High School Boys Basketball | Burton, Currituck knock off Manteo at Good Guys vs. Cancer showcase

Currituck 55 Manteo 47

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Currituck's Carmillo Burton (with ball) during the boys basketball game against Manteo at the Good Guys vs. Cancer Basketball Showcase at First Flight High School, Saturday, December 8, 2018.


By Malcolm Shields
Sports Editor

Sunday, December 9, 2018

KILL DEVIL HILLS — Currituck's Carmillo Burton scored game-high 21 points to pace the Knights to a 55-47 win Saturday morning at the Good Guys vs. Cancer Showcase at First Flight High School.

Burton, a freshman, scored 11 of his 21 points in the final two quarters.

Ricky Owens followed with 11 points, Jayden Calloway scored nine points, while KJ Harvey posted seven points in the win.

Currituck coach Gunnell Rupert said that he was glad the Knights secured the win, but felt his team came out flat against the Redskins.

The contest was the first game of the Saturday session at the showcase.

The game began around 9:30 a.m.

“I don't think that they were really prepared this early in the morning to play like they normally are,” Rupert said. “Didn't play great, but it's always good to get the win.”

Currituck held a 22-12 lead in the second quarter.

The Knights (2-1), built the lead on baskets by Calloway and Owens.

Owens, a senior, was active on both ends of the floor.

“He's a great shot blocker, he's a great in-front defender and a good rebounder,” Rupert said of Owens.

Manteo (2-1) would battle back into the game as the Redskins closed the half on an 11-5 run.

During the run, some of Currituck's key players were out of the game.

Currituck led 27-23 at halftime.

Manteo tied the game at 27-all early in the third quarter, but Burton connected on consecutive shots from behind the 3-point line to pace the Knights to a 33-27 advantage.

Currituck would hold a 40-31 lead.

The Knights also dealt with foul trouble as multiple starters had to sit with three fouls.

Currituck led 42-36 entering the fourth and had the benefit of being in the bonus.

The closest Manteo got in the fourth was 47-44 after a 3-pointer by Darren Saunders.

Wolfie Schultz led Manteo with 12 points.

Points from the line by Harvey, Calloway with a basket by Burton closed out the game.

Early in the season, Burton has shown promise in the Currituck backcourt.

“He can shoot. He is always where the ball is,” Rupert said. “He is becoming a better defender and he wants the basketball.”

Rupert added that Burton is going to be a great player in the conference for the school.

The showcase, which began Friday, featured teams from North Carolina and Virginia.

It also served to raise money for the Coaches vs. Cancer Program.

Rupert said that he was pleased that First Flight boys basketball coach Chad Williams was able to have Currituck in the showcase.

“Such a great cause with losing my stepfather to the disease this year,” Rupert said. “Just really glad to be a part of it.”

NOTES: Rupert wore a sports jacket that his late stepfather gave him early in the game.... Because both teams brought their white home jerseys, Manteo had to change the top of their jerseys.

The Redskins wore First Flight’s road jerseys during the game since Currituck was the designated home team. 

Myers Park 79, First Flight 76: The Nighthawks (2-3) lost to the Class 4A Mustangs (2-2) in double overtime Friday night at the Good Guys vs. Cancer Showcase.

First Flight's Dylan Blake scored 42 points and converted on 19 of 21 free-throw attempts.

Jordan High followed with 19 points for First Flight.