Wake Forest sweeps Bunn holiday tourney | The Enterprise
The Enterprise
Login
SearchHelpSubscriptions

Wake Forest sweeps Bunn holiday tourney

Posted on January 9, 2022

SportsSchool Sports
Wake Forest’s boys basketball team won the Bunn Holiday Tournament by beating Northern Nash 61-49 in the championship game.

Contributed photo

Wake Forest’s boys basketball team won the Bunn Holiday Tournament by beating Northern Nash 61-49 in the championship game.

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas won Bunn Holiday Tournament MVP honors for scoring 40 points and recording 12 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.

Contributed photo

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas won Bunn Holiday Tournament MVP honors for scoring 40 points and recording 12 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.

Wake Forest’s boys basketball team won the Bunn Holiday Tournament by beating Northern Nash 61-49 in the championship game.

Contributed photo

Wake Forest’s boys basketball team won the Bunn Holiday Tournament by beating Northern Nash 61-49 in the championship game.

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas won Bunn Holiday Tournament MVP honors for scoring 40 points and recording 12 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.

Contributed photo

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas won Bunn Holiday Tournament MVP honors for scoring 40 points and recording 12 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas won Bunn Holiday Tournament MVP honors for scoring 40 points and recording 12 rebounds, 18 assists and eight steals.
Wake Forest’s boys basketball team won the Bunn Holiday Tournament by beating Northern Nash 61-49 in the championship game.

marty@wakeweekly.com | 919-424-1779

BUNN — Wake Forest’s boys and girls team won the championship at the Bunn Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29.

The girls defeated host Bunn 53-29 in the final, and the boys took down Northern Nash 61-49.

The Lady Cougars started off the tournament with a 47-29 victory over Northern Nash on Dec. 27. Wake Forest took a 24-13 lead at halftime and consistently stayed ahead in the second half to come away on top.

That win placed Wake Forest in the championship match with Bunn. The Wildcats held a narrow 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Cougars went on a 15-3 run in the second period to go into halftime up 25-15.

Wake Forest almost shut Bunn down in the third quarter, outscoring them 13-2. The Cougars finished things off with 15 points in the fourth quarter to come away with the 53-29 victory.

“The girls did a good job defensively in both games and played with a lot of energy,” Wake Forest head coach Clinton Williams said. “We were able to use our height to control the offensive and defensive boards. We also played great team ball both days.”

Wake Forest’s Amina Miles was named the tournament MVP for her performance. In two games, the senior forward scored 36 points and grabbed 27 rebounds. She posted a double-double in both wins.

“Amina Miles did a great job,” Williams said. “Shayla Rodriquez did a good job running the team and playing defense. She was named to the all-tournament team as well. Audra Hillman, Taya Simpkins and Julia Snider all played well and gave us a great boost offensively and defensively.”

With the tournament win, Wake Forest improved to 8-4 overall. The Cougars entered the new year with a five-game win streak.

“We played one of the toughest schedules in the area to start the season,” Williams said. “I think that has helped us in this winning streak that we are on now. The girls are playing with confidence and playing together as a team. It’s my hope that we can carry over this confidence into conference play.”

The boys team played three games in the holiday tournament and won all three. The Cougars started off with a 75-53 win over Warren County on Dec. 27. Wake Forest earned a spot in the championship match by beating Louisburg 53-37 on Dec. 28.

In the championship game against Northern Nash, the Cougars went ahead 15-9 by the end of the first quarter. The Knights tightened things up by cutting the deficit to 24-22 at halftime.

Wake Forest turned up the heat in the second half and went on a 17-6 run in the third quarter to go up 41-28. Both teams played well offensively in the fourth quarter, but the Cougars held on to win 61-49.

“I was thoroughly pleased with our defense throughout the tournament,” Wake Forest head coach Greg Ackles said. “To only give up an average of 46 points per game during a tournament is outstanding. We have tried to get the guys to understand since the summer that our defense will ignite our offense. When we are focused on defense, we are a much better team.”

Wake Forest’s Nigel Lucas was named the tournament MVP for his performance. In three games, the junior guard scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, dished out 18 assists and snagged eight steals.

“Nigel has grown tremendously this season as a basketball player,” Ackles said. “During the tournament, he averaged 13 points, four rebounds and six assists per game. His defense was also amazing. Every game, he is always defending a player who is taller than him, but he accepts the challenge and does a good job. During this tournament, he was able to showcase how much he has improved and he led us to this championship.”

With the win, Wake Forest improved to 7-3 overall. The Cougars started the season 0-3, but have now gone on a seven-game win streak.

“We have to remain confident,” Ackles said. “It has been a bit of a challenge to get the boys to the point of believing they are supposed to be winning games. But now that we are, the expectation is to win every time we step on the floor. We have been playing quite well thankfully over the past few weeks. Hopefully, we can carry this momentum into 2022 and have some success once we start playing conference games.”

More Sports

Dari’elle Whitley

FARRIS & THOMAS LAW STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE WEEK

Whitley paces Ladybirds on court

From staff reports
| January 17, 2022

Dari’elle Whitley plays basketball for the Ladybirds at Southern Nash High School and is the Farris ...

SOUTHERN NASH ROUNDUP

Firebirds fall flat vs. First Flight

From staff reports
| January 17, 2022

KINSTON — First Flight didn’t exactly take it to the streets in the second half of Saturday’s game a...

N.C. Wesleyan sophomore guard Marquis Eskew dribbles during the Battling Bishops’ 75-56 road loss to Averett University on Saturday. Eskew scored 11 points, pulled down four boards and recorded a block during the conference showdown.

Bishop men fall to Averitt

For The Enterprise
| January 17, 2022

DANVILLE, Va. — The N.C. Wesleyan College men’s basketball team returned to action on Saturday after...


Local News

Powered by Nash & Pine | v4.2.3