Former Charlotte Hornets star Bobby Phills may be gone, but there are flashes of his brilliance that sparkle on to the court every time his son, Trey Phills, steps up for Charlotte Christian School.
The younger Phills, who has committed to (but not signed with) Yale, had his latest breakthrough moment on Friday night against Charlotte Country Day. With Charlotte Day leading Charlotte Christian, 51-50, with time running down, Charlotte Christian earned an inbounds pass near midcourt with just enough time for a pass, catch and shoot. Phills was a natural target, and the senior swingman pulled off the play of the year thus far for Charlotte Christian.
First, he had to get open, and Phills used a curl route as he cut to the ball to create just enough space to receive the inbounds with 1.6 seconds on the clock. Once he caught he ball he took one monster step into the only seam available to him, headed straight toward the baseline. The angle gave him a solid step on his defender and cut in front of a defender crashing back to help defend him.
Neither defender could cut him off, and Phills launched the one-footed runner from a step behind the three-point line, eventually landing and fading toward the crowd as the ball slipped through and the digits on the scoreboard switched to 53-51 in favor of Charlotte Christian.
And to think: Phills had just returned to action after rehabbing a foot injury. Clearly, the penchant for clutch shot making didn’t fall far from the tree, a trait Phills will get to flex again when Charlotte Christian returns to action on Tuesday night against Providence Christian.