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28th annual WDN Holiday Invitational tips off

By Staff
Parker scores 36 to lead Terra Ceia, Panthers fall to East Carteret
By BRIAN HAINES, Sports Writer
YEATESVILLE — The 28th annual Washington Daily News Invitational tipped off on Thursday and Terra Ceia might have displayed a little too much holiday enthusiasm as it took the spirit of giving to a another level as the Knights almost gave away a win to Pamlico.
Terra Ceia tallied several turnovers as it succumbed to relentless pressure by Pamlico, but the Knights held on to take an 83-76 overtime win and advance to the championship game of the tourney.
Terra Ceia coach Roger Klaassen said second half turnovers haunted his squad.
The Knights (10-5) marched into halftime holding a 57-46 lead, but a well executed press, combined with an outstanding second effort on the offensive boards by the Hurricanes (5-3) allowed them to get back into the game.
Terra Ceia, who at one point held an 18 point lead, showed little effort on the defensive glass as a team, managed to hold on to its lead all the way up until the fourth quarter, when a Fraquan Jones’ layup gave the Hurricanes a 68-67 advantage.
Pamlico coach Earl Sadler was pleased with his team’s defense, but said he needed more from them on the other end of the court.
Antwan Hutt added to the lead when he nailed two free throws with 23 second left in the game to put Pamlico up by three and set the stage for Mychal Parker to make what could turn out to be the best the play of the tournament.
The Terra Ceia guard rebounded a Hendrik Van Dorp missed shot in the paint, and dribble out to the left baseline and nailed a game-tying three a la Reggie Miller and send the game into overtime.
Parker was brilliant throughout the game as he led all scorers with 36, while Van Dorp finished with 20. Dominique Holiday led the Hurricanes with 17, while Hutt backed him up with 15.
In the extra session Terra Ceia tightened up its play and led by Parker’s five OT points held on to take the win.
Also playing a factor in the Knights’ win was center Bradley Van Staalduinen, who finished with 11 points and had well over 10 blocks.
East Carteret 64, Northside 47
Playing in the prime time slot of the Holiday Invitational, East Carteret and Northside struggled to deliver a solid sequel to the Terra Ceia-Pamlico game, as the Mariners scraped there way to a 64-47 win over the hosting Panthers.
Led by Eric Willis’ 12 points, along with 10 by Nic Baker and Todd Dunbar, East Carteret (5-4) had just enough offense to get into the championship game against Terra Ceia.
While Anderson was happy with his team’s effort, the same could not be said for Panthers’ coach Mike Procter.
The Panthers, led by Michael Chase’s 14 points, trailed by only three points after the first quarter with East Carteret holding a 15-12 lead.
The Mariners pulled away in the second and put the game out of reach with a 22-8 run. East Carteret will play for the WDN Holiday Invitational title at 7:30 p.m. today against Terra Ceia, while Northside (1-6) will battle Pamlico for third place at 6 p.m.
Game 1
Terra Ceia 16 19 22 13 13 — 83
Pamlico 9 15 22 20 6 — 76
Terra Ceia (83)
Bradley Van Staalduinen 11, Hendrik Van Dorp 20, Snow 4, Mychal Parker 36, Davenport 9, Hubers 3.
Pamlico (76)
Fraquan Jones 10, Antwan Hutt 15, King 9, Dominique Holiday 17, Blount 9, Kendall Ham 14, Hassell 2.
Game 2
East Carteret 15 22 7 20 — 64
Northside 12 8 14 13 — 47
East Carteret (64)
Nic Baker 10, Vann 8, Todd Dunbar 10, Long 2, Stewart 8, Eric Willis 12, Willis 2, Godette 2. Tompson 9.
Northside (47)
Martin 5, Michael Chase 14, Mackey 5, Satterwaithe 7, Cooper 4, Pernov 7, O’Neal 5.