Mountain Island falls to Winston-Salem Prep 85-69
Mar 12, 2020 11:48AM
by John Wilson
Mountain Island Charter School’s postseason run ended with a tough 85-69 loss to the Winston-Salem Prep Phoenix in the regional semi-finals of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1A playoffs.
As soon as the Raptors took the court they knew this game was not going to be easy.
Winston-Salem Prep played well and kept MI from setting the tempo.
At the break, the Raptors trailed 42-31.
In the third quarter, things tightened up a little bit but the Phoenix were not about to let the Raptors mount a comeback.
Winston-Salem Prep did what they needed to do to hold the Raptors back. During the entire game, Mountain Island was never able to set the tone or control the game.
Considering who they were up against, the Raptors played a decent game. But when you’re facing a perennial 1A powerhouse like Prep, decent won’t be enough.
The Phoenix managed to keep the Raptors at bay and went on to win.
Facing a team like this was a new experience for the MI crew.
The Phoenix are the real deal. Prep has won six championships in the last 12 years. Truth be told this weekend they will be playing in the state championship.
Mountain Island played hard but they just couldn’t match the firepower the Phoenix had on display.
“It was the first time going against the big boys,” head coach Robert Price said. “Winston-Salem has a good program. We didn’t have our best game, but it was a great learning experience.”
MI struggled to get on track. The Raptors highly rated backcourt didn’t have a good night.
“Our backcourt didn’t have the night we would have loved to of had,” Price explained. “As a team overall, we didn’t have the night we would have liked to have had. Our senior backcourt is a special duo in Demetrius Washington and Anthony Phillips.”
Washington finished the night with 24 points while Phillips finished up with 19.
“They still had a good game,” Price said of Washington and Phillips. “But we needed a great game from them and some of the juniors.”
While Philips and Washington had solid numbers they struggled from three-point range.
The pair went two for 21 beyond the arch.
Had MI been able to hit some long-range shots, the dynamics of the game may have been different.
“If a few of those had fallen it’s a different ball game,” Price added.
The season may be over, but the guys at MI have no reason to hang their heads.
The Raptors went 23-6 this year and had a deep playoff run.
In going up to Winston-Salem the Raptors got a chance to see what state championship basketball is all about.
When you face an overwhelming opponent you have two choices; You can roll over, or you can learn from the experience. The Raptors plan on learning from this experience.
“I don’t think our seniors were rattled,” coach Price said. “But it was good for the program to see the type of team they have to go through.”
Price and his Raptors plan to regroup and make another run next year. If that path takes them through Winston-Salem so be it. The Raptors plan to be ready.
“We got a great group of boys,” Price went on to say. “I’m excited about next year.”