Virginia men’s basketball class of 2019 signee Casey Morsell turned in a big-time performance in his last regular season game with St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.), pouring in 34 points – 31 in the second half, according to Capitol Hoops – in a 68-63 loss to Gonzaga.
Marc Stern of Capitol Hoops posted highlights of the game below. Morsell is no. 14 in black, while UVA class of 2020 target Terrance Williams, who scored 25 points in victory, is no. 5 in white.
With the loss, the St. John’s Cadets concluded the 2018-19 regular season with a 21-9 record including a 13-7 mark in WCAC play. As a result, Morsell and company have the no. 5 seed in the WCAC postseason tournament. The Cadets take on no. 4 seed Bishop O’Connell in quarterfinal action on Saturday, February 23, with the winner likely facing top-seed DeMatha in the semifinals.
St. John’s split the two regular season games with O’Connell, falling by two in overtime in the first matchup before winning by 20 last Friday. The Cadets lost three of their final four regular season contests but have reason to be confident heading into the postseason tourney, as they have lost all nine games by an average of only four points. St. John’s dropped all three overtime decisions, including a 6-point loss to DeMatha last week in a game in which the Stags needed two free throws in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.
Shedrick, McCorkle Updates
Senior forward/center Kadin Shedrick, who joined Morsell in signing with the Hoos last November, helped his team to a 19-3 regular season that included a perfect record in SWAC play. Holly Springs (N.C.) couldn’t maintain its conference perfection in the SWAC tournament, however, falling to Middle Creek by a score of 74-70.
High School OT, which has the full game story hereherehere, reports that the 6’11” Shedrick scored four straight baskets as the Golden Hawks surged to a 69-64 fourth quarter lead. Middle Creek, which lost both regular season contests to Holly Springs by a combined seven points, responded with a 10-1 run to close.
Holly Springs (19-4) moves on to the state playoffs, which begin next Tuesday, February 26. Playoff seeding takes place this weekend.
Staying in the Tar Heel state, Virginia class of 2021 commitment Carson McCorkle chipped in 10 points as Greensboro Day (Greensboro, N.C.) defeated Charlotte Country Day in the NCISAA 4A state quarterfinals on February 16. Class of 2021 point guard Cam Hayes, who picked up a scholarship offer from UVA while visiting for the Duke game in Charlottesville earlier this month, scored 13 in the win.
Greensboro Day boasts 28 wins to only five losses this season. However, one of those losses was at the hands of Charlotte Country Day during the regular season. The Bengals, the no. 2 seed in the 4A playoffs, outscored Charlotte Country Day 17-5 in the fourth quarter last Saturday to secure the 55-42 victory.
McCorkle and company are the highest seed remaining in the 4A playoffs as no. 1 seed Charlotte Christian fell to no. 8 seed Christ School, 52-45. No. 3 Durham Academy (28-3) awaits the Bengals in the semifinals on February 22.