Wildcats capture tournament title

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By The Staff

Carolina Wildcats, a Lancaster area 16U boys basketball AAU team, recently won the Pre-Memorial Day Invitational held in Forest City, N.C., on May 16-18.

The Wildcats’ record was 3-2 over the weekend and they won the 15-16 age division championship game 41-38 over the Lenior Warriors, who had defeated the Wildcats earlier in the tournament.The Wildcats were led by Xavier Holloway’s 14 points in the championship game.Garrett Thompson followed with 7, Qua Duncan 6, Carlos White and Nazariusz Blackmon scored 5 points each, and Marciano Hough followed with four points to round out the Wildcats’ scoring.Jamar James had two pivotal blocked shots that helped the Wildcats secure the win.The Wildcats dropped their tournament opener, 63-60 to Lenoir Warriors. The Wildcats were led by Qua Duncan’s 16 points. Jamar James hit 12 points and Xavier Holloway had 10. Marciano Hough hit eight points.Carlos White and Garrett Thompson each hit six points and Nazariusz Blackmon had two.In the second game, the Wildcats found themselves down by 17 points in the first half, but rallied in the second half to win 80-73 over the Blazing Flames, a Charlotte 16-17U team.Garrett Thompson hit 19 to lead the Wildcats.Quavis Duncan had 16 points and Jamar James netted 15. Marciano Hough tallied 13 and Xavier Holloway chipped in nine.Carlos White and Nazariusz Blackmon each tallied four points.Game three featured the Wildcats against the host Forest City Heat, who was coming off a big win over the Lenoir Warriors.The Wildcats turned a see-saw battle into a 90-73 win with a key fourth-quarter run, highlighted by a two-handed, put-back slam dunk by Quavis Duncan, which brought the crowd to its feet.Garrett Thompson took over the game in the second half, pacing all scorers with 23 points. Marciano Hough hit 14, Xavier Holloway 13 and Quavis Duncan 12.Carlos White and Nazariusz Blackmon added 10 points each and Jamar James hit eight.Game four saw the Wildcats lead by 20 at halftime over the Blazing Flames (16-17U team), but this time the Blazing Flames rallied to win in the final seconds, 62-60. Qua Duncan hit 20 points, while Garrett Thompson had 11.Xavier Holloway followed with eight points and Marciano Hough netted seven points.Carlos White and Jamar James had six points and Nazariusz Blackmon had two points.