North Mecklenburg, No. 2 in the Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 boys’ basketball poll, won the Arby’s Classic in Bristol, Tenn., last month, beating Centerville (Ohio) 55-54 in the championship of the 32nd annual event.
Centerville was previously unbeaten. North Meck got 21 points, seven rebounds and two assists from tournament most valuable player C.J. Bryce. He and Davion Mintz hit free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime to help provide the winning margin. It was the first Arby’s final to go into OT in 15 years. North Meck is 13-0.
Around the area
Ashbrook: The Green Wave finished runner-up at the Leon Brogden tournament in Wilmington, losing 57-44 to Bullis (Md.) High in the final. Isaiah Whaley and Jeff Glenn made the all-tournament team.
Berry: Beat Olympic 57-53 in the final of the Lindberg Moody Classic in Rock Hill. Keondré Byers, a 6-foot-7 senior, was tournament MVP. He averaged 11 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks for Berry (10-3). Quindon Cottman, a 6-3 senior guard, averaged 18.2 points.
Butler: Bulldogs have won 11 in a row and are 13-2, 3-0 in the Southwestern 4A. Butler won the PDQ Holiday Classic at Cox Mill, beating Hickory Ridge 89-79 in the final behind 33 points, six assists and four rebounds from MVP RaeQuan Scott. Scott, a junior guard, averages 21.2 points and is shooting 61 percent from 2-point range and 45 percent from 3-point range.
Charlotte Catholic: Cougars are 11-2 after winning the Colvard Oil Classic.
Charlotte Christian: Trey Phills was MVP of the Lake Mary Prep Rock Classic. Christian beat Somerset (Fla.) 67-53 in the final. Phills, a Yale recruit, scored his 1,000th point this season against Weddington.
Charlotte Country Day: Bucs girls finished fourth at the Porter-Gaud Holiday Classic. Julia Loesch made all-tournament.
Charlotte Latin: Hawks, led by 6-7 post player Parker Julian (17.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg), are 8-4 after winning the Party City Invitational. The Hawks beat Myers Park 62-42 in the final. Daniel Jones had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the final. Julian and Jones were named all-tournament along with Piedmont’s Cameron Tripp, Harding’s Jaylen McDonald and Myers Park’s Zaqwuan Matthews and Lee Houck.
East Lincoln: Won the East Lincoln Winter Jam, behind tournament MVP Chazz Surratt. East Lincoln is averaging 78 points.
Garinger: Rayshawn Neal made all-tournament team at the East Lincoln Winter Jam.
Gaston Day: Finished third at the 22nd Rotary Roundball Classic in Charleston. Senior guard Adam Koziol, selected all-tournament, averaged 18 points, three assists in three games.
Hickory Ridge: Freshman Jiera Shears led girls’ team to 2-1 finish at PDQ Holiday Classic, averaging 15.6 points. Only three players returned from last season’s 15-11 team. Hickory Ridge is 11-2, starting three freshmen: Shears, Sherise Jones and Gabby Smith. … Jalen Stowe had 38 points in the boys’ PDQ final against Butler. Hickory Ridge is 11-2.
Hough: Huskies (10-3) finished fifth at the 16-team Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, losing to MaxPreps top 25 Sagemont (Fla.) 55-51 in the fourth-place game. Luke Maye made all-tournament.
Mooresville: Blue Devils went 2-1 at Sam Moir Classic in Salisbury and sophomore Jay Davis averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds in three games to earn all-tournament.
Providence: Freshman guard Devon Dotson made the all-tournament team at the Novant Health tournament in Union County. Dotson averaged 18 points, five rebounds and five assists and helped the Panthers to a 2-1 tournament record.
Providence Day: Girls finished second in the gold bracket at the Ronald Curry and Boo Williams Christmas Classic in Hampton, Va. Providence Day beat two previously undefeated Virginia state powers and lost to reigning Virginia 5A state champ Princess Anne 52-37 in the final. Janelle Bailey and Erin Whalen made all-tournament.
Robinson: Kelsi Mahoney and Sydni Bickford made all-tournament at the PDQ Holiday Classic. Robinson lost to Sweet 16 No. 2 Weddington in the final.
Weddington: Beat Sweet 16 No. 5 Hopewell in the semifinals and No. 9 Robinson in the final of the PDQ Holiday Classic. Stephanie Watts scored her 2,000th point and was named tournament MVP.