Dec 29, 2011
Bronx (N.Y.) St. Raymond's Shane Rector scored four of his six points in the final moments of Thursday's 60-56 victory against Raleigh Millbrook in the American Airlines semifinal of the 2011 HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational.
Rector hit all four free throws he attempted to lead St. Raymond to Friday's championship game against either Kinston or Garner, who play at 7:20 p.m. Thursday at Raleigh Broughton's historic Holliday Gymnasium.
It marks the first time since 2002 the Ravens have advanced to a Holiday Invitational championship game; St. Raymond won the title that year.
"We didn't fold when (Millbrook) tied the game," Ravens coach Oliver Antigua said. "We kept our composure and showed we're an experienced team."
The Ravens were led by Myron Hickman's 14 points, Nkereuwem Okoro's 13 points and Daniel Dingle's double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Millbrook had an opportunity to take a lead with about 15 seconds remaining when Connor Shaw shot a 3-pointer from right in front of his team's bench. It missed, though, and Brandon Goldsmith's putback was also short, leading to Rector's final two free throws to seal the game.
"We had two good looks late," Millbrook coach Scott McInnes said. "I'm proud of the guys' effort."
Millbrook will face the loser of the Kinston/Garner game at 4 p.m. Friday for third place in the American Airlines bracket. The Wildcats were led by Karon Blount's 21 points and Shi'Chee Moore's 10.
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