ECSU hosts border clash invitational
Six area teams face Va. schools
By David Gough
Monday, January 21, 2019
The second annual Robert L. Vaughan Border Clash High School Basketball Invitational tips off at Elizabeth City State’s R.L. Vaughan Center today at noon.
Six games will be played with six area schools facing Virginia schools all within an hour and a half of Elizabeth City.
Wristbands to get in are $10 and they will allow you to get back in at any time if you leave. The proceeds benefit ECSU’s WRVS-FM 89.9 and the local high school teams that are participating.
Randy Jones, the radio station’s program director, played a big role in creating the event last year and is excited that the university is making it into a signature event.
“Looking forward to a great day,” Jones said. “So excited for the community to come out and support the event.”
Jones noted that the radio station received a lot of feedback after last year’s clash to do it again.
“It’s also a great recruiting opportunity for ECSU,” he added.
Jones expressed excitement for each matchup and he’s especially looking forward to the last two games of the day.
At 6 p.m., an undefeated Washington County faces off against Deep Creek (Va.).
The Panthers are making their debut in the border clash after a signature win against John A. Holmes in a battle of unbeatens Friday.
Deep Creek, meanwhile, is struggling through a 4-10 season.
At 7:30, Northeastern plays against a familiar face on the Bishop Sullivan Catholic (Va.) roster.
Shawn Walker, Jr., ECSU men’s coach Shawn Walker, Sr.’s son and former Northeastern point guard, has helped the Crusaders to a 9-4 record so far.
The youngest Walker played for the 2015-16 Northeastern team that reached the NCHSAA Class 2A East Regional final.
He then spent two years at High Point’s Wesleyan Christian Academy and is set to end his prep career at Bishop Sullivan.
Walker Jr., who also played middle school basketball at Elizabeth City’s Victory Christian School, signed in November to continue his basketball career at Division I Siena College.
Northeastern, who has had a slow 3-6 start to the year, will be looking for a third consecutive win since beating Currituck on Friday and avenging an earlier loss to John A. Holmes on Saturday.
“I’m excited for that matchup to see (Walker) face his former team,” Jones said.
The noon game to begin the entire day pits Perquimans against Greenbrier Christian (Va.). Both were involved in tight games last year at ECSU with a one-point win for the Pirates and a three-point loss for the Gators.
Following that game at 1:30 p.m., Great Bridge (Va.) and Camden will have a rematch of a border clash game last season when they faced each other.
The Bruins beat Great Bridge 51-39 in that one. Camden comes into today with a 7-7 record after ending a five-game losing streak at Manteo Friday, while Great Bridge comes to Elizabeth City with a 4-11 record.
Today’s third game will be Currituck and Woodrow Wilson (Va.) at 3 p.m.
Woodrow Wilson was the victim in Perquimans’ one-point win last year, while Currituck was the winner of the three-point game against Greenbrier.
The Knights enter today 7-8 after dropping two straight to John A. Holmes and Northeastern, but will look to get back on track with a win over the 4-11 Presidents.
At 4:30, Pasquotank faces Churchland (Va.). The Panthers will be looking for their fourth win of the season in 12 games when they go against the 8-8 team from Portsmouth.
Last year’s border clash saw a split between North Carolina and Virginia.
Currituck, Camden and Perquimans were responsible for the three local wins.
Northeastern dropped a tight two-point contest against Western Branch, John A. Holmes lost to Princess Anne and Pasquotank lost to Deep Creek for the three Virginia wins.
“Hopefully, we can break the tie Monday,” Jones said.