New Garden Friends' Nick Elliott goes up for two in Wednesday's FBS Middle School League action at Canterbury. The Friends' swept two games to take the lead in the standings.
It was moving day Monday in the FBS Middle School Summer League, as four teams battled for seeds 3-6 for the upcoming playoffs.
The 5-6 game featured league rivals Canterbury and Caldwell, with Caldwell coming away with a 51-36 victory. Alex Jones led Caldwell with 15, while Addison Newkirk chipped in 10. Canterbury was led by its emerging star Jack Britts, who led all scorers with 20 points. In the 3-4 matchup, Wesleyan Christain beat a hobbled St Pius team 37-17. WCA's pressure defense turned out to be the factor with several steals and layups in transition. Pius' Grady Sherrill suffered an ankle injury in the first half and did not return. John Gilchrist led a balanced WCA attack with 10 points.
Wednesday nights action in the Future Basketball Stars Summer League had it all..buzzer beaters, overtimes, and even a power outage. When the dust settled, New Garden Friends had swept a double header to take the lead in the standings and remained undefeated at 3-0. NGF defeated Wesleyan Christian 48-45 in OT, and barley squeaked by Caldwell Academy 37-35 in their first game. NGF's Nick Elliott hit a 22-foot 3 pointer with seconds remaining for the winning margin in the Wesleyan game. WCA had overcome a 10 point defecit with great play from Alex McGee and TR Johnson.
In the Caldwell clash, Elliott's 3 point play folled by a Zaiver Neely basket proved to be the winning margin. Caldwell's Drew Bartlett was sensational running the point with very nice drives to the rim. The game was delayed nearly 30 minutes as the power went out in the Northern Greensboro area. Luckily, it was restored in time fo finish.
In other action, Greensboro DAy remained undfeated beating St Pius 62-35. Riggs Handy scored 20 in the first half for GDS, Blak Berry and Grady Sherril made nice contributions for SPX .In the first game. Canterbury returned a full squad to beat OLG 41-16, very nice contributions by Jack Britt as he was a beast on the boards. Patrick and Nicholas Graves were "Kyrie Irving like" with their attack of the rim for OLG.
New Garden Friends 55, Canterbury 14: The 2017 FBS Summer League kicked off with a solid showing by NGF as they knocked off a scrappy Canterbury team. Nick Elliott led the way with pinpoint passes while controlling the tempo for NGF. Canterbury's Billy Burton was all over the floor on every loose ball! Great energy!
GDS 62, OLG 7:GDS high powered offense was in full effect with many members scoring and contribituing. Nice break out perfomance as well by Seth Green! OLG's Patrick Graves
had beautiful takes to the rim and Matthew Ma controlled the boards.
St Pius 43, Caldwell 40:In the day's most exciting game, Grady Sherrill hit a 3 point shot as time expired to lift St Pius over a young but talented Caldwell team. Caldwell's Addison Newkirk had tied the game at 40 with a free throw before Grady took the ball in the half court with one dribble and let it fly.
WCA 62, Caldwell 43:New FBS addition Wesleyan Christain had a solid all around effort beating Caldwell in the nightcap. Caldwell hung around, down 8 at the half and as colse as 41-38 in the 2nd half, but WCA scored transtion buckets down the stretch to pull away.
WCA's Donovan Stricklin did a fine job distributing at point while scoring off his dribble drives. GReat effort by Caldwell's Ashton Harvey running the floor and moving without the basketball.
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**Clinched regular-season title
|Wed. May 24|
|5:00 PM||Canterbury vs. NGF|
|6:00 PM||GDS vs. OLG|
|7:00 PM||Caldwell vs. St Pius|
|8:00 PM||Caldwell vs. WCA|
|Wed. May 31|
|5:00 PM||OLG vs. Canterbury|
|6:00 PM||GDS vs. St. Pius|
|7:00 PM||Caldwell vs. NGF|
|8:00 PM||WCA vs. NGF|
|Wed. June 7|
|5:00 PM||GDS vs. NGF|
|6:00 PM||OLG vs. St Pius|
|7:00 PM||Canterbury vs. WCA|
|Wed. June 14|
|5:00 PM||Canterbury vs. St Pius|
|6:00 PM||Caldwell vs. OLG|
|7:00 PM||NGF vs. OLG|
|8:00 PM||GDS vs WCA|
|Wed. June 21|
|5:00 PM||Caldwell vs. GDS|
|6:00 PM||Canterbury vs. GDS|
|7:00 PM||WCA vs. OLG|
|8:00 PM||NGF vs. St Pius|
|Mon. June 26|
|6:00 PM||Canterbury vs. Caldwell|
|7:00 PM||WCA vs. St Pius|