Hilton Invitational Gets Underway Despite A Hitch
Photo by Ty Freeman
Despite the terrible weather in the Atlanta area yesterday the Hilton Invitational still got underway as scheduled. One draw back to the event was that due to inclement weather Orr Academy out of Chicago, Illinois could not make the trip so the schedule had to be revised and South Cobb High School out of Austell, Georgia was called in replace of Orr for a game on Saturday. With that being said, the event was left with two games instead of three with Charlotte Christian(NC) facing Archer(GA) in the first contest, followed by Dr. Phillips(FL) to battle Berkmar(GA).
In game one it was a total team effort by the team from North Carolina, as Charlotte Christian separated themselves in the second half to roll past Archer 68-47. Charlotte Christian's guards set the tone all throughout the game with senior Ben Richter and freshman Trey Phils led the way with 12 and 13 points respectively. Archer got most of its scoring punch from guard Bryan Hamlet who pushed the ball to the rim every with every opening he was given scoring 18 points. The difference in the game was Charlotte Christian's ability to score on multiple possessions every time Archer would try to spark mini runs.
In game number two it was all about Dr. Phillips point guard Rashawn Powell as he came out firing and determined to deliver an early nail in Berkmar's coffin. Powell used a quick release and a low dribble to get himself in that free throw line extended area where he buried jumper after jumper all night long for 27 points, 4 assist, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. When Powell wasn't being a scorer he was making sure that his team ran their offense all the way through, often times out hustling Berkmar for second chance shots on the way to a 77-50 win. Powell didn't do it alone as senior Isaac Lane contributed 20 points. For Berkmar point guard Yonnell Brown, who's headed to Kennesaw St. next fall had 17 points in a losing effort.