ACC players show off their skills at East Wilkes


By Kristian Russell - krussell@civitasmedia.com



Cor-J Cox from Mississippi Valley State throws down an impressive dunk during the dunk contest. Cox made Marcus Paige sit in a chair between the goal and the free-throw line while Cox dunked the ball. Although it was an impressive dunk, Cox lost to Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce.


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The game wasn’t just about the ACC Players, several kids were able to get in on the action, as well as one of the referees.


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Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce goes up for a dunk during Monday night’s ACC Barnstorming Tour. Mounce won the dunk contest, and was also voted player of the game.


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Marcus Paige takes his stance during the three-point competition. Paige lost the contest to fellow UNC player and Mount Airy alumni, Wade Moody.


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Marcus Paige takes his time dribbling up the court. The ACC All-Stars beat the local high school team, 104-88.


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Fans line up to get their picture taken with UNC’s Marcus Paige and Joel James. Paige and James were two of the most popular players at East Wilkes on Monday night.


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RONDA — In a gym that’s usually filled with red and black, the East Wilkes High School gym was filled with different shades of blue on Monday night. A tradition for 38 years, the ACC Barnstorming Tour made a stop at East Wilkes High School, and brought along Marcus Paige, Joel James and Nolan Smith to entertain a sold-out crowd.

The Barnstorming tour brings ACC seniors to high schools and gives them the chance to show off their skills while playing against local high school players. The local high school talent included players from Starmount, Mount Airy, East Wilkes, Wilkes Central and West Wilkes.

Starmount players Andrew Smythers, Kyler Gregory and Brandon Prescott as well as Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce all got in on the action on Monday night. Other players included Camon Bryan, Andrew Nance and Shareef Ray from East Wilkes, North Wilkes’ Dylan Bauguess and Cameron Tribble, West Wilkes’ Alex Greer, and Kruz Lowe, Dante Turbyfill, Zech Wilborn and Josh Hickman from Wilkes Central.

UNC legend Phil Ford, who was assisted by Duke legend Nolan Smith, coached the ACC All-Stars Team. Along with Ford and Smith, the team included UNC players Marcus Paige, Joel James, Wade Moody, Justin Coleman, Toby Egbuna and Spenser Dalton, NC State player Chase Cannon, Wake players Cody Miller-McIntyre and Devin Thomas, and Cor-J Cox from Mississippi Valley State. Along with the ACC players, Pet Sumner and Jack Sumner, who put on the Tour each year with their father, got in on the action.

“It’s always a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity for me to get to know the other ACC players that go to different schools and to meet people within the community that I wouldn’t usually get to meet,” Coach Phil Ford said after the game. “To get to go around to the different communities and meet the fans, it’s always a lot of fun for everyone involved.”

The game included a three-point contest, which UNC player and Mount Airy alum Wade Moody won, and a dunk contest that Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce won. Mounce also was voted Werner Ladder player of the game for his impressive skills. There was no doubt that Mounce made a lasting impression on the sold-out crowd with his incredible dunks. At one point during the game, Mounce threw down an in-between the legs dunk that brought several sections of the crowd to their feet and even made Nolan Smith, Marcus Paige, and Joel James stand up off the bench to give him a round of applause.

“Tonight was pretty great, especially getting to see how good some of these high school players are,” said UNC player Joel James. “Getting to play in front of people you’ve never played in front of before is always fun. This has been a great experience so far.”

During the game, the local high school team didn’t let the ACC team run up the score without putting up a fight. The first basket of the night went to the high school team as it opened up the scoring with a three-point basket from an East Wilkes player. Although it looked like the high school team was going to be able to stick with the ACC team, that thought didn’t last long. The next few possessions the ACC team had, it threw down reverse dunks and alley-oops.

At the end of the first, the ACC team had control of the game with a 30-19 lead. For the rest of the game, the high school team tried to battle back but it ended up losing to the ACC team 104-88.

“This is the most people we’ve had, we’ve been able to do two of these so far, but this is definitely the most people we’ve had come out,” said UNC player Toby Egbuna. “It’s the most controlled crowd I’ve seen, and people are really friendly here, so I had a lot of fun.”

Although the night belonged to the ACC team, the game wasn’t just about dunks, alley-oops, and three-point shots — the proceeds of the game went to East Wilkes High School and The Ronald McDonald House. The game also brought the sold-out crowd together no matter what team they supported. At one point, the crowd started chanting “TAR,” “HEELS” across the court while Marcus Paige was standing in the center circle waving his hands.

“I loved the game and the atmosphere tonight. It was a packed house which is something cool to see,” Paige said after the game. “There was definitely a lot of Carolina Blue in the stands, so I really enjoyed that.”

Kristian Russell can be reached at 336-258-4052 or on Twitter @YadkinElkSports.

Cor-J Cox from Mississippi Valley State throws down an impressive dunk during the dunk contest. Cox made Marcus Paige sit in a chair between the goal and the free-throw line while Cox dunked the ball. Although it was an impressive dunk, Cox lost to Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_DUNK.jpgCor-J Cox from Mississippi Valley State throws down an impressive dunk during the dunk contest. Cox made Marcus Paige sit in a chair between the goal and the free-throw line while Cox dunked the ball. Although it was an impressive dunk, Cox lost to Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

The game wasn’t just about the ACC Players, several kids were able to get in on the action, as well as one of the referees.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_KID.jpgThe game wasn’t just about the ACC Players, several kids were able to get in on the action, as well as one of the referees. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Mount Airy’s Clay Mounce goes up for a dunk during Monday night’s ACC Barnstorming Tour. Mounce won the dunk contest, and was also voted player of the game.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_MADUNK.jpgMount Airy’s Clay Mounce goes up for a dunk during Monday night’s ACC Barnstorming Tour. Mounce won the dunk contest, and was also voted player of the game. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Marcus Paige takes his stance during the three-point competition. Paige lost the contest to fellow UNC player and Mount Airy alumni, Wade Moody.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PAIGE1.jpgMarcus Paige takes his stance during the three-point competition. Paige lost the contest to fellow UNC player and Mount Airy alumni, Wade Moody. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Marcus Paige takes his time dribbling up the court. The ACC All-Stars beat the local high school team, 104-88.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PAIGE2.jpgMarcus Paige takes his time dribbling up the court. The ACC All-Stars beat the local high school team, 104-88. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

Fans line up to get their picture taken with UNC’s Marcus Paige and Joel James. Paige and James were two of the most popular players at East Wilkes on Monday night.
http://yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/web1_PIC.jpgFans line up to get their picture taken with UNC’s Marcus Paige and Joel James. Paige and James were two of the most popular players at East Wilkes on Monday night. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

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