By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
McLendon-McDougald Gymnasium was packed for the second contest of the night as incoming North Carolina Tar Heel Harrison Barnes and Team Stackhouse faced Westchester Academy's Quincy Miller and D1 Sports. Number one overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft John Wall was in attendance, watching from the bench with coach Jerry Stackhouse.
Barnes got to work early with a second chance two pointer and a tomahawk slam as Team Stackhouse took an early 6-0 lead. Two more North Carolina teammates contributed as John Henson swatted away several D1 Sports shot attempts and Reggie Bullock threw down a jaw-dropping alley-oop. Barnes displayed his perimeter game, hitting a three pointer to extend his team's lead to 10 later in the quarter. Henson struggled from the line, but his team held a 23-10 advantage before the second period.
Other area players took part in Team Stackhouse's domination, as Miller's high school teammate Deuce Bello came off the bench to rack up some points. NC State junior C.J. Williams provided excellent play on both sides of the floor, playing physical defense and later inbouding an alley-oop to Bullock. Xavier freshman Jay Canty scored a quick seven points for D1 Sports at the end of the half, but Team Stackhouse held a halftime lead of 41-24.
Team Stackhouse controlled the second half early, as Hargrave Military Academy's P.J. Hairston brought the crowd to their feet with a put-back slam off a Barnes miss. He followed seconds later with a huge one-handed dunk in transition.
D1 Sports did not give up, however. Miller put on a show in the second half, starting with an eye-opening jam in the fourth quarter. Barnes responded with a deep jumper, but Miller followed with two made free throws and a dunk to cut the margin to 13. Miller ended the final period the way he started, slamming in a bucket as time expired. Despite his late efforts, Team Stackhouse came away with a convincing victory, 81-66.