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Wheeler High School def. Prime Prep Academy, 68-66

By Kurt Stubbs
Cancer Research Classic

WHEELING, W.Va., Jan. 3, 2014 -- Perhaps, the game of the weekend was a last minute addition to the menu as Wheeler (GA) stepped up Friday afternoon and agreed to play Prime Prep (TX). The Truth was scheduled to play Simeon (IL), but travel issues kept the Wolverines from arriving in Wheeling.

The crowd got to see an enjoyable show during a game that was airtight for 36 minutes. In the end, the Georgia boys were able to get one more bucket outlasting Prime Prep (68-66) in overtime.

The game was back-and-forth the entire night, which included a 1st quarter that saw the Truth take a (22-18) advantage thanks to the play of Southern Methodist University signee Emmanuel Mudiay (8 points) and highly-touted sophomore Terrance Ferguson (6 points).

Senior guard Avery Patterson tallied eight points in the opening stanza.

The Truth lost the 2nd quarter, but still managed to cling to a (35-34) lead at half. Sophomore guard De'Shawn Williams tallied five points in the quarter for the Texas-based school. Junior Jaylen Brown, one of the nation's best prospects, led the Wildcats with 11 points heading into break.

Wheeler and Prime Prep went toe-to-toe once again in the 2nd half trading buckets and it seemed like each glance at the scoreboard resulted in a tie or two-point game. Eventually, the Wildcats were able to knot the score and force overtime.

In the extra session, both teams had opportunities to win the contest, and finally Wheeler pulled ahead in the closing seconds. The Truth's Micah Seaborn had a great look on the right wing for the win, but the shot didn't fall.

Brown led the victors with 21 points and eight rebounds, Patterson followed with 12 points on just 4-of-11 shooting, and junior Jerron Love and Mississippi State football commit Elijah Staley each chipped in 11 points.

Mudiay, who is arguably the nation's best point guard, led the Truth with 25 points (10-of-16), nine rebounds, three steals, and two dimes. Williams totaled 16 points and Ferguson tallied 10.

Stat of the Game:
Wheeler was just 16-of-24 from the charity stripe, but it made nine more than Prime Prep, who only went to the line seven times making all of its attempts.