March 19, 2013

Ingram sparks another Kinston title

It was a classic battle between two teams that have grown fond of playing against each other.

Cuthbertson (29-4) headed to the Dean Dome Saturday afternoon to face off against Kinston (27-2), in a rematch game that was played in the HighschoolOT.com Invitational earlier in the season.

These two teams played last year for the State Title, with Kinston coming out on top for the 2A State Championship.

In the rematch earlier in the year at Broughton High School, Cuthbertson, who was down double digits late in the game, came back and was able to seek a little revenge on the Vikings, defeating them 50-47.

Now these two teams matched up again, with it all on the line again in Chapel Hill.

The teams went back and forth, with Cuthbertson being led by Shelton Mitchell, who has committed to Wake Forest in the class of 2014.

Brandon Ingram, the number 41 ranked player in the class of 2015 for Rivals.com, has been one of the key components for the Vikings and a reason why they are competing in their second straight title game.

Ingram is a 6-foot-7, 180 pound small forward who has been averaging 12.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.3 steals per game this season for Kinston.

N.C State has offered Ingram already, with Wake Forest, Georgetown, and North Carolina holding tight to him.

In the game, Ingram started out slow, only having five points at halftime, while Cuthbertson had a halftime lead over the Vikings, led by Mitchell most of the game (Mitchell finished with 22 points in a losing effort).

It wasn't till the fourth quarter when the Vikings were able to make a late run to take the lead for good and Ingram was a part of that run, both offensively and defensively.

Ingram was able to deliver for the Vikings down the stretch with some key defensive stops (blocked a shot towards the end of the game that would have given Cuthbertson the lead) and hitting a huge shot towards the end of the game, giving Kinston their second straight 2A State Title on Saturday.

Kinston won in another three point game, 56-53, while Ingram finished up with 12 points, four rebounds, and four blocked shots (none bigger than his one at the end of the game).

Only being a sophomore, Ingram has already won two state titles in his two year career in high school, but will now be looked upon as a leader in the coming years for Kinston, continuing their recent run to state championships.

North Carolina and Roy Williams have been keeping a close eye on this native small forward.

Ingram has been to multiple games this year to visit North Carolina, with his most recent one being during the UNC-Duke game on March 9, 2013.

At this time, the young man will enjoy his second state title in as many years, but Ingram does have plans for this summer in AAU and other events, knowing that the future is bright but he still has a lot to learn.


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