeback in the second half but just gave up too many easy second-chance baskets," said Garner coach Eddie Gray. "I don't know how many 3s (Dudley) shot, but they hit enough to win."
Final: Dudley 73, Garner 71
Dudley 18 17 21 17 -- 73
Garner 18 14 16 24 -- 71
Dudley: Sam Hunt 26, Devan Gregory 15, Kalil Vance 13, Emanuel Mosely 7, B.J. Pittman 4, Yuau Shol 4, Evan Brockington 2, Isaac Brunson 2.
Garner: Julius Barnes 19, Demarcus Sanford 18, Jasper Stallings 16, Sammy Saunders 7, Kyreece Mills 4, Patrick Henneghan 4, Marquis Leach 3.
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