RALEIGH, N.C. — Day 2 of the Glaxo Invitational kicked off with a 68-54 win for USC commit Brian Richardson's Greenfield School (N.C.) over Southern Wayne (N.C.), followed by Rice of N.Y. prevailing over Riverside N.C. 75-55 in a game that featured three kids with South Carolina interest and/or offers. A 3rd game featured talented sophomore point guard Tyler Lewis, who is high on USC's 2012 list.
In the Greenfield win over Southern Wayne, South Carolina signee Brian Richardson finished with 14 points and five rebounds in the win, and Greenfield was paced by Drake signee Jeremy Jeffers’ 22 points and seven rebounds.
“We kind of put everything aside and just went out and played,” Richardson said. “It took the pressure off of us. We played hard, and we did what we needed to do.”
Richardson didn’t connect from 3 like he did in the first round going 2-of-7, but that didn’t stop the senior from relishing in the win.
“(The win) builds confidence, and we can build off of it,” the 6-foot-5 wing said, “and hopefully we can make a run at the state title.”
One of the things they were building on was Richardson’s role bringing the ball up like a point guard and then running in the paint to play a little forward. It’s an awkward way to use a kid in and out, but it’s something that the team needs because of its lack of size.
RICE (N.Y.) 75, RIVERSIDE (N.C.) 55
In a game that featured three kids with South Carolina interest and/or offers, it was Rice’s size that prevailed.
Just last week, Rice fell in the championship game to Westlake (Ga.) of the Chick-Fil-A Challenge down in Columbia, S.C., so they are hungry to win the championship in ACC country.
“It was a great experience,” said Rice big man Kadeem Jack about the experience in Columbia. “It was something new. It definitely set the bar for us to come down here. Since we lost that final game, I said I was going to do anything in my power to win this game.”
The 2010 forward had the power. Jack finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Also with interest from the Gamecocks is his teammate Jermaine Sanders. The 2011 wing finished with 13 points.
“Tonight really wasn’t a big win for us, we just did what we were supposed to do,” Jack said. “A big game would be winning the championship. That’s what we came out here to do — nothing more, nothing less.”
Jack wasn’t kidding.
“We actually had practice on Christmas day as punishment for losing that game (against Westlake),” the 6-foot-8 Sanders said.
Starring for Riverside was sophomore sensation T.J. Warren. Rice was well coached and took Riverside out of the game after the score was tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter. They even took Warren out of the game by getting Riverside out of sync.
“In the game, it was tough for me to make a shot tonight,” said Warren, who holds an offer from South Carolina.
The 6-6 wing finished with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
UNITED FAITH (N.C.) 68, FORSYTH COUNTRY DAY (N.C.) 56
In a game that got ugly real quick, Forsyth Country Day clawed its way back into the fight.
United Faith was into the mid 20s while FCD was stuck at six. But with the scrappy fight of sophomore sensation Tyler Lewis, they were able to end the quarter trailing 30-17.
They even got it to within seven twice in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough.
“I think if we came out quicker earlier in the game, we would’ve had a good chance,” Lewis said. “We can’t get off to slow starts against United Faith. They have so much talent. They can beat you in so many different ways.”
This game featured two of the state’s premier point guards, with Florida State signee being the villain in this matchup.
Being a smaller guy, who looks like he could be Pistol Pete’s nephew, Lewis’ nifty moves won over the crowd as they all pulled for the underdog.
However, the venue that this event is being held at (Broughton High) is the very same place that Pistol Pete played his high school ball.
“I look at Pistol Pete and his DVDs and his videos,” the 5-11 Lewis said. “I look at him as like an icon.”
Some of Lewis’ layups in traffic over 7-footers and such were iconic in their own right. It was obvious that some members of the crowd weren’t ready for what Lewis had to offer as he sent them into multiple frenzies with spectacular plays. It’s easy to see why high-major division 1 schools offered Lewis as a freshman.
“This was the best high school atmosphere that I’ve ever played in,” said Lewis who scored 13 points and had around 10 assists (the Glaxo stat guy was a tad off in his assessment of Lewis’ assists).
Miller finished with 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
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