December 30, 2018

RALEIGH -- The Triangle has seen some of its top prep stars go up to New Hampshire for a season at Brewster Academy but never before had the home crowd had a chance to see the Bobcats come down this way for the Holiday Invitational.

Brewster didn't disappoint a packed Holiday Gymnasium on Saturday night, finishing the fourth day of Jo...

December 30, 2018

RALEIGH -- How's this for a first impression? 

Ranney School out of Tinton Falls, N.J. won a Holiday Invitational championship in its first year, defeating Winterville's South Central, another first-time participant, 63-58 on Saturday.

South Central led 13-10, 29-28 at halftime, and 43-41 heading into the fourth.

But Ranney had a finish...

December 30, 2018

RALEIGH -- Either way, a school from one of the North Carolina's largest two cities was going to fall to a deceptive .500 record on Saturday in the third-place game of the T.J. Warren bracket.

In a game that made "a game of runs" an understatement instead of a cliche, West Charlotte pulled away from Raleigh's Leesville Road 75-61.

Both...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- In his last time in the Holiday Invitational, Broughton coach Jeff Ferrell is going out with a win.

Ferrell, who will retire after 22 years as the head coach of Raleigh's host school for the Holiday Invitational, guided his Capitals to a 62-57 win one last time.

Broughton (5-5) took third place in the David West bracket on S...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- Wake Forest Heritage might've trailed this time around, but kept the same result.

Christiana McLean hit two free throws with 4.1 seconds remaining to give the Huskies a thrilling 50-49 win over Baltimore St. Frances Saturday in the John Wall Holiday Invitational girls' championship game. Heritage won its second Invitational...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- The second go-round between Raleigh's own Word of God and Prolific Prep of Napa, Calif. went differently than the two teams' first meeting.

Prolific Prep and the Holy Rams met 10 days ago, Prolific won by 30.

But in Saturday's final day of the John Wall Holiday Invitational, the fifth-place game of the David West bracket bet...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- Concord's Cannon School wrapped up the John Wall Holiday Invitational with a 66-60 victory over Orlando's Downey Christian in Saturday's seventh-place game in the David West bracket. 

Downey Christian trailed 17-12 after the first quarter and 32-27 at halftime. The Patriots took their first lead in the fourth quarter and we...

Editor’s note: Charles Harris was the head coach of Greene Central last season in the Rams’ first appearance in the John Wall Holiday Invitational. He is providing his unique perspective this week to HolidayInvitational.com and The New South podcast. Here is his column recalling last year’s tournament.

RALEIGH -- A little over a year...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- N.C. State fans were split on Friday night between watching the present -- the Wolfpack played Loyola of Maryland at the PNC Arena -- and watching the future -- Jalen Lecque of New Hampshire's Brewster Academy.

Wolfpack fans have another shot to watch the latter on Saturday.

Brewster Academy, in its first appearance in the H...

December 29, 2018

RALEIGH -- The title game is set for the T.J. Warren bracket in the John Wall Holiday Invitational. 

Ranney School, out of Tinton Falls, N.J., defeated West Charlotte 70-58 in the bracket's second semifinal. This was the only Warren bracket game on Friday, as Winterville's South Central clinched a spot with a victory over Raleigh's Le...

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