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December 3, 2013

Howard White Classic Recap

Howard White Classic Scores:

Warwick 63, Norfolk Christian 61
#8 Booker T. Washington 63, Phoebus 47
#4 Norcom 70, #6 Kecoughtan 62

Recap: The 2013-14 High School Hoops season tipped off on Monday night in earnest with the Howard White Classic held at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, VA. Warwick first-year Head Coach Willie Gause notched his first win as the Raiders prevailed in his debut, 63-61 to hold off a comeback attempt by Norfolk Christian.

Eastern District visitors Booker T. Washington and I.C. Norcom, both ranked in the VirginiaPreps.com Preseason Top Ten in Group 4A, made the trip across the water and won their season openers over Phoebus and host Kecoughtan, respectively. Booker T. Washington put four players in double-figures, including double-doubles from Billy Barnes and freshman Breyon Gaddy, a two-sport athlete that also plays football.

Down three after one quarter of play, Norcom battled back in a game that saw the two teams combine to shoot 64 free-throws, and the Greyhounds tied the score at 30 at the break. They would build their lead to as much as 13 in the fourth quarter in what was a brilliant performance turned in by senior 6-foot-2 guard Troy Locke.

A third option behind Malique Trent (Norfolk State) and James Whitaker (North Carolina A&T) a season ago, Locke showed he can take on a brunt of the scoring load when called upon. He finished with 32 points, the most of anyone on the night in the Howard White Classic, while shooting 12-of-20 from the floor and drained 8-of-14 free-throws.

Marques Harvey chipped in 12 rebounds and reserve guard Craig Ingram drained two key three-pointers in the third quarter to help the Portsmouth school increase its lead.

"Offensively, we had to settle down. First game jitters. Once everybody gets comfortable, I think we'll be okay," said Norcom Head Coach Leon Goolsby.

"Every year you're going to lose seniors that were major guys from the previous year. Now the role guys become major guys, so understand if you're a major guy, my expectation is very high. Now it's your time to shine, but do it within the context of the offense."

Kecoughtan was done in by its shooting, both at the charity stripe and from beyond the arc. They were 3-for-21 from three-point distance with two of those makes coming in the fourth quarter when they had a mini spurt to pull within five, and converted only 15-of-34 at the foul line.

Much like the Warriors, Phoebus had its shooting woes on Monday night. The Phantoms, who graduated their top three scorers from a year ago, misfired on all ten of their three-point tries and hit just 7-of-20 from the free-throw line. Sophomore Terrell Toliver's 13 points led the Phantoms. Booker T. overcame 14-of-36 shooting from the foul line by grabbing 18 offensive rebounds, turning many into second chance points.

In their win over Norfolk Christian, Warwick got 25 points from junior guard Lewis Freeman as well as 25 points combined from Devontae Taylor (13) and Calvin Green (12). George Wahee carried the Ambassadors most of the way offensively with 29 points to go along with 12 rebounds. Sophomore Lhordn Hyman, son of ex-Deep Creek standout and Manhattan guard Keaton Hyman, chipped in nine points, six assists and three steals.

Postgame Audio with Norcom Coach Leon Goolsby
Postgame Audio with Norcom's Troy Locke

Top Performers:

Troy Locke, Norcom 2014 G - - Confident and willing his team to victory, Locke was simply unstoppable in enjoying the best game of his career to date. His effort and energy was outstanding at both ends of the court. In addition to his career-high 32 points, Locke collective 12 rebounds and hade six steals on defense. Every time Kecoughtan tried to get momentum, he had answer.

"I had to take it to another gear. I know I've got to step up. It's my senior year and I'm trying to finish out strong," Locke said afterwards.

Marcell Haskett, Kecoughtan 2015 G - - Haskett was able to get to the basket and his speed made it difficult for Norcom to defend him one-on-one as he wound up with 22 points, three assists and three steals. Defensively, he's one of the best on-ball defenders in the state. The only real flaw in Haskett's game was his outside shooting as he went 0-for-7 from behind the three-point line compared to 8-for-12 inside the arc.

Breyon Gaddy, Booker T. Washington 2017 F/C - - Mobile and a vacuum to rebounds, Gaddy and his brother, Brandon, were factors around the basket all night long. Breyon made 5-of-7 from the field and yanked down 18 rebounds, most of anyone in the Howard White Classic, to go with his 11 points. A pretty impressive start to his career.

Lewis Freeman, Warwick 2015 G - - A dangerous threat in transition, Freeman has the athleticism and skills to be a real force in the Peninsula District in 5A for the Raiders as they try to make some noise this season. There were some moments where he got a little erratic in the open court, but at night's end he had 25 points, six boards, four assists and four steals, plus the game-winning free-throws.

George Wahee, Norfolk Christian 2015 G - - Getting to the rim any time he wanted practically, Wahee scored a game-high 29 points against Warwick and did so by shooting an efficient 12-of-23 from the floor to go with 12 rebounds. There really never was a shortage in his intensity meter the whole night, and when the outside shot is falling, he could threaten for some 30-point performances.

Matthew Hatfield serves as State Basketball Analyst for VirginiaPreps.com, part of the Rivals.com Network. Check out Hatfield's Twitter page for more sports related updates, and you can also read his work in the Suffolk News Herald. To contact Matthew, please e-mail hatfieldsports2k4@yahoo.com, and don't forget to listen to him every Saturday from 10AM to Noon on ESPN Radio 94.1, plus watch him on the Cox 11 Sports Report.

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