ROXBORO — While many people in the area went in search of Black Friday bargains over the post-Thanksgiving weekend, North Surry’s boys basketball team spent the days shopping the area for victories.
The Greyhounds’ search for wins was successful, as the team played on back-to-back days in different cities, and walked away 2-0 after routing Roxboro Community 79-53 on Saturday afternoon in the RCS Thanksgiving Shootout.
It was the second straight day in which North Surry participated in someone’s holiday showcase. On Friday night, the team was at Cox Mill High School near Concord, where the Hounds were paired up against Westchester Country Day in the second game of the two-day Phenom’s Feast of Champions, an event sponsored by the Phenom Hoop Report. Although Westchester went 19-11 last year and reached the NCISAA state championship tournament, the Wildcats were no match for North Surry in a 90-73 win for the Hounds.
The matchup was made by the tournament organizers since both Westchester and North Surry have excellent guard play, but Hound senior Carter Phillips stole the show from everyone, staking North to an early lead that it never give up, and leading everyone with 41 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Mason Hawks also had a double-double, with 13 points and 10 assists to go with five rebounds and two steals. Casey Hull pumped in 21 points and eight rebounds, and Chase Chandler added nine points four steals and two blocks.
Nineteen of Phillips’ 41 points came in a first quarter that saw North Surry take an early 28-14 lead. The game was attended by a number of college scouts, and Phillips, who is unsigned as of yet but drawing interest from a number of schools, certainly helped his cause with the performance.
For the Wildcats, highly regarded 6’2” senior LaJarius McCoy led the way with 22 points and six rebounds, but Phillips stole the show.
Details on the Hounds’ victory over Roxboro Community were not available at press time for this issue. The Bulldogs, who entered the game already 2-2 on the season, went to the second round of the 1A state playoffs last season.
North Surry is slated to return to action on Wednesday night at East Surry, in what will be the Cardinals’ first game of the season if it is played as scheduled.