Wesleyan Christian defends home state to win High School OT tournament

Wesleyan Christian defends home state to win High School OT tournament

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Wesleyan Christian defends home state to win High School OT tournament

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Wesleyan Christian poses for a photo after winning the High School Ot holiday tournament (Photo: Jason Jordan/USA TODAY Sports)

Wesleyan Christian poses for a photo after winning the High School Ot holiday tournament (Photo: Jason Jordan/USA TODAY Sports)

 
RALEIGH, N.C. – Wesleyan Christian Academy (High Point, N.C.) forward Harry Giles III is fully aware of how this sounds, but his confident statement is rooted in a humbling lesson. 
 
“We were never going to lose this tournament in our own state,” Giles said. “That wasn’t gonna happen.” 
 
Not when he and the Trojans fell behind by as many as 16 points against Orangeville Prep (Ontario, Canada) in the High School OT Holiday Invitational title game’s John Wall bracket. Not when they missed free throw after free throw that would’ve put the game away and not even when Bears guard Jamal Murray’s prayer from deep barely missed at the buzzer.
 
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 “We learned a lesson in that loss to Wheeler at the City of Palms,” Giles said of the No. 2 Trojans’ only loss of the season. “It let us know anyone could be beat. It definitely changed our mentality. It made us hungrier.”
 
They used that mindset to knockoff Orangeville Prep, 78-75, Tuesday night. 
 
Giles, ranked No. 4 overall in the 247 Sports 100 was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 26 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the win.  
 
Thon Maker, ranked fifth, led the Bears with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. He took home the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.
 
“I feel like after the loss to Wheeler it brought us back down to where we need to be mentally,” Trojans point guard Brandon Childress said. “It made is more like a family.” 
 
That much was evident when the Trojans walked into the postgame press conference.
 
“We always preach family and we wanted to come in here as a family,” Gatlin said as he walked his entire team into the press room. “This was definitely a family type of win.” 
 
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Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) knocked off Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.), 78-74, to claim the title in the Summit Hospitality bracket.
 
 
Capitals point guard Jerome Robinson, a Boston College signee, was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring 17 points in the win.
Wildcats guard Chris Clemons, a Campbell signee, led all scorers with 33 points in the loss. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament after finishing with 106 points in three game — fourth in tournament history.
 
 

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