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NCISAA favorite High Point Christian playing in Holiday Invitational

Published: 2012-12-19 15:56:32
Updated: 2012-12-19 15:56:32

Dec 19, 2012

Fresh off a run to the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3-A state semifinals, the High Point Christian Academy Cougars are headed to the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational for the first time in school history.

Last season, the Cougars posted a 30-2 overall record, including a 7-1 mark in the Piedmont 3-A Conference.

High Point Christian handled Village Christian Academy in the first round of the state playoffs 86-72, followed by Forsyth Country Day in the quarterfinals, 79-63.

Eventual state runner-up Greensboro Day defeated High Point Christian in the state semifinals, 70-45.

Head coach Brandon Clifford’s team averaged 75 points per game last season, led by Jackson Kent’s 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal per game. Kent scored in double figures in a ll but five games last season.

Standing at 6-foot-7 and 195 pounds, Kent committed to James Madison University in September, but also held offers from The Citadel and Virginia Military Institute.

The Cougars also return point guard Diante Baldwin. The 6-foot, 160-pound senior committed to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is rated a 2-star prospect by ESPN. Last season, Baldwin averaged 10 points, five assists, five rebounds and two steals per game for High Point Christian.

Isiah Gill, the team’s leading 3-point shooter from last season, also returns. Gill averaged almost 10 points per game last year, connecting on 61 attempts from 3-point range.

High Point Christian is accustomed to success in holiday tournaments. Last year, the Cougars won the Sheetz Holiday Classic in Greensboro, defeating Southern Guilford, Thomasville Prep and Southwest Guilford, each by double digits, to win the tournament title.

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