Wesleyan takes state crown

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 02:01 AM

As the minutes wound down, the Wesleyan Christian Academy students chanted, “This is our year.” They were absolutely right.

The top-seeded Trojans capped off an outstanding season by beating third-seeded Greensboro Day 59-49 on Saturday night at Providence Day to win the NCISAA 3A state championship — their first since they were a 1A school in 1993.

Harry Giles led a strong second-half effort by Wesleyan (23-5), scoring 14 of his team-high 18 points in the final 16 minutes, while JaQuel Richmond added 17 and Trey Chapman followed with nine.

Reggie Dillard had 18 to lead the Bengals (33-4), who lost to the Trojans for the second time in three games this year. Christian Hairston followed with 15. Dillard, Hairston, Giles and Theo Pinson were named to the 11-player all-state team.

Wesleyan, after a quick start, trailed 24-22 at halftime and fell behind four midway through the third. The Trojans, however scored the final 11 points of the quarter to lead 38-31 heading to the fourth.

They then opened the final eight minutes with the first eight points to lead by 15, 46-31, with five minutes left. Greensboro Day did rally in the final minute, cutting its deficit to seven with 26.1 seconds left, but couldn’t overtake Wesleyan.