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The weighty assignment of history crumbled under the relentless athleticism of the Wilson Preparatory Academy varsity boys basketball team Tuesday night.
With the Tigers hosting their first playoff game in school history under the Carolina Athletic Association for Schools of Choice banner, Wilson Prep decked Reidsville Community Baptist with an early flurry before the visiting Conquerors settled down to close within nine points at halftime.
But in the third quarter, Wilson Prep turned its gymnasium into a walking human highlight reel.
The Tigers erupted for 36 points in a fast-paced quarter that saw Community Baptist unable to keep up in a 99-60 Wilson Prep win in the first round of the CAASC Division I playoffs.
Wilson Prep, seeded No. 4, improved to 16-6 overall and will play at top seed Fayetteville New Life Christian in Wednesday’s second round at 6:30 p.m. Community Baptist, the No. 5 seed, had its season ended at 15-16.
Five players reached double figures in scoring for the Tigers, who employed a sweltering man-to-man defense throughout and forced a harried Community Baptist roster into a multitude of turnovers for easy baskets.
Two players, Carter Wilson and Brendon Harris, accounted for 56 of the Conqueror’s 60 points. Wilson had 31, while Harris tallied 25.
The Tigers, without sophomore point guard Shakie Hines due to injury, would have easily eclipsed the 100-point mark if not for the running clock established on a putback from junior Rodney Wimberely with 4:14 to go.
“That’s what we’re all about — making people play our style of basketball,” Wilson Prep head coach Corwin Woodard said. “Which is fast, getting up and down. I really allow my kids to play free. I just ask them to play defense, rebound and compete. Everybody’s got the green light on my team. But if you don’t defend, your green light will be on the bench!”
Wilson Prep pressured its way to a quick 9-0 lead before Wilson and Harris sparked the Conquerors to a 13-13 tie. As the Tigers led 42-33 at the half, WPA was sparked by the backcourt of junior Denardrick Gray, junior Lincoln McTaggart and junior Tyronne Whitaker. Gray led the Tigers with 16 points. Whitaker and junior Righteous Tomlin each had 13 as the tempo enveloped the Conquerors entirely in the third quarter.
“I’ll put our guards up against any guards in the county,” Woodard said. “They are big-time guards, man. When we’re dialed in and tuned into the game, I’ll put my guards against anybody. It was great to see them play well.”
COMMUNITY BAPTIST (60)
Lane, Potter, Harris 25, Wilson 31, Lloyd 2, Milligan, Compton 2.
WILSON PREP (99)
Taylor 8, Bates Jr. 5, Whitaker 13, Gray 16, Wimberely 6, Ellis 11,T. Miller 2, McTaggart 11, Hines 4, J. Miller, Tomlin 13, Woodard 2, Sanders 8.
Score by quarters: