Charlotte Catholic had five players finish in double figures in a 66-46 victory over West Charlotte that kept the Cougars undefeated at 7-0. The teams played at Vance High in the Southeast National Hoops Festival.
Jimmy Abate had 13 points for Catholic, B.J. Mack scored 11, while Josh Brodowicz, Jack Larkin, and Sam Smith each pitched in 10 for the Cougars.
Jalan Knight led all scorers with 22 for West Charlotte, while Kobie Williams added 10 for the Lions. West Charlotte (2-2) had to play two games in less than 24 hours. After an overtime loss to Berry Friday night, the Lions had to turn right back around and be ready for a noon tipoff Saturday. West Charlotte also missed two players who were taking SAT exams.
After trailing early 7-2, Catholic went on a 10-0 run to lead 12-7 and never trailed the rest of the way. Trailing 48-34 at the start of the fourth quarter, the Lions began full-court pressing in an attempt to create some steals and turnovers to get back into the game. But Catholic handled the pressure well and it was a non-factor.
WORTH MENTIONING: Catholic was also missing two players who are on its football team that will play in the 4A state championship next Saturday. One is Duke commit Xander Gagnon. ... Josh Brodowicz is the nephew of Cougars’ football coach Mike Brodowicz. Brodowicz, a 5-foot-9 guard, had a game-high 6 rebounds
QUOTE: “We’ve got a lot of guys back and a lot of experience. But we’ve got to focus on every day of really getting better. We beat a very good team today and we’ve got to play a very good team (Berry) on Tuesday. If we come back on Monday and we don’t get ready for that game, the success can go just the opposite way in a hurry.” – Charlotte Catholic coach Mike King on the Cougars fast 7-0 start.
RECORDS: West Charlotte (2-2), Charlotte Catholic (7-0)
WHAT’S NEXT: West Charlotte plays Tuesday at Mallard Creek at 7:30 p.m. while Catholic hosts No. 5 Berry Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Both teams are beginning conference play.