NC State signee C.J. Williams scored 21 points, including the game-clinching dunk in the final seconds, to lead Fayetteville Jack Britt past Apex Middle Creek 54-50 in the 4A Eastern Regionals in Greenville.
In a game that saw both teams have their moments, Jack Britt made all the big plays down the stretch. Leading 50-49 in the final minute, Middle Creek went to a stalling-set offensively, but Jack Britt forced a turnover. The Bucs ran a set play to get the ball to Williams, but he was doubled on the play resulting in a three-pointer that gave Britt a 52-50 advantage.
Middle Creek (27-3) has a star of its own in Garrius Adams, a junior shooting guard who tallied 24 points in last week's upset win over Ty Walker and defending state champ Wilmington New Hanover.
Adams, who had success shooting the ball all game, received the ball at the top of the key isolated with Williams checking him defensively. As the clock dwindled down, he tried to make a move towards the basket but Williams deflected the ball away. Another Britt defender grabbed the steal and passed ahead to Williams. His breakway dunk in the final seconds secured the 54-50 victory.
With NC State assistant Larry Harris in the stands, Williams finished with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. He knocked down 2-of-4 3-pointers and hit 3-of-4 from the free throw line. Williams also tallied seven rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block in the win.
Adams, regarded as one of the top juniors in the state, performed well in defeat. He also totaled 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field, and he drilled 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point line. With early offers from East Carolina and High Point, expect him to receive even more attention should he have a big year on the AAU circuit. He'll be looking to impress at this month's Carolina Challenge held in Cary.
Britt advances to the finals of the 4A East Regionals, as they will face Apex High School this Saturday at 3:00 in Greenville at East Carolina University.
The winner of that game will advance to next Saturday's 4A state title game. That game will be played in Raleigh, North Carolina on NC State's campus in Reynolds Coliseum.