It is hard to top a trip to NBA All-Star Weekend.
But Enka junior Chace McAdoo might have outdone himself Tuesday night.
McAdoo’s layup just before the horn lifted the host Jets to a 67-65 win over neighborhood rival Erwin in the semifinals of the Mountain Athletic Conference 3-A basketball tournament.
Teammates and classmates mobbed the 6-foot-1 forward, whose first-ever buzzer beater capped a 15-point night.
“When that shot went down, I fell and looked back to see if it was in and it was,” McAdoo said.
“As soon as I hopped back up, I’m getting tackled back to the ground. I was excited. I loved it.”
McAdoo is a grandson of Bob McAdoo, a member of the National Basketball Hall of Fame who was the NBA’s most valuable player in 1975 and appeared in five all-star games after starring in college at North Carolina.
Bob McAdoo is an assistant coach for the defending world champion Miami Heat. Grandfather and grandson spent time together over the weekend in Houston during the NBA’s All-Star festivities.
Chace McAdoo said he got to go behind the scenes and even have his picture taken with such luminaries as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.
Not only that, but Chace McAdoo has taken pride in UNC’s current leading scorer, forward James Michael McAdoo (14.7 points per game), who is a distant cousin. An aunt, Rasheeda McAdoo, was a singles tennis player in the 2012 U.S. Open.
“It puts a lot of pressure on you because everyone in my family is an athlete,” Chace McAdoo said.
“It’s a huge push, but I just do my best to make up for it.”
Tuesday was only the fourth game back in Enka’s lineup for Chace McAdoo, who broke his shooting hand (right) earlier this season. He ranks second in team rebounding with 4.9 boards per game.
Classmates and teammates often call Chace McAdoo by his last name. They may not fully appreciate the fact that the name is part of basketball royalty, but Jets coach Brian Carver does.
“As a diehard Carolina fan, to know you have part of that legacy on your team is pretty cool. I’m sure a lot of people take it for granted,” Carver said.
“At the same time, I don’t want Chace to feel pressure because of it. He needs to be his own kid and do his own thing.”
For the second straight year, Enka (12-13) will play regular season champion Asheville High (15-9) in the MAC 3-A tournament’s championship game on Friday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. in Candler.
“That’s really special,” Chace McAdoo said.
“We won it last year on someone else’s floor (a 75-72 victory at Asheville). Hopefully, we can pull out another W on our floor. That would be even better.”
Friday will be the fourth straight time that Enka has appeared in the MAC 3-A championship game.
Nathan Bull was close behind Chace McAdoo with 14 points on Tuesday night. Drake Wells threw the game-winning assist and added 11 points. Cole Williams had 10 points.
“Asheville has size, speed and athleticism. Everything, you name it,” Carver said.
“Coach Sonita Warren-Dixon has done a fantastic job and we know it’s going to be a challenge.”