The 4-A Eastern Regionals tipped at Minges Coliseum Tuesday night. In the nightcap, Enloe fell to Terry Sanford 72-63. Earlier, Jack Britt defeated Panther Creek 60-44.
Zach Faircloth, SG, Terry Sanford: Just what the doctor ordered for Presbyterian. A good leaper who is wired to score, Faircloth is a weight program away from really being a help. He went for 22 points in the second half. Confident and steady with his jumper, T.S. uses him well. He posted, got looks from deep and made all nine of his free throws. Faircloth was impressive and finished with 27 points.
Xavier Nixon, C, Jack Britt: He’s Scout.com’s No. 1 offensive tackle prospect and he’s a bad man! The future Florida Gator had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Not a whole lot of real estate inside that doesn’t belong to him.
Melvin Tabb, PF, Enloe: The single most competitive we’ve ever seen him in a game. He started strong and finished with a flurry as his first and fourth quarters were his best efforts. Tabb put in work to the tune of 27 points and 10 rebounds. He made his mid-range jumper and when Enloe needed to score he took it upon himself to be aggressive. This will be a state title contending team next year and if Tabb can replicate this effort he’s got another jump in his game. This one should have raised his personal bar and expectation level. How about 11-for-12 from the line!
Chapman Coming On
Emanuel Chapman, PG, Enloe: The first half belonged to him as “Poobie” was on his passing game with 6 assists at the break. He finished with 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He’s played his best basketball late in the season and has assumed the leadership role on this team. Needs to keep working on his jump shot. He’s developing a real presence at his position. Southern Conference and CAA schools should build their files on him.
Chris Wilson, PG, Terry Sanford: He’s becoming T.S.’s No. 2 scorer with 28 and 17 points in his last two games. This was our first look at him and a few things strike you. Above all, he’s very competitive. Second, Wilson is a strong, thick guard. Definite D-I prospect and if he tightens his handle and his perimeter shot has a real chance. A team guy and energy giver, he’s the type of player you win games with.
Panther Creek played the regional semifinal short handed. Auburn signee Earnest Ross and two other players were suspended for one game and a day of school. The players missed Friday’s game and were slated to play on Tuesday. However, because of the snow on Monday, they had to serve their school suspension Tuesday. Because they were not in school they couldn’t play. It’s a hard lesson learned and a difficult way to conclude a season for a program that is three years old and harbored state title hopes. …
Assistants In The Crowd: East Carolina, Old Dominion, Presbyterian, N.C. A&T.