Although there were not any Wake players in the final game of the night, the first two games provided some entertainment for Wake fans. Click through to find out who impressed!
We planned to watch Chennault and Walker in the first game, but their teammates did not show and there was only a small scrimmage. On the bright side, Nikita Mescheriakov and Melvin Tabb were playing in the other gym so we caught a majority of that one. We heard that Tabb got off to a strong start in the post, but he mostly battled inside for rebounds and put-backs once we started watching. In a back and forth game it was Nikita that made the biggest difference and eventually got his team the win. Mescheriakov is a very scrappy player and really puts forth full effort every minute he is out there. He tends to crash the boards at every opportunity and has plenty of other skills too. Nikita is an effective passer from the open area of the zone and seems to make the correct play a vast majority of the time. He also stepped out and knocked down a few threes to finish with just shy of 20 points in the narrow victory.
The other game of the night featured J.T. Terrell, Tony Woods and L.D. Williams. Tony Woods was very active throughout the game, especially on the defensive end and on the boards. His highlight of the night came as he caught the ball near the free throw line, muscled his way to the basket and threw down a vicious dunk over the 7-footer from Elon. He finished the night with 10 points and several blocks and rebounds. J.T. Terrell was also his usual self with some electrifying drives in the lane and deep bombs. He led the way with 22 points while Williams had 13 in a back-and-forth game that was horribly officiated. If you make it out to Forsyth Country Day for the Pro-Am, be sure to watch J.T. and L.D.'s team play.
In the other gym Travis McKie led his team to a three point victory over Carson Desrosiers' squad. We heard that McKie had 18 in the first half, but did not get a finally tally for him. He knocked down two free throws to put his team up by three with under 15 seconds to go. Desrosiers had a chance to send the game into overtime with a three from the corner, but it rimmed out.