Holiday Invitational

ACC recruits showcased Friday at Holiday Invitational

Posted December 28, 2012

— Two players committed to Triangle-area colleges will meet face-to-face Friday night at the HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational.

On Thursday, guard Anthony "Cat" Barber" scored 6 of his 26 points Thursday in overtime to lead the Hampton (Va.) Crabbers over Cuthbertson, 61-59, in front of a crowd clad in North Carolina State University red. Matt Jones, of DeSoto, Texas, and soon to be a Duke University Blue Devil, had 17 points and 4 assists in leading his team past Kinston, 57-50.

The duo will meet in the 7:20 p.m. game at Broughton High School's Holliday Gymnasium.

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In the nightcap, at 9 p.m. perennial Raleigh power Word of God meets J.F. Webb, whose roster features future University of North Carolina power forward Isaiah Hicks. The Crusaders' Josh Newkirk is committed to the University of Pittsburgh, setting up another match of future ACC players.


Tickets available at the door


Tickets to the boys games are $12 for spectators over the age of 10 and are available only at Broughton until the gym is at capacity. will have running, live blogs of each game, video and photo highlights and a full-day recap on Hoops Headquarters at the end of the night.




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  • kennywalters Dec 28, 2012

    In any other competitive event, a team that is unable to show up for a game (for any reason) would either cause the game to be postponed or forfeit. "Coin flips" should never decide who wins or loses. Holly Springs wasn't even afforded the opportunity to slay the giant. I doubt seriously there was actually any random determination that St. Joseph would advance in the winner's bracket. More like the people running the tournament wanted to make sure that one of the marquee teams advanced so that people will buy tickets for the weekend to see the matchups the tournament wants to have. Kind of like sticking Webb, one of the best teams in the state, in the other bracket so they are pretty much guaranteed a weekend slot while offering up teams like Person, Holly Springs, etc. as potential sacrificial lambs for the carpetbagging clubs.