Holly Springs survives Person, 69-67
Posted December 27, 2012
The second day of the 2012 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational started off with a nail-biter as Holly Springs survived a 37-point outburst from Person's Tyrone Outlaw Jr. to defeat the Rockets, 69-67.
The Golden Hawks (6-5) got a balanced scoring effort from Anthony Doyle (17 points), Craig McDaniel (15 points), Deejay Flippin (15 points) and Donyell Lowe (10 points) to advance to the fifth place game at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
"We're glad to have an opportunity to play today," Holly Springs coach Thurman Jordan said. "We look forward to the opportunity of coming back on Saturday."
Holly Springs lost a coin flip with St. Joseph of Metuchen, N.J., on Wednesday to fall to the loser's bracket after St. Joseph's flight out of New York City was delayed due to weather concerns. The Golden Hawks players said being dropped to the loser's bracket provided motivation for Thursday's victory.
"It gave us motivation, but at the same time, it still hurt," Flippin said. "It was hard to explain to friends and family what happened. ... But we're honored to be here."
Outlaw's 37 points tied for 18th-most in Holiday Invitational history, tied with Phil Ford (1973), Tim Thomas (1995) and Matt Bonner (1998). Logan Coats added 18 for the Rockets.
JaShawn King-Barnette had a chance to send the game into overtime for the Rockets (8-4) when he was fouled on a 3-pointer with no time left on the clock. He hit the first free throw, but missed the second.
"I think Holly Springs did a real good job of staying within what they do," Person coach Charles Dacus said. "They got the lead and we just couldn't get it back."
Final: Holly Springs 69, Person 67
Holly Springs 24 12 16 17 – 69
Person 18 15 15 17 — 67
Holly Springs: Anthony Doyle 17, Craig McDaniel 15, Deejay Flippin 15, Donyell Lowe 10, Jonathan Wooten 6, Markese Evans 6.
Person: Tyrone Outlaw 37, Logan Coats 18, Marquis Torain 4, Derrick Bass 3, Joseph Downey 3, JaShawn King-Barnette 2.