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Drove down to the Hill last night to see Ricky Council IV take on David Elien.  

To my disappointment, no Ricky Council for SD.  One of the best players in the state was a no-go.  He looked to be in pretty good health so I'm guessing he'll return very soon.  

Elien played though.  He had a very quiet, ho-hum first half (except for an awesome block of a three-point attempt at the end of the first quarter).  However, Elien did get cookin' a bit in the second half.  He got a few easy/big buckets inside.  He also hit teammates down low with a few passes out of the high post.  The main recipients of his dimes were senior guards Ben Gaynes and Drew Gilliskie.  These two guys really picked up the slack last night.  Both strong and versatile.  Wouldn't be surprised to see either play Division 3 level.  

Issac Sinclair also did a great job controlling things from the point guard position.  Sinclair hit some big, big free throws down the stretch that turned out to be the difference. 

The game itself was great.  "Even Steven" throughout.  Coming down to the final minute, it looked like Southern would win.  Lemario Wilkerson had just converted a big three-point play and SD had Big Mo on their side.  However, a tech was called on SD that completely shifted momentum.  Chapel Hill hit both free throws and finished strong from there.  

As for SD, well.......you can tell that they needed some Council.  Darn near pulled it off without him though.  Wilkerson, Jalen Person, and Aaron Hall all had nice games.  Hall's a decent prospect.  He's a versatile 6-5 sophomore with a strong frame.  Wilkerson is fun to watch.  He's a bigger, rawer, slightly less-athletic* version of NW Guilford guard Christian Hampton.  

 

Chapel Hill looked like they were going to run away with it in the girls game.  SD came out pressing and trapping and the Tigers proceeded to run a clinic on how to handle the pressure.  They converted bucket after bucket.  Chapel Hill's passing was out-of-this-world.  The Tigers built a big lead and it lasted through the middle of the second quarter.  

Then, SD's coach makes a great move.  He backs off of the press and falls back.  Chapel Hill's offensive success soon stagnates.  Meanwhile, SD's hitting threes and converting easy buckets to slowly get back in it.  Second half is more of the same.  SD hits some big, big threes that buoy them to victory.  Great overall effort from the Spartans. 

Chapel Hill is very close to getting over the hump.  I would not want to see this team come 2020-21.  

 

*That's not a putdown.  Hampton's an amazing athlete. 

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