Thursday, January 14, 2010

Roy Williams at Providence Day tonight

North Carolina coach Roy Williams was in Charlotte Thursday night, one day after Clemson beat his Tar Heels on national TV.

He came to Providence Day's gym to scout Christ School center Marshall Plumlee, whose two brothers play at Duke.

Marshall Plumlee, a 6-11 junior center scored 13 points in the Greenies’ 75-49 win against Providence Day Thursday, but he got plenty of support from backcourt mates Damarcus Harrison and Eric Smith, who led Christ School with 16 each. They were especially potent in the second half when the Greenies expanded a 32-26 halftime lead into a 64-36 bulge eight minutes later.

“We knew we weren’t going as hard as we could,” said Plumlee, who is mulling scholarship offers from several Division I schools. “There’s no excuse for our performance the first half and we came together as a team to turn it around in the second half, and it turned out to be a really fun game.”

With Williams looking on, the Greenies (18-1, ranked No. 20 by USA Today) turned up the intensity. Smith launched a 20-6 rally with a three-pointer and Harrison canned back-to-back threes to give the Greenies their first double-digit lead. That was more than enough to put Christ School in control.

“(Providence Day) planned on playing their best game, and I think they did for the first half,” said Smith, a South Carolina signee. “We wore them down in the second half and we can go pretty deep, so I think that had an effect on them.”

Providence Day struggled on both ends of the court against Christ School’s superior size. Beside Plumlee, the Greenies’ Timothy Troutman (6-9) and Sebastian Koch (6-8) forced the Chargers into mismatches on the wings as well as the lane. After Providence Day’s Mark Young and Walker Ratchford combined for 14 first-half points, Christ School was more adept slowing them in the second half. Ratchford led the Chargers with 12 points and Young finished with 10.

“I’m not sure whether it surprised us or not, but we knew we weren’t going to let it affect us,” Plumlee said. “We know if we do the things we’re supposed to do, we can be a great team.”

While Williams signed autographs afterward, post-game conversation swirled around Plumlee’s future. Fans offered their suggestions, including signing with Duke where brothers Miles and Mason play, but Marshall is determined to be his own man.

“Everyone’s got a school they think I should go to,” he said. “That’s not affecting my decision. It doesn’t bother me. I appreciate getting to meet some new people and hear their interest, but the decision I’m going to make is going to be based on what’s best for me.”

Christ School 18 14 29 14-75

Providence Day 15 11 10 13-49

Christ School – Damarcus Harrison 16, Eric Smith 16, Marshall Plumlee 13, Kimbro 8, Troutman 8, Koch 5, Lopez 3, Dixon 2, Edwards 2, Nesbitt 2.

Providence Day – Walker Ratchford 12, Mark Young 10, Elliott 6, Hickson 5, Plaus 4, Taylor 4, Brown 3, Aker 2, McDonald 2, Ivers 1.


Anonymous said...

What about Connor Sullivan? Did he not play?

Anonymous said...

Roy was also making sure providence day was not on their schedule.What's the heel's RPI.........131 ???????? Roy usually likes to play high school teams,but not with this team hahahah.

Anonymous said...

Article is not correct...Connor Sullivan is #11, not Walker Ratchford...misprint in the program. The box score is correct

Anonymous said...

No the boxscore is wrong. Connor Sullivan had 12

Anonymous said...

Connor Did play the box score is wrong

Anonymous said...

the box score was actually completely wrong... Alex Levy had all of the teams 49 points. His last 3 coming off of an and one windmill slam over plumlee. He was by far the best player on the court

Anonymous said...

some of you anon guys are asses.

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