by Aaron Garcia
The Cuthbertson boys basketball team continued a strong season with its first CMC-Union Holiday Classic title.
The Cavaliers began the tournament with a heart-stopping 67-64 win over Sun Valley on Dec. 28. Cuthbertson then rebounded to drub Parkwood, 81-49, the next day, earning the Cavs the opportunity to face rival Weddington in the finals. Cuthbertson concluded their run with a 72-64 win over the Warriors.
The wins improved the Cavs’ record to 9-3 on the season.
Cuthbertson senior forward Mike Cuthbertson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 19 points, 12 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game during the three-day event at Wingate University. Teammate Shelton Mitchell was named All-Tournament after averaging 16 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.
Other Union County athletes to make the All-Tournament team included Parkwood’s Justin Crowder, Sun Valley’s Shaun Stewart and Weddington’s Ben Buchan and Bennett Rutherford.
On the girls side, Porter Ridge withstood a stiff challenge from Marvin Ridge in the championship game after dominating the first two rounds. The Pirates beat Forest Hills and Sun Valley by an average of 20 points in the first two days of the tourney but squeaked past Marvin Ridge, 47-44, in the finals.
Kelley Godbout was named tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament squad by teammate Jasmine Huntley, Marvin Ridge’s Jordan Henry, Parkwood’s Morgan Brown, Sun Valley’s Jordynn Gaymon, Piedmont’s Jade Montgomery and Forest Hill’s Tanjai Everett.
The Pirates returned to regular-season action with a pair of wins this week, beating Marvin Ridge again on Jan. 4, 40-39, before topping Monroe, 67-57, on Jan. 5, improving their record to 10-1 on the year.