COLUMBIA, S.C. – Seventh Woods knows, but he tries not to know.
Yes, coming into the Chick-fil-A Classic American Division title game against No. 12 Greenforest Christian Academy (Decatur, Ga.), Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.) was riding the wave of a 25-game winning streak that dated back to last season, but Woods doesn’t like to get caught up in trying to keep the streak alive.
“That stuff can mess you up mentally,” Woods said.
Apparently, he effectively overcame the mental hurdle.
Woods scored 26 points, dished out five assists, grabbed seven rebounds and swiped four steals to help the Skyhawks upset the Eagles 70-58 and extend the streak to 26 Tuesday night.
Woods, a North Carolina signee, was subsequently named both Most Valuable and Most Outstanding Player of the tournament as North Carolina head coach Roy Williams looked on.
“I mean it’s hard not to think about the streak,” Woods said. “We haven’t lost in 2015 and everyone talks about it, but I just focus on winning the game in front of me. That’s always my approach.”
Skyhawks coach Mark McClam downplayed the streak and said he was more concerned with keeping his team consistent.
“We don’t wanna peak too early,” McClam said. “We aren’t as concerned with being really good in December as we are in February. This was a big one though; we’ll enjoy this one.”
Woods concurred and added that he thinks it’s time the rest of the country started taking notice.
“We just beat one of the top teams in the country by 12 and we haven’t lost in 2015,” Woods said. “I definitely feel like we can play with anyone and this is just proof of that. We are just focusing on getting better and winning what’s in front of us, but I do think we’ve proven a lot with this championship.”
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