High School Sports

The Observer’s #BIG5 high school basketball players of the week

John Bean, East Lincoln: Career-high 35 points in a 81-63 win over Wheatmore in Saturday’s N.C. HIgh School Athletic Association 2A sectional final. Bean made 5-of-7 3-point shots and had four assists.

Brandon Ellington, Community School of Davidson: 33 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals in a 93-74 win over rival Pine Lake Prep in Saturday’s N.C. 1A sectional championship game.

Royce Jarrett, Ardrey Kell: Jarrett hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot Saturday at Independence to lift the Knights to a N.C. 4A sectional championship upset of the Patriots. Independence won the 2018 N.C. 4A title.

Tristan Maxwell, North Mecklenburg: Junior had a career-high 45 points in a 98-96 overtime loss to Winston-Salem Reynolds in Saturday’s N.C. 4A sectional championship game. Maxwell is the son of former Houston Rockets NBA champion Vernon Maxwell.

Patrick Williams, West Charlotte: The top-50 national recruit had 21 points, eight rebounds, four assists in an 69-63 win over Vance in last week’s sectional semifinal. He had 23 points in a 78-75 sectional championship win at Olympic on Saturday.

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